August Painting at An Grianán


 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.

Paint small; paint oils; paint often!

Kevin

Art Classes in Dublin restart on September 10

Plein air painting in Ballymore Demesne walled garden, Wexford, brilliant sunny day
Plein air painting in Ballymore Demesne walled garden, Wexford, brilliant sunny day

Hi guys,

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.

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 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.

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

 

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

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.