Sketching "Bread and Roses" for IWD


"Our lives shall not be sweated
From birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies
Give us bread, but give us roses"

Monday 8 March is International Women's Day, a celebration that dates back to the women's suffrage campaign. The slogan "Bread and Roses" has been associated with this day since 1912! Broadly speaking, it refers to the right to dignity and respect, and from an artistic point of view it offers an opportunity for an interesting composition.

This Sunday, we'll be sketching a composition with bread and roses - or if you prefer - food and flowers. A biscuit and a daisy offer a chance to practice circular shapes, or a tulip and a croissant could make a study in cones. If you're new to flower-drawing, try keeping the subject in profile and focus on the overall geometric shape.There are quite a few flowers up now: camelias, daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops, or you could offer yourself some grocery-store roses this weekend as a treat, and interpret the bread-and-roses theme literally! Roses are complex, but very satisfying to draw, and there are lots of tutorials on YouTube if you find the multiple petals a little daunting and would like some help with the approach. Sit down with a cup of tea and your favourite snack, and include that snack with some blooms of your choosing. 

If you would like your sketch to be added to please either post it to the WhatsApp Social Dublin Sketchers group or email it to (jpeg format). Please make it low-res and properly orientated for posting to the website. If you're on Instagram, please tag your post with #dublinsketchers 

Looking forward to seeing everyone's work!

If you are new to Dublin Sketchers - we normally get together on a Sunday afternoon somewhere around Dublin to sketch from 2-4pm, and meet at 4pm for a drink and to check out each other's work. We’re doing things a bit differently at the moment...

On Sunday 7 March at 4pm we'll meet on Zoom to show each other our work over a drink. You'll need the meeting ID and password to join. If you are on the Dublin Sketchers What'sApp group, you'll find the info there. If not, email before noon on Sunday to ask for the details. There'll be a waiting room to join the Zoom, so wait a few minutes to join.

Keep sketching!