Painting Challenge #icanpaintlikepicasso Ciara Can Paint Like Picasso.

Very proud of Ciara. What an incredible artist, skillfully painting her own master piece of the horse from Guernica. Originally painted by Pablo Picasso and now here by another great artist Ciara. 

 


#COVIDー19 #StayingAtHome #painting #WithMe artacademy.ie Painting class here: youtu.be/9kah9eRHxgg

Hi my wonderful artists, I hope you are safe and well. I am sad we can’t have an art camp in person. In lieu of our Art Academy I’ve put together this painting tutorial for you. As always, we will learn about a famous artist and then create our very own masterpiece inspired by their work. I hope you enjoy it.

Let me see your master copy Masterpiece paintings when they are complete. If you are new, you are also very welcome. Enjoy painting. If you are comfortable to show off your work ask a parent/guardian to post your painting to their social media, using the #icanpaintlikepicasso

 

I’ll post a selection up on www.artacademy.ie I am excited to see your work. Let me know in the comments/ get in touch if there is another painting you would like me to cover for you. For those artists aged 10-110 years old, hold tight, I am making a video for you too. Many art shops are closed right now but get in touch if you need help sourcing paints etc

 

For my Dublin, Ireland based artists K&M Evans will drop to your door. Also I’ve been advised that Terenure Office have canvases and painting supplies (Thank you Emer for the tip) and will deliver. Happy painting Sheila x

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Secret Hidden Gem At The National Gallery of Ireland

Last Summers Art Academy artists will know the story of the famous 19th Century french artist Rosa Bonheur. Women were not allowed to be artists . It was not illegal just not socially accepted. Rosa Bonheur did not let this stop her. She retired at the age of 38 having made millions from the sale of her wonderful realism paintings. She bought château outside of Paris and lived there with her girlfriend and many animals including horses, cattle and even her 3 pet lions.

When she was little her mother taught her the alphabet by allowing her to draw an animal for every letter of the alphabet on the walls of their home. She loved animals and this encouraged her when learning to read and write. Should you like to start drawing an animal for each letter of the alphabet, I have popped a few tutorial videos up on YouTube to get you started.

One of her master pieces, a giant oil painting on canvas The Horse Fair sold for the equivalent of 1.35 million euro in todays money. It is over 2 and a half metres wide.

Image Reference: (provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art).

The painting has a secret. Women were also not allowed to attend the horse fair and it was dangerous for them to do so. Rosa cut her hair up short and disguised herself by wear clothes that would be considered “mens clothing” at that time. This way she could get in to the horse fair and make sketches for her painting.

She even had to apply to the government for a pardon to wear trousers – after getting in trouble a few times – as it was illegal to wear trousers in France at that time if you were a women. Women were required by law to wear the floor length dress and corset you often see in period drama movies.

In a bold move Rosa even painted herself into her great Masterpiece, right in the centre, riding a horse, looking directly out at the viewer dressed in mens clothing.

The Horse Fair is available to view at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City but you need not even travel very far to see a Rosa Bonheur painting in person. Yesterday I attended a International Women’s Day tour of the National Gallery of Ireland. 

During the tour we were lead by our wonderful tour guide to paintings and sculptures made by women. Now I am a big fan of the National Gallery and yet had not noticed an original Rosa Bonheur is hung there.

Image reference: National Gallery of Ireland

I think I don’t recognise it as a Rosa Bonheur in passing because it is a small painting. When I think of a Rosa Bonheur painting I tend to imagine these huge, majestic, highly accomplished, photo realistic , beautifully executed paintings of, usually, animals.

A Stag is relatively small and our tour guide Fela explained that it was painted after her retirement. She continued to paint but as she was financially so well off she didn’t need to try and impress or even paint art with a view to be sold.

She was well established as an artist by then and in 1865 Bonheur became the first woman artist to receive the cross of the Légion d’Honneur. You can see this painting in person next time you are in Dublin at The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square. 

Some of last Summers artists who completed their own Rosa Bonheur Masterpieces based on her lions paintings

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.

 

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.

 

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