Sketching Life and Colour of Galway City

Sketching Life and Colour of Galway City












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Summer in Galway City – nothing like it. Your senses are assailed by colour, through the buildings, the people, the landscape. Underlying this is the rickety skeleton of a medieval outpost: add the usual gentle neglect that is the Irish way, and you’re in a place where you can feel pretty relaxed. I may sound like an advertisement for the Tourist Board but I know as a sketcher that the visitors are having a lovely time, because I hear what they are saying as they pass. For me, sketching life and colour in Galway City is a treat that only comes around for the summer months, so I like to make the most of them.

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2 Comments

  1. Melissa

    June 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    How to fit the drawing to the page in a sketchbook is my constant challenge! When I first started taking art classes in watercolor, I had a teacher who believed you should work big, big, big. She was trying to get us out of being itsy and pernickety and give us a larger perspective. And it worked…but now that I am trying my hand at urban sketching, I go to sketch a church and end up with only the steeple or some architectural detail on the page! So you made me laugh.

    • Róisín Curé

      June 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      It takes time to get it right. The page orientation has to be the second thing you do, after deciding what bit of the scene attracts you. It’s a delicate balance, but a light pencil sketch does the trick!

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