A short video from me today as I prepare some new pieces for exhibition in Dublin this March 7th at the Copperhouse Gallery. I love the Copperhouse I last exhibited with them for their succesful #nofixedabode with this piece #writingsonthewall.
This time I'm exhibiting as part of a collective called "Connected" a group of award winning and energing photographers and artists who became connected through a fb group supporting fellow creatives and run by Tara Pendergast. "Connected @The Copperhouse" is the culmination of our frienship and support.. we are showing a selection of works and we would love to see you there...join us do.
Here I am again wanting to tell you about yet another wonderful exhibition I am happy to have my work included in and a rather fun opening reception I was happy to attend.
I was very fortunate a few years ago to have an opportunity to apply to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for entry into their annual 1ft sq show, its exactly as it says on the tin, all works exhibited must adhere to the rule of these dimensions and after that, what you produce and present for selection is up to you. In the earlier days of my work, this suited me very much as I preferred to work to a smaller scale. Excitingly my work was accepted for inclusion on my first application back in 2013 and I have submitted a new work (or several indeed) every year since with the same success. The absolute joy of my inclusion to this show is in the variety and span of art and artists I become exposed to through association. I have forged friendships, learned from and admired much of what I have come in contact with, and all under the eye of Arts Officer Di Henshaw.
This year there was a change in the usual procedure, the exhibition was still a submission call, however, the venue had changed. Originally this annual exhibition (now in its 11th year) was shown at the Higher Bridges Gallery in The Clinton Centre in Enniskillen Town but for various reasons, not least I am sure to the huge growth in numbers applying and its ongoing success (over 144 works on show this year) this year the exhibition was shown and opened at the wonderful Strule Arts Centre in the Centre of Omagh. The opening reception was held at Strule on 14th December last and was opened by the Chairman of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Howard Thornton. The show ran through the Christmas period until the 12th January 2019. The images in the slideshow above are from that very night.
Just most recently, last Friday, in fact, I found myself traveling to Enniskillen yet again as the exhibition was on the move to the most gorgeous of surroundings the wonderful Hambly and Hambly Gallery at Dunbar House. The evening was to be kicked off with the usual mingling and viewing of works with a glass in hand although this time to the very pleasant accompaniment of invited Jazz pianist Jonathan Beattie.
Later we were officially welcomed to the show by Gallerist Ciara Hambly followed by an update as to the Arts Councils services in the region by Arts Service Manager Bryony May. Hambly and Hambly and the local arts council team organise regular arts gatherings and with the dates coinciding, visitors from the Artsland International Artist in Residence Programme; Nancy L Cook and Deidre Hierhily were in attendance to tell us a little about their works (Writer and Visual Artist respectively) and experiences on these particular residencies to date.
Both informative and entertaining, Deidre Hierhily discussed with us (accompanied by projections of her work) her interest in the linoprint making process and the importance of the graphic qualities this media brings that informs itself in her work. From Canada and currently working on a 4month residency at Aughakillyaude in Fermanagh, Deidre's works included marvelous images of Geese, landscapes which are 3 meters in size in some instances and a new body of work leading on from the Geese to the wonderful Magpie!!! Its monochromatic markings lending beautifully to Deidre's love of linoprint, she had wonderful examples of this work with colourful chin-colle hung for our consideration.
Next, we heard the poignant and beautiful readings of Nancy L. Cook. Nancy from the USA is currently on residency at the An Creagan centre in Omagh, working both on her personal writings and additionally engaged in an outreach program with a local national school,. My youngest son (aged 10) attended with me and had spent quite some time chatting with Nancy earlier in the evening and by the end of the night we both decided we loved her a little...for your pleasures please read some of Nancy's marvelous work which you will find on her website linked above.
As for my own work it was beautifully exhibited in one of the many quirky rooms, delightfully it doubles up as a wine cellar - this is an interesting, beautiful gallery with great works on offer - go see.
Below are pictures from the opening at Hambly and Hambly, the exhibition runs until 9th March 2019 opening Monday - Fri 10am- 4pm and Saturday 11am-3pm.
You may have seen on my social media feeds last week that I was very much looking forward to being in attendance with curator Dorothy Smith at the Droichead Arts Centre in Co.Louth for the talk and tour of the selected group show "Printworks".
I have mentioned before how good this show is, how phenomenal the work is, how wonderful the curation was, Dorothy's eye for pulling creative exploratory printmaking works together and turning it into a cohesive and impressive show has to be applauded.
