By James Swanson/Traveler Larry
Watch how this journey was painted.
We've all dreamed about leaving everything behind, taking off and seeing the world while you're still young.
Back in 1983, Traveler Larry and his brother Steve did just that, they left their home in Chicago and went on an adventure of a life time to Europe and Asia.
And part of their 8 month adventure was to return to their roots, Mulroy Bay in Northern Ireland. And that is where we catch up with the two.
The Fairy Flag
and seeing fairy's in Skye, the two brothers traveled on to Mulroy bay in Northern Ireland to see their ancestral home.
One of their many stories of the place, was calling home all excited to tell their Mom that they where there, in Mulroy Bay, her families original home. And also finding out that the river that runs into Mulroy bay had the same name as their fathers last name.
- near Sheeps Head Point and Mulroy Bay.
The Traveler Painting - "Mulroy Bay 1983" Traveler Larry was one of the very first people that I told about this idea of seeing the world in paint. He was also the first to offer up this trip that he and his brother took. And at the time I thought it was very appropriate that my painting journey would started over a green beer with a friend close to St Patricks day.The Sketch: This is my rough little sketch of how I was going to break down the photo and put together the painting. First, I was going to concentrate on the town and road. To do that I decided to make the painting vertical. I slid the most interesting part of the mountains in the background over, and left the foreground to your imagination.
Dark colors are blocked in first. I pretty much always start this way. Painting the darks in thin, and letting them show through in the painting.
This painting was started as a painting demonstration for an Oil Painting class that I teach and finished it up later.
Until next time Slán libh.