Photos: In Gardenstown (afternoon before art workshop)

I’m in Gardenstown on the east coast, at Creative Retreat, for a week’s figure painting workshop led by Alan McGowan, the artist whose Anatomy for Artists workshop I did in February. It’s a picturesque village on a steep hillside, a mixture of renovated, being-renovated and sea-worn. The buildings are crammed on top of one another, everything looks down onto and into everything, with numerous sets of steps inbetween.

Hard to live closer to the sea than this.
Hard to live closer to the sea than this.

Steep, cliffside vilage = Rooftops and more rooftops
Steep, cliffside vilage = Rooftops and more rooftops
Not lines of perspective
Not lines of perspective

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Red sandstone adding colour to the shore.
Red sandstone adding colour to the shore.
Now if only I'd had my tripod. (Lights on horizon are big ships.)
Now if only I’d had my tripod. (Lights on horizon are big ships.)

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Gardenstown 2014 web (10)

She sees shutters along the sea shore...
She sees shutters along the sea shore…
Shapes and textures
Shapes and textures

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