Dublin sketching crawl January the 10th at 11am

got this email through Boards.ie

All artists, whether pro or amateur, are invited to meet at the bottom of the Spire on Saturday, January 10th at 11am. We'll go from the Spire down the river, go into Trinity College, then head over to St. Stephen's green, go down Dame St and around Temple Bar. We'll then cross the Ha'penny bridge and take in the Italian quarter, before heading over to Phoenix park. We'll then head back to O'Connell Bridge and finish up at around 3pm with a pint in Messers Maguire's (right beside the O'Connell bridge). ANYONE is invited, regardless of talent!! Just be sure to have your sketchbooks out so we know who you are!

The international page is www.sketchcrawl.com and the Dublin entry is here:http://www.sketchcrawl.com/forum/vie...hp?f=44&t=3400
You can join either through the sketchcrawl Dublin entry link above or the facebook page here:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37288283143 .

I'll email again nearer the date, so don't worry about having to try to remember it- I just thought it'd be nice to have an early heads-up, particularly for those going home for the holidays.

Try and spread the word- a crowd would be great fun! I'm going to try and get this into the newspapers as well, so we have a good turnout. Could you contact the members from the Dublin sketchers' group and let them know about this?

Thanks! If you want to help me organize this, you are more than welcome, I could use all the help I can get!!

Let me know,

Help/Comments needed about a picture for a cafe

Folks I'm working on a pic for a cafe and if you could spend two mins I would appreciate some feedback - bear in mind that what you see isn't fully finished yet but still a work in progress. There are two styles of pic and I'd like to know which one people like better if at all. Also what things you like/dislike about the pics, characters, styles etc.whatever jumps into your mind. It's going to be in a fairly clean, bright but warm cafe setting. Cream walls, lots of orange, browns, warm colours? The link is below. http://drawingsbyjamesmoore.blogspot.com/



Next Sunday - quick meeting

Hello all :)

Ok - since our last meeting over pints we have come to the end of our sketching location people list so we will have a quick chat next Sunday just to make sure people are assigned for the coming weeks. We can have a proper meeting then in early January.

We might take a break over the Christmas - or not - depending on who is around etc. Have a think about future sketching locations and possible trip away in January prior to Sunday and any other ideas for the group.

All new sketchers welcome!!

Next Sunday meeting 30 November - The Canal

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I would like to suggest a location by the canal this time, see map, marker "A" and "J" (this is the same place). We can stay inside in a comfortable little Starbucks and draw the street, canal, petrol station, and people! There is a "Beshoff Brothers" next door which serves excellent Fish and Chips. For the adventurous ones there are benches along the canal :)
Meeting time is 1 pm. Address of the location: Starbucks, Mespil Rd.

Drimnagh Castle, Sun 23 Nov 08

Thanks, James and Tracy for organising this. I was sorry to have to leave early as I had to collect someone from the airport. But I must confess it was mighty cold there - no wonder they had such a huge fireplace in the castle, Although nowadays I don't think anyone could afford to keep it lit ! I think I'd like to revisit sometime. By the way, congrats to all concerned - some very nice work. It was nice too to see some newcomers - I met Aoife and Niamh among others.

Good turn out for Drimnagh Castle

Out of about ten we had at least three new people show up for the sketching session today,two of you I caught your names Niamh and Paul, it takes some time to rgister in the old nut and apologies to the person whose name I missed but you are all very welcome and hopefully we will see you again next Sunday or soon anyway, perhaps given the coldness of the weather we should pick a warmer spot next time.

Some nice work was done however despite the cold, even inside the castle was chilly. Tracey took some photos and she will upload pics soon I'm sure...

Sketches from today @ Drimnagh Castle

1. Chris 2. Catherine
3. Catherine 4. James
5. Paul 6. Paul
7. Phil 8. Tracy
Sorry about cropping/quality etc. Mine is very unfinished and I'm about to pick it back up again now to see if I can improve on it :) Thanks James for organising - was really great. Such a nice way to spend a Sunday!

Drimnagh Castle - 1pm this Sunday (23rd)

Drimnagh Castle @ 1pm is the location for this weeks sketching meet-up. James has been in contact with the person who runs it and she said that she would open it up especially for us on Sunday from one until three/three thirty, normally it is only open during weekdays.

Here's a link to some: background info on the Castle!

Click here: Map for location!

It looks like the Red Luas line to Kylemore stop brings you very close to the Castle.

