Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Workshops

Donegal Sketching Holiday 2017

The weather gods were kind this year although if I were one to bite my nails they would be down to the quick! For painters it was perfect – windy, cloudy and sunny all in one Donegal day. Motifs are always plentiful, satisfying every taste whether landscape, water, fishing ropes, scudding clouds, busy, colourful, towns or sweeping mountain passes.

 

Below is a slideshow of some of the work produced

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                                          This year we had a guest tutor, the ceramic artist Alan Snape, who gave a masterclass in modelling in clay. Results were stunning as you can see…

All over for another year. My thanks to Alan Snape, the Potter, for his excellent tuition, to Gerry (Mrs Potter and my big sis) for her help making thousands of sandwiches and gallons of coffee and tea and of course to all those who took part for your work, the laughs, the wine and the company!

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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.

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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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

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Deserted Port  Soft Pastels 80cm x 58cm

Bleak Coast

Bleak Coast Soft Pastels 76cm x 92cm

Donegal, Holiday, On Location, Workshops

Sketching in Donegal in the sun

Dolphins leaping, long, white sands, rusty rivers, waterfalls, salmon, guiness, sunbathers – hang on a minute – SUNBATHERS! Yes, that’s right, Donegal was hotter than the Costas last week and 10 times more beautiful! It isn’t often that I don’t have to pray, cross fingers and toes and do a fair amount of cosmic ordering for good weather on my Donegal sketching breaks but this time it was a piece of cake.

Seven painters (and one spouse) met up at my place on Sunday evening for three days of sketching on location. I like to choose some of my favourite spots where there is plenty of subject matter to suit all tastes.

Below are a few images from our day at the Glen river

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Before they started I asked them to do some quick line drawings showing the flow and direction of the water’s movement and to be aware of how dark the river and river bank actually is despite the bright sunshine.

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Pastel sketch – Harry Foy

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Charcoal sketch – Kay Cullen

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Black pen – Lillian Weatherup

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Pastels – Lillian Weatherup

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Soft pastels – Georgie Lilley

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Black pen Joan Hull

At the end of the day we took a trip up to Sliabh Liag to the highest sea cliffs in Europe

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and what do you think we found there?

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Nothing like a delicious cool ice-cream after a hard day’s sketching in the sun!

Another blog will follow with more of the week’s sketches

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