Sketches from Dublin Castle State Apartments, 9 December 2018

A warm welcome from the staff at Dublin Castle State Apartments on Sunday. And warm rooms. Beautiful interiors. Lavish Christmas decorations. Enthusiastic and talented sketchers. Plus gorgeous hot chocolate at the Terrace Café. All contributed to a great afternoon.
Mauro


Michael

Michael

James

Jessica

Sheila

Des

Marian

Colette

Betty

Marina

Marina

Adrian

Adrian (from last week on Grafton Street)

Caroline

John C.

Alice (with herself and Betty in the picture)

Mary O'C.

Maura

Christine

Linda

Marie-Hélène

Marie-Hélène

Marie-Hélène

Sunday 9 December - State Apartments, Dublin Castle

On Sunday the 9th December, Dublin Sketchers are going to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle on Dame Street

The starting point at 2pm is at the State Apartments, which is in the upper courtyard (to your right when you come into Dublin Castle via the Dame Street entrance), and the entrance is on the left in the courtyard. 
 
Go to the ticket office and tell them you're with Dublin Sketchers.

Special arrangements have been made so that Dublin Sketchers can get into the State Apartments for free.  In order to avoid non-sketchers jumping on the bandwagon, you may be asked to show your sketchbook, or just say that you received the information via the Dublin Sketchers blog.

You may be given a wristband at the entrance, so that the staff within the State Apartments know who we are.

As there are paid guided tours in the State Apartments, bear in mind that large groups may appear all of a sudden. As always, be respectful of staff and paying guests and pick spots that do not block the general flow of the tours. There are lots of gorgeous rooms to work in, with fabulous views to the courtyards. Also, please be mindful of the interiors and the Christmas trees especially in the room with the dining table known as the Portrait Gallery. For those who use watercolours, it’s probably best to just use waterbrushes, as you will not be able to bring water containers into the rooms. If in doubt about anything, please check with any member of staff. Also, don't bring a big backpack as you may be asked to leave it in the lockers (that probably mostly applies to me!!)

If it’s your first time out and you can’t spot anyone who looks like a sketcher at 2pm, just choose something to draw and get stuck in. Keep your eyes open for anyone carrying a sketchbook and say hello. New people come along almost every week so don't be shy about introducing yourself.  It's a nice friendly gathering and you'll get to know us over coffee from 4pm. Don't worry if you're late, most of us usually are! You need to bring your own paper and pens/pencils etc.

From 4pm, we'll gather for coffee at the Dublin Castle Terrace Café (inside the same building). A bunch of people who look like sketchers will magically appear. Note that the café closes at 4:45.


Sketches from area around Grafton St. D.2 Sunday Dec.2nd.2018

Great work done, in between the showers.!

Eleonora (Grafton St.)

Kate


Isolde (St. Annes Church, Dawson St.)

                                           Marie Helene (1)

                                                       Marie Helene (2)

                                           Emma

                                              Denize

                                            Sofia

                                                         Des

                                          Andrew

                                              Chris

                                                       Maria F   (St. Annes Church)

                                          Christine   (From roof of M&S with the Seagull!)

                                                      Louise   (Yes, they are really there in Annes Lane)

                                                       By James

                                                         
                                                                By Marina



                                                    Two, by Pat McA

                                                 Derek

                                                               Sheila

                                                                  Dave

                                               Mauro ( Interior upstairs of The Duke)

Sunday 2 December - Christmas lights and Grafton Street area

On Sunday 2 December, Dublin Sketchers will sketch in and around the Grafton Street area from 2pm and meet for drinks around 4pm in The Duke pub on Duke Street.

If it’s your first time out and you can’t spot anyone at 2pm, just choose something to sketch and get stuck in. Keep your eyes open for anyone carrying a sketchbook and say hello. It's a friendly crowd who you’ll get to know over a drink from 4pm. Don't worry if you're late, most of us usually are! You need to bring your own paper and pens/pencils etc.

About Grafton Street
Grafton Street is a busy shopping street, particularly at this time of the year, so it's unlikely you'll find a spot to sit and sketch on the street itself. If it's raining or too cold, there are a lot of classic coffee shops and pubs around the area - Bewleys, The Bruxelles, Nearys, The Bailey, Davy Byrnes, McDaids to name but a few. Enjoy the Christmas lights. Sketch the buskers or the flower sellers. Do a bit of Christmas shopping.

From 4pm, we'll gather for a drink at The Duke, Duke Street. In recent months, we've always managed to get seats upstairs. Don't forget to pay for your drink when the waiter/waitress brings it to you - they sometimes put all the orders on one bill and it gets messy.
http://www.thedukedublin.com/

A bunch of sketchers will magically appear.


Sketches from the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, Sunday 25th.Nov. 2018

An interesting afternoon spent sketching in and around the Gallery of Photography.

                                                      By Christine

                                                       Dave

Michael C.
        
                                                             Alex

                                          Andrew T.G.

                                          Derek

                                                         Des

                                                      Felix

                                          Isolde

                                          Michele

                                                     Pat McA

                                                   Mary O'C
Marie-Hélène

Marie-Hélène