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.
This year, the family gathered on Hilton Head Island to celebrate Christmas. The first part of the week was rainy, as much of the southeast was right before the holiday. Thankfully, the second half of the week cleared up, and we were able to get some beach and golf time in.
This area of the country has provided a lot of subject matter from my paintings, from coastal scenes to wildlife and working boats.
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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.