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Exhibition at the Flamenco Dance Museum Seville at Flamenco Dance Museum Cristina Hoyos, Seville

June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
I just returned from Seville and a wonderful group exhibition by Rosa Olivero and friends (Rosa has been a regular participant at AITO). The group Retrata Madrid, comprising 10 artists from the capital, exhibits in the Flamenco Dance Museum Cristina Hoyos, a selection of mixed works entitled “10 latidos” (ten beats). The collection can be visited in the Art Gallery of the Flamenco Dance Museum in Seville until August 31, 2019. This exhibition takes the path of flamenco representations,…See More
Jun 4
Sally Downey commented on John McManus's photo

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"Lucky you John.  I'll have to wait until the exhibition comes to Dublin.  Exciting to know its coming."
May 26
John McManus commented on John McManus's photo

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"Thanks Sally, Nora, Meg, Kevin for your comments. I was in London all last week and visited the Sorolla exhibition at the National Gallery. It's a wonderful display of sunlight. If you are in London between now and 7th July you have to visit…"
May 24
John McManus commented on Sally Downey's photo

Hawthorn in Ditch

"Super painting Sally with nice definite strokes to define the main features. The fence post is a lovely solid contrast in the composition."
May 24
Kevin Lewis commented on John McManus's photo

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"John this is a wonderful series of excellent watercolours. Think this one edges first place for me, but it wasn't an easy decision. Love that brooding sky and the distant Ben Bulben is a stark contrast to the foreground greens. Lovely. Was…"
May 13
meg leahy commented on John McManus's photo

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"John- well done on your Classiebawn series...this is the more unusual view as I think you had to negotiate a stone wall and some hummocky dunes to get this aspect... well done on a moody body of work.... hope we’ll see you back in Stunning…"
May 12
Norah Blount commented on John McManus's photo

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"John these paintings are a wonderful tribute to Mullaghmore. They are all amazing. That walk from the harbour around behind Classiebawn is even better on a stormy winter's day. "
May 12
Sally Downey commented on John McManus's photo

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"No passing this painting John. Fantastic. You seem to have an affinity with Sligo. All your paintings were winners. "
May 12
John McManus is attending Norah Blount's event

Sligo Getaway Paint away at Mullaghmore Co.Sligo

May 7, 2019 to May 10, 2019
A few days in May painting around beautiful Sligo. We are staying in Mullaghmore for a few days and all are welcome to join in if you are in the area. Tuesday May 7th to FridaySee More
Feb 4
John McManus is attending Sally Downey's event

Boyne Valley Plein Eire at The Snug, The Alex Hotel

January 5, 2019 all day
On Saturday, 5th January, 2019 we meet in the Alex Hotel for our annual festive lunch.  Come and celebrate our past year together and get 2019 off to a convivial start.  We meet at 12.30 in The Snug.So before you get completely immersed in the hurley burley of Christmas preparations take a minute to pencil in " Annual Boyne Valley Lunch, in Alex Hotel, 5th Jan.…See More
Dec 21, 2018
John McManus commented on Kevin Lewis's photo

Ferns Cathedral

"Nice one Kevin, I think drawing with the brush is adding another dimension to your paintings and it makes you emphasise your darks more, which I like! "
Nov 28, 2018
John McManus commented on Kyrle Cahill's photo

Castletown grounds

"Wonderfully simple and fresh Kryle. Well done."
Nov 26, 2018
Sally Downey commented on John McManus's photo

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"Beautifully fresh John. "
Sep 12, 2018
John Moriarty commented on John McManus's photo

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"Good solid painting, I like it John."
Sep 11, 2018

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Boyne Valley Christmas Lunch 2016

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 21:05 — 2 Comments

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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