Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition, 2018, London

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I had my work accepted into this year’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London. Apparently the Society received a record number of entries this year and the quality of the other successful applicants’ work I’ve seen online both make it extra nice to be included. I’m excited to be exhibiting in the UK for the … Read More

Drawing from the nude using the Sight Size method

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Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry will be hosting a 6 weekly morning course in sight-size figure drawing starting on March 16th which I will be instructing. Each week we’ll work from the nude model using charcoal or pencil in one 18 hour pose concentrating on developing a proportionate, realistic figure drawing. We’ll be learning about drawing techniques, materials, anatomy, light and shade, … Read More

Happy new year 2018! (Upcoming workshop info)

Nicholas B RobinsonBargue drawing, Block-T Dublin 8, Block-T Smithfield, drawing, figure, figure painting, nude, oil painting, painting, workshop, Workshops

We have some workshops starting soon at Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry. First off, I’ll be starting teaching teaching the Cour de Dessin, commonly known as Bargue drawing. Bargue drawing is now a staple in the current atelier movement and with good reason. I found it invaluable in learning good design, training the eye and also drawing technique. My last Bargue drawing got … Read More

My attempt at a double portrait

Nicholas B RobinsonHennessy Portrait Prize, Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017, Irish art, National Gallery of Ireland, oil painting, painting, portrait, Uncategorized

This is a portrait of my parents, Maeve and Keith. The location is the kitchen of their home in county Wicklow where I grew up. I wanted to do a double portrait as a challenge, so I asked my parents to pose. I looked at lots of double portraits such as van Eyck‘s famous Arnolfini portrait, Fantin-Latour‘s Mr and Mrs Edwin Edwards and David‘s Mongez portrait. But most importantly … Read More

This year’s ARC salon figurative category

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…featured this painting by me. Some of it was ok, some less so. The photo wasn’t great. Patches of it were dry and other parts wet. Often you spend ages on the painting and then get a relatively quick photo which is what people end up seeing rather than the painting itself. Anyway I can now reveal that when I … Read More

Bozzetto: painting the figure at Schoolhouse, Enniskerry, Oct ’16

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Once again Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry is hosting the 2 day Bozzetto figure painting workshop this month. The dates are Sunday 23rd and Sunday the 30th of October, 10.30am – 4.30pm. We’ll be working from the nude model in one pose over the 2 days, so there’ll be lots of scope to learn as much as possible. Materials needed will be: a … Read More