Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Sketching, Workshops

Donegal Sketching Holiday 2018

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An Port Ghost Village

An Port is a favourite destination of mine and we visited it this year on the second day of our workshop. Port has a very special atmosphere. It is said that the whole village was abandoned at the time of the famine in the middle of the 19c leaving the houses to fall into ruin. It must have been a very hard existence – what appears picturesque to those visitors who make their way down and leave again, the reality was in fact a harsh existence.

On the first morning we spent an hour on Fintra Beach before moving on to St John’s Point. At Fintra our first exercise was to walk and make marks as we go, seaweed, stones, footmarks, pawmarks, feathers, waves – anything that took our eye. These sketches ended up as scribbles in most cases but served the purpose of honing hand-eye coordination.

St John’s Point

Ceramic Workshop

On the final morning we had a ceramic tutorial from the potter Alan Snape. At the start of the holiday he had asked everyone to think of five or six motives for a mini frieze. Always daunting at first the final results were awesome to the delight and surprise of all the novice ceramicists!

Muckross Head

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Our final destination was at the stunning Muckross Head with wind and waves and foam – an inspiration for any artist of paint or words.

Thank you to all who took part – to the tutors, the companions, the helpers. Thank you for all your work – sketches , paintings, poems and most of all – thank you for the craic!

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Drawings, lifedrawing, Sketching, Uncategorized, Workshops

Life drawing

It’s been too long since I posted anything on my blog so here are a few sketches from today’s life drawing workshop. You can see more of my work on Instagram @rosiemcclellandart or on my website http://www.rosiemcclelland.co.uk

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60 minute oil sketch 24 in x 18 in

2 minute gestural poses pen drawings

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Charcoal on cartridge paper

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Mixed Media – acrylic, charcoal, conté, oil pastel

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Mixed Media – conté crayon and oil paint on canvas block

Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Sketching, Uncategorized

Donegal Sketching August 2016

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Monday August 8  – The deserted fishing village of Port was our first venue. A windswept but sunny day creating a continually changing light show….

       Tuesday August 9     Assaranca Waterfall and Ardara Town

 

Wednesday August 10 – A wet day so drawing exercises inside the cottage using Donegal’s wild flowers20160825_161811_resized

‘Losing control’- Sketching with charcoal taped onto the end of a paintbrush                   (left to right Margaret F, Kay McC, Karen W, Gavin H)

‘Large and Small Scale’ – drawing with a paintbrush and black ink on scrolled paper, pen and ink on small scale card. (left Kay McC, right Pamela G)

Subtraction drawings with charcoal and putty rubber.(left Pamela G, right Gavin H)

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Brambles (Margaret)

Thank you to all who took part!

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citysketching, Holiday, On Location, Sketching, Uncategorized, Workshops

Drawing in the City

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This year, in May, I undertook a new, exciting venture. In conjunction with my talented daughter  Jessie ( www.jessicaweberphotography.com ) I led a tutored sketching/photography break in Berlin.

With a small, select group we took in the sights of that fascinating city, visiting locations such as the Eastside Gallery (old Berlin wall), the historical Oberbaumbrucke  to the beautiful Museuminsel, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlinerdom amongst many others,  sketching and taking photos on the way.

Included during the week were gallery visits, most noteworthy of which this year for me was the Erwin Wurm exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie.

Below are a few examples of work undertaken during the course but, for a fuller picture, head over to the Drawing in the City website www.drawinginthecity.com and have a peek.

Our next Berlin sketching break is May 2017

Drawings, Holiday, On Location, Sketching

A week in Provence

I have just spent a week in Provence. I was very kindly invited to stay in a beautiful appartment in St Saturnin d’Apt by a member of my art classes.The last time I visited Provence was 25 years ago and I don’t remember it being quite so spectacular but perhaps that was because my children were still toddlers and we all came down with a stomach bug! This time there were four of us – all grown-ups – and we  spent our days sketching, sight-seeing, browsing colourful market stalls and drinking copious amounts of wine in breathtaking surroundings.

One of the highlights was visiting Cezanne’s studio. To see his painting jackets hanging on the wall close enough to touch (I didn’t!), familiar objects from his still-life paintings such as jugs, bottles and the white statue of Putto sitting on shelves was magical. I lingered long enough to let the inspiration soak in. Mont St Victoire didn’t let us down either with a display of blood-red poppies and wild flowers in the fields at it’s base.

The urge to paint landscapes doesn’t happen often to me and when it does it’s usually in the form of water – tethered boats in harbours, atlantic waves crashing onto ancient rocks or rushing salmon-filled rivers – there needs to be some kind of emotional connection for me to want to capture – so I was happy to sketch buildings and people and make notes on the mediterranean light and palette.

Tangled cables in Bonnieux Rosie McClelland
oil pastel sketch Rosie McClelland
St saturnin Rosie McClelland
Oonagh Catchpole – View of St Saturnin – Watercolour
Caroline Twemlow -Roofs at Bonnieux
Janet Clarke -Irises
My three companions, Caroline, Oonagh and Janet