In the spirit of keeping things fresh for my art class students in my studio, I’ve been on a spending rampage for new still life objects. Here are a few of the pots and plants I’ve bought recently that you can paint at the McSherry Studio.
The oriental blue pots I got from a very nice Chinese lady through Adverts.ie
There are several more trinkets including new silverware for the ‘how to paint silver’ class and glassware too. There are a whole bunch of old pieces that have worn out their welcome, so a trip to the charity shop is in order. I’m not sure I could face putting them up on Adverts.ie individually…
So, keep going everybody. As the McSherryStudio.com motto goes: Paint oils; paint small; paint often!
Well Spring is supposed to be upon us, though it’s hard to believe as we’re currently being lashed by sleet…but it’s always warm and cosy in my studio. I painted these daffs as a class demonstration -and there’s a demo by me at every class.
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It’s about time I uploaded this post, more than three months after I started it. Last September, I participated in Dublin’s Culture night 2019 by painting a nocturne in oils at St Stephen’s Green, just outside the Stephens Green Club at the junction of Kildare Street and the Green.
This is me at around 6pm. Plenty of light to get the structure drawn out with a light mix of burnt umber oils and turps.
As you can see, the light is starting to fade at this point. Also, I realised that I should have brought some kind of light with me! My excuse is that I haven’t painted a nocturne from life very often.
So I did what I could with the receding light and realised that I’d have to complete the painting in my studio. There was plenty of life around and I had a bit of a crowd around me for most of the time. That doesnt faze me at all; I enjoy talking to people.
Around this time, a chap sat down on the other side of that traffic light control box you can see on the right and began playing the tin whistle, so I was accompanied by ‘The Fields of Athenry’ for a good hour.
I’m really looking forward to 2020 and all the en plein air paintings I’m going to do. Do get in touch -I’m always delighted to hear from people. Maybe we’ll encounter each other in the coming months when the waether improves. Until then…
A Stephens Green Nocturne. Oils on stretched canvas 20″ x 20″ Collectors can call me on 086 247 0737 to arrange a viewing.
I would never try to pass myself off as someone with any knowledge about mental health but you do hear a lot about how art is used in therapy to help relieve stress. The buzzwords du jour are ‘mindfulness’ and ‘wellness’ but I’m not going to make any extravagant claims for what happens in my art class. I will say this; there’s always a slight frisson of anxiety and tension at the start of my class which gives way to quiet and concentration as we progress towards the end of the 2.5 hours.
Students always tell me after class that the time flew by which is as it should be. That quiet time is when you’re flying -there’s only one task to do and you have to exclude everything else; you have to be ‘in the moment’.
From my own experience, you need about 4 uninterrupted hours on an art project: No mobile phones, no internet. I often play music though – I find it helps.
30 minutes of the time to build towards that moment when you begin soaring and 3 hours up there in the firmament and then another short period to come back to earth. Usually because I’m hungry!