Claddagh Hall, Galway

I haven’t seen enough of Ireland (after less than 24 hours of being in the country) to write anything insightful, and I’m still a little jet-lagged too, but I do have some first impressions. 1. The people are as warm and friendly as advertised, starting, surprisingly, with the immigration officer at the airport.   2. The weather changes from one minute to the next which makes for tremendous skies. 3. I’m glad I brought along lots of green paint. 

Today I toured around town with local urban sketcher Roisin Curé. In a couple of days we’ll be teaching a workshop here along with Marc Holmes, so it was nice to scope out our sketching spots. I intended to sketch the iconic view of colourful seaside houses called The Long Walk but the sky was so dramatic in the other direction that I sketched that instead. Galway is a city with an abundance of water views and Claddagh is a wide swath of land where the Corrib River meets Galway Bay. It was cold and very gusty out there but incredibly beautiful too. 

16 Comments on “Claddagh Hall, Galway”

  1. Judy Sopher says:

    Love this painting. The sky is amazing but I really love the stone wall–what is it really called there? I’ve never been to Ireland but have only seen pictures. I really envy you and Marc. Looking forward to the rest of your work.


  2. fabulous image — especially the sky and the squares of the stones


  3. M. L. Kappa says:

    Wish I could have joined in…. Sniff. Some day


  4. I like this a lot!! that sky and the grays, the fresh green! it says harmony!


  5. TonyU says:

    Glad to hear you’ve settled in and impressed that you’re painting and posting already! Hope you’ve also had a chance to try out the Guinness.


  6. Your painting is so beautiful. I love the stone wall. Have a wonderful trip! Galway will always have a special place in my heart, my husband & I visited a few years after we married and stayed in a wonderful B & B. Our host was an accountant by day and Elvis impersonator at night. 🙂


  7. sandidureice says:

    Thankyou for the introduction to Ireland…beautiful words and picture.


  8. Great sketch of the water in Glaway. I enjoyed sketching there when I was in Ireland. The weather does change quickly and you always need to be prepared to cover what you’re painting. Have fun!!!


  9. Dottie Aiken says:

    Love your watercolors. You’ll see lots of stone walls everywhere. I love Ireland and hope you do to. Happy travels!


  10. rosjenke says:

    I so look forward to your posts and I’m never disappointed. I love seeing your impressions with your magic touch.


  11. Bill Fagan says:

    Hi Shari,I’m in Dublin. I’m looking out my hotel window at a domed copper patina building with the Irish tricolor flying. The sky is very dramatic. See you tomorrow. Bill

    Sent from my iPad



  12. Welcome to Ireland Shari – I hope the weather stays dry for you! Looking forward to see what colours you pick to represent our dramatic Irish skies and light


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