• Sketching Is Getting Me Through January January 15, 2020 Róisín Curé

    January is awful, weather-wise, and this year is no exception. However I’m cheering myself up with a good bit of sketching. Technicolor in Neachtain’s After a long gap, Urban Sketchers Galway ...

  • Getting Attention Will Make You A Better Artist January 12, 2020 Róisín Curé

    I saw this TED Talk the other night, and I had a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you. Joseph G-L seems like a very nice person, and ...

  • Happy New Year! January 3, 2020 Róisín Curé

    30th December 2019 My students are so full of enthusiasm for sketching in 2020 that it has inspired me in turn, so I am making sure my sketching kit is never ...

  • The Christmas Blog Post December 28, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Christmas Eve It’s Christmas in Kilcolgan, in our little corner of windswept west of Ireland. On Christmas Eve my daughter Liv and I went up the road to the ...

  • Festive Fun in Dublin City, and a Grudge Match December 22, 2019 Róisín Curé

    A Christmas Shopping Safari One crisp, cold winter’s night a few weeks ago, in Dublin on a sketching trip, I came to the end of South Anne Street, entered Grafton Street ...

  • Creativity – All Day To Do It December 6, 2019 Róisín Curé

    “There are 35,000 people coming in and out of University College Dublin every day,” my colleague Michael Brennan told me the other evening. Michael is a book salesman, and is ...

  • At The Barbershop (Again) September 5, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Back to the barbershop to sketch. One of the reasons I love to sketch there is that because I have done it so often I can try out new things. ...

  • Some Flowers, And A Request For Advice August 24, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I have wonderful friends who live nearby. We get together a lot – walking our dogs, swimming in the sea – and we eat together a lot too. Life is ...

  • He’s Just Not That Interested In Me (I Need A Nice Stick) August 7, 2019 Róisín Curé

    I was telling my girl Liv about my book sales. “Is it a bestseller?” she asked. She knows it is, but she also knows I like to say it over ...

  • Summer Days in Galway August 4, 2019 Róisín Curé

    Nimmo’s. the River Corrib and Spanish Arch Back from Amsterdam last Sunday. Dublin Airport and a Citylink bus at 9.15pm. A Dublin cocky lad gets on the bus and asks the ...

  • A Week in Sweltering Amsterdam with My Family August 2, 2019 Róisín Curé

    This year, I brought my family with me to the Urban Sketching Symposium. It provided a nice balance between work and relaxing. My family is unusual in that we occasionally ...

  • 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 ...