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In Raffaello’s Footsteps

In Raffaello’s Footsteps

Art to Heart’s next summer course will take place in Raffaello’s land, the beautiful Pesaro province in the Marche region. The art programme will be inspired by a gentle landscape of rolling hills dotted with medieval walled villages, rock castles and the magnificent  Renaissance town…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R460

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R460

I have taken a break from painting Madonnas (see ‘Diary of a Pilgrimage’ posted on March 28th) but they have not stopped appearing to me, in fact new images are coming in under many disguises and in the most unlikely places. I know that they…

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A Season for the Senses

A Season for the Senses

  The summer is over but not forgotten, though usually by this time of the year it is nothing but a faint memory. As I write, the summer is still very much present and alive.   A few other friends I have spoken to in…

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Matteo’s Island

Matteo’s Island

Matteo has gone back home and I’ ll be missing him greatly. A twenty three year old Italian guy, Matteo has just spent six months in Ireland and part of this time he has lived it with us in our family home in Dublin. Like other…

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I HAVE SUCH TEACHERS by Jole Bortoli

I HAVE SUCH TEACHERS by Jole Bortoli

My work is taking a particular direction, one that I didn’t consciously choose or seek out. It looks more as though it chose me and, initially I resisted it. My resistance was due to the fact that I was afraid I couldn’t do it, I doubted…

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Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jole Bortoli

Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jole Bortoli

Kilkeady, Co. Clare, Ireland. May 2010 It’s early morning and I get up and get ready to go out on my bike before it rains. I don’t wear rain gear but I don’t like to get wet. I have become skilled in judging the clouds…

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The Fertile Rocks

The Fertile Rocks

for Jole Bortoli of Art to Heart She sent us out to the Burren to look up close – far away, up close – far away up close at pock-holed rock far away at the sweep of an ice-weathered mountain up close at golden lichen….

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Community After School Project

Community After School Project

The 17th October 2010 was the Eradication of Poverty. To commemorate the day 23 children aged 9 to 11 met in Mountjoy Square Community After School’s premises to design three posters. Over the duration of four workshops and with the facilitation of Jole Bortoli, the…

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GOING UP By Jole Bortoli

GOING UP By Jole Bortoli

My two most memorable experiences of the summer just gone involved climbing. The first one to the monastery on Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland and the second to the crater of Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy. The climbs could not have been more different, one being…

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