Conte, gouache, charcoal in A3 cartridge sketchbook
2 minute gestural poses charcoal on A2 cartridge
5 minute preparatory sketch – carbon pencil
Oil on gesso prepared card 54cm x 50cm (90mins)
It’s been nearly 3 months since my last foray into the life room and it was so good to shake off the temptation to sink into winter hibernation on this miserable grey January Saturday. Below are a few sketches from the 4 hour session…..
2 minute gestural sketches – charcoal on A2 cartridge paper
15 minute sketch charcoal on A2 cartridge paper
45 mins mixed media in A3 sketch book
15 mins gouache/charcoal on watercolour sheet
Mixed media in A3 sketch book
The summer already seems like a lifetime ago but before the Autumn draws in completely here is a little reminder of the August sketching holiday in Donegal.
I don’t think I could get away with saying the weather was brilliant (the photos of raincoats and warm jackets are a testament to that) but we certainly weren’t washed out and Donegal is beautiful and inspirational no matter what.
Our locations this year were Killybegs Harbour, Fintra Beach, Port, Muckross and an “invigorating” sea outing with Sliabh Liag Boat Trips.
Finally everything was framed and hung, flowers were arranged, the glasses were laid out, the wine was cooling and the artists were waiting for viewers (and hopefully buyers) to arrive – and arrive they did!
The opening night was a great success with fun, chat, raffle and….. sales!
There are lots of people to thank – the library staff for being so helpful, Art and Home for their raffle gift and last minute framing,the Tom Kerr group for lending us their boards, Patrick McDonald from NIAMH and of course all the artists who exhibited and helped with the organisation.
Qualified as a lawyer but began painting seriously about 18 years ago. I work in most media –sometimes all at once, which I love, using whatever processes or methods seem to suit the image in my mind’s eye, be it free and full of colour like Barbara Rae, or quiet and cool like Morandi. The effect of light on colour plus a strong form are always important to me whatever the catalyst, and I love to experiment with new methods and subject matter. Fascinated by Picasso’s cubism in my teens, his earlier works came as a revelation when I discovered them. I continue to discover artists who excite me – Cezanne, the Pointillistes, Uglow, Hockney, Freud, Diebenkorn and many, many others..
Full Member of Ulster Watercolour Society, Art Society of Ulster, Ulster Women Artists, Pastel Society of Ireland, received awards from all , and selected to exhibit at RHA, RUA, and final of the Laing Exhibition in the,Mall Gallery London.
“Boat Reflection, Greece”
Floresca Karanàsou has been painting for almost four years and for most of that time she has been using soft pastels. She is Greek but has lived in the UK for the best part of the last 34 years, first as a student and then working for British charities managing their Middle East programmes. She is now a freelance consultant specialising on human rights and international development in the Middle East.
She regards painting as the one area in her life where she can let completely loose – the ultimate in freedom of self-expression and experimentation. Her natural instinct is always to pay attention to detail, so, in painting, she tries to do the opposite, to be reductive and abstract. There is another reason why she loves to paint: the companionship of other fellow travellers – students in art classes like Rosie McClelland’s.
Having moved from London to Glenarm, Co. Antrim in 2011 she has been painting since then the natural and lived-in environment around Glenarm. She likes to interpret what she sees in stark colours and simple shapes and has been inspired by British pastelist, Mark Leech.
Lyn’s paintings are influenced by the changing seasons and draw attention to quiet corners of the landscape that have been overlooked by those who speed by. Some paintings reflect her passion for recycling so the mundane and discarded can end up as part of the fabric in a mixed media painting. Other paintings include ‘found quotes’ to engage with the viewer.
Lyn has had two solo exhibitions to date and has recently exhibited with her two daughters Emma and Sarah. She also has exhibited with clubs and societies over the past 30 + years. Societies include the Pastel Society of Ireland, the Ulster Society of Women Artists and the Art Society of Ulster.
If you happen to be heading down to Belfast’s famous St. George’s Market on a Sunday look out for The Blue Door Studio and say hello to Lyn or her daughters, Emma and Sarah! You’ll find original art work as well as prints, cards etc.
Well worth a visit!
Jolita came to NI in 2005 from Lithuania to work as a clinical research scientist. Around the same time she started painting and took a National Diploma in Art and Design at the South Eastern Regional College. She has been painting and exhibiting ever since and in 2008 one of her paintings was chosen as a winning entry for the Lisburn Historic Quarter Arts Group Postcard competition.
In 2009 as Ambassador of Vilnius (2009 European Capital of Culture) in Northern Ireland and in conjunction with the millennium jubilee commemorating the naming of Lithuania, Jolita worked with the Artists Association of Lithuania to create an exhibition realising the historical and contemporary study of Baltic identity and creativity. The exhibition was held at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.
Jolita has been liaising for us with Patrick McDonald from NIAMH, our chosen charity.
Here is some information……..
Niamh is a leading mental health and wellbeing charity that delivers a range of services which focus on mental health recovery, health and social care policy, training and counselling for employees across the island of Ireland via its 3 areas of service activity, Beacon, Carecall and Inspire.
