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Garry Westby RIP
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Much sympathy to the family and friends of Garry Westby who sadly passed…Read on...

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Moriarty Nov 25, 2020.


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John McManus is attending Norah Blount's event

Newbarn Farm Ashbourne at Ashbourne

February 4, 2023 from 11am to 3pm
Apologies for the late invite. Meet at 11am in the coffee shop at Newbarn Farm in Ashbourne, directions on their website on the link below. The Open farm is free of charge for customers of the Farm Shop and Donkey Shed Restaurant. Please retain your receipt from the Farm Shop or Restaurant if you wish to visit the Open Farm.The Open Farm gives our visitors a chance to meet our farm animals. You will be able to thank our chickens for their delicious eggs and meet Neddy and Dani, our donkeys, who…See More
Feb 4, 2023
John McManus commented on Kevin Lewis's photo

Ben Whisken, Sligo

"Hi Kevin, we may have crossed paths here in Sligo. I was there last week and painted the range including Benwisken and Benbulbin from Raghly looking across Drumcliff Bay on Thursday afternoon 1st Sept (attached). I've not been paining for the…"
Sep 7, 2022
John McManus commented on Norah Blount's photo

The answer is Blowing in the Wind

"That's a cracker Nora, I love it."
Apr 24, 2022
John McManus commented on kate beagan's group Plein Eire Boyne Valley
"Difficult to process such sad news. RIP Sean, you touched those around you."
Apr 24, 2022
John McManus commented on Norah Blount's photo

At Tara 18th Dec 21

"Love this approach Nora. Great work."
Dec 23, 2021
John McManus commented on kate beagan's group Plein Eire Boyne Valley
"Hope it's nothing serious Sally and you have a quick recovery. Hoping to join you on a paint-out soon. John"
Oct 3, 2021
John McManus commented on penny newman's photo

Boats at Wexford harbour

"Was just browsing your lovely paintings and wonderful drawing skills Penny. I really like this composition. It's a  bit difficult to engage in group plein air painting at the present time, but I do hope you are still drawing and painting…"
Apr 8, 2021
John Moriarty replied to John McManus's discussion Garry Westby RIP
"Sorry to hear this news"
Nov 25, 2020
Plein Eire Administrator replied to John McManus's discussion Garry Westby RIP
"Sad news but thanks, John ,for making Garry's friends here aware of his passing. Sincere condolences to his widow and family,"
Nov 16, 2020
Caroline Carroll replied to John McManus's discussion Garry Westby RIP
"My deepest sympathy to Garry Westby's family at this very sad time.  Garry loved meeting up with Plein Eire Boyne Valley, whenever we were in his native Skerries or anywhere else close to it, for a chat.  Whenever he used to come into…"
Nov 15, 2020
Kyrle Cahill replied to John McManus's discussion Garry Westby RIP
"Thanks for posting this John. Garry was a lovely person , passionate about the outings, R.I.P"
Nov 12, 2020
deirdre shanny replied to John McManus's discussion Garry Westby RIP
"Our deepest sympathies to Garry's family and friends, he was a super hero, despite his long illness and joined in whenever he could.Always in our thoughts and prayers,  from his friends in the Boyne Valley Group.May he rest in Peace."
Nov 11, 2020
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Garry Westby RIP

Much sympathy to the family and friends of Garry Westby who sadly passed away on the 27th October last. Garry, a member of Plein Eire Boyne Valley and Plein Eire Dublin, always looked forward to the paint-outs in his native Skerries and North County Dublin locations, and although his illness curtailed the duration of his participation on occasion, he still came out to…See More
Nov 9, 2020
Kyrle Cahill commented on John McManus's photo

Liffey Descent_190915

"John that's a great one, You are able to make the medium do anything you want, from the majesty of the Cooleys to the movement and action of the Liffey rapids, all are grist to your mill."
Sep 17, 2019
Norah Blount commented on John McManus's photo

Liffey Descent_190915

"Wonderful John, it is a wonderful mix of the colours of the day. We were at the weir in st Catherine's park. Paddy has about 20 odd medals from doing the Liffey Descent "
Sep 17, 2019
John McManus commented on Sally Downey's photo

In the Walled Garden :Phoenix Park

"A very accomplished composition Sally. Keeping Ashtown Castle at the edge of the painting really sets it off."
Sep 17, 2019

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Plein Air Dublin embraces the first day of Winter at Farmleigh


A crisp sunny day at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park was the attraction for eleven (well under-layered) Plein Air Dublin painters on the 1st December for the last of the 2012 paint-outs.


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Posted on December 1, 2012 at 23:01

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At 5:10 on August 23, 2018, Amanda Brett said…

hello John - thanks for your kind comment about my work. I'm answering you here because I can't find where to reply and now I've lost your message!!

Anyway, you asked about how I created the light "VINI" against the dark background? the paint was quite rich and when the shine had left the paper, I used a rigger with a tiny amount of water to push the paint aside and form the letters. used same technique with "LIQUORI" but paint was drying fast, it gave me the opportunity to paint thick dark value paint into damp and light value for some letters and light for the rest. 



At 9:23 on April 1, 2015, Ciaran O Briain said…

thank you John, see you soon

At 21:52 on March 3, 2014, Karina Drogowska said…

Hi John, definitely we have to meet during your visit. Let me know when you are planning to go to Italy, so we try to arrange some paint-outs.

Here many art schools, definitely bring discipline into work. In most dominated Classical Painting, but not in all schools, depends which one you choose really.

Architecture of Fiesole is like that, in small town they tried to fit everything :).

At 1:26 on January 3, 2013, Rosa Olivero said…

Thanks John. Happy New Year again!

Thank you for your nice advice about fresh flower and card. They really liked it.

Warm regards.

At 16:34 on November 28, 2012, john o'flynn said…



(I've tried email you directly thru Plein Eire but doesn't seem to be operative today).

A colleague can't take up his spot at People's Art on Stephen's Green this weekend - he's offered it to me - tho I think it will be too cold - I'd like to try it.
I asked Tom Scott if I could delegate it to him bit he's otherwise engaged- he suggested I ask you! Could you take charge of Plein Eire to Farmleigh on Sat am? If you can't -no prob - I'll break off from Green.


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At 8:27 on May 27, 2012, john o'flynn said…

Thanks John for arranging next Sat - and esp arrangement with clubjouse. I've added it to Events and PE Dublin page, as I didn't see them there.

See you Sat!

Tks - John O Flynn

At 15:06 on July 13, 2011, Michael McGuire said…
Hi there and welcome to Plein Eire, John! Are you by any chance, the same John McManus that worked in Enterprise Ireland?
At 8:37 on July 13, 2011, Karen Scannell said…
Welcome to Plein Eire John..enjoy!

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