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This is my first ever pleinair effort! Oil on board 12in #square. Maybe if I will do again it will improve!
Got Carol Marines book last week Daily Painting.

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Comment by Sheila Mac Nally on October 20, 2019 at 21:29

Well that’s a great start! Keep it up John

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on October 14, 2019 at 8:23

Dave's homepage is     but I think you have found it already, unfortunately the class comes under Autumn Classes at bottom of his webpage page and it is now obviously full, It is held in Ardgillan Castle on saturdays.  I think that's it till Spring 2020. but I"ll ask him on this Saturday.  It's an interesting course as it is over 3 days In Ardgillan Castle and each day is a month apart to give time to practice the techniques learnt, Sorry I wasn't any help, but keep painting and Spring comes around quickly, If you want company on a paint-out I'm free a  lot of the time during the week, and Frank Hallinan also , Frank's a great oil painter.

Comment by John kent on October 13, 2019 at 21:29

Thanks Kyrle - Where can I find info on David West workshop?

I see he is in the Schoolhouse in Enniskerry  2 day late Nov. but doing pastels - hardly the workshop you referred to.

Karen Scannell tells me she would do a workshop near Dublin if there are at least 4 people interested. 

Could I post that somewhere people would see it?

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on October 13, 2019 at 18:51

John, I love your "first attempt" ,speaking for myself all I see is a really nice painting, ably displaying your vision as an artist. FYI I am attending an oil techniques workshop/course by a really good artist called David West. Dave is a great tutor, and the course is a great introduction to oils (a medium I have always had issues with). That said I do not see any "issues" with your handling of oils, I wish I could keep my palette as clean as I see in yours.

Comment by John kent on October 13, 2019 at 10:57

I am chuffed that anybody would take the time to comment on my little effort - genuinely. I would be equally (almost) chuffed if they tore it apart as long as they point me in a better direction. You are correct Kyle - oils. Where? outside my back door. 

I was to go to Karen Scannell Workshop in Broadford next Sat. which has now been cancelled. If anybody is aware of upcoming workshop in oil/acrylic suitable for beginners please advise.

Only now beginning to appreciate and explore the Plein Eire site - Notes and Tips. - Galleries. - blogs.

i have lots of blogs mainly on aspects of photography. My growing Pleinair blog is advise and inspiration to myself ...... featuring admired artists like Kyrie and Barbara P. , Karen Scannell and lots more to add.

Comment by Norah Blount on October 11, 2019 at 21:03

A very joyful painting and your darks are clean transparent, hope to see more John

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on October 10, 2019 at 11:50

Sorry john I'm out of sync with my comments, You must be very pleased with the result of that painting, I especially like the way there's no fiddling with the brushwork its very positive, mixed up cleanly and put down directly. its upbeat! very nice work!

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on October 10, 2019 at 11:43

Well John! Thats a fine first piece to be posted in Plein Eire!,Lovely clean colours, Nice blocks of solid colour and loose brushwork. Is it oils or acrylic , looks like oils to me , Where is it, and I love the horshoes. Well done!!

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