I learned something incredible about Ireland today.
All this time, I thought Winegums and Penguins and Jaffa Cakes and Wagon Wheels and buns and eclairs and cakes and pies were just thoughtful ways to say "hello" to new visitors and "welcome back" to those of us who can't stay away. But no, not really, not at all! Treats are for everyone, every day, all the time. In the states, we might have a piece of fruit or a granola bar or some crackers for the odd snack. But here meals are sometimes eaten solely for the treats afterward, and treats are the snacks in between the meals. Bridget explained it is the cold...and sugar is required to keep the body warm.
"Bram-alama-ding-dong" - acrylic on aluminum panel, 12" x 12". Inquiries. Available at the Olive Stack Gallery.
Workshops are no different. Tea and treats can keep artists fueled all day long. Our work table for "It's Good to Be Queen" was as covered with treats as it was art supplies. Struggling with your design? Have a Penguin. Deciding on a color? Try a Jaffa Cake. Based on the wildly wonderful work these artists produced today, this method must be adopted immediately world-wide.
Young artist Olivia was so productive on this treat method - she completed one painting and was halfway with another before class was done.
Sweet Bridget brought millefiori beads, mirrors and baubles to make our queens' crowns extra spectacular. I think her adorable royal looks gorgeous in blue hair, floral gown and mirrored, beaded crown.
It was no surprise, of course, when Damian called at the gallery just before dinner offering slices of freshly baked apple pie.
Now I am exaggerating only slightly the amount of treats consumed here. Sure, sure - some folks do not have a sweet tooth. But what I see and love about this place is people eat. Food is enjoyed. I've yet to meet anyone on a diet. There is no guilt associated with food.. But there is also very little obesity, unlike the states. There is something delightfully refreshing about a culture where food is savored, not stressed, and treats are included as part of life's necessities.