Hi all

As per James email, here's a suggestion for Sunday's Sketch - there's a lively food market in the Peoples Park on Sunday afternoons from 12 until 4pm. This only works if the weather's fine of course! It's right beside the sea near Sandycove, so there are plenty of other spots too. Theres a nice teahouse in the park itself and a café called Walters nearby for after-sketch coffe & chat .

Forgot to mention it's the People's Park Dun Loaghaire!


Sunday 26th April 2009 - Bray - World Beach Art project contribution

Fun time of it for all involved but if you missed this one we will probably do another one soon again. Chris, Mary and myself did up the the wee stone sculpture you see in the pics opps. Can you figure out what it is, does it make sense...

World Beach Art Project Session - Sunday 26th April 1pm at the Bray Sealife Aquarium

Suggestion...Hopefully the weather will be sunny this Sunday 11 degrees celcius as predicted by the weather reports so how about a day of making art to contribute to the Victoria and Albert online Beach Art Project and really putting the Dublin entry on the map check it out here

Meet at 1pm at the Bray Sealife Aquarium

Address:National SEA LIFE centre, Strand Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

By car: Enter Bray, follow signs for the seafront/SEA LIFE. Paid parking available in front of Centre and along seafront.
By train:Take train to Bray station. 5 minute walk to seafront.
By bus:Take No 45, 84 or 145 from Dublin city centre to Bray Main Street and walk to the seafront.

Weather report as of noon fri... http://www.weathercity.com/ie/dublin/ looks good.

The rules are simple...
we need a beach with lots of rocks,stones,or pebbles and can only use rocks,stones,or pebbles, as our building blocks, mosaics, patterns,coloured stones etc but these can contrast against the water, sand etc - no added bits of seaweed sticks etc
We take 3 digital photos....one of the general coastal area we wrking on, one of the process of constructing it-the people involved too, and finally a photo of the finished piece in all it's glory.

People can work in a group on one piece or do their own individual thing...

The final element is to write a poem or descriptive piece, can be funny,arty,clever,poignant depending on what the work, the day unfolds to us of max 500 characters and then upload to theVandA online website and await their display..

Jessica and myself and some friends did one of these down in West Cork (it's not uploaded yet as we still have a text to write with it, but it was a lot of fun doing it and we didn't visit the website beforehand which would have influenced more what we did) here's a pic of it before and after. See if you can spot the difference. Will include a third pic for scale.

May I suggest Bray beach and please note anyone not bothered with the rock art can draw as normal, can draw anyone who wants to do the rock art, whatever, it's just a suggested idea and we can all meet at 1pm at the Bray Sealife Aquarium


the bots

You'll like this, it's nice :)

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.


From Galway...

An April day in Galway

The sea-shell quest

Swan's Paradise

Moments of FlightPortrait of Tracy

Inclusion (The Life of Others)

Yay, I am getting to this:) Better late then never.
A few more on my flickr

Sketches from April 19th

Please email me a pic of sketches done today or feel free to post them up. Lovely to meet you all. Here are my two.. still deciding whether the water feature "person" is male or female - but I think I'm going to go with male seeing the anger in that fist!

Here's two below from James

It was a lovely, lovely day for sitting and catching the rays in the park.
Well chosen Martha !

April 19

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Dear all,

Since no one volunteered to post anything here... how about the Starbucks on Harcourt Street? I suggest this place just as a meeting point, we do not have to stay inside. There is canal and iveagh gardens nearby, as well as one charming but not so well known boulangerie, were we could go later for a much much much better then STB coffee+ pastries.

April 19 is known as a BicycleDay, so we can bring brightly colored pens and pencils this time to celebrate the days of yellow submarine.

Hope to see you on Sunday, April 19, 1pm as usual.

Sketches from Galway!

Well, made it back in one piece, just about! Great weekend, here are pics of some of the sketches done. Collaborative works are at the bottom - done by Tom, Fran and myself.. while on the beer!

Possible indoor sketch locations in Galway

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Dear all,

I have collected a few places where we coud stay indoors/have lunch or dinner.

The places where duly picked from the best lonelyplanet rewieved premises: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/county-galway/galway-city/restaurants

1. Busker Brownes - cafe-bar, a prime spot to catch live ragtime jazz.
2. Delight - sand witch heaven into which one comes through a hole-in-the-wall (phrasing lonelyplanet's).
3. Le journal - cafe at Spanish Arch, decorated with books.
4. Finnegan's - authentic eatery, has good customer reviews.
5. Da Tang Noodle House - anyone up for a noodle (^ ^) ?

