Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Season programme 2011 - Art weekends / Workshops-

at Bunbury Art Studio
Ballyconnell Tullow Co Carlow Ireland
Bunbury Art Studio       Fees reduced to 2003 prices

1. WATERCOLOURS with Trudi Doyle 
Whether you are an apprehensive beginner or have some experience but feel at sea in this medium of watercolours, this course will help you to develop a range of simple techniques; how to use & mix colour, lay washes and compose a painting. All will be demonstrated in Trudi's paint along method which will reinforce your understanding of how to handle this exciting and beautiful medium, giving you the confidence to produce paintings to be proud of. You should complete at least one finished painting and several sketches. SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS
2 days €140 or 1 day €70 ( for beginners & improvers ) 

MAY - Sunday 1st & Mon 2nd (bank holiday)

JULY–  Sun 10th ( one day)

SEPTEMBER Sat. 24th & Sun 25th

2.OIL PAINTING with Pat Maher
 2 days €140   ( for beginners & improvers )
This weekend is tutored by award winning artist Pat Maher, a master at capturing the elusive effects of light and shade. He is a patient and experienced tutor who knows how to bring out the best in painters of all level of ability. He includes instruction on good composition, colour and tone with demonstrations and individual tuition. If you are starting out or want to develop a surer approach which can be adapted to suit your own personal style this course is for you. SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS &; IMPROVER
MAY - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th

SEPTEMBER— Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th

3. ART SAMPLE DAYS with Trudi Doyle
 1 day €70  ( for beginners )
Materials supplied .
Drawing & a good basic introduction to Watercolours .
Suitable for those who have always wanted to take up painting but haven’t got round to it
This day will introduce you to basic drawing & painting techniques and  skills,  how to compose a painting,  mix colours and  choose subjects .I will include a question and answer session .
It will give you a taste of painting with watercolours and you are sure to  go home with a new insight and hopefully enough enthusiasm to continue painting. -

All materials are supplied for the day  free of charge  - pencils, paper ,paint, paint brushes etc. (if you already have some materials  please bring  them along ) 
You can purchase a compact starter pack of good quality watercolours and a brush  in studio to take home for only €4.

JUNE  - Sunday 26th  - 8 places

JULY  -  Sat urday 9th  - 8 places

1 day  €70  ( for  improvers ) For those who wish to loosen up and enliven their work and stretch their knowledge of watercolours beyond the usual. Learn to experiment with a variety of techniques and "tricks of the trade" e.g. sponging, masking, salt effects, cling film textures and the use of mixed media. Delight in the discovery of unexpected effects, keeping an open mind to happy accidents, finding ways of incorporating your new skills into your paintings whether abstract, figurative, landscape, still life, etc. Learn from Trudi the well kept secrets of transparent glowing watercolours and how to effortlessly achieve freshness and vibrancy in your paintings from now on.

    JULY -  Sunday 24th

5. ACRYLICS with Trudi Doyle 
2 day €140  &1 day €70 ( for beginners & improvers )Acrylics are an easy to use & versatile medium. Diluted with water they can be used like watercolour or used straight from the tube, they produce depth and colour similar to oil painting. Their quick drying nature allows the painter to build up layers of colour faster than oil paint and their opacity means that they are forgiving of mistakes. This workshop will include simple drawing skills and painting techniques, learning the basics while completing a simple painting

 JUNE  Sun 5th and Mon 6th (bank holiday)

   JULY   Saturday 23rd  (one day)

 ART & NATURE SUMMER SCHOOL (2 day) Age 4 to 11
Enjoy Art lessons in Painting , Drawing and Collage. Stimulate the imagination and encourage recycling by making wonderful creations from colourful textured papers, fabrics, found objects, beads & buttons in the studio.
Also enjoy outdoor nature walks to encourage observation skills –weather permitting- and interactive fun and games in the garden. All Materials provided. Bring a packed lunch each day. 
Tues 5th Weds 6th  July  2 day fee €45
Optional extra day on Thursday 7th  - €15  
               ( 2 day - €45   /  3 day fee €60 )- all materials included

Art holiday in Hotel LaPia Montecatini Tuscany  Italy
 Wednesday 24th  to 31st August . €875. Organised all inclusive cultural week with tutored  painting days.
1. Seven nights Half Board accomodation - breakfast buffet and evening meal including  drinks during the evening meal  -  breakfast only  on last day )
2. Painting tuition and guidance with professional artist throughout .
3. Transfer by bus or taxi to/from Pisa airport,  courier on your arrival at Pisa airport
4. Full day bus or taxi  laid on for excursions to medieval villages Buggiano+Massa
5. Local guide in Florence half day including  guided visit to Uffizi Gallery
7. Train ticket, return to Florence. 
10 places available . No single supplement. Booking open until end of May. Deposit €300 secures a place. Full payment by June 1st  2011  
Full information brochure available on request .
( Scroll down & check out my January 2010 blog post for more information and photos  on this holiday )

( Flights to and from Pisa NOT included - Ryanair flights are currently available @ €115 return  Dublin Pisa 24th Aug. / Pisa Dublin 31st Aug.  )

email trudi for further information and details and for bookings -

New affordable favourite prints with hayseed ( ivory) mounts in my Etsy shop

I  have  selected 20 images which will be available in this range -All are only $15 each or €11 - plus $4 ( €3 )Postage and packaging . 

Here is a sample of 10 of my favourites which I am launching in my on-line shop

"Blackbird Singing in the dead of Night"  8"x10"

"Drifting to Dreamland" 8"x10"

"At Anchor" 8"x10"

"Daisy Chain" 8" x10" 

"Deserted Village of Perillos"  8" x10"

"Lazing in a Summar Garden" 8" x 10"

"Lilac Light"  8" x10"

"Flying with an Angel"   8" x10"

All are  only $15 each or €11.  plus shipping  $4 -(€3 ) (I will post  anywhere in the world ) purchase extra prints with no additional   postage/ shipping costs  

 These  are open edition prints 6 x 8 inches ( A5  ) of my original paintings with a gentle matte finish and come with a free ivory mat and backing card - suitable for framing under glass
- ready to pop into a standard 8 x 10ins frame  and arrive to you protected  in a cellophane self seal pocket .
The printsd are created out-of-house by professional printers on Fujicolor Crystal Archive photo paper, with beautifully rich colour reproduction and will last a lifetime. To view more - or to purchase follow the link -

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"We're all mad here" Polling day Ireland

To quote Alice ( in Wonderland)   If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't.  And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”

 On a day that Ireland voted to form a new Government -  I 'm so jaded listening to the endless discussion about bond-holders, banks and debts which the ordinary  folk have to pay back . The illlogical logic  of economics - !

The day was spring like , walking with the dogs I see the newly ploughed field and hints of green in the hedgerows

The secret life of the earth moves along - In nature nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted and bent out of  shape and are all the more beautiful  . 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trees - "a nest of Robins in her hair "

Although there is a mention of God in this poem -I believe the creative forces  of nature are the only dieties !
It's still an inspiring poem !


by american poet Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A Tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree