This past week started with some life drawing with a nude model, and everyone continued to work diligently in the studio preparing for our first critique. It was wonderful to see the amount of quality work produced, and after all the hard work we were ready to head to the west of Ireland for three days.
Our first stop was at the dramatic and picturesque Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare. We then headed to the Burren, a unique limestone landscape home to unusual flora and fauna, and a web of underground rivers and caves. Here we also spotted a few of Ireland’s 28 variety of orchids and investigated the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a Neolithic portal tomb. We spent that evening in bustling Galway city where we treated to a studio visit with artist Cecilia Danell, as we all as some impromptu street performance and a serenade for birthday girl’s Maddie and Megan.
On our second day we took a bumpy ferry ride to Inismór, the largest of the Aran Islands where we enjoyed a little sunshine on our bike ride across the island. We hiked to Dún Aonghasa, a stunning ring fort on the edge of a sheer cliff, and the next morning cycled to see the remains of Saint Brendan’s church, reputedly the smallest in Ireland. That afternoon we enjoyed a few hours shopping in Galway before heading back to the Cow House.
Now, back on the farm everyone has spent the past few days creating wonderful handmade book’s under Eleanor’s guidance, as well as generating ideas for the personal project. As we are enjoy the wonderful weather and dips on the pond, we also look forward to seeing what everyone creates over the next week.
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