Reflecting on Reflections in Painting

 

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 RHA artist 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.

You can see this work yourself at the RHA 189th exhibition now open at the Royal Hibernian Gallery until the 10th of August 2019.

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 2019 – The Round Up of Events

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:

  1. Dublin Sketcher’s Exhibition at the Harold’s Cross Festival.

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.

With artist and art blogger Eoin Mac Lochlainn curator of last years exhibition Queens of Art.

2. Sketching Tour at The National Gallery of Ireland

I personally love to visit the National Gallery. The National Gallery the initiators of National Drawing day invite you to explore the Gallery’s collection and beautiful architecture on their sketching tour. It’s completely free and no booking even required. They have a whole list of events for NDD but this sketching adventure sounds wonderful. Check out their website for full details. 

Photo ref: screen grab from NGI website

3. Sculpture Drawing Morning in Saint Stephen Green

Spotted this event on Eventbrite. Looks fun. Artist Heather Gray is getting into the spirit of the event by organising a sculpture drawing morning in Saint Stephen Green on Saturday. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

 

Photo ref: from Heathers Eventbrite page

4. Butler Gallery Kilkenny Castle and Park

Butler Gallery Kilkenny Castle and Park are going all out for the event. Check out their video below.

 

5. Crawford Gallery Copy-Cats

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 Carbayo shortlisted 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.

 

 

Draw Your Own master Piece, The Grid Method

Many artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Van Gogh have used the grid method to enlarge their drawings.
 
Try it yourself with Botticelli’s beautiful Venus below.
 
This was published in the recent Harold’s Cross Xpress. For those of your not in the area to receive the magazine, here is a copy of the drawing page for you to try.
 
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Art Academy Summer Camp 2019

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 sheilaflaherty2002@yahoo.com. Balance due on the first day of camp.

Art Academy is located in Harold’s Cross Community Centre, located behind the building that was used for Kenilworth Motors.  Looking forward to art camp already. I’ve posted the Draw Your Own Masterpiece page (published in the recent Harold’s Xpress magazine) at the end of the post if you fancy challenging yourself to Botticelli’s Venus in the meantime.

Sheila.

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