to Michele's Traveling Studio Online! My name is Michele Cooper and
this web site I hope to keep in touch with my students, readers and
in many countries around the world with whom I share a love for the art
of painting watercolors. The Traveling Studio is currently gearing up
the Women Painters of Washington
- Millennium Images Exhibit in Ireland. Check back from time to time
a peek into my Irish Journal. If I can access the internet while I'm
I will post weekly updates.
(I know this is basically a map
enhancing the Republic
of Ireland, but I hope to find another of Northern Ireland, soon. Send
me a link if you find one first.)
The first stop on the tour is in Western Ireland:
1. Galway, July 13-25
at Columban Hall
Galway Arts Festival
Next stop, Northern Ireland with maybe a trip to
Waterford and Kinvarra
2. Belfast, August 4-15
at Waterfront Hall
Belfast City Council Conference and Concert Centre
2 Lanyon Place, Belfast
BT3 3LP Telephone 01232 334400
Fax 01232 249862
... that's what Rick Steves and his
pals all say in their guide books about Ireland.
Okaaay. Come to think
of it, the left-brain/right-brain theory may come into play here. Let's
see, if the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body,
then it must also govern the left side of the highway . . . Perfect!
since the right side is the intuitive side, used mostly by artists, I
have a well honed, fail safe, emergency back-up system that will kick
if ever a driving puzzle presents itself.
Can you tell
I am to be a part of this whole experience? As always, the people you
make the journey memorable. Judging from the hospitable reputation of
Irish people, I am sure I will not be disappointed. But first, I think
I should probably go out in the familiar countryside here at home and
a few left lane driving techniques . . . so as not to tax their
nature too greatly.
July 13 Update:
"The Galway Girls", deliriously happy on a day of
painting the Connemara
Tonight we go to Columban Hall in Galway for our first
of WPW Millenium Images-Ireland & America Art Exhibit. At
very moment, Cathe Gill just returned from giving an impromptu 10
radio interview with regarding our show on Radio Galway.
More about the show and all, and all, after
Michele at Columban Hall with her watercolor "Northwest Coast" on
We have been taking photos like mad, yet it seems like a
new world is
around every corner in Ireland. Many of the original stone-built
have been adapted for current use. Here is one of my favorites,
a painting very soon!
The weather in Roundstone today is like the Pacific NW, only wetter!
A cloud can engulf a whole mountain while you paint it! The temperature
is not bad for people like us who know how to layer our entire
Then, when you're soaked through all the layers, go to
the Pub for Irish
Stew and Guinness. What a life!
Kind artists invite us to their castle for dinner. Just
the thing to
do on a stormy Tuesday night.
Oh, how I would like to be at the pub right now! As I
look up to my
right, I see that we have driven nearly to the top of Slieve League in
our 4-door mid-size sedan. Etched in stone on what looks like a grave
is a wee reminder: "No cars beyond river."
There just isn't enough room in my camera to show a
1,000 ft. sheer
descent from the "car park" at my feet looking left all the way down to
the bottom of Slieve League, the highest cliff face in Europe.
Sea level and sun at last! We have just enjoyed
one of the most
superior lectures and guided tours I have ever experienced. Our guide
led us through this ancient site and through time to give us a
fascinating picture of the megalithic artifacts and anthropological
that has been discovered here at Carrowmore. Thanks, again.
Painting under a tree at Carrowmore. The weather is
great for the third
day in a row. Tonight is Wednesday and we are going to a Dinner
presentation of Yeats works and Irish music.
details of our painting workshops are
now available. If there is still space
available on the barge, we would love to have you along in June, 2000.
So sign up
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little bit more about me and my connection to the art world.
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hear from you
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