Great to be on the site and to have found this group.
My name is Tom J. Byrne. I'm an Irish painter based in Paris and the south of France. It sounds nice doesn't it. I've never worked as hard in my life.
I love to paint pleine air. It's really the most satisfying of things for me. I also paint portraits and nudes.
If anyone is interested there is a life drawing exhibition in the United Arts Club next week. 11th of March at 7pm. The address is 3 fitzwilliam street upr D.2
Might see you there as I am visiting Ireland to take part in the exhibition and deliver some paintings to collectors.
I am very new to Pleine Eire and came accross this site safter the Virgina Paint out on the May bank holiday. I have to say it has been an eye opener and has given me a big push to get out there and paint. I have been a part time and some times non existant painter for the last too many years to admit but full time work and family committments always seem to be the order of the day. Just before the boom went bust we sold up in Dublin and moved to Cavan. It took a while but eventually I have arrived and now paint more than I have ever done. I love colour light and movement. I do paint in the studio but must admit getting out there really does change your perspective and the urgency of your paintings. I am really enjoying the constant challenges and being out there! Oh how I love to paint.
It is great to share with the Plein Eire members from different countries, the experience of painting outside. I am from Spain, a nice place to live and paint, but Ireland has captured my heart and has given me an international perspective on Plein Air painting.
I paint in watercolour and teach Art in Secondary School. The experience of being in Ireland and painting in the Annual Art in the Open Festival in Wexford and with artist in Dublin has made me grow as a teacher.
Meeting and working with other artist, has influenced how I work as a teacher and has helped me to understand my students better. I am more aware of different processes of working and results.
So finally that artistic experience has left a positive imprint on my work.