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.
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.
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 placeby PayPal, cash, Visa or cheque.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
Booking for the May weekend en plein air painting weekend is now CLOSED. I’m sorry if you haven’t managed to grab a place but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list if places become available through cancellation, please contact us here.