Dublin sketch-athon 10th January

I'm very excited to be helping to organise the Dublin version of Sketchcrawl! 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).

Text me if you get lost..you can sketch in messers t make up for it..dont forget we´ll be posting up on sketchcrawl.com

Anyone around next weekend for some drawing?

New blog contributors and possible meetup the 28th

if anyone would like to become a contributor to the blog/ would like your art blog put up on this website let us know.

Also I haven´t sketched in a week and i think im going to have to sketch soon or ill start eating coffee again..is anyone else around for the 28th? sure we could make it a social sketching day in prep for the sketchcrawl in JAnuary!

Also Im leaving you all at the end of next month to go to Leeds so if anyone is moving over there I plan to set up a sister sketching group over there. I will be back in Dublin every few weeks anyhow...

More from West Cork

After seeing the graphite work of Linda Huber I think I shall have to get more contrast and better tonal work into my drawings - try to give them more oomph and focus.

Some work from West Cork

Did these while down in a place called Sheeps Head Peninsula in West Cork . The interior figure one is not finished yet.

Graphite Pencil Artist

Hey lads. I just wanted to pass this on. It's work from Linda Huber. Outstanding graphite stuff. Check out the site for higher resolution images. Some of the detail and surfaces she manages to capture just using pencil are mesmerising. See you this evening if I get out of here today. 


Xmas drinks - Wed 17th

Hi all,
It looks like this Wed 17th is the date that suits most people for getting together for a couple of drinks. The location: Christmas Market at Georges Dock IFSC . Suggest we aim to meet at the arch (near the market entrance) for 6. Or if you want to join us later my number is zero eight six-eight zero seven eight nine four six. Just to note, the market closes surprisingly early at 8pm, but the Harbourmaster is nearby, for whoever's in the mood :-)
Hope to see lots of you there!


thanks to Ciaran F, Sarahbo, Catherine, Stephen, Tracy and James who took part in this exchange with Walkinstown association (people with intellectual disabilties), I have the postcards we recieved and will give them to you as soon as I see you again. (im away sunday-thursday next week for interviews).

here are the postcards we designed:

(from top left, Catherine , Ciaran F and Catherine
middle: myself, Tracy and SarahBo (top right)
bottom: Stephen.
ones to left here by James except the frog one which never made it as it got ballsed up in the end - actually the final postcards had more snow in them but I forgot to photo the end result - just imagine a blizzard in front of green Tom Crean and an iceberg water and berg reflection behind the red Tom and an ice shelf around the bottom part of the two figs in the water and you've got it

Some work from Jessicas flat on Herbert St

Sarah, Catherine, Jessica, James and new sketcher Bobby joined us for this session.

Candle done by Catherine

These scenes and the cards made by Sarah O'Reilly

I started the pen and ink one about a year ago and finally finished it off yesterday and some more sketches from later in the day

Sunday 7th December

Hi Sketchers, So ..... Sunday 7th December. 1pm - 4pm Herbert Street, Dublin 2 (between Upper Mount St and Baggot St, near Pepper Canister Church). Activity - inside the flat, Christmas card making. Outside the flat - Georgian Dublin to sketch, and a beautiful church, for those with a fetish for sketching religious buildings. Bring - your own Christmas card making necessities, or, if sketching, the usual stuff. Sustentance - there will be tea, coffee, mince pies, I think someone offered to bring mulled wine? See you there! Jessica


I have recieved about 25 postcards in the post...do you think we´d be able to get together about 20

they are all very bright and colourful and i could give them out next week at the christmas fair...

I reckon if you´ve any small (A5 or smaller) paintings etc these would do..try and give them to me either thursday (l/d) or sunday or else you can post them in yourself to the organisation. IM going to stick them all in a big brown envelope and post them ASAP.

More sketches from Sun 30th

Sunday was a freezing cold day, but the light was so beautiful by the canal, I just couldn't resist attempting to capture the verdant green grass and black ink shadows of the trees. Luckily we had a nearby coffee shop as a warm base, where I sketched Marta absorbed in her work. Fish n chips in Beshoffs afterwards, well deserved after a hard afternoon's sketching!;-)

Xmas drinks (at Xmas market!)

Hi all!
Given that it's the season to be jolly etc, a few of us were thinking of getting together for a few spiced wines at the Xmas market in the IFSC. The market kicks off on the 12th, so perhaps if we try to meet on a Wed or Thur any time from then on (most people will have stuff on on the Fri's and Sat's). Or we could do it after sketching on a Sunday, perhaps meeting to sketch at 3 rather than 1?

So possible dates for xmas drinks are:
  • Sun 14th
  • Wed 17th
  • Thurs 18th
  • Sun 21st

Would be great if you could note your preference for dates here, or make any other suggestions...

Here's a bit more info on the xmas market, incl. location map: http://www.dublindocklands.ie/12daysofchristmas/index.jsp?p=503&n=507

Sarah Bo

Sunday 7th December - ideas

Hi Sketchers,

A couple of weeks ago there was talk of a sketchers gathering to make Xmas cards, and I offered my flat for the purpose..... I am around in Dublin this weekend, so if people would still like to do this, Sunday 7th Dec would suit me. I know that other suggestions for next weekend were bandied around last Sunday, so if people prefer to do something else, that is fine by me. If we do do post cards this weekend at my flat, it could be from 1pm til 4pm, as I have a previous engagement the other side of town later in the afternoon.

What do other people feel like doing on Sunday?



can everyone get these to me before next sunday? ill be at life drawing on thursday and i should be around on sunday..give them to someone who´ll be there on either day if you can´t make it..

the lady has just sent them out to my address in Clonskeagh so i dont want her waiting too long to get them back..