Donegal Painting Holidays 2012

Muckross Head Wave (soft pastels)

The (amended) dates for this year’s painting holidays are:

Sunday July 1st – Tues July 3rd and

 Sunday August 5th – Tues Aug 7th

Tuition Fee for each weekend is £100. This includes light refreshments and a mini demo on the Sunday evening, painting on location on Monday and Tuesday from 10am – 5pm with a break for lunch from 1 – 2pm (sandwich lunch included in price)

The location is Largy in south west Donegal lying between Ireland’s largest fishing port and the beautiful village of Kilcar in Donegal’s Gaeltacht.

There is excellent accommodation in the area at reasonable prices. I recommend Inishduff House www.inishduffhouse.com where Eithne Diver will insure you enjoy a Donegal welcome and Dun Ulun House which is a budget style hostel where you can either enjoy a bed and breakfast deal or cater for yourself. Both  have wonderful views over Donegal Bay.

Salmon Leap Teelin (soft pastels)

A few of the sites I have taken painting groups to in the past:

Muckross Head


Towney Harbour

Glengesh Pass

Some of the smaller fishing boats in Killybegs Harbour

Contact me for a booking form or further information



Drawing with Wire Workshop (2)

Janet Clarke – Wire, Collage, acrylic, inks

In June 2011 I posted a blog from a drawing class on drawing with wire. The results were really exciting and, seeing the potential, I intended to develop this idea. Well it may have taken 7 months but on Saturday(Feb 4th) I tutored a mixed media workshop with the main medium being wire. Mini still lifes were set up for each person (if they wanted) and I demonstrated manipulating the various wires from plain old garden wire to picture hanging wire, copper and silver wire, fuse wire – it’s amazing, when you start looking, just where you can resource your materials! I also discussed how we could fix the wire to the support – staple gun, glue gun,  thread, sealing wax, acrylic paint – depending on the kind of support being used. as in every mixed media practice, it was important to integrate the wire with the other materials.

 With eight people in the class there were, of course, eight different ideas on subject matter, size and media.Below (and above) are a few examples of the work – some of which are works in progress.

Amanda Stewart – wire, collage, embroidery thread, acrylics


Pat Burgess played around with the shadows formed from her wire drawings and then proceeded to sketch the beautifully distorted shapes

Pat Burgess wire, printed fabric, scrim, hessian, hand-made, painted paper

Shirley McDonald  wire, hessian, collaged paintings, paper, acrylics

Florence Patterson  wire, watercolour, acrylic

Oonagh Catchpole – wire, silk, scrim, collaged newspaper, beads, washers, acrylics

 Roberta Lindsay wire, acrylic, newspaper, thread, braid, beads (top)