Drawing Tutorials and My New Art Adventure on YouTube

I have started a YouTube channel SheilaFlahertyArtist to share drawing tips and tricks. I’d love to know what you think? How can I improve and what kind of art videos would you like to see? Let me know in the comments under the video.

The 2 most asked questions I get about art are: 1. How long does it take to make a drawing? Different for every piece of art. In the one above about 50 minutes.

2. What art materials I use?  I’ll share the art materials I used for the drawing in the video of the silver bow below- and I use these few art products quite alot. They are among my favourite art supplies.

 These are the art materials I used in this drawing:

Thick grey card: https://amzn.to/2VZ7d82

Black Copic Marker: https://amzn.to/2TV1rSs

Brick White Copic Marker: https://amzn.to/2vXanP3

Grey Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/2TWAEoy

Black Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/38FjGkf

White Posca Paint Marker: https://amzn.to/3cOGcKw

Options for the Colouring Pencils (I personally love these pencils, the colour payoff is so rich and opaque):

Faber Castell F110012 Polychromos Colour Pencils Tin Of 12: https://amzn.to/39DCVf6

Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils Gift Box x 36 Colours: https://amzn.to/3aPoS6B

Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists Pastels Tin Of 60: https://amzn.to/2vYgoLx

Faber-Castell 120 Polychromos Artist Colour Pencils in Wenge-Stained Wooden Case: https://amzn.to/2W3ulSW .

I have also made a FREE drawing cheat sheet with 7 tips to take your drawing to the next level: https://mailchi.mp/bbf380acc5dd/hyper… . . .

I have used Amazon affiliate links for the product links. I receive a small percentage on sales but it doesn’t reflect the buying price for you.

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

Happy International Women’s Day 2020

Happy International Women’s Day:
Happy International Women’s day to you. I made a little something for us arty ladies. This poem “Don’t be an Artist, be a Lady” is a selection of the many comments, DM’s and unsolicited advice I have received over the years on the back of being a woman who enjoys creating art.
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Of course I was inspired to make this video by the Cynthia Nixon rendition of “Be a Lady, They Said”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZPab… The video which illustrates the pressures of being a women. Female artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Sofonisba Anguissola certainly benefited from ignoring the noise and living their lives on their own terms.
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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
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As you can see I have finally started a Youtube channel  Sheila Flaherty Artist 
Check it out and let me know what you think. Subscribe for more drawing and art and leave a comment or get in touch if there is a particular drawing/art video or style of video you would like to see.
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What is the Sweetest Thing About Dublin for You? January Exhibition

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 instagram stories 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?

 

#2020 exhibition/ #BraziliansinDublin @Bragadeiros #Chiararucks #DaVinciBox

 

 

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

#enterpreneurartists #innovators #artcamp

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

 

 

https://artuk.org/discover/stories/ten-reasons-to-love-rosa-bonheur#