Daily Life

  • Right-Looking Eejits June 26, 2018 Róisín Curé

    The other day, my husband Marcel and I were driving into town. There was a buzzing coming from somewhere in the car. “There’s a bee in the car,” said Marcel, who ...

  • Planning an Urban Sketch: 10 Tricks for your Toolbox (Part One) February 7, 2018 Róisín Curé

    PREMIUM It’s good to do some advance planning before you put pen to paper. Far from removing spontaneity, it gives you freedom to express yourself, confident that you know what ...

  • Keeping Up With The Curés – Holiday Special (in Sketches) January 10, 2018 Róisín Curé

    The end-of-year holiday over Christmas and New Year provides a great opportunity for sketching family, one of which I take full advantage.

  • Hallowe’en marks the Start of Winter (Still Sketching Though) November 4, 2017 Róisín Curé

    Hallowe’en marks the end of autumn and the start of the long dark days of winter. Going for walks with my lovely teenagers – and sketching – are good ways ...

  • Drawing the Carers: Portraits of Hospital Life January 25, 2017 Róisín Curé

    A commission to draw hospital staff from life in University College Hospital was rewarding but challenging – for me and my sitters, who were not used to sitting still.

  • My Kid is a Kitchen Whiz: Sketching in a TV Studio October 27, 2016 Róisín Curé

    My daughter and her pal were invited to take part in a kids’ game show for TG4. The girls’ sporting approach and constant smiles were an inspiration.

  • Iron, Zinc and Pure Gold: Culture Night 2016 in Galway September 19, 2016 Róisín Curé

    I sketched a few events at Culture Night this year. It’s a national, annual event which takes place every September, and a great opportunity to get a dose of culture. ...

  • Till Death Do Us Part: Sketching and a Family Wedding September 13, 2016 Róisín Curé

    Family weddings are always fun, even if it’s not the bride whose nerves are in pieces…our trip to Rye in the summer was made the more memorable by my sketches.

  • Sketching Koi Carp: My Way To Mourn August 19, 2016 Róisín Curé

    Our koi carp didn’t do a whole lot, but they were beautiful, and were an oasis of calm in my busy day. We lost them recently due to our own ...

  • Sketching Life and Colour of Galway City June 28, 2016 Róisín Curé

    The life and colour of Galway City in the summer are legendary. I’ve caught a few of my favourite Galway sights in watercolour over the last couple of weeks.

  • Summer Sketching in Galway – A Week in Paradise June 3, 2016 Róisín Curé

    Sometimes the sun arrives to stay for a while in Ireland and we remember what a paradise we live in. Here are a few of my sketches of a week ...

  • Urban Sketching in Enniskerry Village: A Trip Down Memory Lane May 26, 2016 Róisín Curé

    I brought Urban Sketching to an enthusiastic audience in my home village of Enniskerry recently. It was a far cry from miserable years walking home in the dark as a ...

  • Sketching A Puppy: A Furry Artist’s Model May 13, 2016 Róisín Curé

    My husband and I were adamant that we were not getting a puppy. On the other hand, if your daughter begs for two years, it’s hard to resist.

  • Eat, Draw, Weep: The Emotion of the Gift of Food March 14, 2016 Róisín Curé

    The preparation and presentation of food for a loved one is fraught with emotion. Whether or not to sketch it afterwards can be an emotional minefield.

  • Cooking Up A Sketch: Clodagh McKenna in Galway March 4, 2016 Róisín Curé

    I sketched the wonderful Clodagh McKenna cooking at a demo last night in Galway. She is an inspirational chef and I can’t wait to try the delicious recipes she demonstrated.

  • Tulca Festival of Visual Art 2015: Sketching Contemporary Art November 20, 2015 Róisín Curé

    Tulca Arts Festival takes place in Galway every November. I went in as a cynic but it took just one piece to make me think again.

  • Sketching as Tranquiliser November 5, 2015 Róisín Curé

    Hospitals are a necessary evil for the most part…unless you’re having a baby (babies rock). Sketching is a great way to make the experience a positive one.

  • It’s A Knockout: Family Harmony on the East Coast of Ireland August 16, 2015 Róisín Curé

    I grew up beside Powerscourt Waterfall, near Bray, a seaside town on Ireland’s East Coast. I took my children on a break there and all was peace and light…almost.

  • A Week in the Summer, Galway Style August 10, 2015 Róisín Curé

    My husband’s mother gave us some gorgeous furniture, which my brother-in-law brought to us from England. We spent a week fishing and hiking together in Galway.

  • Sketching Everyday Life May 5, 2015 Róisín Curé

    Sketching everyday life may not be glamorous, but drawing the objects around your home can be just as satisfying and rewarding as more dramatic or exciting scenes.

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