Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Thrill of It All


Spice Girl graciously guards her new territory and daily roams the beach at Youghal, Ireland.  This Florida born  rescue dog who grew up listening to southern American voices now listens to southern Irish accents with many Gaelic words included.

I have not met Pamela from the house of edward.blog but I imagine she has a soft southern American accent.   Some time back, Tish Jett from afemmeduncertainage.blog wrote of Pamela and her dog Edward and in passing said, "someone should paint this image".   I thought to myself why not give it a try.   I am a plein aire painter and took the opportunity to set up my easel on Youghal beach in the brilliant light of  day.  

Pamela & Edward oil on canvas

In my right brain, and oblivious to all things logical,  I painted to my heart's delight.  A couple stopped and said "Are you from Indian Rocks Beach, Florida"?   I said "yes, how did you know"   They said "we saw your umbrella"


My latest read "The Thrill of it All" by Joseph O'Connor.  When I finished the last page, I immediately returned to page one and read it again.  It is set in England, circa 1980 and is the story of a rock band called The Ships.   Joseph O'Connor is brother to Sinead O'Connor.
Hearing an author's speak about their work is also thrilling  Joseph O'Connor

Hope you are blissfully enjoying sunshine and blue skies

42 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous painting. You look very much at home on the beach with your umbrella and your easel, painting while enjoying the breeze off of the ocean. The light must be wonderful there.
    Sam

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    1. Hello Sam
      The light is beautiful here in Youghal. We are on the Gulf stream and weather is generally milder in this area. We even have palm trees. Like you said the light s wonderful. Wishing you a delightful weekend
      Helen xx

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  2. very nice works .. and pictures ! well done Helen , congratulations

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    1. Helloo Massimo

      Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your validation.
      Enjoy your weekend

      Helenxx

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  3. What a great place to paint, Helen, and I'm sure Pamela would absolutely love that beautiful painting.

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    1. Hello Patricia

      The air is beautiful at the beach and we go at every opportunity.
      I was thrilled to hear from Pamela and that she approved of my painting.
      Helenxx

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  4. Oh, Helen, I so enjoy reading about your magical and inspiring moments, when you receive those little light bulb ideas that transform into brilliant images on canvas! How pretty your painting is; I'm certain that your friend will fall in love with it upon first glance. Enjoy your time in beautiful Ireland, my friend!

    xx
    Poppy

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    1. Hello Poppy

      When Tish Jett suggested this, I thought why not. I have always loved when Pamela writes about her dog Edward and I felt like I knew them.
      We are loving spending all this time in Ireland and the weather is glorious as I see it is also in glorious Greece
      Helen xx

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  5. Wonderful Helen! I had the very good fortune to meet Pamela and you are spot on. Your painting is a treasure...I am sure she loves it. So happy to hear you are enjoying your Irish summer....late summer? And...I LOVE that you finished a book and started again. Happy Reading....a second time! xx

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    1. Hello Jeanne
      How fortunate that you and Pamela have met. I was so pleased to hear Pamela liked my painting and it will hang in her home.
      We are having a wonderful summer. Concerts, picnics, family and friends visiting and the beach and some reading.
      Have a delightful weekend with Conner and family
      Helen xx

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  6. How lovely to see you transported from plein aire painting in Florida, as if by magic, to the beach at Youghal. I had a look at Tish Jett's blog and you have captured Pamela and Edward perfectly.
    I notice from your photos that you are also enjoying this glorious Indian Summer weather too - long may it continue for us all Helen♡

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    1. Hello Rosemary,

      We are loving the beach here in Youghal and the weather, like yours, is perfect. Fingers crossed it continues.
      Thank you for your kind compliment on my painting of Pamela and Edward. He is a very beautiful dog and she is a beautiful woman

      Helen x

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  7. Love your painting of Pamela and Edward Helen …. beautifully perceived.
    …. and, how inspiring to be on a beach in Ireland…. perfect. XXXX

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    1. Hello Jacqueline

      It was fun painting Pamela and Edward and I did not feel any pressure at all, as it was all in fun. The beach and sunny days has us visiting the beach daily.
      Have a delightful weekend

      Helen xx

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  8. Your painting is so full of light, colour and affection! I love your sunny photographs of the late summer light and seashore. Jane xx

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    1. Hello Jane

      How sweet you are with your compliment. I love that you said affection. That is an emotion I felt when painting Pamela and Edward and so pleased you mentioned this.
      Hope you are having a great summer too

      helen x

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  9. How beautiful Youghal looks Heleen.
    The painting of Edward and Pamela.. its super..
    The weather looks good there in Ireland Helen.
    Who could mistake that umbrella , the hat and the beautiful long white skirt.
    wishing you good happy days ..
    warm wishes Helen.
    val xx

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    1. Hello Valerie

      It has been a glorious summer here and we are at the beach at every opportunity. It is a short walk from our house. Our dog thinks she owns the beach at the harbour.
      Hope your weekend is special

      helen x

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  10. Such a beautiful beach and so nice that it's warm enough for you to stay outside and paint.

