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Travelogue: Return to Wicklow

A painting to celebrate memories from a trip taken years ago.

St. Patrick’s Day a month ago: I stumbled upon photos from a wonderful trip to Ireland, November, 2004. We explored a lot of Dublin, and I am so glad we took a day trip to Wicklow Mountains. Oh the greens! There must have been dozens of shades of green, unlike any place I’d visited before, with hills and mountains of velvety peat—bogs—turned crimson in late fall. Now that I have the language of watercolor to describe these colors, I was inspired by the travel photos to paint this scene. These twelve-year-old digital photos, shot with a low-megapixel camera, have grain and softness and a wonderful sense of light and depth. I was pleased to be able to use these to embrace the Irish atmosphere, relax the need for details, and use of lots of pigment and water for color and texture. Seeing less = seeing more?

April 2016
Watercolor
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″

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7 thoughts on “Travelogue: Return to Wicklow

  1. possibly my favorite landscape watercolor ever! wonderfully done!

    • Joy Makon on said:

      Hi Jodi—your comments are most appreciated. I’d love to visit Wicklow again and hope to one day and find more to paint there.

  2. Nicely done, Joy. My birthday is St. Patricks day. My ancestors were from County Tyrone.

  3. Antje on said:

    This is a superb painting! The foreground is so neat and then all the different greens in the middleground and the blues in the back and the way the eye easily travels into the scene – there is so much to enjoy in this! The reds in the foreground are really juicy, too. Well done!

  4. Bold color, I love it 🙂

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