This painting and the one below are both from the same trip to Northern Ireland. In both paintings the lighting was the true subject of the composition. "Silent Forge" and "Schoolhouse, Co. Tyrone" were both accepted into the 2009 Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibit at the Midwest Museum of American Art.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
In the summer of '09 a trip to Ireland and (for the first time) Northern Ireland yielded several paintings, including this one from the old schoolhouse in the Ulster-American Folk Park in County Tyrone. The sunlight streaming into the dark room was compelling. I was especially pleased with the way the highlights on the well-worn bench desk turned out. A patron purchased this painting while it was hanging in the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana.