Earlier this month, I took a short trip to Ireland to visit my grandparents and explore the country for the first time. With only 6 days including travel, it left little time to paint. With limited time, I opted for only working in my sketchbooks and was able to spend more quality time with the family. The sketchbooks acted as my recording process to capture moments that could then be translated later. Most of my trip was spent in the town of Louisburgh, County Mayo which is located at the far southwest side of the country. This also happens to be along the Wild Atlantic Way which is a new tourist initiative to get visitors to the town.
Though the time was short, I took what I learned and applied it to paintings as I arrived back to my San Francisco studio. I felt as though I should work immediately just in case I forgot anything I had observed in Ireland. I was really drawn to the sprawling landscape and contrasting textures along the shore. These new paintings/drawings started off fast and finished slow. This was in part, trying to regergitate everything I had experienced from my mind to the paper and then the slow aspect was more about taking a step back. I let the works sit for a while and then I revisited them, slowly adding in the final details. Some works are what I would consider to be complete compositions as far as a painting is defined traditionally. Others act as disections of paintings. I view them as an assessment of a new vocabulary or alphabet. Each mark unqiue and given more significance by standing alone rather than layered.
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Photographs, paintings and writing by Heather Day.