Thank you to all who attended last weekend’s en plein air painting weekend with me in An Grianán, home of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. Thanks also to the staff there for hosting this event. Once again I enjoyed it immensely – and the feedback has been tremendous.
I have to say, I learned a lot from teaching everyone as I always do. This time, we ventured out of the beautiful campus to paint in Termonfeckin itself and then at Port Oriel in Clogherhead. We were lucky with the weather, too. We caught a couple of showers but had plenty of sunshine to paint in. We met colourful characters and interested passers-by who stopped to chat.
I’m so looking forward to making another trip to An Grianán. The staff are so friendly and obliging and the food is plentiful and delicious. Maybe, since the duller weather is approaching, an indoor weekend workshop might be worth considering…portraiture, still lifes and working with imitation gold leaf to bring a little sunshine back? Drop me an email if you’d like that – or have any suggestions.
Meanwhile, art classes in my studio are starting again next week. There are still a couple of places on Wednesday morning if you want to venture into the world of painting in a genuine artist’s studio. There’s always fresh coffee and biscuits to keep you going – and I do a demonstration painting at every class.
I’ve been very silent on the web site over the summer but I promise that I’ve been working hard on my craft! I’ve attended en plein air painting events in Ireland and France – and I’ve picked up new techniques from many great painters along the way. I’ve even had one or two theories of mine about painting confirmed, which is great.
All this experience, I want to pass on to you in my studio classes, so we can advance each of us, in our artistic journey, which thankfully never ends…
My morning classes are almost all full at this stage – just a couple of places left. There’s availability in the evenings, though. Call me on 086 427 0737 or email for more information. Beginners always welcome.
Art Classes in Dublin Classes:
Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm 1 Place
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm FULL
Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm 2 Places
Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm FULL
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm 1 Place
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Make a landscape 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.
It needs to be small and flat enough to fit into your paint box. The hinges were made with Duck tape.
I made this one from backing board from an old picture frame, it’s quite easy to cut with a box knife but it’s also quite tough. To finish, I coated it a couple of times with acrylic medium which will repel any water spills.
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.