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Interpretations of Ireland, How it Came to Be

Watercolor of cottages in Ireland Kristi Johnston

“Emyvale Duo” approx. 12″ x 10″ framed $195

I’m so excited! I traveled to Ireland in September and enjoyed a week of being shown around by a friend who has lived there all of his life and it was AMAZING!! Before I talk about the paintings I’ve made as a result, let me tell you how this all came about. It’s all a result of a childhood connection, Facebook, shared interests and the internet. Here’s what happened….

I met one of my  best friends when I was in second grade in a tiny town in upstate NY. Her name is Kathy and her parents were both from Ireland (sadly, they have both passed away). Kathy’s older sister is Mary and when we were children, I would see her briefly when I visited their home- like most older siblings, she didn’t have much to do with the little ones. The family moved back to Ireland when we were in elementary school, but Kathy came back for our high school years. Like best friendships everywhere, we picked up where we left off, as if no time had passed at all. Unfortunately we then lost touch after college. Then Facebook made the world smaller and finding people easy and I was able to find her through one of her cousins, who was also an old neighbor of mine growing up. Of course, once Kathy and I re-connected there was an opportunity for me to become connected to her sister Mary who had remained in Ireland and married an artist named Nelius. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, Nelius and I were able to enjoy seeing and commenting on each other’s artwork and sharing our professional and family lives. Over the ensuing years, thanks to similar interests and connections, a friendship developed.

When I mentioned casually one day that I would love to see and pint Ireland, Mary and Nelius are such kind and generous people that they invited me to visit and stay with them!! I took them up on that incredible offer (how could I not??!) and that is how I ended up spending a week being shown around by a native Irishman who happens to share my artistic aesthetic and therefore enjoys the same kind of views and scenes that I do! It was heavenly!

Now I’m back and so inspired by the beauty, peacefulness, and ruggedness of the Irish countryside that I have decided to create at least 24 watercolor paintings to share my interpretations of that land. I’m on my way towards that goal and will be sharing the images and their locations here on our Blog.

The one above right is from Emyvale, Co Monaghan. I actually took the photo while riding in the car. I snapped a photo of these cute little cottages on two occasions I liked them so much!  Here’s two more from Emyvale:

watercolor painting of a stone building with red and green doors and a pink hydrangea

“Red Door, Green Door”, approx. 7″ x 10″ framed $180

“Character of Age” approx 71/2″ x 10″ framed $180

You may guess by looking at these that I am captivated by texture and contrast. Ireland was full of these things- I felt like a kid in a candy store!

These two were done from photos taken after Nelius stopped the car and we were able to get out and walk all around. It happens that there were several views of this little area that I am inspired to paint, so you’ll see more from here!

 

“Bales”, Lough McNean, Blacklion Approx. 14″ x 11″ framed. $245

This one below is of the grounds of a lovely little restaurant called Ambledown in Glaslough.

“Ambledown Door” approx 9″ x 11″ $185 framed

 

 

To the right is a sweet scene that is to me the epitome of Ireland: many shades of lush green, gently rolling landscape with dots of sheep. This has the added attraction of hay bales and marsh grasses catching the warm afternoon light.

 

I have another nearly finished from my tour of Dublin, and another landscape coming hot on it’s heels, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

Drawing with Spirit: Metaphysical Playground Session 1, Class 3

Join Kristi Johnston for a hands-on workshop on how to tune into Spirit and then become a conduit to bring colors, designs and images into reality and onto paper. You will have the opportunity to use several different kinds of tools to do this and no artistic ability is required.  There will be multiple meditations to facilitate this as well as a chance to watch Kristi draw a passed loved-one upside down and be involved in the process to get a feel for how it works for her.

Increase your connection to self and to spirit and expand what you think you know in the process!

Center for Holistic Healing and Art, 263 N. Main St. Mansfield MA

Feb. 16, 2017 7-9 pm

$35.00

Art & Jewelry

Throughout their lives both Kristi and Andrea
have been creating art in one form or another.
Now they’ve joined together to
create and display their works at
The Center for Holistic Healing & Art in Mansfield MA.

 

Kristi is all about color. She’s been a professional artist for over 20 years. She displays her art in local gallerias and teaches classes for ages 3 to adults at our space in Mansfield, MA on North Main Street.
original watercolor of peacock feather

Andrea loved clay. One year for Christmas all she wanted was child’s version of a potter’s wheel. That was the beginning of a life long need to create for her. She’s turned her talents to wire and crystals now. Here you’ll find her Spiritual Jewelry.

Closet Art Sale

Closet Art Sale! Original Art by Kristi Johnston

Center for Holistic Healing and Art at 263 N. Main St., Mansfield MA

All paintings shown are available for 30% off listed/stated price on a first come, first-serve basis. Framed paintings are only sold with frames, no frames are provided for unframed pieces.

50% of all profits will be donated to Kim Hollister’s Masterful Living Tuition.

All paintings are originals except for one lithograph print which is clearly described as a print.

If you wish to purchase a painting please contact me by phone: 508-208-5419 or email: kndjnstn@comcast.net ASAP with the title and which group of paintings you saw it in. Paintings may be shipped (shipping charges will apply).

(we know you will forgive the amateur videography- we were aiming for getting it to you quickly!)