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    1. Hello Loree

      It is the longest beach in Ireland and one can walk for miles(when the tide is out). On the day I painted it was quite windy and my umbrella wanted to go for a sail.

      Have a wonderful weekend

      Helen xx

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  11. Good evening dear Helen!

    You are in IRELAND? Now that's a place I'd love to go to and really, all of Great Britain. Just in that region alone, there are diverse languages, cultures and geographical wonders, and you are there to experience it all! BRAVO! And your rendition of Pamela and Edward is so beautiful...FREE and flowing...something I can't do!

    Thank you so much for taking a stroll to come to visit my corner of the world. Sweet September to you! Anita

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    1. Good Evening to you my dear Anita

      I hope you visit Ireland one day soon. I am sure you would find it fascinating and I would love to read your articles on such visits.
      The weather is glorious and life is good here and we are making new discoveries. Thank you for your comment on my painting of Pamela and Edward. A great subject.
      Have a wonderful week
      Helen xx

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  12. What an amazing painting of this sweet lady and her friend! And it's nice to see you on the beach, enjoying the sunshine! The weather has been amazing this week...more like Fall even here in Florida! Sweet hugs, Diane PS I'll write down this book in my book list...I would love to read it!

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    1. Hello Diane
      Thank you and Edward is a stunning dog as is his owner Pamela. So happy to hear the weather is a little cooler in my favourite State.
      I think you will enjoy Joseph O'Connor's writing. He is a very respected writer and reviews books on radio and in the Irish media
      Helen xx

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  13. Have a fabulous time Helen! How wonderful to be back in your homeland!

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    1. Hello Elizabeth
      I have missed you and thank you for stopping by.
      Life is good here and we are exploring and catching up with family
      Helen xx

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  14. Hi Helen - believe it or not?! I haven't forgotten - and the other day thought I'd come up trumps - but it was not the person from Youghal .. when I do - you will know!

    Amazing picture of Pamela and Edward - what a delightful face Edward has ... enough to cheer us all along .. glorious and what fun about your brolly being recognised!

    Amazing you could read the book and then start again - that is luxury .. but Joseph O'Connor and Sinead ... how interesting to be introduced to her brother and his works - I am unread!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary
      I shall wait patiently. I understand and know the feeling.

      Edward is a special dog and has such a beautiful face and coat.
      I think you might like Joseph O'Connor's writing. He has a regular slot on Irish Radio and also reviews books for the Irish Times. The O'Connors are a very talented family.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend

      Helen xx

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  15. i love the 'pamela & edward'.
    i knew exactly who it was!!!

    thanks for the kind remarks on my blog.
    xxx
    my mom loves you

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    1. Hello Renee
      How lovely to hear from you at this very busy and joyful time for you.
      I am so happy for you.

      Of course you would know Pamela and Edward as you have both been blogging for a long time.
      Hugs to your mother
      Helen xx

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  16. Just popped over after reading Tish's blog post this morning and I would be remiss not to let you know how beautiful your painting of Pamela and Edward is, you have a wonderful eye and are a very gifted painter.
    I decided not to miss out on seeing more of your work so I am a new follower.

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    1. How kind of your to visit and thank you for following my blog. I had fun painting Pamela and Edward and so happy it pleases you.
      Thanks to Tish for connecting us.

      Helen xx

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  17. Helen,
    So beautiful, the painting, your rescue dog Spice Girl, the photo of you ... Inspiration galore in this post. Enjoy your time in Ireland, your escape into relaxation and observing beauty and quiet time in reading.
    Vera

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    1. Hello Vera

      Thank you for your kind words and Spice Girl is very special to us.
      This area of Ireland is truly special and with the glorious weather we are in heaven. There are also many great Irish writers and so much to read.
      Hope your week is very special

      Helen xx

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  18. Oh Helen, I loved this post when I first saw it and love it once again. Thank GOD for you artists/painters who recreate the beauty of nature.

    Thank you for coming to visit my post and for SEEING that the lowly crow deserves at least the question, "What if down deep inside, under his appearance, he was something else?" Thank you.

    Have a wondrous day!

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    1. Dearest Anita

      So lovely to see your smile this morning and your sunny words of praise.
      Coming from such a great artist and poet, I feel particularly honoured.
      I loved your most recent post and wishing you a week full of sunshine and joy

      Helen xx

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  19. Im not familiar with the subjects but I really like the painting. It looks like your enjoyed your day at the beach, glad the umbrella didn't sail away.

    Darla

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  20. Helen,

    It is so beautiful there--I can only imagine what glorious paintings you will create. The one you shared is lovely. It must be so interesting to compare the sea and light with that of Florida.

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  21. Dearest helen,
    Ireland must be an enchanting land,I dream of those wild landscapes and rocky coastlines...Your painting is wonderful, I have the impression that this dog is alive on it! You feel certainly very happy to be back at home, in your beautiful country. Take advantage of it, Ireland will inspire you more and more...
    Sending love
    Olympia

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  22. Thankyou for your advice for a good read. I shall buy it next. Thankyou also for your kind and interested comments on my blog.
    What a lovely summer it has been and you have been out in good weather too!
    Painting on the dunes is so bravado.
    Cheers Gillian

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