Beacon provides 24/7support services to people with experience of mental illness through supported housing, day support and advocacy services. This is the largest division in the Niamh family and it has grown substantially over the past few years.
Beacon’s 15 day support schemes located throughout Northern Ireland provided a range of recovery-focused programmes to over 1300 people every year and its 28 supported housing services provided accommodation for 430 people. Its advocacy services dealt with almost 6,000 requests for advocacy support in the last year alone and floating support has recently provided services for a further 39 people.
Carecall provides therapeutic support through workplace-based wellbeing services such as employee assistance programmes (EAP) and counselling, and training and preventative services in a wide variety of contexts including schools, colleges and workplaces.
Last year alone, Carecall delivered just over 32,000 counselling sessions to nearly 6500 people and made their services available to 566,000 people, including 185,000 students. Over 2500 delegates attended Carecall training courses in 2013/14.
Inspire provides support for approximately 90 people with learning disabilities in various locations across Northern Ireland. It is the newest Niamh service, having commenced in October 2013, and extends the reach of Niamh beyond mental health in order to also support people with a learning disability.
Kay has enjoyed painting for many years.
When she discovered pastel painting she found her forte and made many friends in the Pastel Society of Ireland of which she is an award-winning member.
Since retiring Kay has received lots of help and encouragement, through Rosie’s classes and summer painting holidays, to try many different approaches to drawing and painting.
She is currently working, in various media, on a series of paintings inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats for a solo exhibition in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast in September 2015.
Shirley has loved painting all her life but started painting seriously about twenty years ago. She loves to experiment in all media – acrylic, inks, oil, charcoal and collage in fact she likens herself to a butterfly flitting from one thing to another – well life’s too short to get bored or boring and the main thing is she enjoys what she does immensely!
She is a member of the Artists Society of Ulster, Ulster Watercolour Society and the Ulster Women Artists
Two more mini bios of regular members of the art groups whose work will be exhibited in Holywood Library, Co Down June 4th – 6th 2015
Oonagh lives in Bangor, Co Down and has been painting for over 20 years.
She is a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society, The Arts Society of Ulster, and is a Diploma holder in the Ulster Society of Woman Artists.
Colour, pattern, texture and light are important qualities in her work. She has been greatly influenced by the artists Bonnard, Klimt, Kandinsky, Klee , and the modern artist Gillian Ayres.
Rosalind is a member of the ASU (Arts Society of Ulster) and the UWS (Ulster Watercolour Society). She was awarded the prize for Still Life at the UWS 2014 Annual Exhibition and has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy in 2008 at the Titanic Drawing Offices Belfast.
She draws inspiration from the artists Neil Shawcross, Giorgio Morandi and Cezanne.
Rosalind paints in all media and loves the freedom of watercolour finding the merging of different colours a constant source of inspiration.
I’ve always loved art but didn’t practice until late in life (better late than never) and really took the plunge when I signed up for a part-time HND in Fine Arts which I passed with distinctions in 2012. Doing the HND encouraged me to be experimental and to explore a range of different techniques and media including print-making, photography, film, and sculpture. Complementary to the course I did a master class with international glass artist, Karl Harron, and since then he has guided me through a range of different projects which have enabled me to explore my interest in the identity of landscape. A glass bowl, Ice, was exhibited at the 2013 exhibition of the RUA and in 2014, another bowl, Lava, was shortlisted. Since completing the HND I’ve been going to classes with Rosie McClelland to improve my drawing and painting skills. Thanks to Rosie’s infinite patience and teaching skills, there’s a definite improvement but I’ve still a long way to go!
Edward has been a regular member of the classes for some years. He has a strong interest in portraiture which he uses as resource material for his paintings.
His love for Seamus Heaney’s poems has led him to visualise these in his most recent series of paintings which he exhibited in December 2014 in a very successful one-man exhibition in the Arts Care Gallery, Crescent Gardens, Belfast. These paintings are also due to be shown in the Linenhall Library in August 2015.
Photo: Edward working on “Away at Mass”
Every 2 – 3 years I (with a lot of help) organise an exhibition for my art classes. This is not only an opportunity for members of the classes to showcase their work it’s also an evening where we can get together, meet members of other classes, invite our friends and family to see what we’ve been up to and enjoy a glass of wine (or two!)
It’s also an opportunity to support a charity with 25% of all art sales plus all of the raffle and catalogue intake going to a charity of our choice.
This year we elected to support NIAMH or Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.
Some of the exhibitors have not been in the groups long and are nervously showing their work for the first time, others are much more experienced and are members of established societies such as the Ulster Watercolour Society, Arts Society of Ulster, Pastel Society of Ireland, Ulster Women Artists. You may even have seen their work in local galleries.
If you’re in the area between Thursday June 4th from 5pm and Saturday June 6th, 3pm, please drop in and have a look We’ll be exhibiting in
Holywood Library, Co Down, Northern Ireland.
This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a piece of original art with prices of displayed work starting from £100 and unframed work which you will find in our browser-rack below £100.
The raffle will be drawn on Thursday evening at 7pm and prizes will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, silk scarves, art materials and much more…….
In the next week or two I shall be posting mini bios on some of the artists taking part.