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.  : https://lnkd.in/dcKsCHg 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.

A R T E X H I B I T I O N
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 Oi.ie #chiararucks

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

Sheila

 

 

Excited for the Midterm Art Camp

The Halloween Art Camp is starting tomorrow on the Bank holiday Monday until Friday, the clocks have gone back and we are in a new venue. Excited to see my artists tomorrow 10am-2pm www.artacademy.ie #artcamp #ArtAcademy #Halloweencamp

2019 Mid Term Break / Halloween Art Camp 🎃

Art Academy is excited to open for booking:
2019 Mid Term Break / Halloween Art Camp 🎃

10-2pm each day | Mon-Fri | 28/Oct-01/Nov | 6-14 years
www.artacademy.ie | 12 artist places available| Dublin 6w location

Kindly share/tag for those who have an artist/s in their lives.

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How to Draw ABC Animals

Hi there,

How are you? I’ve been playing about with stop motion video editing and I’m excited to share something I’ve enjoyed making. If you’d like to watch a video tutorial on how to draw the cute Daisy below click here

Sighting of a Pride of Lions in Harold’s Cross, Dublin

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

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#fineart #painting #arthistory #RosaBonheur #lions #Artcamp #Summercamp2019 www.artacademy.ie

 

 

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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.

 

 

Art Academy Summer Camp 2019

Art Academy are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our Summer Art Academy Camps 2019 after the success at the Easter Camps. I’m so proud of the artists who attended and the standard of paintings they created. Exceeding my (admittedly high) expectations. Well done guys. 👩‍🎨👨‍🎨

We have 2 weeks of art to offer:

Week 1 for 6-9 year olds | 8th – 12th July | Monday to Friday | 10am – 2pm | Early drop off available if booked in advance

Week 2 for 9-14 year old s | 15th – 19th July | Monday to Friday | 10am – 2pm | Again early drop off available, if needed, if booked in advance

There are only 12 places available on each camp so I advise booking early.  To book your place post or email the booking form details along with a deposit of €50 per artist. You may pay your deposit with a cheque or postal order made payable to Sheila Flaherty or via Paypal using the email sheilaflaherty2002@yahoo.com. Balance due on the first day of camp.

Art Academy is located in Harold’s Cross Community Centre, located behind the building that was used for Kenilworth Motors.  Looking forward to art camp already. I’ve posted the Draw Your Own Masterpiece page (published in the recent Harold’s Xpress magazine) at the end of the post if you fancy challenging yourself to Botticelli’s Venus in the meantime.

Sheila.

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