Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Workshops

Sketching in Donegal August 2015

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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.

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Demonstration, drawing, Painting Techniques, Paintings

From Dark to Light

International Artist article

Earlier this year I was flattered to be asked to produce a demonstration article based on my pastel work for the magazine “International Artist” or “ia”.

I am delighted to be included in the October/November issue and-  get me – on the front page!

The magazine is full of great articles from artists across the world with demonstrations of techniques and peeks into their studios.

https://www.internationalartist.com/

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Exhibitions, Paintings

Pastel Society of Ireland Exhibition

An Exhibition of full members of the Pastel Society of Ireland 

Venue: Georgian Gallery

Ards Arts Centre

Town Hall

Conway Square

Newtownards

Co Down

Opening: Thursday 28 August 2014 7 pm

Continuing until September 26 2014

Deserted Port 1

Deserted Port  Soft Pastels 80cm x 58cm

Bleak Coast

Bleak Coast Soft Pastels 76cm x 92cm

Donegal, drawing, Drawings, Holiday, On Location, Workshops

Sketching in Donegal in the Sun (part 2)

Another few images from July’s sketching workshop.

MUCKROSS

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Just before I took this photo (below) at Muckross beach, we watched, astounded and thrilled, as a school (pod?) of dolphins leapt above the waves in the direction of Muckross Head. Unfortunately I didn’t have a good enough lens with me to capture it but we found them again later as we headed round to Muckross Head tumbling and playing in the bay and I believe they may still be there.

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I love the close tonal values of this image

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IMG_6948Watercolour sketch Harry Foy

IMG_6955Charcoal sketches Kay Cullen

IMG_6927Pencil sketch Aileen Hull

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Water flows down from the mountains cutting a path through the sand and when the tide is out it creates a universal pattern as it weakens to a trickle.  It looks like a delta, roots of a tree, tresses – how often nature repeats itself!

KILBEG HARBOUR

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The perspective of boats can be difficult to capture so I suggested some “blind” drawing i.e. not looking at the paper when you’re drawing. This can be challenging as there is an automatic reflex to look down at your sketch book. However, as is seen in the sketches below,  the results are worth it – strong flowing lines, spatial awareness and perspective “seen” without realising it!

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Kay sat for ages studying the movement of the water for this sketch and I really think she captured it.

IMG_6960Pencil sketch Kay Cullen

IMG_6957Watercolour sketch Harry Foy

Of course there were lots of interesting subjects to draw other than boats….

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Pencil sketch Anne Marie

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Looking forward now to August’s workshop. I am under no illusion that the weather will be as stunningly warm and sunny but Donegal offers so much more than good weather!

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Donegal, On Location, Workshops

DONEGAL SKETCHING BREAKS

Muckross HeadMuckross Head

DATES:                        Sun July 7 – Wed July 10

                                   Sun Aug 4 – Wed Aug 7

TUITION FEE:           £175/Euro 210 (includes light meal Sunday eve and 3 x sandwich lunches)

LOCATION:                Largy in south west Donegal lying between Ireland’s largest fishing port and the beautiful village of Kilcar in Donegal’s Gaeltacht

Breaker Muckross

Breaking Wave at Muckross Head

The weekend starts with a light meal and a demo on the Sunday evening at 7pm, sketching on location Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm with a lunch-break from 1 – 2pm

The course is suitable for all levels

There is excellent accommodation in the area at reasonable prices and there is plenty to do for non-painting partners

Early booking is advisable!

Contact Rosie for further information

Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Uncategorized

Sketching Holiday in Donegal

Arriving down at the cottage in Donegal on Saturday, I feared the worst weatherwise. With statistics echoing through my ears of the wettest June on record I looked out the front window of the living -room and couldn’t see the mountain for mist. The window to the back (the house is one room wide!) usually shows a panoramic view of Donegal Bay and the Sligo mountains beyond – nothing- I couldn’t even see the bottom of what I laughingly call my garden! Now I always have a Plan B for wet days but the whole idea of sketching holidays is to experience first hand the colours, smells, sounds and feeling of space that our photos don’t or can’t portray. However, Donegal didn’t disappoint and on the first day the clouds parted and the sun shone. In fact, two out of three days were sublime showing this part of the world to be the little bit of heaven that it is! In the evenings we spent our time wining and dining in Kitty Kelly’s restaurant at Largy and The Clock Tower at Fintra. I shall be running a further sketching holiday in August and there are 2 or 3 places still available. Below are images of some of the locations and a few of my sketches which I managed to do in between tutoring and a finished pastel based on sketches from the boats in the harbour at Kilbeg Pier

Hopefully a blog will follow with images of work from the sketching holidays’ participants

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Pale light at a beach at Muckross showing the Sligo mountains beyond

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The waterfall and salmon leap at Teelin

Of course without the rain the rivers wouldn’t be so amazing and the fishermen would be very sad!

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Kilbeg pier at Teelin Bay looking across to Slieve League

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Oil pastels

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Oil pastels

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Oil pastel sketch

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All sketches Rosie McClelland