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.
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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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.
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.
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.