The breadth of work and techniques simply have to be seen, works in stone litho, linocut, screenprint, woodcut, drypoint, etching, monotype, monoprint, even dimensional and mixed media exploratory printmaking, all selected from this North East region simply proves the depth of interest in printmaking is alive and well.
For details of the artists involved and other information concerning the show please visit website here
There is always something interesting (and quite special in fact) about meeting the artists involved in the creation of work at any good exhibition and to hear Dorothy speak about how she selected the works was very interesting.
To have members of the public there to put questions to the artists in attendance is also of the upmost importance, we artists have a tendency to live in a little bubble amongst ourselves, we understand or at least have familiarity with some of these techniques and the processes involved in the creation of these works, to hear the answers to the questions asked in a room with a mixed audience of this type was both informative interesting and entertaining at times, and it definitely enhances the viewers understanding, and dare I say it, the appreciation of the work on offer.
Of course as photographer for this blog I have no photos of myself with my own work but I will update this page if one becomes available through the gallery.
Earlier that morning still at the Droichead in Co Louth, I had been invited to teach and Encaustic monotype class to a group from Navan Youthreach as part of the outreach program connected to this exhibition. the small group of graphic design students along with their tutor joined me in the newly reopened print studio called "the yard" found to the rear of Barlow house.
This is an old studio space, two rooms in total with excellent lighting and a printing press the size of a double bed that I nearly swooned at... Not that I would get to use it that day. My process involves using heated pallets, a matrix plate, several mark making tools (both purchased and handmade or repurposed), personal protective clothing and a selection of waxes, some ready manufactuted and premixed others made by myself in bulk on my recent residency in Cill rialaig.
My first port of call on meeting the students was to discuss health and safety always important when working with heat and wax. I gave them a brief introduction to paper selection & the processes involved, along with the use of waxes and how a translucent opaque or metallic pigment suspended in wax may react differently on contact with the plate...I introduced and we discussed the differences between monotype and monoprint. Additive and reductive processes and trace monoprint with encaustic.
Each student was then given a demonstration on how to measure the temperature of their plate and control it, how to apply the medium to the matrix plate, the use of the mark making tools provided with emphasis on them using their intuition and creativity and allowing that to bring them where it may. And then they were off! It was a fun and successful class I do sincerely hope the Youthreach students from Navan enjoyed their day, I certainly did...there is something marvellous about watching people come to terms with the new medium and then start to explore it on their own. It is wonderful to see them come alive with possibility and additionally wonderful to see them leave with several works they are pround of.
The show printworks continue in the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda County Louth until march 2nd.
I hope you all got over Christmas and through January Unscathed??
Can you believe its February already! Yesterday was the start of the Chinese new year 5th Feb, the year of the pig....it is an auspicious year for many of us (thank jaysus cause the last few have been very bumpy indeed) and yesterday Google offered us this link, a mine of information all about it and what it means for us all going forward.
It also gives me the perfect excuse to pull my auld mucca (see what I did here) Baba Muc out of the picture file and relish in all his glory - I loved this pig, creating him was a feat of endurance as he is entirely covered in encaustic wax paint, his ruff, his crown and the stones at his feet are also encaustic and paper, His Crown is covered in Gold leaf and there are pearls sewn into his ruff and its finished with a gold leaf trim. if I hadn't had promised him to Pigsonparade.ie and Jackandjillchildrensfoundation.ie I would have kept him - I hope he brings his loving new owners a regular smile and a listening glossy waxy ear! (hes gracing the bottom of this post - give him a like).
January was a strange month wasn't it? It was a long one for many but funnily enough not long enough for me. Why you might ask? well, friends, I was been missing in action, away on a residency in stunning South Kerry. See Info Here
I was thrilled to attend the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinaskelligs an award I received early last year, the dates were set and I was all excited and anxious about every aspect of it! Before I even considered going I had to make sure himself was on board, it was over two weeks of dealing with everything on his own, kids, schools, house, dog and a full-time stressful job with no respite ---Go! he said - angel x
And so I did, I was anxious about the drive, over 6 plus hours from door to door. Now if you know me and my story you will know that I suffer from episodic chronic fatigue syndrome...its a long complicated story but needless to say a drive of this magnitude is enough to raise the auld cortisol levels...I decided to break up the journey over two days, booked a b&b along the way and had myself a decent nights kip! The car was jammers, literally just enough space for me, myself and I. I brought way WAY too much stuff, too many clothes & shoes (I know don't ask) far too many materials and print papers and a ridiculous amount of reading materials, books and papers - don't do this folks, I was appointed my cottage and within hours of unpacking it looked as if Id lived there for ten years! Madness!!
