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TWO SEPTEMBERS… by Orla Jones

TWO SEPTEMBERS… by Orla Jones

I remember as the anticipation of the pending Sicilian trip approached, my busy packing and checking of passport expiry dates the general organizing of kids, house and pets for my impending departure day. Leaving the September of Dublin with the falling leaves and winter coats…

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The Art of a Good Saturday

The Art of a Good Saturday

‘Time is a jet plane. It moves too fast…’ Bob Dylan is singing on the radio as I drive in my car. ‘It certainly does!’ I silently remark to myself while I try to remember how long I’ve been making this journey from Dublin to…

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The Idea of Iceland

The Idea of Iceland

I have a love for islands and even stronger love for volcanoes. I don’t know where this fascination comes from but it’s there and therefore it must be dealt with. So when two years ago fellow artist Barbara O’Meara asked if I would join her…

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  • Artwork by Jole Bortoli

    Artwork by Jole Bortoli

  • Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

    Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

Ratljóst – Enough light to navigate by

Ratljóst is an exhibition of work by artists Barbara O’Meara and Jole Bortoli produced last November during a month-long residency in Laugarvatn, a village some 70km from Reykjavik, Iceland. The show marks the collaboration between two artists who, over four weeks time, with just enough…

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SUMMER REFLECTIONS

SUMMER REFLECTIONS

Summer is over and what a busy summer it was! The projects I have been involved in, the places I visited and the people I met seem now very distant but the experiences are still very fresh. One particular project – Artist in Action –…

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A Friend writes from NZ

A Friend writes from NZ

And how many million times have I said it, but I have started to change the record and I’m discovering my creativity in many ways. We’ve moved from our last rental house which was big but uninspiring and now (for at least six months) we…

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Flower-shaped peppers with eggs

Flower-shaped peppers with eggs

This quick and tasty recipe is fun to make with children or friends and looks very arty! You need: eggs, peppers of different colours, olive oil, salt and pepper. Wash and dry the peppers and cut across with a sharp knife to make slices around…

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I’VE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL  MY LIFE

I’VE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL MY LIFE

“I’ve been an artist all my life” said the ten year old girl when I complimented her on the painting she’s just finished during the “Face to Face” portraits programme at The Ark, a cultural centre for children in the heart of Dublin. Over three…

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ESCAPISM

ESCAPISM

1st February 2017 I have been drawing maps lately. Sitting at my desk with a blank page in front of me I close my eyes for a moment and then I start. Using fine point black pens I work from memory mostly connecting with pictures…

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FULL IMMERSION

FULL IMMERSION

It’s 6,30am and I’m already at my desk working. It’s pitch-dark outside and it will be another three to four hours before dawn. If I’m lucky, it will be announced by wide brush-strokes of luminous pink the like of which I’ve never seen before. Gradually…

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