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Ballyvaughan; January’s print!studio etching

January 31, 2012

The inspiration for this year’s studio subscription is the semester I spent  living in rural Ireland 10 years ago (crazy!) while studying at the Burren College of Art.  I thought I’d better start at the beginning, with an etching of the tiny town where I lived, Ballyvaughan.

Yup, this is the main street!   Ballyvaughan is tucked along the south edge of Galway Bay, about an hour south of Galway by bus. It had just a couple hundred full-time residents (it was a big vacation spot) but if I remember correctly managed to support 5 pubs. (I know us students did our part.) We used to skip class on sunny winter afternoons to bike  around the country roads; smelling the salty water from bay, peat fires from the pubs and watching the migratory birds gather in the winter lakes.

I did a soft ground over the copper plate; it’s waxy so you can draw through the ground. I love how the soft mark it makes looks like a charcoal or graphite drawing.

first glimpse

drying; they looked at little cold even for an Irish afternoon so I decided to add some warmth with watercolor

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  1. January 31, 2012 9:11 am

    I’m so glad you’re blogging more regularly because I love reading this kind of stuff. This is a really great post and I love the image!

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