Make an En Plein Air Viewfinder

A useful tool to have in your pochade box or plein air easel. With these, you can determine your composition before you commit to painting. You can buy more sophisticated ones in the art shops but you can also keep things simple and make your own.

Plein Air in Rathmines

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Plein air painting in Rathmines, Dublin on a brilliant sunny day

This week, I took advantage of Tuesday’s brilliant sunshine to go out in Rathmines to paint the ‘Four Faced Liar’, as the Rathmines town hall clock is called by generations of confused Dubs. I set up outside Artmines art supplies shop, right at the pavement’s edge where I was close to being brained by bus wing mirrors.

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I spoke to several passers-by some of them painters others just interested. I also got a nice mug of tea from Laura in Artmines who came out for a chat -and from the owner Soma. Mr Ali, who owns the Turkish barber came out with a little glass of Turkish tea and a couple of Turkish pastries. Delicious. 

It was gratifying to  see that people are generally very interested in what I was doing. A few remarked that it made life more interesting to see this kind of activity. Some told me about their own practice in painting. I handed out many leaflets for my art classes in Dublin, so it was a very useful enterprise to be out in public. Thank you to you all for being so supportive; I have to say I was nervous at the outset. It’s one thing standing in a rural beauty spot to paint -and another to be in a crowded city street and probably in everyone’s way.

I teach this stuff. I have a fun painting weekend organised in beautiful An Grianán, County Louth at the end of August. If you’re interested in joining us, there are a few places left.

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Public Art at Harold’s Cross: Dublin Canvas

The traffic light control box at Mount Jerome. Complete with the incontinent and witless scrawlings of the spraycan children.

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be adding my ideas and colour to this excellent city-wide project. I wanted to paint one of these traffic light control boxes in my own area and this one by Mount Jerome Cemetery and Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is in an ideal location.  I feel very lucky to have secured this one as it fits in completely with my work.

The brief is that the art should relate to it’s location:

“Participants should draw upon their own creativity but should also pay attention to the different characteristics of each area for inspiration, paying attention to the surroundings of each box when designing their artwork. As each of the areas are quite distinct it is suggested that you visit each location to draw inspiration from the immediate environment.”

There’s also a park across the road with the small-but-perfectly-formed Noshington café for moments of respite from the work. I’ll be close to home, so lunch won’t be a problem.

I’ve booked in a few days to do this during July and the people from Dublin canvas will prepare the box for painting sometime soon. So do keep an eye out for me and honk your car horn as you pass by. Words of encouragement are welcome. I’ll keep you posted about my progress -wish me luck.

The web site for the Dublin Canvas public art project is at this link.

August en plein air painting weekend at An Grianán

Do you who want to get away from it all in a beautiful part of the country, while practising your painting skills? Following a brilliant and successful weekend painting excursion in May 2019, we’ve been invited to return and repeat the experience, so if you missed the first one; here’s your golden opportunity to join us. Come and join me at An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. It’s a glorious 18th century house, set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Boyne Valley that has been transformed into a cultural and educational centre. During this weekend we will explore the local landscape to draw and paint alla prima painting studies –and I will guide you and give plenty of painting demonstrations to help spur you on. 

August weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.

Date: Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September 2019

Medium: Oil/acrylic Paint & Drawing

Participants: Maximum 10

Painting level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that a basic level of drawing & painting techniques is needed.

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A McSherryStudio en plein air excursion to paint the landscape beside the river in summer 2018
  • In the case of inclement weather, we have an art room available to us.

The TOTAL cost for painting attendees is €340 (Non-painting partners €300). A deposit of €170* is required to reserve your place by PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque. 

Interested? Go to this page for more information and booking

or book by paying the deposit here: 





 

2019 Art Classes Summer Schedule

Summer schedule

Over the summer, I will be running pay-as-you-go classes as everyone goes off to warmer climes, including me. I will be notifying people by email through my email newsletter group and places at these sessions will be on a first come, first served basis. there will be a minimum number of 4 people (maximum is 6), so in the event of there being too few people, the class may be cancelled. Join the newsletter to get news of classes.

Each class: €35

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2019. Painting Retreat at An Grianán

Painting en plein air at An Grianan, County Louth
Painting en plein air at An Grianan, County Louth

My first painting retreat at the ICA headquarters; An Grianán,  in County Louth was last weekend. We had a wonderful time. Despite the weather, which was changeable as you can see, we all got a lot of work done -either outside or in our art room.

As ever, I did plenty of demonstrations. We were very well fed, An Grianán is famous for the quality and generosity of the food. We’re all going to need a week just to digest!

So, thank you to all who attended and made it such a fun event. I hope you gained some new techniques, approaches and confidence to paint landscapes en plein air and I hope to see you at the next event.

Kevin

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Painting en plein air at An Grianan, County Louth
Painting en plein air at An Grianan, County Louth

En plein air landscape demonstration canvas at An Grianan, County Louth
En plein air landscape demonstration canvas at An Grianan, County Louth

 

In the bar after a day painting en plein air, An Grianan, County Louth
In the bar after a day painting en plein air, An Grianan, County Louth

An Unexpected Opportunity: Painting Retreat in lovely Louth: May 17 – 19. 

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A place has come up at our An Grianán painting retreat weekend due to a late cancellation. Be quick – first to apply will get it! This is a last chance to join us for a weekend of landscape painting as all other places are gone. BOOK HERE

Details below.

May weekender: Painting en plein air at An Grianán in beautiful County Louth, Ireland. 10 participants ONLY.

Date: 17th May –19th May 2019
Medium: Oil/acrylic Paint & Drawing
Participants: Maximum 10
Painting level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that a basic level of drawing & painting techniques is needed.

Price: €340. Price includes: 2 x nights Bed & Continental  Breakfast, Tea, Coffee & Scones on arrival. High tea Friday & Saturday evening, three course lunch on Saturday & Sunday -and tuition!

Go to the event page on my web site, where you can see lots more details about this great new event and make your booking 

I’m really looking forward to seeing you and exploring the landscape.
Kevin

Classes on for this week

Re: Easter 2019

Hello to all my students. I hope you had a lovely Easter. Classes start again this week -commencing tomorrow.
Kevin

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An Infinite Variety of Styles

I started looking though the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 timelapse videos – there are many – and it’s interesting to see the many different approaches to making a painting; from very loose and unstructured to the insanely realistic. There is no one way, of course, but one of my favourites out of the lot I saw was this one by Haidee Jo Summers. You can see paintings being made with the aid of iPads too but I have to say, I’m not a big fan of that method. The deadline for application for this year’s show is May 11 and you can do that here.

Whatever you do, watch as many of these short videos as you can ; they’re an education. 

HAIDEE JO SUMMERS: Time lapse – Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 from N9 Design on Vimeo.

2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes

 

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2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes starts Tuesday April 16, Wednesday April 17 & Thursday April 18 . Book NOW to secure your place. Classes limited to 6 students only. Morning and evening classes.

It’s always better to EMAIL me about your interest in classes, rather than calling – phone call details can get lost 

Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm

Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

€185 per term. Payment secures place. Email here for information and booking.