Sunday 29th November

The weather is starting to get pretty cold for outdoor events. That or I need to cut the tips of the fingers off my otherwise very manly woolen gloves. Uhuh. Anyway I maintain the plasma drip to the right there alone is reason enough to head to Trinity's Science gallery thing this weekend.

It's basically an exhibition of the weird and wonderful things that happen when science meets design. There should be myriad sketching opportunities. Also it's free :) We'll meet at the usual time of 1:00 on Sunday outside the Pearse Street entrance. You'll see the exhibition from the outside with a giant "What if...?" sign in the window so you'll know you're in the right place. If I'm not there by ten past, start without me :)

We'll likely hit the long stone afterward at three on the basis that Mahaffeys now sucks. If it's your first time please don't be shy about talking to random people with sketchpads. That's kind of a valid life rule I've found. You can always outrun someone who's desperately clutching sheets of paper while dropping pencils.


Where to sketch this Sunday?

Decided to start the ball rolling nice and early this week - get in plenty of ideas!! Weather is looking extremely dodgy, so I think indoors is a definite requirement!

Any events or exhibitions coming up that you would like to see?

Post all ideas as comments please!!

Dublin Sketchers Exhibition

Just to lay down on the blog an idea that has been floating around amongst various people, and some of the ideas .....

- That we should have an exhibition.
- That people can exhibit if they want to.
- That we could approach the Print Museum about using their upstairs space (Mary has a contact there).
- That we could use the Loft, near Thomas Street. Suzanne has a contact there.
- It might be appropriate to have the exhibition around Bloomsday. Bloomsday 2010 is a Wednesday, perhaps we could launch on the Thursday.
- That there might be about 20 members of the group who might want to exhibit, and contribute to cost of hiring a space for a week.
- That we could design a poster.
- That we could charge €1 entry towards costs.
- That people could either frame their sketches, or we could hang them "washing line" style around the space.
- Could some pictures be "finished" and could some reflect the "sketching" nature of the group.
- Have a cool and groovy opening night....

Many other thoughts are probably floating around - any one want to put any forward here?



I enjoyed the session today. I started with a sculpture in wood of a face, and drew the face from lots of different angles - two are shown here. It felt like more of an exercise in seeing the same thing from different angles, rather than completing each drawing. The woman's face is based on a drawing in the "traces" exhibition - sorry, can't remember the artist's name, but it was a striking blue background with simple line work in white. As always, I over drew my lines, but I think it came out well. The "diner menus" just made me laugh, so I copied it here. I did another soundscape - and feel that it is an idea that has mileage - you probably can't read anything on this one - the funniest being a comment of a small boy on some of the installations - "where is the art mummy?"

From the Narrative arts club session

Stories were told and those who sketched responded to the tales and the general atmosphere of the setting. The original sketch and some very blue mucking around in photoshop versions too.

Sunday 22 Nov Session at Imma

Chris,Susanne,Jessica and James showed up, nasty weather probably accounted for a lot of people wisely staying home. Anyway it was still a fun session. Some woked on drawings based on the actual art work. I did my usual people in a cafe setting so here it is.

Irish Museum of Modern Art - Kilmainham 1pm

Apologies for the delay - I'm away in Cork for the weekend and couldn't get access before now!!

This week the Sketchers Group will meet at 1pm outside the front door of the IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, KilmainhamRoyal Hospital, Kilmainham. They are open from 12am to 5.30pm so plenty time to sketch!

Link for info!

Happy sketching!!

Ideas for Sunday?!

Thursday night already!! I am off to Cork this weekend, it's the Lovely Jumper Festival that's taking me away this time around.. has to be done :D

Stephen is also away this weekend, so I'm opening the floor to ideas for where ye would like to go this week.

Please post as comments and I will try and send out a mail tomorrow before I head off to confirm everything.

Sorry I didn't make national History museum today - landed at the rds Art fair(some great paintings there too) and realised i hadn't a key to lock my bike. Anyway as the kind rds folks minded my bike in a back room i decided to give kildare street a miss so i wouldn't have to worry about bike security, did anyone else show up at museum?

Re:Tickets for Arts Fair RDS

Mary managed to wangle us a few tickets, seven in all and they are waiting for us at the reception in RDS opps AIB HQ I believe.

Mary organised it so they are being kept under the name of our group and under my name for those who know me JM. I will be going to RDS for one pm myself and then heading to National Museum later at 2pm, when it opens, to see if anyone there who wants to go or will stay and sketch if not.

