Honoured to show my work at this years annual MART members exhibition
Thank you for join me for a virtual brunch-time sketching session from the National Gallery of Ireland. For those who fancy making the drawing in their own time I have posted it on YouTube video above.
We will visit the National Gallery of Ireland via their virtual tour and draw the sculpture of the Crouching Venus from the collection.
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Happy sketching. Sheila
Link for virtual gallery tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=x2C…
Move over Venus there is a new muse in town. These next 2 beautiful drawings are by S Kaye Watson celebrating National Drawing Awesome work
Drawings by Brian Cheevers and Sienna from our national Drawing Day online sketching session
Beautifully divine drawing by Jill Divine
from Saturdays sketching session
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This day last week I had a wonderful time exhibiting my artwork at Bragadeiro’s alongside these talented creatives:
On a side note the venue for this event is very special. If you find yourself in need of a coffee in Dublin 1 it’s a real hidden gem.
What is on your easel atm? For an upcoming exhibition, I’m rotating between these paintings inspired from sketching at @NGIreland Can you recognise the sculptures? #painting #oilpainting #exhibition #Dublin #NationalGalleryIreland
It’s sideways because I’m painting it sideways. I also paint upside down. (The painting not me)
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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.
Before teaching at Art Academy this morning, I had a lovely morning of yoga with Sarah Shannon Yoga . You’ll see if you scroll down to the end of the post, that now Sarah Shannon Yoga seems to have some competitors who have copied her business model. 😄
They are planning a website for this venture at #Coderdojo
I am lucky enough to have the opportunity this month to exhibit my sketchbook alongside the Dublin Sketchers at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The current exhibition celebrates Bloomsday and features work from the esteemed artists Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Michelle Boyle, Áine Divine, John Keating and Caitríona Ní Threasaigh.
Gallery proprietor Olivier Cornet who curated the sketchbooks explained he was thinking about how I often love to draw marble sculpture and decided to display the sketchbook up on a plinth. I appreciate the grandeur and elegance of a plinth. My sketchbook sits happily perched on her plinth until June 30th at No. 3 Great Denmark Street. Pop in to enjoy and view the full collection of Joycean sketchbooks and fine art.
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.
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.
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
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.