The more the merrier - if you haven't been sketching with us before, please feel free to come along. Have your sketch-pad out so we'll recognise you as a sketcher!


7th December - Christmas card making

Hi Guys,

I won't make it out this Sunday as I'm away, but 7th December at my house is good. Start collecting the essentials for card making. The factory will be open for action between 1pm and 4pm...... Address on the blog nearer the time!



K&M Evans Trading Ltd will be having a sale on all fine art materials on Thursday 20 November 2008. Evans will be open from 9am to 7.30pm on the day. K&M Evans, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, off Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7T: 01 8726855E: info@kmevans.com

Sketch from the RHA

Well it was a funny meet up - the RHA didn't open until 2pm and it was very busy. Spent time walking along the Canal and took some nice Autumnal photos, but didn't sketch anything! Ended up with just one 5 min sketch of a sculpture that I really liked - Mechanical Man type thing!

Looking forward to Drimnagh next weekend, will try to be more focused!!

Drimnagh Castle Confirmed for Sunday Nov 23 at 1pm

This has been decided upon for the opening of the castle to us. So just show up if you are interested on the day. Nuff said. Regards.

Drimnagh Castle back on - suggested date Sunday 23rd of October 2008

Some people seemed interested in going here and I've been in contact with the person who runs it and she said that she would open it up especially for us on one of the Sundays from one until three/three thirty, normally it is only open during weekdays.

So if you are interested it would be good to have a set Sunday date and a rough idea of numbers ahead of schedule rather than just two or three of us showing up, to in a sense make it more worth her giving up her free time to help us out, if you know what I mean. If the date and venue is good for you drop a comment here. Cheers.

RHA -next weekend

Their annual exhibition starts tomorrow...and its open till 5 on Sunday.

we´ve also got Stephen´s green right beside us..


ps we could have our coffee discussion meeting after this?

Bits and Pieces, December suggestion


I really enjoyed the sketching on Sunday. The loose bowing technique of the cello-ist at the concert reminded me to try and loosen up my arm and body when sketching. I think it'll be fun to see what we all do with our "large sheet of paper."

I can't make the meeting on the 19th November. Did someone suggest that the meetings were held on a Sunday instead, after the regular sketching. This seems like a good idea to me, as we are all together then anyway - finding a week day that most people can make is harder.... Any one else think this is a good idea?

Sarah and Stephen, I think, were talking about a December "Xmas card making" session. I'm happy to offer my flat for this on Sunday 7th December if people want. There's "surface" space for at least 10 people, and if others don't want to make cards, there's plenty to sketch in the locality - Pepper Canister Church, Grand Canal, Georgian Dublin round Baggot Street. If people wanna do this - let me know!


Sunday 9th Nov 2008 - Hugh Lane Gallery

One from today at the classical music concert - the "transparent" headed chap arrived a little late and took his seat in front of my viewpoint so I just did him in outline.

Looking forward to seeing what people do with those big poster pages. I'm thinking chinese caligraphy, communist red, landscapes, cityscapes etc.etc....

Sunday Meeting Point

As it's after one on a Friday and there are no other suggestions I'm calling it. Hugh Lane Gallery just before twelve. We'll meet at the main entrance. If that's too early for some people don't fret, we'll still be there after one. See you then.


New introductory course to painting with Acyrlics and Oils tutored by Neil Carroll tonight Friday 7th Nov 2008 - 7 to 9pm

Acrylic and oil Painting course starting tonight in 191 Pearse St. Studios (Life Drawing Studio-Pearse St.)

65 euro for six lessons or 12 euro per lesson for general public 35 for trinity students for 6 lessons
New introductory course to painting with Acyrlics and Oils tutored by Neil Carroll

Hugh lane gallery concert etc. - get there at 12pm to draw and experience the concert

Good suggestion Stephen.

The hugh lane free 12'noon concert plus 1.30pm lecture on a famous painting by a member of gallery and new stained glass exhibition - maybe bring some colour media folks.
we could draw members of audience who'll most likely be quietly sitting still listening to the musicians and be inspired in our linework by the music.

Try to get there for 11.50 folks to get a seat - if you are new I won't have my mobile switched on if I am in the concert after 12 noon so only ring it before that it's zero eight six 0757 two,two,two ask for James and say it's regarding the dublin skecthing group. Otherwise just get sketching and we can all meet up after the concert in the gallery coffee shop at 2pm and we can decide what next after that. Cheers.

