Sunday 2nd May

Well hello, hello bright and shiny sketcher peoples.

I hope this update finds you well? The weather is going to be a very interesting factor in this weekend's sketching. It is proposed that we meet for the SoGo festival in and around George's Street in the city centre. There's fun aplenty to be had and I'm sure myriad colourful characters to draw if only they'll stop swirling for a few minutes. In addition, there'll be plenty of nice indoorsy respites for when the heavens open. Heavens yes, clouds in fact. The meeting time will be 2:00pm and the location, well let's go with Jessica's suggestion of outside Grogan's pub on South William's Street opposite the Powerscourt Town House wherein I believe some manner of storytellin' will be in full swing. (Or perhaps some swinging will be in full tilt, I find it hard to keep up. I really do)

Most everyone will very quickly dissipate and find themself terrifyingly adrift in transient lucidity. To this end, it has been further suggested that we meet in a predefined place for the like of coffee and musings. Let us this time ignore Jessica's fine suggestion of the Bell Cafe as it's miles away from where sketching will be afoot. Ehm, wait, no... no let's do the opposite of that. I've the map upside down. Quite a feat when you consider it's online... Yes, so, Bell Cafe at four. If it's closed, hang on outside to regroup so an alternative can be nominated. Cafe Bell can usually be found on Clarendon Street. It does occasionally wander off for a smoke but always returns thereafter. (Usually wheezing and furtive, staring at its shuffling feet. It's tried to quit I don't know how many times!)

I, for my part, will be around but not sketching :/ Most likely I'll bump into some of you and point hysterically at all the fun and swishy colours I wish I was dragging from hungry pastels.


Antics Rogue Show

Hey there, if anyone has any old art lying around at home gathering dust you can bring it along tomorrow to be pimped.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Market Bar
Fade Street, Dublin
Will St Leger - "As part of the SoGo Festival I'm bringing back my anarchic art show Antics Rogue Show. A crew of street artists will be on hand to rework your crap suburban paintings into urban masterpieces. You bring us bad art and we'll pimp it".
This event is free (donate to the artist what you think it's worth)

Sunday 2nd May

Hey there pencil pushers. So here we are again coming toward the end of another inspiring working week!! Hooray! Being a bank holiday weekend means a lot of you may well be out of Dublin or as in my case have overriding commitments. For those of you who will be around over the weekend please put suggestions in the comments to this posty post. Yes, many myriad ideas, that's what should flow.

I'll prolly send out an awl mail tomorrow with whatever seems to be winning. Ok go, comment, post, sail without a map!! Oh, incidentally, let one of us know as soon as possible if you want to go on the sketching trip to Cork in a couple of weeks. (22nd May I think it is now) Also if you want to exhibit work let us know as soon as possible. It's all very exciting!! :D


Sunday 25th - St. Anne's Park

This Sunday we might as well take advantage of the fine weather again and head for another outdoors location - St. Anne's Park. Link here to the layout of the Park.

We will meet at 2pm, at the Cafe. Image below showing location of Cafe. We will also meet back at the Cafe at 4pm!

Everybody welcome - sketchpads out if you haven't been before!


Trip to Cork - May 22nd

Painted by John Cox

Dublin Sketchers are planning a weekend trip to Cork, heading down on the Friday evening and back on the Sunday.

This will be our 3rd trip away - it's been too long since the last one!

So, will those who are interested please let us know asap so that we can arrange booking the hostel and get everything arranged.

Should be mighty!


Confirmed so far:

Tracy, Sarah O'R, Ciaran L, Marta, James, Stephen, Caitriona, Liz, Balazs

One room has been booked in the hostel for Tracy, Sarah O'R, James, Stephen, Caitriona and Liz. Anyone else who wishes to stay can book at


SketchCrawl Dublin - 15th May

Ok - so seeing as the Dublin Sketchers won't be heading to Cork for the Cork Drink and Draw's Sketchcrawl event, we will have to arrange our own. Ideas for a route are required and please let us know if you plan on coming along. Start time of 12pm, with a view of sketching for 2 hours.

Here is a link to the Official Sketchcrawl Website! I personally won't be able to attend as I am working on May 15th, but I'm sure it will be a great day.


Few notices!

Ideas for this Sunday?
Any proposals for where you would like to go.. post in the comments please :o)

Narrative Arts Club tomo - Thursday, 22 April. Show starts at 8 pm sharp. Doors 7.30 pm. Storytelling a la carte with StorySketch
Library Bar Extension, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin, Ireland

Admission: EUR 6. Concessions: EUR 2.
Sketch artists are invited to draw as the inspiration moves them.

Will put up pics from DunLaoghaire Sunday later this evening, just a bit up to my eyes the last few days.


The next 3 day life painting workshop will take place on Fri, Sat and Sun 11, 12 and 13 June, organised by John O'Flynn at Broadstone Studios. For info just send us an email and we'll forward you the details.
The trip to Cork for the Sketchcrawl has also been changed - as a few of us decided that the weekend of the 15th of May didn't suit a lot of people. So.. what we're planning is to head down the weekend after instead. We will arrange a Sketchcrawl in Dublin for Saturday the 15th and if anyone would still like to partake in the Cork Sketchcrawl they can of course travel down themselves!

So who's intested in the weekend away?!


Dun laoghaire - boats and other things...


2 Catraoina

3 Stephen C

4 Stephen C

5 Slimane

6 Suzanne

7 Suzanne

8 Slimane

9 ?

10 Slimane

11 Slimane

12 Suzanne

13 Mary

14 Suzanne


17 Rory

18 Chris

19 Catriona

20 Catherine

21 Stephen Reilly

22 Stephen Reilly

23 Antonia

24 Balazs

25 Balazs

Please feel free to add your name to the numbered pics so we know who did what. if you can't edit it directly just put it in the comments please.Thanks. Regards, James

Sally's work

Dun Laoghaire Sketch

Well, this is my effort - tinkered with it a bit but still hate the foreground, couldn't fix it! Too many straight lines!! Added some imaginary boats & a horizon today.

Sunday 18th April - Dun Laoghaire

Hi all,
This week we will meet at the entrance of the Dun Laoghaire DART Station at 2pm.

The 'Dublin Painting and Sketching Club' are having their 132nd annual exhibition in the County Hall, Dunlaoghaire, it is on from April 12th to 25th April. 11am to 5pm.(Sun)No entry charge & well worth a visit!
Link to Info Here

The Vintage Fair is also taking place in the Royal Marine. Admission is €6 to get into the fair.
Link to Info Here

Hopefully the weather will be nice, dry and sunny and it should be a really intresting day out overall! For anyone who is late arriving or for those going in different directions in Dun Laoghaire on the day (I would love to do some sketching on the pier!), we will all meet up afterwards at the entrance to County Hall.

See you all there!

Farmleigh Sketch

This was my little attempt, with oil pastel and marker.. turns out they don't mix! Was really late arriving (almost 3.30pm) as I totally underestimated the popularity of Phoenix park on a sunny Sunday!! Place was jammers! Hope everybody enjoyed the day out and sorry I missed so many of you. Next week we'll make sure that we have somewhere a bit more organised perhaps and a definite coffee location for afterwards!

Sunday 11th April, at Farmleigh. Sketches by Adam.

Figures at Farmleigh today.

Sketches by Maura and Patrick.

Sketch of Farmleigh by Maura.

Enjoying the show, by Patrick.