Thursday, September 02, 2010

Ireland




Before I went to Norway I went to Ireland!  2 weeks driving around the republic drawing and drinking Guinness!  First stop Dublin-



The Hugh Lane gallery in Dublin has Dublin born Francis Bacon's London studio.  It was meticulously photographed and recorded  then rebuilt in the museum!

~across the country to Galway & Connemara. . .

~south through Ballyvaughan & the Burren. . .

The ancient stone 'portal' Poulnabrone . . .

~On the way to the cliffs of Moher . . .

~a detour  through Tipperary and Cashel . . .

my goal was to see Dingle where David Lean filmed Ryan's Daughter.  The journey across the mountain pass and down to the town is spectacular but it's no longer the sleepy little fishing village of Lean's time.

We kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney castle.  It's supposed to endow the gift of the gab- specifically sophisticated 'blarney'  as opposed to 'baloney' which is bullshit!  Maybe it'll help me pitch in story sessions?

I think my favourite place in Ireland must be Cobh-close to Cork.  It has one of Europe's deepest natural harbours and the Titanic sailed out of there to its doom!

Back to Dublin for the ferry through Waterford and Kilkenny. . .


The 'Emerald Isle' really is that colour-I was blown away by the variety of green hues in the landscape-it made for an unforgettable journey.

17 comments:

Matthew Cruickshank said...

Nice portal!

Desiree Cassidy said...

These are fantastic :)
Love the people in the top one!

Daniel Caylor said...

I am so jealous of how much you travel! :)

Keith said...

Ah, great sketches. I am jealous too.

I left a tiny piece of my heart in Connemara. You didn't happen to see it, did you ?

Matt J said...

Thanks folks! Keith, all I saw in Connemara were tiny ponies- perhaps a Leprechaun made off with your heart?

kellie said...

David Lean's village wasn't Dingle itself, but a purpose built set nearby. From Kevin Brownlow's biography:

The decision was made to build a complete village, rather than use an existing one. [...] The site chosen was near Dunquin, at the end of the Dingle peninsula. Starting in November 1968, two hundred Irish workers constructed forty full-scale structures, built of traditional material - slate, thatch and granite - hauled from several quarries. They worked in appalling conditions through the winter months - gale force winds, rain, sleet and bitter cold. Many of the buildings were equipped with electricity and plumbing and properly fitted interiors. The set, completed by March 1969, was called Kirrary and, while it stood, it was the westernmost village in Europe.

Matt J said...

Kellie- yes I gather Lean had the village in the film constructed-his art direction demands are legion- smoothing out acres of sand marred by footprints in Lawrence, painting a landscape snow white for Dr.Z etc.
The Dingle peninsula is still unspoilt-very rugged and dramatic coastline.

kellie said...

Here's a fellow went looking for the remains of Kirrary.

Matt J said...

Fascinating, thanks Kellie!

Blu said...

You capture such atmosphere in your sketches!

Dzhony_df said...

cool drawings!!!!

Ashley Boddy said...

'fek'

SKIZO said...

Fabulous

MikeS said...

Wonderful, Matt! Looking forward to seeing your American sketchbooks once you hit this side of the pond.

Matt J said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. Mike I'm really hoping to get some sketching done in the US but I think will take precedence for a while.

Jeff Harter said...

Love the doggie!

tomm said...

great sketches sir