We're back from our trip to Holland and Ireland, and it was truly memorable. We spent most of the time in Ireland - Dublin, Dingle and Emy Lake (County Monaghan). Of the four weeks we were gone, we spent two with our artist friends painting, photographing and generally being inspired by the landscape and charmed by the people.
We had great hopes of working on our travel blog while we were on the road - but it became challenging because of our limited access to wi-fi. We could hardly get any in the hotel in Dublin. At Emy Lake, we didn't have it in the house, but could go up to our host's house, sit outside or in the garage and get some signal. Given the weather, which was cool, and often rainy, I wasn't much tempted to do that.
But, on a holiday like we had, wi-fi - or the lack of it - is only a small matter. What was important is that we enjoyed the friends we traveled with, made new friends and couldn't get enough of the marvellous scenery.
Now it is time to review the thousands of pictures we took and start working on new paintings inspired by the trip.
One of the things I did while we were in Ireland was do some quick watercolour sketches. I generally don't sketch, and rely on photographic references. However, this time, I tried to capture impressions through quick sketches (generally less than 5 minutes). Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it, even when it was raining.
Tony Marinus Vander Voet