I arrived in the fading light but even so the beauty was spectacilar...right on the Atlantic coast, the ever-changing light was simply majestic and the colour palette shifted from cinematic glory to full greys and shrouding mists in mere minutes...breathtaking stuff.
My renovated pre-famine thatched cottage accommodation was wonderful, a cosy loft bedroom from which I took many a morning photo, an open sitting room and studio space in the downstairs - the work/live balance worked beautifully for me. A kitchen and bathroom and that's it....the neighbours also on residency consisted of poets, painters, musicians and writers....a friendly bunch with varied and interesting stories to tell and a mutual understanding not to step over boundaries in terms of privacy and space to work. I took a gazillion photos, toured about, visited many a beautiful windy beach, made memories, friends and works of art. I also deeply fell in love with the place and the people and will be back for sure, not just to the residency but to the area....the stunning beauty of this island of ours is simply overwhelming and Kerry especially and as my mate Conor from Tralee says "We don't call it the Kingdom for nothing" too true Conor too true.
I honestly have so many more photos but for now this shall give you all a glimpse, I visited Valentia, Waterville, Portmagee, Kilgorlin, Caherrsiveen, Derrynane beach and every cove, corner and crook of Ballinaskelligs that I could find...It s a magical place it really is and although the village at Cill Rialaig is not officailly open to the public if you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods go explore the hills.
I was recently telling you about all the upcoming exhibitions I have over the Christmas period, well I have another to tell you about...and I very late blogging about it but you may have seen several mentions of it over on my social media feeds.
Sometime last August the Droichead Arts Centre in County Louth put out a call to artists of the North-East to submit works for a printmaking exhibition to their address for the attention of artist and curator Dorothy Smith. The idea was to exhibit works exploring the many facets of contemporary printmaking including but not limited to etching, litho, screenprint, monoprint, lino etc. I submitted a small number of works for Dorothys consideration and am happy to report I was accepted into the show.
Here are some of the detials: www.droichead.com/show/873599277
Delighted to hear my work "Un foo-king titled" (see left and detail image at bottom) was accepted However I was upset to realise the opening night was the only night of the year my darling hubbie asked me not to be busy as he and his team were booked for an industry awards night and had been nominated for a prize! Well god damn, and blast was my first thought, along with something about having to dress formally and the injustice of it all! But bless him hes been to every function, artists talk, exhibition and opening of an envelope I've asked of him so what's a girl to do (and yes I know I'm too old to refer to myself as a Girl- thanking you but I need to cheer myself along!)
Well what could I do but make my apologies to the Arts Centre and Dorothy and miss the opening night...We tarted up...They won (Yay - good nights fun I can tell you & I picked up a commission!) and the following morning on the way home from Dublin with my very pink hair and a slightly green face we visited the exhibition....IT IS SO GOOD! I knew it would be and so I felt so bad I missed what I can only assume was a fantastic night, but what could I do" The wealth of talent on the walls and ceiling (Yes seriously) was just breathtaking and as I write this and share the photos from the Facebook account of the evening I can also reveal two important news facts:
1) This exhibition "Printworks" curated by Dorothy Smith on behalf of and showing in The Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth has just been given the nod of "IRISH TIMES CRITICS CHOICE"... I kid ya not!!!
2) Droichead has arranged a Talk and Tour of the exhibition with the 14 artists (including yours truly) selected and Curator Dorothy Smith for Thursday 31st January at 7:30pm. And a Youthreach programme of events has been added to accompony this exhibition including a series of workshops including one by me on Encaustic Monotype.
(I'll see ya on the night of the talk - I won't be long back from residency and I'm desperate to hear the other artists involved discuss their work and Dorothys take on her choices) The selected artists are : Els Borghart, Adrian + Shane, Orlaith Cullinane, Declan Kelly, Robert Kelly, Jackie Hudson Lawlor, Rahpael Hynes, Aidan Flannagan, John Moloney, Kieran McNulty, Gary McGuire, Jebun Nahar and Niamh O'Connor, additional invited artists included Debora Ando and Anthony Lyttle.
