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The Colourists

The Colourists

I love drawing but I am at my best when I paint, I can get completely lost in it, a kind of meditative world where there is no space other than for colour. Many years ago when I started working as a graphic designer my…

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BEYOND ARMAGEDDON by Carmel Finnan

BEYOND ARMAGEDDON by Carmel Finnan

I’d just finished my morning coffee, sitting on the seat outside my back door on a golden October morning in south Co Galway. The day was mine and it stretched out into eternity – almost. My son, Julian, would be home from school in about…

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Outside the lines

Outside the lines

Published in the ‘Mothers and Babies’ supplement, Irish Independent 01/11/12. ART IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP UNLEASH YOUR CHILD’S INNER CREATIVITY, BUT ‘FACILITATING’ IT AT HOME CAN SOMETIMES SEEM DAUNTING TO PARENTS. HERE JOLE BORTOLI OFFERS SOME TIPS ON GETTING STARTED. Childhood is possibly…

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Can I?

Can I?

We are meant to create but we are afraid of it, creative energy is in all of us because that is what we are made of. This is how we are when we are born: naturally creative, ready to learn, to have a go at…

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Diving In

Diving In

Lake Diaries – Day 2 Ella’s Watercolours Today we are off to the Eastern shore of lake Como, first stop Lecco where I intend to visit the Stamperia Stampe Antiche in search of old prints with views of the lake. The shop is in the…

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A Passion for Colour

A Passion for Colour

Lake Diaries – Day 1 Art to Heart’s next spring art week will take place on Lake Como so I am spending a few days in the area researching possible venues, accommodation and to get a feel for the place. In Como’s tourist office I…

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A Treasure Which the Earth Keeps to Itself

A Treasure Which the Earth Keeps to Itself

I am off to my native Lake of Como, the middle and most beautiful of northern Italy’s lakes that the poet Wordsworth thought it “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”. I am going to research a venue for Art to Heart’s next art…

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Cream Cheese With Coffee

Cream Cheese With Coffee

This dessert is served with fresh cream and thin wafer biscuits. For four people allow 8-10 oz. of cream cheese (ricotta would be best), 4-6 oz. of caster sugar, 4 desserts spoonful of freshly roasted coffee, very finely ground, and 2 oz. of rum. Put…

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Artists on the Edge of Nowhere

Artists on the Edge of Nowhere

Two girls are working together, very intent, very focused. Between them is an open book showing the work of canadian artist Emily Carr (1871 – 1945), the artist who worked on the edge of nowhere. Emily’s work was inspired by the indigenous peoples of the…

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Where the Spirits Live

Where the Spirits Live

17th July 2012 – After a six hour drive we leave the busy main road and turn right down into the narrow valley of Arigna, cross over the bridge and start to drive up the road that meanders amongst a forest thick with chestnut trees. This…

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