My Workshop Checklist

Starting to gather my materials for my upcoming oil painting workshop “Coast” in Artform, Dunmore East on 30 September 2019. Looking forward so much to spending four full days with fellow artists, painting the beautiful coastal scenery of the area, with the bright, spacious Artform studio as our base. http://www.artform.ie So here’s what I’ll be packing – a full materials list is included below: This is my Plein Air Oil Painting kit – – box easel (half size) – box of painting supplies – small backpack to hold: small canvas or oil painting pad, sketchbook, drawing materials, water bottle, rain…

My Sketching Materials

Reviewing my sketching kit in preparation for our Travel Sketching workshop in Puglia in April 2020. My most important consideration is to keep my kit as simple, compact and lightweight as possible.  All the items below, except for the sketchbook fit in a small pencil case. SKETCHBOOK My preference is for a hardback watercolour sketchbook in a size A5 which is compact, while allowing for a larger spread across 2 pages.  These are my favourites: Stillman and Birn Zeta 5.5 x 8.5in Stillman and Birn have a wide range of sketchbooks offering a choice of paper surface – cold pressed or…

Sketching in France – Valbonne

Day 4 – Market day in Valbonne. Local bus 630 brings us on a pleasant 30 minute ride through a verdant Spring countryside with views towards Grasse and as far as the distant Alps. Valbonne is a lovely authentic village with a lively and colourful Friday market. A sunny café in the Place des Arcades is our perfect spot to sketch the scene over coffee and croissants.  Kieran explores some great sketching spots by the church and around the market Colette and Pauline escape from the market crowds to discover the quiet side streets of the old town Maria and…