This is Tulip. We left Shannon Airport around 8am (waited 2 hours for the sun to rise) and headed north on the motorway to Ballycastle, County Mayo. We arrived here in front of Ballinglen Arts Foundation building around noon. Greeted warmly, with keys to the cottage and a tour of the facilities. Studio on the 2nd floor, extensive library and- the Atlantic Ocean down the street. We are going to be very happy here, especially if we remember to drive on the left side of the road.
Took a drive over to Benwee Head, sketchbook and camera in the front seat. A glorious sunny day, walked through the bog - the closest likeness to a salt marsh I am going to find over here.
Determined to try my hand at a few oil sketches- no matter the weather. Calm sea, birds, loving the smell of the salt air when I get out of the car. The rest of the day was spent getting organized, enjoying staff and artists in the building.
Today I traveled to Ballina to meet painter/friend at the Bus Station and do some shopping.No painting today.
Ballycastle has a convenient store with a gas pump on the curb, Mary's Cottage (delicious food open til 4) and three pubs ( had 17 in its glory days). Groceries were needed but also went on the hunt for push-pins, a watch and a teapot!
Here is my cottage, 1/4 mile south of townRead More