Iveagh Gardens, 2pm Harcourt Street Entrance, May 1st

Hi all,

This Sunday it is decided that the Iveagh Gardens should be the place to visit - so we will meet at the entrance on Harcourt Street at 2pm. (Map here) If anyone arrives later, just wander about and meet up again at 4pm - there is a water feature with a fountain inside the gardens (shown above!) where we will meet.

We can then decide where to go for coffee - there is a Starbucks nearby which may suit or Dicey's beer garden also. Everyone is welcome - if you haven't been out with us before just have a sketchpad in your hand and we'll spot you!

Hopefully the weather will stay fine - looking forward to getting out again, it's been ages for me!

See you Sunday,

War memorial Gardens, Sketches. April 24th.

Four of us Sketchers met in the Gardens today.  As we had no meet up location for afterwards, we may have missed some! The Gardens were really spectacular, and the sun was shining, not bad for April! Here are some of our sketches.
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Sketch by Catriona S.                                                      Mary's Sketch.

Three Sketches by John C.

These four sketches by Suzanne F.

Some photos from the War memorial Gardens today.


Sunday 24th April

Right so, after much deliberation, recriminations, abject favouritism and general procrastination I've elected to send everybody to the War Memorial Park this weekend. Hooray! I hear it's "really lovely" :) I've never been out myself but it does look really fantastic. Meet there at 2:00 on Easter Sunday 24th.

These gardens are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe.  They are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the 1914 – 1918 war.  The names of all the soldiers are contained in the beautifully illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms in the gardens
If you see other people looking contemplatitively at sketchbooks while loosing the run of some pastels it's likely at least one of us so say "Hello". Either way have a great weekend. I've to run amuck now 'cos it's Good Friday which means it's BBQ Friday. What? Don't tell me mum! ;)


Japanese festival

This is from Karine at the Farmleigh House Japanese festival last Sunday. Excellent stuff :D

Sketches by Maura at Farmleigh

Sketches by Maura at Farmleigh.

More sketches from the Japanese Festival.

Sketches by Mary .

Japanese Festival

Hey lads, here's a pic from Balazs. If any of the rest of you artistic souls would care to send in your pics we'd appreciate the hell out of it. Just mail them to dublinsketchers @gmail.com and we'll stick them up for you :)

Deadly pic isn't it? :)


Experience Japan 2pm Sunday 17th

Hello all,

There have been lots of suggestions this week but the winning idea is to visit the annual Experience Japan day over in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park. The event was really lovely last year - very busy but a fantastic day out.

From the website:

This group has come together to organise Experience Japan Events.In this years event, Dubliners will be able to join the Japanese community at a free programme of events and enjoy a range of family-friendly activities. The setting for this event is the wonderful historical ambience of the Farmleigh estate, an 18th century house and gardens magnificently refurbished by the state in recent years.

This event will include:

  • Taiko drums performances

  • Fusion of Japanese shakuhachi music & the Irish harp

  • Origami and taiko drum workshops for children

  • Story telling under the cherry blossoms- Martial arts demonstrations

  • Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays

  • Japanese Food stallsAnd much more ....

So! There you have it. We will meet at 2pm at the front of Farmleigh House - the event takes place behind it and will be pretty busy. If you can't find fellow sketchers, don't worry - everyone will meet up again back at the front of the House at 4pm. Should be a lovely day and here's hoping the weather holds up. I have to go home this weekend again unfortunately so I won't be about !



Sunday 17th - suggestions?

Might as well kick off discussion for next Sunday - hope you all enjoyed Dun Laoghaire last weekend!All suggestions welcome, Howth has been on the back burner now for some time so that is one to

Send them on!


Dun Laoghaire Sketches

Here's a couple from yesterday:

Let's see now, Rory's

Chris did this one.


Balazs did these two here.

Then this, I think, was Elena. Yeah that one there.

Then there was Tom's mexican.

And this one's Mary's :)



Meet in Dun Laoghaire at the County Hall entrance - building opposite the Dart Station 2pm Sunday 10 April

Dunlaoghaire is full of interesting things to draw or paint, the harbour, boats, trains, the pier, the people, the buildings, park, martello tower, etc. We will meet at the entrance to County Hall, opposite the Dart at 2pm. Afterwards we can meet back at the same spot at 4pm.

Also the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club have their 131st exhibition on there. It finishes on the 17th. Always well worth a visit! Thanks Mary for this suggestion.

Next Sunday - ideas?

It's that time of the week again when we ask you to get your thinking caps on and suggest where would be a nice location to spend a few hours worrying a piece of paper with your ink! Suggest here or on the facebook profile - Howth is definitely one that has been put to us and it's in the hat! Tracy

St. Audeon's Church (near Christchurch Cathedral) @2pm Sunday 3rd April


This week we will be visiting the Christchurch area of Dublin, St. Audeon's Church in particular and the lovely but little known St. Audeon's park. Meeting at 2pm outside St. Audeon's Church, we can spread out and sketch what is of interest in the area and then meet up again at 4pm. For coffee, we will go to the Bull and Castle nearby. Everyone is welcome, hopefully the weather will be good and we can make the most of this historic area of the city.

Take care, Tracy