Get the Best Art Materials for Your Masterpieces

I’m really enjoying trying and testing all potential Da Vinci Box art supplies at the moment. As some of you may know I have an art materials subscription box cooking, where only the best art materials make the cut. I love having an arsenal of great art supplies to hand to keep me motivated and creative. Soon you can have them all and have them delivered too. Every month a new box of creative treats. Little sneak peek in the images below of my favourite art treats at the minute.

On another note I am trying out Tik Tok. Very addictive. See what you think of my videos so far: @sheila_artist and @da_vinci_box

Sweet Dublin’s Life Exhibition

Excited to take part in Sweet Dublin’s Life exhibition tomorrow night. Curated by Chiara Rucks with a group of artists celebrating Dublin and set in a Brazilian chocolate factory it promises a lovely night.

Sweet Dublin’s Life Exhibition tomorrow night.  : hashtag events hashtagartexhibition  

Below I can share a little sneak preview of the painting I’ll include. The National Gallery is my personal sweet spot in Dublin. What do you love most about Sweet Dublin Life?

Celebrating Dublin Though Art in a Brazilian Chocolate Café – Join us, Monday 6th of Jan 2020

The National Gallery of Ireland I can reveal as my Sweetest Thing About Living In Dublin. I love to and often spend an evening there sketchbook in hand in the company of the great Masters, letting them teach me. (In fact the Dublin Sketchers will be along on Sunday for those who would like to join)

I’m excited to exhibit along side some wonderful talent on Monday as part of the Sweet Dublin’s Life Exhibition curated by Chiara Rucks. I was included in the group of artists (other artists are from Brazil) who were invited to share what they love about Dublin though their art.

The exhibition takes place on Monday the 6th Jan in Bragadeiro’s chocolate cafe at 7 -9pm. You are welcome to join us and cheer up a dreary Monday with an evening of art celebrating Dublin.

The Wrestlers, oil on canvas by Sheila Flaherty

The exhibition is attended by illustrator Renato da Cunha, photographers Hélio Araújo and Hugo Vasconcelos and painter Sheila Flaherty.

Monday 6th January | Bragadeiros, Frenchman’s Lane, Dublin 1 | 7-9pm | Sweet Dublin’s Life | Curated by Chiara Rucks | Featuring art by Sheila Flahertyand others | All Welcome
#artexhibition #SweetDublinsLife E-Dublin Lovin Dublin #Dublinart #chiararucks

What is the Sweetest Thing About Dublin for You? January Exhibition

I am proud to share the news, that I will exhibit some artwork alongside these talented Brazilian creatives this January at Sweet Dublin’s Life.

Curated by Chiara Rucks the event takes place in Bragadeiro’s above The Art Cafe on Frenchman’s Lane Dublin 1 to celebrate Dublin. It promises a wonderful evening filled with art and a Brazilian taste to cheer up a dreary January Monday night.

If you follow along on instagram stories I might even let you in on where my personal favourite spot in Dublin is. What is the sweetest thing about Dublin life for you?


#2020 exhibition/ #BraziliansinDublin @Bragadeiros #Chiararucks #DaVinciBox



How to Create a Winter Wonderland Window

I had some fun recently creating this Winter Wonderland window for my local Post Office here in Harold’s Cross. If you would like to create something similar for your home or business this Christmas I will share the materials I used:

For outlines and small details I love these Chalk Markers from Uni. They adhere easily to the glass, are fun to use and wipe off with a damp cloth come January. No scraper blades needed.




Then for larger area I simply used a large paintbrush and this water based, liquid powder paint. I ordered two bottles but barely even needed a small amount from 1 bottle to complete the window. This paint works well on windows and again easy to clean off after Christmas.


I bought these materials online from a local art supplier K&M Evans. They have a good range of art supplies and an excellent delivery service.

I like to draw and cut my own stencils from card but I’m sure there are lots of ready made stencils to buy online if you prefer. I used 160gsm card in size A2. I use the same paint as above with the stencils.

I make a kind of stencil brush to dab on the paint. I use those yellow sponges that are stiff for cleaning dishes. Remove the green scratch part and wrap the sponge tightly around the edges with masking tape, shaping it into a round. Use this to dap the paint onto the stencils.

Have fun




The Scream by Edvard Munch recreated by the Art Academy Artists

Ancora Imparo “I am Still Learning” It was in his 87th year that the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo uttered these words – an ancient testament to the modern idea of lifelong learning. Art being the greatest adventure of them all.

I got to teach some incredible artists this week between the ages of 6-14 years old. I am so proud of them. They put huge efforts into recreating the Edvard Munch masterpiece The Scream over the mid-term break.

Huge congratulations to: Emily. Marianne, Hannah, Catherine, Giulia, Marco, Emilia, Tadgh, oisín, cillian, seóna, ciarán, cornelia, penelope, and seán. Very well done guys.