Just a few images from this year’s sketching workshop in Donegal.
Eight painters took part over 4 days starting on the Sunday evening with a meal and a chance for everyone to get to know each other followed by a short talk on what to expect over the coming days.
The weather when I travelled down from Belfast on the Saturday was horrific. The rain was coming down in stair rods and Sunday wasn’t much better! Just as I was expecting to put plan B into operation, on Monday morning the sun came out and we were off to our first location, Maghera waterfall (above) and later across the dunes and down to the beach and caves (below)
Making marks to convey the movement of the water and texture of the vegetation.
Moving into colour and making colour notes
On Tuesday we travelled down to the very tip of St John’s Point for a panoramic view of the Sligo mountains across to Sliabh Liag.
Tonal sketch capturing depth and atmospheric perspective
Negative drawing of ragwort
Not a bad place to have a picnic!
The plan for the final day was to sketch around the Church graveyard and megalithic Ogham stone in Glencolumbcille, beautifully nestling in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. As we settled in to sketch and, in some cases, take rubbings from the ancient stones, the rain set in.
Now, in my experience, rain in the hills doesn’t always mean rain elsewhere in Donegal so we set off for a favourite spot of mine- a peaceful little harbour on the coastal road between Kilcar and Carraig with a spot of retail therapy on the way at Glencolumbcille Woollen Mill and Kilcar’s Design Weaving Studio. Sure enough we managed to escape the rain here and spent a peaceful afternoon with nothing but the sound of lapping water and seagulls crying.
Thank you to all who took part on the course you were amazing –
Brid, Margaret, Kay, Pamela, Karen, Sue, Mandy, Bernie.
Thank you Gerry (big sis) for all your help.
Thank you to Ethna at Inishduff House who, as always, provided excellent hospitality and accommodation
Thank you for the good company and delicious food at Kitty Kelly’s
The images above are just a small example of the work produced and my apologies to those who had to leave early and whose work has not appeared here – I stupidly forgot to take photos before you left.