Sketching Seafest 2017: Celebrating Our Seas in Ink and Watercolour

Sketching Seafest 2017: Celebrating Our Seas in Ink and Watercolour












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Life as an urban sketcher is one long stream of self-indulgence. Sketching is our passion and we squeeze it in wherever and whenever we can, and getting paid for it is the icing on an already delicious cake. I was commissioned to sketch at Seafest a couple of weeks ago and it was just one of those dreamy days when the sun shines, the sea sparkles and the sketches go pretty well.

Seafest is a sort of Galway maritime festival which aims to tell everyone how great it is to live by the sea in Galway. They don’t need to convince me – I think it’s incredible. It may be a life of unpredictable and often inclement weather, but it’s also a life of clean, fresh air, wonderfully fresh fish and seafood and lots of sea-based activities. The Marine Institute is situated in a beautiful spot overlooking Galway Bay, and they were my employers for the day.

Big Top at Seafest, Watercolour by Róisín Curé

This was my first sketch, done the evening before. It really doesn’t say much about the festival – who wants to see the roof of a big top? – and, what’s far more unforgiveable, the flag was blowing inside out from where I was sitting, making the logo the wrong way around. But I was so paranoid that it would rain the next day that I did what I could.

Celtic Explorer, Watercolour by Róisín Curé

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