Come with me on a fabulous painting excursion in the west of Ireland, as we focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and rugged coastline for creative inspiration. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study in depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and historic structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We will explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help us to bring to the surface our responses to our travels. And of course, we will address composition, exploring the shapes of the horizon. Our home base for the week will be the historic Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo.