• My Dad Says I’m A Hagfish April 7, 2019 Róisín Curé

    My dobok Until yesterday, I couldn’t have sketched my dobok, the white uniform you wear when kicking around in a taekwon-do session. But I hurt my hamstring doing a flying high ...

  • Help – I’ve Been Paintjacked! April 5, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Before we left the house to go to town this morning, I picked up my orange bag that I carry all my sketching stuff in. “Are you bringing that?” asked my ...

  • Ten Thousand Hours (Some Of Them In Barbershops) April 1, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I was stuck indoors today: I have a chest infection and a broken, well, bum (see yesterday’s post about a flying high kick in Taekwon-Do that went wrong). Sometimes you ...

  • Taekwon-Do Part 2: Perseverance (When You’re Banjaxed) March 31, 2019 Róisín Curé

    It couldn’t last. Five classes in to my new favourite sport, Taekwon-Do, and I’m injured. What did I expect? I’m 51 years old and I’ve joined a martial arts class. ...

  • The Journey Is Everything March 28, 2019 Róisín Curé

    The journey to the top of the hill was wonderful. At Taekwon-Do last night, the instructor took us though kicking moves. He explained the stance we should be taking and ...

  • Silver Linings March 27, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Last week I realised I only had ONE tricolour in my collection of sketches for my upcoming book. One! I am a passionate patriot and I love my country. It ...

  • Follow Your Bliss March 25, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I sketched the River Corrib the other day. I didn’t get cold, I didn’t get wet…and in the two hours I sat there I was in bliss. “Follow your bliss.If ...

  • Galway: Destroyed With History, Alive With Music January 18, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I’m working intensely to finish a book for the end of February, and so I find myself in Galway City a lot these days. “An Urban Sketcher’s Galway” will be ...

  • Never Always Work With Children And Animals November 13, 2018 Róisín Curé

    (Never) Always Work With Animals And Children Yesterday I saw some beautiful beech leaves that I wanted to paint. There was something so magical about them. The colours, the hues…I don’t ...

  • Making A Bad Drawing Is Good November 5, 2018 Róisín CuréMaking A Bad Drawing Is Good

    I love sketching at the bus stop while I wait for the kids. No one can disturb me. The car is tiny but it doesn’t matter. And the only subjects ...

  • Right-Looking Eejits June 26, 2018 Róisín CuréRight-Looking Eejits

    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 ...

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

    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 CuréHallowe'en marks the Start of Winter (Still Sketching Though)

    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 CuréDrawing the Carers: Portraits of Hospital Life

    PREMIUM. 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 CuréMy Kid is a Kitchen Whiz: Sketching in a TV Studio

    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 CuréIron, Zinc and Pure Gold: Culture Night 2016 in Galway

    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 CuréTill Death Do Us Part: Sketching and a Family Wedding

    PREMIUM. 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 ...

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

    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 CuréSketching Life and Colour of Galway City

    PREMIUM. 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 CuréSummer Sketching in Galway - A Week in Paradise

    PREMIUM. 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 ...