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.
 
#learntodraw #howtodraw #artacademy #classicalart👩‍🎨👨‍🎨

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus Masterpieces by Week 1 Easter Camp Artists.

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.

The original painting by Botticelli was created over 500 years ago and you can go to visit it in Florence Italy in the Uffizi Galleries. Take a look at their website here.

Some Renaissance art books for children we took at look at this week are: Botticelli by Mike Venezia and Rennaisance published by Usbourne

These can be borrowed from Rathmines Library 

The art sticker book we used was bought from the shop at the gorgeous National Gallery of Ireland.  

Art Academy wishes everyone a very happy Easter. Tomorrow is the final day of camp for the 6-9 yo artists and we are looking forward to art camp for the 9-14 yo next week.

 

#Botticelli #Uffizzigalleries Uffizi Gallery#Gallerieuffizi #Rennaisance #artcamp #ArtAcademy

 

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

 

Easter Art camp 2019

Hi all,

I hope those of you on midterm are having a lovely time. Art Academy is now open to take bookings for our Easter Camps. These are 4 day art camps to allow for Easter Friday and Monday.

Week 1 6-9 years | 10am – 2pm | Mon 15th – Thur 18th April 2019

Week 2 10-14 years | 10am – 2pm | Tue 23rd – Fri 26th April 2019

You can email (sheilaflaherty2002@yahoo.com) or post the details outlined in the booking form below and pay a deposit of €50 by PalPal, postal order or cheque to secure your place.

As usual first come, first served as we like to keep the group small and focused. Share and pass on if you know someone who also might be interested.

Thank you. Sheila

EasterCamp19

 

Preview of Art Source at the RDS this weekend

Art Source opened at the RSD last night  (Thur 8th Nov 2018). Here are a preview of my fav pieces from the show. Enjoy. You can view them all in person at the event today, tomorrow and Sunday.

 

 

By Fergus A Ryan

Fergus Ryan‘s Bio

These charming gents were playing at Art Source: Band the Pheonix

Art Source info

Realist painting by Jean Paul Marsman 

By FLETCHER SIBTHORP

By Ken Hamilton

By Stephen Johnston

 

By Stephen Johnston. Follow here

By Gordon Harris

By Gordon Harris

 

photo refs and own photos from the opening: https://www.gormleys.ie/artists/

 

What to Wear When You Love Being an Artist

Art inspired fashion is a thing. There is pop art at Versace and Van Gogh at Vans.

H&M are doing a William Morris themed collection that is available in stores today October 4th 2018.

Inspired by this I thought I’d put together a list art influenced fashion pieces. So if you love being an artist, pop these into your basket and let everyone know that you are creative.

William Morris inspired dress by H&M on Holly Carpenters instagram available in H&M

VANS X VAN GOGH MUSEUM AUTHENTIC SHOES

 

Art t-shirt by Zadig et Voltaire

 

Comme des Garçons Giuseppe Arcimboldo inspired dress

House Of Holland Artist Slogan T-Shirt

 

Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons – The Masters collection 

*Sold out on their website but I have seen these in store recently in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin

 

 

T-shirt with all over historical painting print

Versace POP ART SS’91 PRINT TRIBUTE SHIRT

Asos Reclaimed  Vintage inspired art print camo jacket

 

Asos t-shirt with love and art slogan

Fashion meets comic books at Prada

Asos Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Mona Lisa Print T shirt

 

Oscar de la Renta pop art dress

Oscar de la Renta RTW Spring 2018

VANS X VAN GOGH MUSEUM ALMOND BLOSSOM BOMBER JACKET

 

Moschino Pop Art Tee

 

For photo references: same as the link over each photograph

 

Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,

And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,

Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover

The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,

Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder

And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over,

Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;

The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter

These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

– William Morris

Da Vinci Box: Ireland’s Premier, Fine Art Supplies, Monthly, Subscription box

Da Vinci Box is a project that I am excited to share with you. It’s something that I have been working on for a little over a year now. It will finally be set to launch this Autumn.

It is Ireland’s premier, fine art supplies, monthly, subscription box. Designed to unlock your inner artist and let you create art from the comfort of your own home, no artist’s studio necessary.  Professional art supplies will arrive at your door every month. You just set an hour aside for yourself, put the kettle on and enjoy creating in your own space.

At Da Vinci Box we believe everyone should enjoy making art and that you were created to create. So keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more updates and I will reveal more when I can. There is a place holder website up for the moment, while the grand masterpiece is being finessed, so bear with me. You can like, share and follow on instagram and facebook in the meantime. I can’t wait to unveil it all officially and start to build a creative Da Vinci Box art community together.

 

website:  www.davincibox.ie

Insta: da_vinci_box

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Da-Vinci-Box-1782680642029304/

Art Academy Summer Camp 2018 | Week 2

Congratulations to Laoise, Ryan, Gwen, Evan, James, Zoë, Rose, Emma, and Heidi on completion of their Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer  by Gustav Klimt master copy. The results of their hard work speak for themselves, in the pictures below. Scroll down to the end and check out their process. There is a really cool story behind this painting illustrated well in the film Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the trailer here. You can check it the full length feature on iTunes here. 

 

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt master copies from the Summer camp artists of Art Academy Ireland

 

 

Progress images of the work progress through out the week. And of course Oreo the floof.