• Beautiful Blossoms, Beautiful Youth June 13, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I was to draw a card for a relative. We have a beautiful orchid that lurks greenly in a corner, and then pounces into a dazzling white perfection once every ...

  • Capturing the Summer June 10, 2019 Róisín Curé

    It’s cold these days. Cold for June. For the first time in a long while, Irish people keep expecting a heatwave to arrive, like we’ve had in the last couple ...

  • Channelling Rembrandt June 9, 2019 Róisín Curé

    You know how it is – you put a proposal in for something, it gets accepted, you’re all “Hurray!” – and then you have to fulfill what you said you’d ...

  • Sketching the Best Boys June 3, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Sometimes sketchers visit other towns and look up the local sketchers. We meet for a drink or something to eat and do a bit of sketching together. Today Hélio Boto ...

  • Good Days in Galway May 31, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Clapping in the Connemara Coast Hotel Last night I made a trip to Connemara in the company of Breandán and Colm from my Ciorcal Cómhra (Irish language conversation circle) in our ...

  • Let It All Go May 29, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Every Tuesday and Thursday I go to a small country town in Galway where my daughter does Taekwon-Do. There’s not a huge amount to do there. I can go to ...

  • 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. ...