The Pastel Society of Ireland committee is keen for members to post news of any pastel painting related activity.  We are keen to hear news about any members having exhibitions, running workshops or even spotting pastel paintings on their travels.

This year Rosie McClelland has again organised group pastel painting in Donegal.  See how it went on Rosie’s blog http://rosiemcclelland.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/sketching-in-donegal/

Any items for PSI blog please mail to dsweetbelfast@gmail.com

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Comments on: "Summer Pastel Workshop Donegal" (1)

  1. Catherine McKeever posted some feedback on the Donegal painting weekend…

    Donegal Painting Week

    I have just returned from a wonderful painting week in Donegal with Rosie McClelland. Not only is Rosie a great artist she is also an inspirational teacher.
    We met on Sunday evening for a get to know you session over a glass of wine and a very tasty supper in Rosie’ lovely cottage.
    Despite the weather we managed to draw and paint outdoors studying hedgerows along country lanes, as well as mountains, seascapes and Killybegs Harbour. Some of these subjects I would not normally tackle but taken out of my comfort zone forced me to try new things. I was very happy with the results and felt I had learnt from the experience. Wednesday was spent first at the Glebe Gallery in Churchill viewing the exhibition. In the afternoon we visited an Arts and Crafts Exhibition by Donegal Artists in Ardara. We also visited the studio/gallery of Stephen Bennett. Stephen has a highly personal and identifiable style. He is not afraid of colour or of scale or of experimenting. He paints portrayals of real people and in recent times he has begun to paint landscapes.
    While I spent the week using pencils and soft pastels other members of the group were working in watercolour and acrylic. It was great to see how everyone tackled similar subjects, in different mediums, for a variety of effects.
    It was great to get a week away to do nothing but paint in good company with the odd glass of wine. I would recommend this week to everyone and I hope to do it again next year.

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