Claddagh Hall, GalwayPosted: July 11, 2016
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.