The exhibition runs daily until 2nd March 2019 at The Droichead Arts Centre Drogheda, Louth..
So there you have it, Get yourselves into the Droichead Arts Centre and let me know what you think xx N.
Today is the 7 year anniversary of the very first time I shared some of my encaustic work with the public. I consider today my ART BIRTHDAY... and how grateful am I to have such a thing!
Almost ten years ago I had my beautiful second "light of my life" baby boy Isaac, a beautiful brother for our stunning wee Sam and the completion of our little happy family unit.... unfortunately, I was also made redundant and suffered a mini stroke within the space of 6 weeks...it brought me back to painting....
I had previously stopped all creative activity in my life at 18years of age...I was hospitalised with a blood condition called ITP for near on 3 yrs and after a lot of heartache and medical intervention and the failings of several hardcore drug regimes I finally had a spleenectomy as a result...
At aged 16 After my junior certificate school examinations my parents allowed me travel on two busses a morning across the county and the city to attend Marino College in Fairview..we were living in Kildare at the time but Marino had an extended leaving cert program that incorporated (get this!!) drama, art, photography, broadcasting....it sounded to my young ears like 'FAME' that american hit programne from the 80,s with Leroy (who I fancied terribly) and the dude with the hair and the piano ( remember him??) My parents were cool about it. After all GAY BYRNES daughter went there. Lol!
I loved Marino, it really stirred in me a desire for a true creative outlet in my life, we did scriptwriting, lifedrawing (clothed-we were minors) photography shoots, lunch time pic-nics in the park across the road with cans of cola and a pack of fags....happy happy days! I even got to do my work experience in TempleBar Studios and Galleries..TWICE...it looked way different back then...but my art teacher was the rather fabulous Margaret Tuffy...I was smitten and ambitious and hungry and each day I walked into that building I buzzed!
Near the end of my two jam packed years in Marino I was struggling with the decisions ahead. Fine art or photography? I decided to stay on in Marino under the tutelage of the marvelous photographer Frank Barr and spend a year with the camera, before applying to NCAD to study fine art!
It never happened.. NCAD!
Shortly after completing the photography programne I was hospitalised with a blood condition called ITP...an autoimmune condition which sees your own body attack your platelets. This is basically your clotting mechanism, every day for 3 years my platelets were rock bottom ... risk of haemorrhage was ever present, if I crossed my legs they bruised. I remember having a completely black bruised chin for a week because I ate an apple....
My in-hospital routine was daily platelet transfusions and immunotherapy. It wasn't much fun but I found it where I could and used to hang out in the old hospital smoking rooms with the old codgers and what we used to call their handbags. (most of the chaps were prostate and cancer patients and often would have to walk around with a catheter bag- the humour was often very black and downright hilarious- humour is always my first line of defence and I do blame these chaps x).
I was 22 before my life resumed. My friends were graduating college starting new jobs launching themselves into real adult life.. and here I was frail, exhausted, confused eldest girl of a large family and feeling immense personal pressure to get a career and a job started, to move on, to adult! In no time at all I had completed a legal secretarial course and was working as a law clerk for solicitors within the court system...my brother somehow managed to get me work experience with Jim Fitzpatrick a fantastic guy with so much varied and interesting life experience, somebody who had had his own health issues and overcome them with a great deal of bounce and good humour, and no "poor me, why me" selfpity he was an inspiration to me. He still is.
Life moved on and I settled into having administration roles, wages, living a 9 to 5 life. I was living with girlfriends in harold's cross having a right old time when I met my future husband and within a couple of years are we living in France together, few more years England, later again we married in Cyprus and returned to Ireland to start our family and build our home at home.
it was only on our return to Ireland that I started to pick up a paint brush again, for some reason I bought a set of watercolours, I dabbled, painting little finches and birds, flowers. It was a nice relaxing past time and yet I always saw it as just that! A past time. My new life was unidentifiable from the one I had imagined as a child...but there was no deep strong stir in me for that creative outlet. YET!
Roll onto 2009, still dabbling with the paint brushes, I had discovered encaustic iron work...a gorgeous craft with an iron and wax and card, were you could build layers of wax into optical illusions that looked like images, landscapes, abstracts...I started to experiment a little I was quite excited about this new medium. But again this was a past time... My hobby..
