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

Classes on for this week

Re: Easter 2019

Hello to all my students. I hope you had a lovely Easter. Classes start again this week -commencing tomorrow.
Kevin

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2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes

 

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2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes starts Tuesday April 16, Wednesday April 17 & Thursday April 18 . Book NOW to secure your place. Classes limited to 6 students only. Morning and evening classes.

It’s always better to EMAIL me about your interest in classes, rather than calling – phone call details can get lost 

Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm

Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

€185 per term. Payment secures place. Email here for information and booking.

 

190314 The Flowers of Spring

From this morning’s art class demonstration. ‘Spring Study’ 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel still life study of daffodils.  You can see the painting and shadow box with flowers in the background. 

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Spring Study 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel

 

Spring Study 8" x 10" oils on canvas panel still life set up at easel.
Spring Study 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel still life set up at easel.

Painting from Photographic References

I always try to impress on beginners that the very best way to learn to paint is by doing so from life. The uncertainty of the enterprise stops you from becoming ensnared by a pre-existing representation. That’s not to say you’ll manage to get good results straight away; it’s just that the uncertainty will provoke a more interesting and human result and you’ll learn more from the process.

Hence, last week was spent at each class demonstrating how to paint successfully from a photographic reference. I printed out some pictures I’ve taken over the years that I thought would be worth trying.

Here are the results of my own demonstrations. Each took about 30 minutes and I spent a further hour or so on the impressionist/pointillist one:

A Cotignac Street
The Grand Canal in Dublin
The Huband Bridge, Dublin

The Story of the Blues

A carving in high quality lapis lazuli. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone

I’ve always wondered about the history of certain paints and ultramarine has one of the most romantic. Take a read of the following article on the Winsor & Newton web site:

“The word ‘Ultramarine’ comes from the Latin ‘ultra’ meaning ‘beyond’ and ‘mare’ meaning ‘sea’, as this was how Lapis Lazuli first arrived in Europe. Ultramarine came in the form of lumps of the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli (the ‘blue stone’ in Latin), via foot and donkey on the Silk Road from Afghani…” read more on the W&N web site

Beginners’ Painting Kit. What You Actually Need.

Beginners’ painting kit for oil painting classes in Dublin

A short video (7.5 minutes) about the recommended beginner’s painting kit for my studio class. It’ll save you lots of money and save you from carting bundles of unnecessary material around with you and hurting your back!

You’ll get an idea of what everything looks like before you visit the art supplies shop. Below is a list.

  • ‘Burren’ tabletop box easel: ‘Create’ brand or similar (Winsor & Newton make good, slightly larger boxes, for example).
  • Brushes (See this video on which brushes to get).
  • Paints: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black and Burnt Umber. (All Winsor & Newton, Winton range).
  • A Palette
  • Solvent: Zest-it or Sansodor
  • Liquin
  • Palette Knife
  • A rag

Available Class Places Update

New 6 Week Art Classes Term starts Tuesday January 15, Wednesday January 16 & Thursday January 17 2019

Call NOW on 086 247 0737 or email me

TUESDAY mornings 10am to 12.30pm 1 place
TUESDAY evenings 7pm to 9.30pm 3 places

WEDNESDAY mornings 10am-12.30pm 1 place

THURSDAY mornings 10am to 12.30pm 1 place
THURSDAY evenings 7pm to 9.30pm 3 places