First Plein Air Trip 2022

First Plein Air Trip 2022 Just love when the weather starts getting warmer.   That means it's time to get the painting gear organised and head out to paint. Tuesday 22nd April was one of those days and when I got the WhatsApp from our Plein Air Group, The Boathouse Painters for our first paint out in Skerries Mills, I gave it the thumbs up. My studio is in the Mills Courtyard so I know every inch of the venue suggested, but I don't generally plein air paint there, just in my studio.   I had painted this scene [...]

2022 Art Course and Workshop Dates Announced

New Palette Knife Workshop and Art Class Dates Announced. Well we have waited so long for the fantastic news that restrictions are lifted and following yesterdays announcement (21/01/2022), I am delighted to be able to finalise three new workshop dates and the commencement of my 10 week Spring Term Art Classes. Classes and Workshops book out fairly quickly so if you are interested in joining me for either, please check out the dates and book early.   If you have a gift voucher for a workshop contact me with your preferred date and I will book you in. If [...]

My Skerries 5K February Painting Challenge

Every day for the month of February I painted a different Skerries scene and posted it on my Instagram and Facebook pages.   This was a follow on from the January Challenge I had done with Strada Easel, to paint a daily painting from life.   Over 800 artists took part in the challenge and at the end 20 winners were announced, and I was delighted to be one of them. I thought it would be great for February, to paint something from my daily walk around Skerries, during the 5K lockdown.   This lockdown has been a challenge [...]

Champion Green campaign urges people to shop locally

Champion Green campaign urges people to shop locally. Since our opening earlier this month I have been delighted with local support here in Skerries and really appreciate the lovely shoppers who have called in to say hello, bought a card, print or painting. Your support is so amazing and I can't thank you enough. If each adult spent just €20 extra in small businesses each week for the next 12 weeks, this would amount to an injection of over €875m into the local economy and would have a huge, positive impact on jobs and the vibrancy of towns and local [...]

Plein air June

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. The springers, Skerries Another nice quiet place to paint is Loughshinny beach. It was really hot so lots of people in swimming and canoeing. Loughshinny Beach Skerries Rock beach is a great vantage point to [...]

Within our 2km limit

This month's blogs are all reflecting the terrible situation we are all in. https://youtu.be/BSY3F_faJiA With the news of our lastest restriction of 2km limit, we realise most people don't live in such a beautiful town as Skerries. On our daily walk, we have this fabulous beach to clear our heads and keep us sane and we appreciate how lucky we are every day.

Commission Delivery

"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 the finished painting and it went straight up on the wall in pride of place.

Autumn Skerries Mills

Walking to work, as it was raining, I walked over the top path and noticed these lovely unripe blackberries in the hedge between the carpark and the path, with the five sail windmill in the background. The first sign of autumn. Whipped the phone out and took a few snaps. I am daily painting at the moment and working on small canvases. "Autumn Skerries Mills" was painted in oils on an 8" x 8" board. Still wet it was whipped away and framed. One of the many benefits of my husband being a Framer! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THIS PAINTING [...]

The Rock and the Bill

Rockabill Lighthouse Today's painting is of Rockabill Lighthouse off Skerries, title "The Rock And The Bill" 6" x 6" oil on panel. Rockabill is a group of two islands "The Rock" and "The Bill" situated about 6 kilometres off Skerries south beach, County Dublin.   The two granite islands are separated by a channel about 20 metres wide.   On "The Rock" there is the lighthouse with several walls and outbuildings, built in 1860 from granite and limestone and automated in 1989. Rockabill is an important seabird breeding island, especially notable for its terns, and is a special protection area under the [...]

Worth the wait!

November and December are always our busier months with fairs running up to Christmas and of course the gallery has to be manned too. So with one thing or another I haven't had time to paint since October and today was my first day back. Storm In A Teacup, the ice cream shop on Skerries Harbour is always busy no matter what the weather, but its worth the wait. "Worth the Wait" - 8" x 8" oil on panel available to purchase HERE  

Sunset, Skerries Harbour

I love a big canvas.   So this 120x100cm canvas was perfect for a painting I had planned all summer.   The image I was working from was a  photo I took one evening after a lovely dinner in Stoops, our favourite watering hole on Skerries Harbour. Skerries harbour is always spectacular at sunset, but that evening it was extra special.   "Sunset, Skerries Harbour" 120x100cm oil in canvas available in my gallery and online here . SOLD    

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 painting available here

May Plein Air

Last September I went to Holland for a masterclass in Plein Air painting and I promised myself when I got home, I would continue painting en plein air. But life takes over and between teaching and exhibitions I had to put it on the back burner......until now..... I have finished courses early this year to be able to paint for the month of May all around Skerries and if everything goes to plan there will be an exhibition and book of my May painting project in plein air mid June. In the first week I managed to get out three [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Up early to get the last minute touches on our float. After a wet start, things improved and we managed to add the final touches. Then down to the south strand to join the other floats.   Some fantastic ideas displayed.   Everyone waiting for the judges decision with baited breath. We were thrilled when we were handed the first prize for best float.   Couldn't believe it as there was such fabulous competition. THINKING HATS ON NOW FOR NEXT YEAR !! Mona was delighted with the news!

Mother’s Day Shopping Event

SUNDAY 19TH MARCH @ SKERRIES MILLS ARTISAN COURTYARD A huge thank you to all the lovely people that come to our event today.    Plus a very big THANKS to Homebrew, we loved having you with us! The best tunes! So we have a FABULOUS hamper that we'd LOVE you to win! It's filled with lovely goodies & gifts from Karen Wilson Wayland's Forge Silversmiths and Jewellery School Molls Parlour The Stash Cupboard - all carefully selected for Mother's Day! If you pop into the Gallery you can see the hamper too! ? So, simply LIKE & SHARE the post on on our Facebook page Skerries Mills [...]

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