All that changed with my redundancy the birth of my child and my mini stroke... Something in me decided that life was too short and too fleeting not to do the things that I wanted to do... I had to get out of my own way ...to try and grasp the nettle as they say, but more than that it became my therapy, my council and gave me a place to go, and say and feel what would not necessarily be socially acceptable to shout from the rooftops... And for the first time in years I saw that I didnt have to become a victim of my health circumstances, I was in control of my own destiny!
Now don't get me wrong the work was crap, and I was terrified, I was learning from zero up, and in a bid to control some of what I was feeling I was back to painting birds and flowers and trying to stay away from exposing any raw emotion... But the practice of sitting still and focusing and experimenting with colour and texture and layers and giving myself that headspace was incredibly cathartic.
I was beginning to share some of these little pieces of work on the internet on Facebook, and through social media.. friends and family were super supportive and in NO RIGHT MIND, when I was asked if I was interested in a stall at a local Christmas market I snapped at the chance. I was terrified but exhilarated... I was all ego and no skill whatsoever but I framed up those babies and went with my very warm sweater on, my scarf and my sister Nyree by my side and sold a lot of those early pieces....
Looking back now I feel I had no right to be there, but if I hadn't have taken the bull by the horns THEN I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing NOW.. I wouldn't have given space to my life in the pursuit of creativity.
In more recent years my health has been suffering again. This past 3 years has seen me with a lot of ups and downs suffering from chronic fatigue, endometriosis, thyroid problems, fibromyalgia.... Most recently with the help of an autoimmune protocol diet keto and paleo (read - super boring!) I feel my energy restore...after taking much of the spring and summer off this year to concentrate on reviving my physical self.. I'm feeling strong...
I have dyed my hair pink to remind me I'm alive and well enough to care about such things...
I am shifting things around in the studio.. there is a great itch in me to get going again...2017 was a good year for me... good work..great shows...a two location Solo...but I was mentally and physically exhausted and what it took out of me and away from the family to do so, was immence!
This coming year I want to further develop the body of print works I've been dabbling with, extend on the techniques that I'm using... 2019 feels full of expectation & opportunity, and I am starting the year in KERRY, in Cill Railaig on a residency I have been awarded... The most wonderful way to launch yourself into a new year.... And I'm full of optimism for 2019.
And so today I am SEVEN, and I wonder if this is the REAL first of my seven year cycles... Regardless it is giving me a moment to consider what has happened before, what might happen again and how I might approach it... Life will always throw us curve balls. I'm not naturally an optimist, more of a realist with a touch of 'glass half empty' tendency on a bad day, but if life is a cycle I shall continue to pedal along doing my best, and I am super grateful for the opportunity.
Thank you for supporting me along the way.
So here we are its already the end of October and I'm up to my eyes preparing works for all the fabulous and various shows throughout the country in time for Christmas.
Every year since I decided to throw my hat into the art ring I've had the privilege of showing works in my hometown in the Arts Office Gallery Space here in Co Monaghan. Initially, I started to show works in the wonderful "Designer Crafts At Christmas" pop up gallery and craft sales space on the lower ground floor. Curated each year by wonderful artists and friends, Louise Loughman & Liz Christy (yes she of the sheep). The annual pop-up showcases the very best of locally produced arts and crafts created to an amazing standard... it's literally a pic and mix of the great and the good and a brilliant one stop shop for all your Christmas needs. Below in the slideshow are a few pics from last years event, I'd urge you to visit as there is something for every budget and it supports the Craft Trail of workers and makers here in the county.
Over time through my association with the designer pop up I was invited to participate in the fine art gallery winter show on the upper floor by our Arts Officer. An annual Christmas exhibition of new works from the Monaghan Arts Partnership members, its line up includes Neil Greg, Eileen Ferguson, Joanne Behan, Joanne Mallon, and various others and invitees. It is my privilege to participate again this year, bringing my "shape of life" prints series of one-off monoprints created using heat, pigment, and wax. These images are produced on fine Japanese Kozo papers and are mounted and framed ready to show.
For me, this new work represents a recognizing of our adaptability as humans, our infinite ability to recreate ourselves and, and in, the situations around us. Its the rebirth of the mind and soul as we travel along our journey pausing hopefully to recognise the abundance about us!
