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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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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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NO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

NO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

My new year’s resolution for 2015 had been to attend as many cultural events as possible; my evenings and weekends would be filled with going to exhibitions, concerts and plays. After reading the article “What we learned from the arts in 2015” published in the The…

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La letterina di Natale – The Little Christmas Letter

La letterina di Natale – The Little Christmas Letter

“To Mother and Father all my love for Christmas, Eugenio.” Once upon a time, when I was a child in primary school in Italy, on occasion of the Christmas festivities we used to write a special letter called ‘la letterina di Natale’, ‘the little Christmas…

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A Magical Place

A Magical Place

On the 29th November the first full-day ‘Sunday Art in the Burren’ saw a group of courageous people braving winds and rain for the pleasure of spending a day painting and print-making. Working with a restricted palette the participants produced some very interesting work in…

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