No foreign travel this year, but what could be nicer than a fishing/painting staycation in Donegal/Leitrim. Everyone was happy in our house when we decided to go on a weeks holiday on Drowes Fisheries. Plein Air painting on the river at Drowes Fisheries No wellies needed - 24 degrees - picnic time! The evening sun was lighting up the field [...]
With the lovely fine weather I managed to get out to paint a few days at the beginning of the month. plein air painting at The Ovens, Skerries beach One of my favourite spots in Skerries is called the Ovens as it is always very sheltered. It is behind Skerries Sailing Club and there is plenty of inspiration for a painting whatever direction you look. [...]
"Behind The Lifeboat Station" was originally painted en Plein Air during the Plein Air Festival in 2019 on a 25 x 30 cm canvas. My client was looking for something a bit bigger and decided to commission the scene on a 120 x 100 cm canvas. I am always anxious when delivering a commission. Thankfully my anxiety was not necessary as she was delighted with [...]
Art in the Open 2019 Art in the Open in Wexford had been on my list for some time, so this year we (Louise, Michelle and myself) decided to give it a go. It runs for 10 days but we booked in from Wednesday until Bank Holiday Monday. Graiguenamanagh Wednesday was Graiguenamanagh. We didn't arrive until after lunch and painted this 10"x12" on the river, [...]
Dublin Plein Air Festival 2019 Skerries We found a spot out of the driving wind behind the Lifeboat building. Then the rain came and we had to find shelter. No better place to shelter from in a shower of rain than Joe May's!! Swords Street scene Swords 12th Lock Donabate Farmleigh House and Gardens Balbriggan Couldn't [...]
Just back from an amazing three week break in Lanzarote in May. The first week was with my painting buddies, Michelle and Joyce and we managed to get the pochade boxes out for a few plein air sessions and the sketch books were always in the beach bags. Lanzarote has a lot to offer artists with its unusual landscape. Volcanic mountains in amazing violets, blues [...]
Easter Monday was an early start (well early for me!!) All set up to paint by 9 am on the beach in Loughshinny. The tide had just turned and was coming in. The mist on Lambay Island on the horizon slowly lifted. Beautiful morning light. Lovely to to see the horses out for their morning exercise. Heaven!
My top five picks for plein air painting keep changing but this is the current favourites. 1. EASEL The first essential is of course the easel. To be honest I have two favourites so I will count this as one. It depends on where I intent to paint and the weather conditions. If the forecast is windy and wet then the definite favourite is my [...]