Two weekends in May

Our travel recently has been a bit hectic and May has seen us spend two lovely weekends in two very different places.

First of all we spent a few days in Northern Ireland catching up with family and friends.

Some time too for touring around and just a few hours to create two watercolours.

Firstly we visited a very nice Farm shop and cafe in Hollywood called McKees, and from there we had a lovely view of Scrabo Tower and the Mourne mountains.

I could not resist trying to reproduce the scene in this watercolour.

Scrobo Tower and the Mourne Mountains. Watercolour 14 inches by 12

Scrabo Tower and the Mourne Mountains.
Watercolour 14 inches by 12

Another day saw us travelling to Newcastle, right next door to the Mourne Mountains. Just north of Newcastle is Murlough Bay and in this nature reserve there are lovely walks that take you down to the sea. This watercolour  is that view, the beach and the Mourne mountains sweeping down to the sea.

The Mourne Mountains from Murlough bay. Watercolour 14 inches by 12

The Mourne Mountains from Murlough Bay.
Watercolour 14 inches by 12

With many more photos taken over the weekend I now have lots of ideas for more paintings, and an update to my Ulster guide book.

Just one week later we were off to the coast of Normandy in France with some friends. Our main aim was to view the Landing Beaches, Museums and Cemetries associated with the Normandy landings of June 1944. The invasion of France in 1944 heralded the final winning phase of the war in Europe which ended 70 years ago. The sacrifice and endeavour of the brave soldiers, sailors and airman can  be felt as you walk and visit the sights in this area.

We managed to see a lot in a few days and enjoyed Normandy, it’s people, food, cider and scenery.

So just two watercolours so far but more to follow as we managed a visit to Honfleur as we travelled back to Calais and the Channel Tunnel.

From the beach at Arromanches you can still see the mannificent artifical harbour created in June 1944 and some of these colosal structures are shown in the painting.

The Beach at Arromanches Watercolour 14 inches by 12

The Beach at Arromanches
Watercolour 14 inches by 12

Inland just a few miles away is Bayeux, famous for the Tapestry but a really lovely town with a wonderful Cathedral.

Bayeux

The Mill Wheel in Bayeaux. Watercolour 14 inches by 12.

This mill wheel and the river are in the heart of Bayeux with a view across to the Cathedral.

If you ever can, do visit Normandy and the landing beaches. They are amazing memories of a crucial time in the ending of World War 2.

Happy travelling!

Brian

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About brianswatercolours

After spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together.

Posted on May 20, 2015, in France, Ireland, Mourne Mountains, Paintings from our travels, Ulster and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I would LOVE to visit Normandy. It’s on my list. And I’m headed to Northern Ireland in late August; do you have any suggestions for me to visit other than what you’ve mentioned here? I’ve been once before. As always, I love your paintings. Keep traveling and painting and posting! : )

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  2. Lovely paintings Brian, I especially like the one of the beach at Arromanches, I think it’s very well executed.

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