I’m working on this drawing at the moment. It has my reflection in a silver Disney mug, taking a photo of the refection in the mug. So my camera has a wifi setting, I sent the photo to the iPad mini and I use that as a reference while I’m drawing. You possibly can’t make out the reflection of me with the camera yet but you will before it is finished.
Now we all know there is a huge leap between drawing from a picture on your iPad or phone and drawing or painting from real life, in terms of skill. [scroll down-post continues below the image]
When I saw this painting today “Self Portrait, New Studio Kettle” by RHAartist Una Sealy I could really appreciate the challenges she faced executing this work. Here you see her standing at her easel painting the kettle with her portrait reflected in the concave silver body.
It is obvious it is done from life rather than the lesser challenge of working from a 2D image. The artist Una Sealy had to not only transform a 3d form onto a 2d canvas, convey her own reflection distorted by the rounded shape of the kettle and also convince the viewer that this is a silver object without using metallic paint.
From my visit today I think I have chosen my person top 10 favourite artworks. I’m going to pop in again tomorrow to take another look – there are after all 500 pieces to see and then I will post my personal top 10.
National Drawing Day is an annual countrywide event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland. With NDD fast approaching – Saturday May 18th, I thought I’d round up the top 5 NDD events where you can take part in the celebrations:
What better way to celebrate National Drawing Day than in the company of those who gather every Sunday to sketch every inch of the city. Dublin Sketchers will exhibit their urban sketchbooks and some paintings and drawings at the Rosary Pastoral Centre this weekend. Local artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn has written a great blog post on the Dublin Sketchers worth checking out. The exhibition opens this Friday evening from 6pm -8pm and you are welcome to pop in for an inspirational browse and glass of wine. I’ll be invigilating on Saturday so feel welcome to come and say hi. The sketching styles are all so different and you’ll come away inspired to add to your own sketchbook.
This sounds very much like my kind of event. Anyone knows I love to draw sculpture and the Crawford Gallery in Cork boasts an impressive collection of marble perfection. They are hosting drawing sessions in the sculpture gallery. Artist Regina Carbayoshortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 will share drawing tips and tricks. This is a free event, no booking necessary. And I am a little bit jealous I’ll not make this event so if you do pop along enjoy it.
Where ever you choose to spend Saturday 18th make sure to pick up and pencil and enjoy a doodle in celebration of the day.
Art Academy are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our Summer Art Academy Camps 2019 after the success at the Easter Camps. I’m so proud of the artists who attended and the standard of paintings they created. Exceeding my (admittedly high) expectations. Well done guys. 👩🎨👨🎨
We have 2 weeks of art to offer:
Week 1 for 6-9 year olds | 8th – 12th July | Monday to Friday | 10am – 2pm | Early drop off available if booked in advance
Week 2 for 9-14 year old s | 15th – 19th July | Monday to Friday | 10am – 2pm | Again early drop off available, if needed, if booked in advance
There are only 12 places available on each camp so I advise booking early. To book your place post or email the booking form details along with a deposit of €50 per artist. You may pay your deposit with a cheque or postal order made payable to Sheila Flaherty or via Paypal using the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Balance due on the first day of camp.
I’ve been enjoying making some Easter drawings and experimenting with art materials from Da Vinci Box. I thought I’d share these Cadbury’smini eggs and Butlers bunny ones with you and wish you a lovely bank holiday weekend.
Congratulations to Ruth, Sarah, Oisín, Ava, Karl, Olaf, Seán, Lucy, Isobel, Aoileann, Nicola and Róise on completion of their Botticelli Birth of Venus masterpieces today at Art Academy art camp. They have done a wonderful job spending their Easter holidays creating beautiful art, learning new skills and making friends.