OK thats the info see ye at either place regards.J

Sunday 15th - Change of Location: 2pm @ National Museum of Ireland

Ardagh Chalice

OK!! So, seeing as the RDS is a non starter due to the promotion ending, those of you who didn't get tickets and want to sketch will now visit the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street.

The Museum doesn't open until 2pm, so it's a later start than usual, but well worth it. It's been some time since the Sketchers visited and seeing as it is off-peak now it shouldn't be too busy.. fingers crossed.

Info on the various collections here!

Hope ye enjoy it!

Apologies to anyone who ends up in the RDS looking for a bunch of sketchers!!

CANCELLED!!!! Sunday 15th November - RDS

Hi all,

Unfortunately the ticket offer for the RDS Art Fair has finished, so we have decided to arrange an alternative sketch location - I hope that people who did get tickets and don't see this message before Sunday enjoy the Fair and we will see you next week! I will post a new location in a new post!


Ideas for this Sunday?

Hi all,

I'm off to see the boxing in Limerick this weekend so I definitely won't be out sketching, but please post any ideas here for where you would like to go! I think it may be best to arrange an indoor session, as the weather has really become quite bitterly cold over the last week.

So.. ideas, ideas, ideas - throw it into the pot and see what happens!!


Storysketch Project with the Narrative Arts Club and Tinderbox Network

in association with the Narrative Arts Club and Tinderbox Network
20.00 Tuesday 17th November, Library Bar Extension
(Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, just off South Great George's Street)

The Narrative Arts Club will provide an evening of "eye-contact theatre"
Tinderbox members and other sketching enthusiasts are invited to draw the storyteller/audience OR the story itself.

€6 regular admittance
€2 with concession (your concession is your story or your sketchpad)

Francis Bacon exhibition

I really enjoyed the exhibition today, and wrote down a few bits and pieces in my note pad, as insights into Bacon ......"you think my paintings are brutal? What of the world"...."I think artists stay much closer to their childhood than other people. They remain far more constant to those early sensations"..."why go to art school and learn from failed artists" ....Writing or talking about painting was for him only ever an approximation as - "painting is its own language and is not translatable into words." He said that the "sitter is someone of flesh and blood and what has to be caught is their emanation" and that he "wanted to paint mouths like Monet painted waterlilies." His studio, where he lived and worked for over 30 years, was described as "fragile and old, it's mutation into something other, as it moved towards decrepitude." He was obsessed by the futility and brevity of existence - "I think of life as meaningless but we give it meaning during our existence."
The "study for figure 6" I did blind.

From Francis Bacon Exhibition

There was a photo at the francis bacon exhibition of a monkey's face pressed up against the window of a jeep (far left) I liked how the top of his head was washed out in part by the intensity of sunlight from behind and also on account of the dirt on the jeep window so I just did my drawing based on that.

Also I liked the following postcard on exhibition there so I've included a photo of that too.

Sunday 8th November

Ciaran L has pointed out that there's a new Francis Bacon exhibition on in the Hugh Lane gallery. That, therefore will be our rainy day destination for this Sunday. We shall meet just inside the doors at 1:00 or in my case soon thereafter. If it's your first time you'll recognise us by the sketchpads and oddly eccentric far away gazes. You know who I mean *point*! In any case, please do come along and if you're late, wander around and ask people randomly if they're us. They invariably will be, if not, please explain to them who "us" in fact is and why they should join you on your quest to find some thereof.

Coffee at 3:00 in the cafe downstairs :)


Tattoo convention

For those of you that might be interested the Dublin Tattoo Convention is on this weekend in Ballsbridge.


next Sunday

There is a new Francis Bacon exhibition on in the Hugh Lane gallery, and also the usual Sunday concert; I think we've gone to the Hugh Lane quite a bit, so I'm not sure if its too soon to go again. But anyway, there's one idea for you; leave some more in the comments box!

Last 3 sessions

I'm only getting around to putting these up now.

They've all been roughly photoshopped to make them a bit more finished. They are from Bewleys, Brazen Head and Howth.

Yesterday - Galvinator's sketch pad


I really enjoyed the sketching in Bewleys yesterday, and liked the later start time of 2pm.

Mr Galvinator - you left your sketch book behind. I ran after you in the street, but you had disappeared into the setting sun. I am in town tonight 6pm - 11pm in 4 Dame Lane, and tomorrow 6pm til 8.30pm in Dance House on Foley Street, if you want to pick it up, or I'm hoping to make it out next Sunday.


Ruff sketch of James from yesterday!