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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Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Lyn Majury

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Lyn Majury

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!

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Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios- Kay Cullen – Shirley Barlow

Kay Cullen

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.

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Shirley Barlow

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

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Workshops

Portrait Workshop

Below are a few images of work in progress during today’s portrait workshop in Belmont Tower, Belfast with the lovely Ceardha as model.

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Shirley Barlow working in acrylics on board

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Roberta Lindsay working in soft pastels on pastel board

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IMG_6255I love this pose – Ceardha looks like she could have stepped straight out of one of Manet’s paintings!

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 Edward Cartin working in oils

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Kay McCrory’s pastel drawing

Sometimes as a tutor there’s a danger to hover over peoples’ shoulders making them nervous so during the longer pose I took the time to sit down and draw. The only space left to sit was right at the end which luckily enabled me to draw her profile

Interestingly early portraits by the Renaissance artists were always profiles

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Rosie McClelland – Willow charcoal on cartridge paper