Sunday suggestions

How about the Hugh Lane Museum? It's in Parnel Sq. They are showing an exhibition of stained glass artwork. Heh, I see on their website they run a Sunday sketching session for children. That might be fun too :) It's open from 11am to 5pm and admission is free. There are also free Sunday classical music concerts for an hour starting at 12. 

Take a look through the site. There are some great exhibitions on currently. I think we could well spend the day going through it all. So, any takers?


Drimnagh Castle Cancelled


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cancelled Drimnagh Castle cancelled

Sorry about this folks but the drimnagh castle trip is cancelled on account of the fact that they don't do tours on Sundays anymore - this was not the case on the online literature I looked at, however they are open mon to thurs 9pm to 4pm for tours fri 9pm till 12.30pm these not much use to most people I guess.

Anyway the person I used to know is still working there and I will try and ask them if we can organise a seperate viewing in the future outside of workday hours pref on a Sunday but it would mean them doing us a big favour. So we will see. OK will try and think of a seperate venue

An idea - 2pm - Drimnagh Castle Longmile Road - not city centre but 20 mins to 30 mins out from city

Long Mile Road,Drimnagh,Dublin 12,Ireland

Drimnagh Castle was, until 1954 one of the oldest continually inhabited Castles in Ireland, and is an outstanding example of an old feudal stronghold. It is the only Irish castle still to be surrounded by a flooded moat, a very picturesque feature, described in 1780 as a "very deep ditch of water supplied from the Green Hills". It is now stocked with fish. The castle, built of local grey limestone, consists of a restored Great Hall and medieval undercroft, a tall battlement tower with lookout posts, and other separate buildings including stables, old coach, dairy and folly tower. One of the most attractive aspects of Drimnagh is the garden - a formal 17th Century layout with box hedges, yews, mop head laurels and an allee of hornbeam.
It prob costs about five euro - I used to work here so I could ring and see if my old boss is still there and maybe we could get a reduced rate. There are plenty of buses that go to Drimnagh from town, 56a, 77a etc. not sure what closest luas stop nearest to the castle but there is a Drimnagh stop I think... more info coming... but let me know if anyone interested. Cheers. James

Opening Times:
April-Oct: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
November-March: Wed, 12pm-5pm; Sunday, 2pm-5pm.

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Stained Glass Windows and Scott McCloud

Here's the pics of the stained glass windows from one of the multitude of churchs in Kilkenny. A few people asked for these so apologies for the delay, I forgot! ;) The third is a little fuzzy too!

Also, James, the guy I was talking about today is called Scott McCloud. Here's the link to his website, http://www.scottmccloud.com . His experiments with online formats for comic books are really interesting I think and all in all he's a pretty creative guy. Enjoy! :)

Minutes from the last meeting

(just to re fresh people´s memories)

Forthcoming Sunday meetings

October 12th the Zoo
Sunday 19th Kilkenny weekend and James to organise a meeting for anyone not going(check web)
Sunday 26th Catherine
November 2nd Catherine
November 9th James/ Jessica
November 16th Marta
November 23rd Stephen

Venue suggestions/ ideas (contributions from Patricia, Catherine, James, Ciaran x2, Gearoid, Aodhan, Sarah x2, Jessica, James, Marta, Stephen, Tracy and thanks everybody for coming! :))

Indoor locations: The national library, print museum, casino Marino, National art gallery/ Hugh lane, National history museum, Pepper Canister church (Jessica can host afternoon tea), howth transport museum, martial arts tournament, a day on the dart, powerscourt shopping centre.

Outdoor locations: Children´s playgrounds, Guinness buildings/liberties, Greystones/Dallkey/ dun laoghaire, airfield trust Dundrum/ wildlife/farms, garden of remembrance, streets in dublin, horse fair Smithfield, Kilternan/ Enniskerry, Monasterboice, human statues Grafton street.
Weekend sketching suggestions, Aodhan´s house west Cork, Leitrim

Next meeting Wednesday 19th November at 7pm in a cafe (venue to be decided).


Anyone working on these, can we talk about this after the sketching session in Jervis?

Luas poster competition

Wished I'd had more time for this competition , but manage to submit the following entry - I liked the initial idea/sketch - even used some of the Paris sketch for a few of the characters and despite my last post I ended up ressurecting my old drawing tablet and did it all on computer, still the drawing and painting was done by hand.