A few folk told me I should apply for a new BBC NI programme looking for local artists …and I did!! The exciting news is that I was picked …along with four other artists to appear in three programmes being recorded at the moment! I haven’t started my three paintings – inspired by Belfast Artist William Conor – yet! Yesterday we started filming (7 hours!!) and we have a lot work ahead of us but I am EXCITED …to say the least. Wish me well … it’s going to be a busy two months
Well…not really 🙂 ! I have to admit I adore books. Not brand new… spine not yet broken books. I love books with a musty smell, pencil notes in the margin and foxing (is that the correct term?) on the pages. A few years back I bought a book for 50p in Belfast …falling apart but over 100 years old …how could I resist? But it’s been sitting doing nothing for three years. So in order to give these old pages a new life …I decided to do little watercolour and pen art on them. I like the way they’ve turned out. If you’re interested in having your own wee piece of history … just get in touch !
Well…that’s another two hour teaching session under my belt!! 🙂 This time we had both deaf and hearing people painting together (with our BSL interpreter!) at a Deaf Awareness Week event. We had a wonderful couple of hours using the Sostrene Grenes art materials! We started out by drawing practice, then progressed to techniques of applying the watercolour paint and finally the small group produced some wonderful floral rings! It’s amazing to think that some of these people have never painted before!! Wow…very impressed! Well done x
Wow …what a day! To say that the Søstrene Grene art event was a success would be an understatement. We had so many folk trying the art supplies…and I could not have survived without my twin sister Denise of Denise’s Boxes / Denise McDowell Art!! She was superb with the younger ones who wanted to try to paint sunflowers and floral rings…amazingly patient and encouraging…thank you sis!! Thanks again to the staff and Manager – Nuala – from the Belfast Ann Street store – it was a joy!! 🙂 … so happy it went well and some folk even bought the art bundle to continue their creativity at home 🙂 !!
******** AN INVITATION TO YOU **********
I am thrilled to say that on Easter Saturday 31st March 2018 I will be in Søstrene Grene (Ann Street, Belfast) showing the customers how easy it is to do some watercolour floral paintings!! Demonstration begins at 1pm! I am so excited about working in partnership with this lovely store and want to thank the Manager – Nuala for her encouragement. The shop specialises in wonderful interior design, stationery, gift wrapping, crafts, kitchen goods and toys for children. I’ll be showing folk how to use the Søstrene Grene art products which are extremely good value! More information to follow !!
… You are invited to my online Watercolour Spring Sale this
Sunday 18th March 2018 9pm GMT …
Why buy a print when you can treat yourself (or someone else!) a one of a kind original watercolour?
… remember there’s more people on the attending list – than there is artwork available. First come … first served!
I decided to start September with a challenge to myself – to complete 30 paintings in 30 days ! I had been given lovely watercolours from a colleague who didn’t use them. This prompted me to start some floral wreaths in various tones. Happy to say I’m keeping on course … here they are ….. so far!!
Well …to say that my session ‘Doodling Harry Potter’ this month at LeakyCon Dubin..was a success…would be an understatement! I am always a little nervous when I teach and think that no-one will turn up! This time I was hoping for 10-15 folk …. what a surprise when we arrived at the room and we counted how many came …140!! Wow… I’m still smiling!
I was so impressed with all of the participants – aged 4 – 54!! They were all really responsive and talented too! It made me realize that I love to teach …and to see people drawing/painting again. See the photos below for their happy, smiling faces 🙂 !!
My thanks go to my sister Denise (check out her lovely assembled boxes at Denise’s Boxes) and my brother in law Norm who ran around to try to find more paper and pens!! I also want to mention the lovely lady from Australia – Doodles by Sarah – who very kindly gave me permission to use her Harry Potter art to run the session … (it would have be difficult to paint my acrylic landscapes in the session!!) Thank you!
Excited about doing some Harry Potter doodling at LeakyCon in Dublin this month and so happy to be alongside (even on a page!) to Miraphora Mina of MinaLima !! From Harry Potter’s Hogwarts letter and the Marauder’s Map to the MACUSA crest and magical items inside Newt Scamander’s case, graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have brought all of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to life, down to the tiniest detail.