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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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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citysketching, Holiday, On Location, Sketching, Uncategorized, Workshops

Drawing in the City

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This year, in May, I undertook a new, exciting venture. In conjunction with my talented daughter  Jessie ( www.jessicaweberphotography.com ) I led a tutored sketching/photography break in Berlin.

With a small, select group we took in the sights of that fascinating city, visiting locations such as the Eastside Gallery (old Berlin wall), the historical Oberbaumbrucke  to the beautiful Museuminsel, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlinerdom amongst many others,  sketching and taking photos on the way.

Included during the week were gallery visits, most noteworthy of which this year for me was the Erwin Wurm exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie.

Below are a few examples of work undertaken during the course but, for a fuller picture, head over to the Drawing in the City website www.drawinginthecity.com and have a peek.

Our next Berlin sketching break is May 2017

Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artists Bios – Oonagh Catchpole – Rosalind McConaghy

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 CATCHPOLE.

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.

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ROSALIND McCONAGHY

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.

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Workshops

Mixed Media Workshop

The regular classes finished today but before I get carried away by the Christmas spirit I wanted to post some images from last Saturday’s mixed media workshop.  Sometimes I like to link themes to current exhibitions in the knowledge that some people will either have already visited them or intend to do so.

In light of the present “Analysing Cubism” exhibition at the F.E. McWilliam gallery, Banbridge, Co Down, the Paul Klee exhibition “Making Visible” at Tate Modern London, Gustav Klimt at the Portrait in Vienna exhibition, National Gallery London, I decided to (loosely) base the workshop around the theme of cubism and geometricizing images.

Nine people took part. Below are the results – please bear in mind that some are works in progress.

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Shirley Barlow collaged digital prints, acrylic, monoprinting

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Oonagh Catchpole collaged painted  japan paper, acrylic,pastel 

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 Roberta Lindsay acrylic inks gold leaf

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Pat Burgess inks collaged paper cellophane (unfinished)

20131130_162109_resizedChristine Henderson watercolour collage gold leaf, pencil (unfinished)

20131130_162408_resizedJanet Clarke acrylic, collage (unfinished)

20131130_162808_resizedPamela Greene watercolour pencil collaged photos

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Caroline Twemlow  painted paper collage oils

20131206_124530_resizedKaren Hamilton watercolour, pencil, collage,gold leaf