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Sketching from the Back of a Motorbike

Sketching from the Back of a Motorbike

I have a fondness for travel sketchbooks which I always carry with me wherever I go. I maintain that taking the time to do a quick drawing while sightseeing is way better that taking a snapshot with the camera (which by the way, I also…

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A women–friendly city

Walking through the streets of Ravenna during our art week last April we noticed a particular type of tile hanging beside doorways and shop fronts. They all had the same format: a ceramic frame enclosing a flower made with mosaic with the writing “Ravenna, Cittá…

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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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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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HOW TO GET THERE

HOW TO GET THERE

It’s not a straightforward thing to navigate your way to Art to Heart’s venues for first-timers; one is located in the maze of an old estate in the city, the other is in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. Though I provide detailed directions…

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