Symbolically the Golden/Yellow, for me represents - joy, happiness, enlightenment, and hope, whilst the gold carries the promise of positivity and wealth. The diamond symbolizes ascension, clarity, and wisdom - the ultimate truth, in Futhark symbology this shape is known as the "Ingwuz rune" and IS the symbol of all creation.
I keep being drawn back to this repeatable element in both shape and colour in my print works, and have produced a number of original pieces where it features. Some 17 "Shape of Life" original works will be exhibited this Christmas between exhibitions and shows of smalls works. If you would like to see these works in the flesh (as it were) they are on exhibition in the following locations.
Monaghan Arts Partnership Fine Art Winter Exhibition. The Market House, County Arts Office/Gallery, Market Street, Co. Monaghan.
6th - 23rd December 2018.
*Solas Art Gallery, Members Winter Open.
Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, Leitrim.
23rd Nov - 2nd Jan 2019.
*10th Annual 1ft SQ, Group Exhibition.
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.
14th Dec - 12 Jan 2019.
The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
29th Nov - 02nd Jan 2019.
Hyde Bridges Gallery, Sligo.
4th Dec - 20th Jan 2019.
I hope your Christmas and New year is filled with Golden Yellow Radiance and all it symbolises. xx N.
NAAS.....I am delighted to tell you im bringing my class to kildare this December...I put a wee video out on social media asking friends and followers 'where to next?' given the option of DUBLIN, KILDARE,WICKLOW OR WESTMEATH for a pre-christmas class on the final weekend I had available to me...the result was KILDARE. thanks to all who got in touch with suggestions and the names of several other areas my class would be welcome.
Now early in 2017 I had the honour if exhibiting alongside the marvelous Martina Caffery Shannon at Inspire Gallery in Dublin in a show calked "Wonky" curated by the very lovely Dino... and I was blown away by what Martina created, a stunning overflowing installation created from recycled factory waste...it was magnificent, beautiful and impactful and followed Martinas drive for eco art and earth friendly uses for waste materials...Martina has since developed a wonderful art hub in Nass called "Dross Evolution" a magnificent bricks and morter building from which she creates, teaches abd shares her fabulous ethos....the reason Im telling you all of this is because when I thought of a venue for my class in Kildare I immediately thought of Martina and her studio/shop and classroom space in Nass...with ample space, an arts focussed buildng, parking close by and within easy access to most of the county it seems perfect.
And indeed it is perfect, so its booked...hope to see you there as I teach the basics of encaustic hobby wax ironing in this beginners class....its fun, colourful and oh so theraputic..
All bookings abd enquiries please by email to email@example.com . max 10 spaces available and a deposit secures your space...share with your friends and family and I cant wait to see you in Nass for a wonderful day of fun and creativity. xxN.
I am delighted to tell you this week my work appears in the American online professional publication: Prowax Journal.
After 5 years of raising the bar in professional encaustic practice this is its final edition and I am honoured and privileged to have been curated into this final publication...it will be missed by those of us who excitedly and expectedly awaited it's quarterly release for news on the work of our contemporaries and the best interviews and commentary from its writers, contributors and invited curators.
Thanks must go to all involved for their years of voluntary commitnent to PROWAX JOURNAL and from my personal perspective a special thanks to Debra Claffey for including my work in her curation in this last edition.
Please use the link below to see the piece and through the same link you can read all previous publications....it is a feast for a hungry heart looking for wonderful articles on contemporary visual artists and their explorations in the beautiful medium of encaustic wax.
It's been a bit of a crazy week folks and its still only half way through but I'm finally back on line to share photos of last Saturdays wax painting class using hot irons.
We had a lovely group, seven in all and heads down we really cracked on, unusually for me only two of saturdays particpants had never experienced the craft with me before...the ratios normally swing the other way, but it made for a vibrant group with lots of good work produced.
The Garage Theatre really is a wonderful venue for a class like this, bright and airy excellent parking and easily accessed. I would like to extend my thanks to the team there and no doubt you will see us again.
In the meantime I'd like to gauge interest in an European Encaustic painting class in Dublin? I have had several enquiries of late and I'm very happy to go on tour if the demand is there, let me know what you think? I'm happily heading up that way again soon as I've been booked for an ICA craft day, these are huge events with numerous Guilds all coming together to enjoy a day of mixed art and craft and boy is it fun!
But for now I'm back to my laptop to focus on my own work and some writing that I need to do... Even for an artist administration is a never-ending task, so bye for now and we'll talk soon. X Niamh.
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the durmlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.