...Hi all, I know I've to stop starting every blog post with a "can you believe what month it is already"!! comment... but Jaysus lads its JULY!!!!
And July in my world means only one thing...I have 25 days to tell you about a wonderful new exhibition, a collaboration of minds, hearts and occurrences that are about to happen through my artwork and the artwork of these wonderful wonderful creative minds pictured below!
So if you follow this page and my story at all, you will know I have a long running story with my health, not least, I suffered a chronic blood disorder in my late teens & early twenties and that at this time a daily platelet transfusion saved me!
So many people are here still because of the selflessness of others...those that give blood really do change and save lives and I for one am so very grateful x
So imagine my surprise and pleasure when a local GAA rising star is interviewed about his heart condition and life saving blood transfusion in front of MY artwork, artwork that deals with issues such as overcoming life's obstacles and hurdles...it seemed so appropriate...and Im so happy for this young man that he too was offered the gift of life through blood transfusion.
if you can, please consider becoming a blood donor, you will never know the good you do x
#niamhoconnorart #hiddenoutloud #ballastfullofhope
To see if you can give blood in your area, follow this link from the Irish Blood Transfusion Services Board.
Its always so wonderful to be booked as a facilitator for classes and community outreach programmes and this June 15th is no different...I am thrilled to be invited by Clones Ulster Canal Stores here in County Monaghan with support from Waterways Ireland to partake in their "Water Willow and Wildlife" series of events through an introduction to encaustic wax and iron painting.
These two hour taster sessions will take place on Saturday the 15th from 11 - 1 O'Clock for limited numbers, materials and tools are provided and in this taster session you will learn the very basics of beeswax and iron painting with me...I am very much looking forward to this flash event and do hope you can join me on the day. Booking IS essential , please see number below. Thank you . x N.
The Ulster Canal Stores are currently running a project kindly funded by Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020. This project is to raise awareness of our ecosystems, the importance of nature and how we can do our bit to encourage wildlife to our areas.
Our program will include planting for nature, a schools art competition and public talks, all around our 'Water, Willow & Wildlife' theme.
As part of this project we will hold Encaustic Art, or hot wax painting classes with Monaghan artist Niamh O'Connor. This is a wonderful opportunity to try an new and uncommon art form. €20 all materials & refreshments included.
Saturday June 15th 11am-1pm Pre -booking essential Tel: 047 52125
You may remember me telling you recently that I attended a great lithography class in Enniskillen, and I did, it was super....additionally it alerted me to the fact that the pleasure I derived from attending such a class could be rolled out and that at all times learning is a life long process....well with this is mind I was delighted to have a wonderful opportunity come my way in the guise of a group of printmaking classes offered by Creative Spark in Dundalk (roughly an hour from my house) and chomping at the bit I signed up then and there.... well so far over the course of three weeks under the expert guidance of print instructor Grainne Murphy in the most impressive of print studios I have explored Monotype (no new news to me there but using more traditional mediums then my favoured wax and pigment and on more traditional paper types too - so still fascinating!) Drypoint etching and Carborundum with chine colle ...I have very few photos at present as I am so stuck into mastering the processes it didn't occur to me to snap away, however with a further three weeks to go and experiments in merging some of these techniques in my mind I hope to share a number of more images over the remaining three weeks ...so as they say watch this space....additionally check out CREATIVE SPARK to hear more about their training sessions, Artist in residence program and general training and meeting provisions.
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.