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National Stud_170709

Watercolour 45 x 30cm. Classic winners enjoying retirement at the National Stud.
John McManus is attending Sally Downey's event

Boyne Valley Paint Out, Garristown, Co.Dublin at Top Garage and supermarket (Goughs)

July 15, 2017 from 11am to 3:30pm
We meet in the village at 11 at Goughs Top Garage and Supermarket and Deli for coffee Saturday 15th July.Garristown is a quaint, quiet village on borders of Co.Meath and Co.Dublin.  There are panoramic views of the countryside and interesting village scenes to paint - even a rusty shed on outskirts of village!  and of course a churchyard with old Yew trees.…See More
John McManus commented on Sonja Brussen's photo

Stairway to heaven

"Wonderful light Sonja and the letter-box format is ideal for this type of landscape."
Jul 6
John McManus is attending Karen Scannell's event

Irish National Stud at Irish National Stud and gardens

July 9, 2017 from 11am to 6pm
On the very sad occasion of Terrence Gillespies funeral last Wednesday, the suggestion was made by Michael Keogh, that we have a paintout in The Irish National Stud, in remembrance of Terry. Michael has been kind enough to make the arrangements.We suggest meeting  in the Irish National Stud Cafe from 11amam.  Exit M7 on Junction 13.  Hope you can make it there !   See More
Jul 6
John McManus commented on Sally Downey's photo

Most popular shed in the Naul

"This worked out well for you Sally, the path leading to the shadowed area in the barn creates the interest!"
Jul 5
John McManus commented on John McManus's photo


"Thanks Sally, I liked this composition and think it could also work well with a different mood and colour scheme, which I might try in the studio."
Jul 5
Sally Downey commented on John McManus's photo


"Great to see the finished the painting John.  You've got a good busy feeling with the ship on the horizon and the Sunday crowds in the street."
Jul 4
John McManus commented on Neil O'Keeffe's photo

Cleary's New Ross

"Love the composition Neil and the minimalist approach for the pen and wash. A subject like this often draws one into too much detail! Well done."
Jul 4
John McManus commented on John McManus's photo

Walled Garden at Malahide Castle_170622

"Thanks James, I was happy with the loose approach, but for a subject of interest, I was more pleased with the one of Howth that we both did from the balcony. "
Jul 4
John McManus commented on John McManus's photo


"Thanks Dick and Kevin. I had a nice raised perspective for this, as we had access to Howth Yacht Club and I was fortunate with the awning on the balcony to protect the paper from the drizzle. It turned out much better that I thought it would half…"
Jul 4
John McManus commented on John McManus's photo

Farmyard at Rush_170624

"Thanks Dick, the weather was very kind in Rush on that day, which gave me time to work on the detail. Although my cabbages are somewhat fresher and more more robust than those that were in the field!"
Jul 4
Dick Donaghue commented on John McManus's photo


"Great painting. Excellent sky."
Jul 2
Dick Donaghue commented on John McManus's photo

Farmyard at Rush_170624

"Well done... and sold... great work."
Jul 2
James Moore commented on John McManus's photo

Walled Garden at Malahide Castle_170622

"Damn John that's a cracker. Nice one."
Jul 1
Kevin Lewis commented on John McManus's photo


"Congrats John on your runner-up award for your painting of farmyard at Rush, well done. This one of Howth is my favourite of your three posts. Very nice sky and also like your Martello tower. Hope to see you at AITO soon."
Jun 29
Karen Scannell commented on John McManus's photo
Jun 29

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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 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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