Last year, I took a party of my student painters to An Grianán in County Louth, where we painted, ate heartily and listened to music for the whole late August weekend. One of the many highlights of this art weekend was a Sunday trip to beautiful Clogherhead nearby.
It was a lovely day, the sun shone brightly and I chose this boat, moored up against the harbour wall, to paint as my demonstration of alla prima oils painting. That one I did live in front of my students. I also took a couple of reference photographs for later use in the studio classes I run. I used it for this virtual online class and you can access the full class from beginning to end on this Youtube video.
However, I have also made a ‘speedpainting’ version – essentially the same video stripped of my voice and sped up. So the whole hour is reduced to 3 minutes. I think it’s more easily digestible if you have limited time but it’s also very helpful; Students of alla prima oil painting can watch this to get an overview of the process, then dive right into the full length video to get the details.
So I hope you like the video of speedpainting a fishing boat. Why not subscribe to my channel when you get there. I’m posting up new videos with all sorts of helpful topics very regularly.
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.