• Summertime…And The Sketching Is Soothing August 18, 2020Róisín CuréSummertime...And The Sketching Is Soothing

    Saturday 15th August I’m restless. I want to make the most of my free Saturday. It’s warm, but not so sunny. I want to go into town to sketch the Potter’s ...

  • The Lockdown Is Over (For Now) August 11, 2020Róisín Curé

    Tuesday 21st July I dropped my children, Paddy (18) and Liv (16) to the sailing club to start their new jobs as sailing instructors. It was a grey day but I ...

  • Glorious Colour and Beautiful Line June 28, 2020Róisín Curé

    Friday 26th June “For every old sock, there’s an old shoe.” I stop by a French bakery on the outskirts of Galway City, wait in a socially-distant queue and buy all the ...

  • Still Messing About In Boats June 25, 2020Róisín Curé

    Sunday 21st June There’s a place I have sketched many times. It is called Killeenaran Quay. It has colourful boats and a wall with a bridge, and sea and seaweed, and ...

  • The Grass Is Greener… June 18, 2020Róisín Curé

    Thursday 18th June Paddy (18) wants to visit Galway City. He hasn’t been in town for three months, whereas we used to go once every couple of weeks. “I just want ...

  • Singing Through The Storm June 15, 2020Róisín Curé

    Monday 15th June It is hot today. We have been spoiled with amazing weather lately, but then some wretched wind came in from the Arctic and we got cold again. ...

  • Elderflower Loveliness June 13, 2020Róisín Curé

    It’s elderflower season in Galway. years ago I used to make elderflower cordial, but I have passed the baton on to my younger daughter Olivia (15), who is as domestically-goddess ...

  • Clams and Mussels, Alive Alive Oh! June 11, 2020Róisín Curé

    My brother Malachy paid us a visit. He bought clams and mussels from the guys down the road. They harvest them down at the shore where I sat on wet ...

  • Last Day of Lockdown, Day 79 June 9, 2020Róisín Curé

    I am sewing a lot of pencil cases at the moment. They are gifts for the generous artists who contributed their work to my new book, Urban Sketcher’s Handbook – ...

  • Still Locked Down, Day 73 June 4, 2020Róisín CuréStill Locked Down, Day 73

    It couldn’t last forever. The beautiful harmony we had enjoyed as a family for three whole months of being cooped up together cracked, and after a dinner that had taken ...

  • Still Loosely Locked Down – Day 72 June 1, 2020Róisín CuréStill Loosely Locked Down - Day 72

    Locked down, still? Yes. We can go no further than 5km from our homes, unless it’s for shopping or essential work. That hasn’t stopped much of Ireland from piling into ...

  • Sunshine in Lockdown, Day 69 May 29, 2020Róisín Curé

    Thursday 28th May Summer seems to have arrived in Galway. Everything is green and lush and it’s much too hot for anyone in their right mind to go for a walk ...

  • Zoom: Join the Party! May 26, 2020Róisín Curé

    Tuesday 26th May I emerge from my studio late this afternoon into a tranquil garden scene. The sun is still warm, even though it is time to start cooking dinner. I ...

  • Life In A Pandemic, Day 67 May 25, 2020Róisín Curé

    Saturday 23rd May I work on Saturdays until quite late, too late to start cooking dinner. So my husband Marcel cooks on Saturday. I thought it would be nice to capture ...

  • Loosely Locked Down, Day 64 May 19, 2020Róisín CuréLoosely Locked Down, Day 64

    Monday 18th May At long last my face masks are available for sale. Forgive me, I know masks are a symbol of this awful time, but I wanted them to be ...

  • Loosely Locked Down (Day 62) May 16, 2020Róisín CuréLoosely Locked Down (Day 62)

    Saturday 16th May Today in my Zoom class I show some great students the benefits of a limited palette. I really enjoy spending time with them, albeit through a fibre optic ...

  • Loosely Locked Down: Day 60 May 14, 2020Róisín CuréLoosely Locked Down: Day 60

    I say “loosely” locked down, because we can travel 5km from our home now, and by next Monday certain shops will be open. I might be able to buy a ...

  • Living in Lockdown: Eugene Delacroix And Our Sketching Heritage May 12, 2020Róisín Curé

    Every week, the Urban Sketching organisation hosts an hour of talks with some favourite sketchers from around the world. This Sunday gone was the turn of Mário Linhares and Hugo ...

  • Zoom Class: Foliage, Near, Middle and Far May 11, 2020Róisín CuréZoom Class: Foliage, Near, Middle and Far

    Saturday 9th May So…I started my new Zoom class with a group of students from all over the world. There are occasional tech issues, but somehow we get over the speedwobbles ...

  • Lounging In Lockdown…Book Is Done (Day 55) May 8, 2020Róisín CuréLounging In Lockdown...Book Is Done (Day 55)

    I am Lounging In Lockdown, because I handed in my latest book for publication the other day. Yes, I know I have mentioned this before now but I am going ...