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

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: 





 

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.

Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class at the Huband Bridge in Dublin

Yesterday morning saw our painting class at the Huband Bridge in Dublin, next to the Peppercannister Church.  The day started out overcast but it did brighten up, although we were subjected to ever-changing light. 
Painting by the canal is always to the accompaniment of some of Dublin’s more interesting characters and for a while we got talking to a Latvian chap who gave a critique of our work while holding a can of beer and a fistful of cigarette butts he’d rescued from the path. He was harmless and very pleasant.
Getting freshly painted oils work home is always a problem, hence my unique, patented  carrying device held on to my scooter with chicken wire. Improvisation is all important in the world of painting…
…and that is taught in every Kevin McSherry art class. If you want to know more about my classes -see the summer schedule tab or the regular classes which will start again in September. And do get in touch. 
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Have fun: paint small; paint oils and paint often.
Kevin
Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018
Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018

Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018
Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018

Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018
Kevin McSherry summer schedule en plein air art class, painting at the Huband Bridge in Dublin. July 2018