Archive for Nourishing the spirit

EYES ON THE STARS

EYES ON THE STARS

I am working on a new visual art programme for children on the theme of astronomy. I’ve always been fascinated by the working of the planets and for years I have run an art programme for adults titled “The Sky Within”. As the title suggests…

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Walking The Talk

Walking The Talk

I never tire of telling people who attend Art to Heart’s workshops and courses how important it is to make time to explore and experiment, to observe and listen, to play with a wide range of material and to work across art forms, to avoid…

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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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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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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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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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THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

The Duomo seen from the Baptistery, Pisa. Photo by Asha Joanna Zmuda In the sacred space of the Baptistery visitors were slowly pacing around observing, taking pictures, sitting on the marble steps resting when suddenly a sound broke through the silence. A voice crystalline and…

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THIS IS THE PLACE

Never say never. On the 23 December 2015, the day I thought of closing my Facebook page and never post a thing again, in a sudden change of mind I decided to keep using it but in a different way. The Christmas holidays were about…

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