In the early 2000s, the Queen Bee and I took a couple of trips to Ireland. Both trips involved biking, music, and art. Petunia took a more recent trip last summer. Since I had created a series of art around my trips, she thought it was pretty cool to finally get to see some of the places that I painted for herself.
It’s March! What better time to take a virtual tour of Ireland?
We thought it would be fun to take you on a virtual tour of our collective trips using my paintings along with some of her photos.
Her trip started in Galway, so we’ll start there.
If you’ve never been to Galway, it is a lively university town. While it’s lighter on attractions compared to some other cities, its charm is its ambiance. Walking the medieval streets of Galway is an experience unto itself. There is music everywhere, the streets, the pubs, the churches, you name it. My impression of Galway is captured here with Galway Band.
Below are some photos from Petunia’s 2019 trip to Galway.
Here are some more tips from Petunia…
In Galway, stay at Petra House. It’s close enough to walk to the Galway city center, but far enough away from the pubs to avoid the late-night noise. Frank and Joan are great hosts.
The subject matter in my Working Boats and Waterways collection of art ranges from commercial fishing vessels to boats that ferry supplies along the seaboard and inland waterways. I recently organized much of this work in a new gallery, which you can view here. Included here are a few examples that illustrate the scope of vessels I like to paint.
Someone else’s new and shiny object is another’s tried and true treasure. Our family has been enjoying the area for many years. As newlyweds, the Queen Bee and I skied at Bear Rocks and Laurel Mountain. We spent most summer weekends boating on Youghiogheny River Lake, or the “Yough” as we referred to it. Finally, we ended up recreating on Deep Creek Lake in nearby Garrett County, Maryland. Technically, I don’t think Garrett County is considered part of the Laurel Highlands, but they share many similarities.
If you’re out of the area, now you have a new destination for your bucket list.
The Laurel Highlands inspired many of my paintings. Pictured below is Aurelia, a historic home situated along the National Road in Addison, PA.
A Yough Afternoon reflects a wintry day on the Youghiougheny River.
Visit my Outdoor and Rural collections to see more Laurel Highlands inspiration.
In this artist statement, I explain how my love for waterways started back when I was a boy, and my father would take me with him to the Pittsburgh wharves during his truck deliveries. I came across some old photos depicting that period in time. In this first photo, if you look closely, you’ll see the river and some working boats in the back. I also find the old trucks pretty interesting.