Dublin Sketcher's 10th Birthday Bash on Saturday 10th March, Jack Nealons

Dublin Sketchers will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in March.

We're having a Birthday Bash on Saturday 10th March in the upstairs bar of Jack Nealons pub on Capel Street from 8pm - late.

Spread the word. Bring your friends.

Dublin Sketchers Sun 18 Feb Rathmines and the Bowery Pub

On Sunday 18 Feb, Dublin Sketchers will be out and about in Rathmines from 2pm and converging at the Bowery Pub from 4pm to check out each other's work.

There's great architecture round Rathmines - the "big DOM" church, the town hall, the newly re-opened Stella cinema. You might want to venture up as far as the canal by Portobello Bridge. There's plenty of coffee shops with large windows for doing street scenes - Isabella's, Moda and a few chain coffee shops thrown in there too. Also plenty to sketch in doors in the Swan Centre.

The Bowery (formerly Toast) has been decked out like an old ship, so plenty of quirky stuff to sketch in there too. Their website is www.thebowery.ie

If you've not been out before, don't worry if you are late - most of us usually are. We'll be a bit spread out around Rathmines this week, so if you don't spot any likely looking sketchers when you arrive, just get stuck in and you'll meet everyone over a drink at 4pm. Bring your own materials.

Ulysses Sketch Crawl Part One - The Martello Tower and Forty Foot

Part One of the Ulysses Sketch Crawl across Dublin, Dublin Sketchers headed for the Martello Tower and Forty Foot bathing place in Sandycove to dive into the first chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce.



 I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.


Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air.


He mounted to the parapet again and gazed out over Dublin bay,
 his fair oakpale hair stirring slightly.


Rather bleak in wintertime, I should say. Martello you call it?


Woodshadows floated silently by through the morning peace from the stairhead seaward where he gazed. Inshore and farther out the mirror of water whitened, spurned by lightshod hurrying feet.

Buck Mulligan’s voice sang from within the tower. It came nearer up the staircase, calling again. Stephen, still trembling at his soul’s cry, heard warm running sunlight and in the air behind him friendly words.
Dedalus, come down, like a good mosey. Breakfast is ready. Haines is apologising for waking us last night. It’s all right.

In the gloomy domed livingroom of the tower Buck Mulligan’s gowned form moved briskly to and fro about the hearth, hiding and revealing its yellow glow. Two shafts of soft daylight fell across the flagged floor from the high barbacans: and at the meeting of their rays a cloud of coalsmoke and fumes of fried grease floated, turning.

 A tall figure rose from the hammock where it had been sitting, went to the doorway and pulled open the inner doors.


When I makes tea I makes tea, as old mother Grogan said. And when I makes water I makes water.
By Jove, it is tea, Haines said.
Buck Mulligan went on hewing and wheedling:
So I do, Mrs Cahill, says she. Begob, ma’am, says Mrs Cahill, God send you don’t make them in the one pot.

Seriously, Dedalus. I’m stony. Hurry out to your school kip and bring us back some money. Today the bards must drink and junket. Ireland expects that every man this day will do his duty.


Eyes, pale as the sea the wind had freshened, paler, firm and prudent. The seas’ ruler, he gazed southward over the bay, empty save for the smokeplume of the mailboat vague on the bright skyline and a sail tacking by the Muglins.


Billy Pitt had them built, Buck Mulligan said, when the French were on the sea. But ours is the omphalos.

Mary S

Our swim first, Buck Mulligan said.
He turned to Stephen and asked blandly:
Is this the day for your monthly wash, Kinch?
Then he said to Haines:

The unclean bard makes a point of washing once a month.
Mary O'C

I intend to make a collection of your sayings if you will let me.
Speaking to me. They wash and tub and scrub. Agenbite of inwit. Conscience. 
Yet here’s a spot. That one about the cracked lookingglass of a servant 
being the symbol of Irish art is deuced good.

They followed the winding path down to the creek. Buck Mulligan stood on a stone, in shirtsleeves, his unclipped tie rippling over his shoulder. A young man clinging to a spur of rock near him, moved slowly frogwise his green legs in the deep jelly of the water.


The bard’s noserag! A new art colour for our Irish poets: snotgreen. 
You can almost taste it, can’t you?

Isn’t the sea what Algy calls it: a great sweet mother? 
The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea.

Mary S

Is she up the pole?
Better ask Seymour that.
Seymour a bleeding officer! Buck Mulligan said.
He nodded to himself as he drew off his trousers and stood up, saying tritely:
Redheaded women buck like goats.


Are you going in here, Malachi?
Yes. Make room in the bed.
The young man shoved himself backward through the water and reached the middle of the creek in two long clean strokes. Haines sat down on a stone, smoking.


We’ll see you again, Haines said, turning as Stephen walked up the path 
and smiling at wild Irish.
Horn of a bull, hoof of a horse, smile of a Saxon.
The Ship, Buck Mulligan cried. Half twelve.


There's a touch of the artist about old Bloom...

Sun 11th Feb Martello Tower in Sandy Cove and Forty Foot bathing place

On Sunday 11th February Dublin Sketchers will head to the Martello Tower in Sandycove, also known as the James Joyce Tower, and the nearby Forty Foot bathing place. 

Get sketching from 2pm and we'll meet in Fitzgerald's of Sandcove at 4pm to check out each other's work. 

Be sure to dress for the cold - the tower doesn't have much (if any) heating and the bathing place is, well, on the Irish Sea!

The website for the tower is www.joycetower.ie
The website for the pub is www.fitzgeraldsofsandycove.com

If you want, you can draw on the theme of the opening chapter of James Joyce's crazy adventure Ulysses. 

Here's an 18 minute intro to the whole book 

This short video, presented by Senator David Norris, gives some low down on the first chapter.

If you're joining in the Ulysses sketch book project, you might want to get a dedicated sketch book for it. Or work on A4 or A3 loose leaf pages. 

Bring your swimsuit if you are feeling brave!

If it's your first time out .... bring your own paper and pens/pencils, turn up, say hello to anyone who looks like a sketcher and get stuck in! You'll meet everyone at 4pm over a drink in the pub. 

Ulysses sketchbook project 2018

Between February and June, Dublin Sketchers will get down and dirty with James Joyce. We’ll sketch in some of the places that appear in his big book Ulysses – a 700 page crazy epic that takes place on one day in Dublin in 1904. That day is celebrated every year as Bloomsday, 16th June. 

The Drawing on Joyce sketchbook project will take inspiration from Ulysses – the stories, the characters, the rumour and humour. We’ll sketch pubs, chemists and cafés. Parks, martello towers and cemeteries. The sketchbooks will be a record of time and place, now and then. They will reveal Ulysses, one drawing at a time.

The sketch books will be exhibited during the Bloomsday Festival. If you don’t want to exhibit your sketches, that is totally fine. Just come out with Dublin Sketchers as usual.
You can follow the development of the project on the website, and Twitter @DublinSketchers and @DrawingonJoyce.

If you can’t join the sketch crawls in Dublin, then tweet your related sketch during the week of the sketch out. Future project dates - Sunday 11th March, Sunday 8th April, Sunday 13th May and Sunday 10th June.

Sketches from Debenhams on Sunday 4th. Feb. 2018

A large turnout for sketching from Upper floors in Debenhams.  Interesting rooftop views around Henry Street and further.    My apologies re the condition of some photos as the lighting had a strange effect on the camera at times!


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