See you soon! I'm taking the train from Hueston at 5:50.

Cartoon contest?

(Images taken from http://www.tabrizcartoons.com)

Dear all,

I have discovered this website which conducts a number of drawing contests on subjects such as:
- Finantial Crisis
- Celebrity Caricatures
I don't like celebrities, but check this one out:

So I consider giving this a try! Click on Exibitions to see what was entered for the previous contests, there were quite a few! Some of the works are fantastic, some are quite primitive. It is really worth looking if you have a wile, since the ones that won are not the funniest!

Have a nice Thursday everyone, and see u in Galway! (^ ^)

A few more sketches from Imma.

Enjoyed the day in IMMA, two sketches from the Calder Jewelry Exhib. mostly hammered brass and silver wire, amazing designs, and the video of the Artists Studio was like a scene from Pinocchio's workshop, brilliant! Also a sketch from the cafe, and a sculpture in the grounds.

Galway Trip - Final Note

Hi. So, a room for six has been booked with Sleepzone Hostel in Galway City, for Fran, Tom Sarah Bo, Ciaran, Marta, and Tracy. It has been booked under my name, so if you are there before me you can give them my name [Snip] and maybe the ref.no. (not sure if I should put it up here, but text me on [Snip] if you need anything). I'll be getting the 17.50 train from Heuston on Friday evening, so I should be there on time for the 21.00 check-in time. Feel free to bring along maps and guide-books, some of us haven't been to Galway before, and we'd be delighted with suggestions for good sketching places from those who have.
Here's some links for the hostel:
Web: http://www.sleepzone.ie/
Phone: 00353 (0)91 566999

If I've neglected anything, let me know in the comments. See you next weekend!

Sunday 3rd April 2009 - Irish Museum of Modern Art Kilmainham (IMMA) 1-3pm

Lots of good stuff at IMMA. Entries by Harry,Jessica,Catherine,James,Shamas and Veronika

Sorry for late post today folks. Hugh Lane and WALK not happening yet. So lets go to IMMA in Kilmainham this Sunday. Outside is great for sketching if weather good but lots to see inside if too cold. Meet at gallery / museum cafe at three as per usual. http://www.imma.ie/en/subnav_1.htm

03 Mar 2009 17 May 2009
Hughie O'Donoghue: Recent Paintings and Selected Works from the American Ireland Fund DonationThis exhibition of 27 works by the leading British artist Hughie O’Donoghue marks a significant donation to IMMA of 39 works by the artist; facilitated by the American American Ireland Fund.
07 Mar 2009 26 Apr 2009

James ColemanThis exhibition presents a significant selection of works by the internationally-renowned Irish artist James Coleman. A collaboration between three of Dublin’s leading cultural venues, the exhibition will take place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Project Arts Centre; and the Royal Hibernian Academy.
10 Mar 2009 27 Sep 2009

Exploring a New Donation: Artworks from the Bank of Ireland join the IMMA CollectionExploring a New Donation celebrates the most recent gift of 25 works by the Bank of Ireland to IMMA’s Permanent Collection, a Heritage Gift under Section 1003 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.
01 Apr 2009 21 Jun 2009

Elizabeth Peyton: Reading and WritingThis is the first exhibition in Ireland by the American painter Elizabeth Peyton, known for her intimate portraits of youthful, romantic individuals ranging from friends to historical figures and celebrities.
01 Apr 2009 21 Jun 2009

Calder JewelleryCalder Jewellery is the first exhibition of its kind devoted exclusively to the jewellery work by the American artist Alexander Calder one of the most innovative and influential sculptors of the 20th-century. ADMISSION CHARGES APPLY.

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm

Museum Entrance on Military Road
By bus: Buses to Heuston Station (5 minutes walk via Military Rd): 26 from Wellington Quay; 51, 79 from Aston Quay; 90 Dart Feeder Bus from Connolly and Tara Street Stations to Heuston Station.Buses to James St (5 minutes walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin St and Military Rd): 123 from O’Connell St/Dame St; 51B, 78A from Aston Quay.

By car: 10 minute drive from city centre. Unlimited free car parking.
On foot: Approximately 30 to 40 minutes from city centre.By train: 5 minute walk from Heuston Station; from Connolly and Tara Street Stations by 90 bus to Heuston Station

By Luas: Red line to Heuston Station, 5 minute walk to Museum entrance on Military Road.