AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

slade harbor AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

The Harbor at Slade. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.

Here are some of the sketches from the last week at the 2013 Art in the Open Festival in Wexford, Ireland. I would highly recommend the festival to anyone interested in plein air painting with some of the friendliest people in the world. This was my second year participating and again the organisers had found some great locations for the paint-outs over the course of the week. There was even sun most of the time this year.

slade AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Boat on the Road, Slade. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

bunclody AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

The Sunken Garden, Newtownbarry House, Bunclody

stables AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

The Stables at Newtownbarry House. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

tmorris AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Musicians at the T. Morris Pub in Wexford. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

I love traditional music as much as traditional art. The pub where all the painters meet in the evenings, T. Morris has great musicians playing during the week. The above sketch I did one evening, painting alongside Antti Routiola and Leon Holmes. I was working under an orange light, so the painting came out a bit blue. Here is a short video of part of it, to give a feel for the scene:

ballyhack AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Boat in Ballyhack. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

irishfarm AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

The Old Tractor. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen.

field AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Oak Tree, Ballymore. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

hook head AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Wheat Field, Hook Head. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen.

This last one is of a very picturesque old sheep dog.

nelly AITO 2013 in Wexford, Ireland

Nelly. 18 x 25 cm, oil on linen.

Rocco says ‘hi’.

Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Here are some of my plein air landscape paintings of Ireland from ‘Europe’s biggest plein air painting festival’, the Art in the Open plein air landscape painting festival in Wexford. It was my first time in a painting festival like this and I had a good time.

I’ve painted the Irish landscape before, so I knew what I was getting into weather-wise. Last time I worked a lot from inside the car. This time I bought a full waterproof kit and just painted through the showers. Both methods have their drawbacks.

kilmore quay Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Kilmore Quay. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

boat at kilmore Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

The Parking Lot at Kilmore Quay. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen (on board).

hook head lighthouse Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Approaching Rain, Hook Head Lighthouse. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

hook head lighthouse 2 Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Hook Head Lighthouse. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen (on board).

hook head Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Buildings at Hook Head. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

main street wexford Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Main Street, Wexford. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen (on board).

wexford harbor Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Boat in Wexford Harbor. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen (on board).

wexford Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Wexford Sketch. 20 x 30 cm, oil on linen (on board).

quay Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

The Quay at Wexford. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

huntington Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Huntington Castle. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

enniscorthy Art in the Open Paintings (Wexford, Ireland)

Enniscorthy Bridge. 25 x 35 cm, oil on linen (on board).

Irish landscape paintings can be quite a challenge with the radically changing weather. The Irish landscape is stunning though and I look forward to going back to AITO next year.