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Peonies palette knife workshop

This Saturday 13th October was the last palette knife workshop of 2018 when we painted peonies in oils. New dates are in the pipeline and I hope to have confirmation for two Saturday's in February 2019 very soon. Find out more about the workshops here. Be first to be informed about new dates by joining my mailing list  here  

Art Heist

Art heist 😭 in the Gallery ....at around 2 a.m. this morning some scumbag broke the window of the gallery and stole a painting and other items. I hope they are enjoying their cuppa this morning from the Skerries mugs.....not!

Plein Air Holiday

PLEIN AIR HOLIDAY IN HOLLAND Deep in concentration on the beautiful sandy beach of Katwijk ann Zee Last year I took a Masterclass in Holland with Dutch Painter Roos Schuring.  The plan was to study and paint rain clouds and stormy skies,  but as you can see there wasn't a cloud in the sky. But no one was complaining!     Four days of fabulous [...]

Keeping busy

Three weeks on holiday in Lanzarote is a long time to be away from painting, I start getting withdrawal symptoms.   So I have to fit a bit of painting or sketching in during the day at some time.  Usually first thing in the morning, before the pool, or late in the evening when it is cooler. This is a painting I have wanted to do [...]

Skerries Harbour

Gallery is closed today as Skerries Mills is shut due to a power cut.   Business as usual tomorrow. (hopefully 🌦️🍃💨). Painted this a few weeks back on one of those fabulous summer days we had.  "Skerries Harbour" 12" X 10" oil.   Drove past the harbour this morning and it looks amazing in this stormy weather.   It never ceases to inspire me.   More details about this [...]

Dos Cortado (two coffees)

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Blue Tit Mini

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Summer holiday

Finally off on holidays and our first stop is always 🥘 paella and a nice crianza. Plenty of fab restaurants in Lanzarote to choose from and we were not disappointed for our first meal.  

#marchmeetthemaker2018 – Day 3

#marchmeetthemaker2018 - Day 3 I have always painted but due to ill health  the early 90's I started painting more and more, In 1993  the local gallery, Village Art,  asked me to exhibit at a group show where I sold both pieces, and the rest is history.

#marchmeetthemaker2018 – day 2

#marchmeetthemaker2018 - day 2 Day 2  - Where.... My where is my fabulous studio/gallery in Skerries Mills Artisan Courtyard.   I am so lucky to have such a fabulous inspirational space, in the restored stone built courtyard of this 15th Century building. with two windmills, a watermill, and milling museum.    I am also blessed for my Plein air painting, with the most amazing beaches and landscapes [...]

#marchmeetthemaker2018 – day 1

MARCH MEET THE MAKER 2018 - DAY 1 This month I’ll be taking part in #marchmeetthemaker2018. Sorry, I am a bit late but here goes ... Day 1 prompt is “you.” Who am I?! Well... I’m Karen. I am an artist and I live in Skerries, County Dublin.   I paint every day, weather permitting, around where I live or in my studio/gallery in Skerries Mills.   I [...]

Roses in Oils, Mother’s Day Sorted!

    Roses in Oils, Mother's Day Sorted! Mother's day is early this year, on 11th March.   So its time to get organised!! Here is a great gift idea for your mum. On 24th March in my new series of "painting in oils with a palette knife," we will be painting roses.   This is the first workshop in oils covering still life which will give [...]

Loughshinny Harbour

Painting today on Loughshinny Beach with the newly formed Boathouse Plein Air Group.     Fabulous location for our first paint out.     Very cold and windy but that didn't stop us.   A lovely bowl of chowder in the Harbour Bar in Rush warmed us up quickly.   Our next paint out is Skerries Harbour, 4th April (weather permitting) See more available paintings here. Monthly blog updates [...]

Dublin Plein Air Festival 2018 – June 18 to 24 June

This is me and my BF, Michelle at the Dublin Plein Air Festival 2017, enjoying a paint out at Howth Harbour. In deep concentraton, getting the paint on the canvas! A fabulous experience for amateur and professional artists. This year the Dublin Plein Air Festival is on 18th – 24th June 2018... registration HERE.   Give it a go, you won't regret it.