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.
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)
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 instagramstories 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?
Phew, it’s just a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds making their block-ins, ahead of creating their Mastercopies of 19th Century realism art. The painting’s are starting to look so real you would be forgiven for thinking these were real lions.
The artists are studying the work of world famous artist Rosa Bonheur. Rosa Bonheur was a french artist and her largest and most famous work can be seen in New York’s wonderful Met Museum. We do however have one of her paintings here in Ireland, a beautiful painting of a stag (the animal not the pre-wedding weekend away): https://www.theartstory.org/artist-bonheur-rosa-life-and-legacy.htm
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’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.
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.