News/Blog Author: Veronica Dooley

Bringing Digital Art to Life

posted on 25th Mar 2019

Bringing Digital Art to Life When we think of the traditional methods of painting and the necessary tools that artists need to work their craft we think of brushes and paint, canvases and paper. And for me, much of the mood and magic in painting happens when you dip your brush in the paint, lift it to the canvas and the image that you see in... Gimme More »

How to Paint a Portrait

posted on 12th Feb 2019

One of my favourite programs kicked off on Sky Arts this week and it's well worth a watch whether you are an artist or not. Sky Arts 'Portrait Artist of the Year' invites professional and amateur artists to produce a portrait painting of famous sitters. The panel of judges select the eventual winner through several rounds where they will receive... Gimme More »

All in a Name

posted on 7th Jan 2019

Arriving back at Dublin airport after your travels is never easy, especially when you have left the winter sunshine behind only to be replaced with the ever-present dull grey skies of Dublin. But something did manage to lift my spirits (momentarily at least!) while making the journey home after Christmas. The exhibition ‘All in a Name’ is... Gimme More »

Before Pantone …

posted on 26th Nov 2018

The Pantone colour guide system is a basic design tool that is a vital part of a designer’s toolkit. You will find a Pantone Book on the desk of every good designer. It’s used to communicate and specify colours for print on paper, packaging and consumer products and is universally understood and accepted as the colour standard in the print and... Gimme More »

We just got Banksy-ed

posted on 24th Oct 2018

Girl with Ballon Earlier this month, Banksy made headlines around the world when his painting, ‘Girl with Balloon’, was sold in Sotheby's auction house. The value of the artwork reached more than three times its pre-sale estimate during the auction, equaling a record price for the artist. The next thing that happened went viral around the... Gimme More »

Loving Vincent

posted on 25th Sep 2018

Vincent van Gogh is rightly credited as the father of modern art and his work still inspires almost 125 years after his death. His choice of subject, brushwork and sense of style still fires the imaginations of generations of modern and contemporary artists. His paintings have now also inspired a truly original and stunningly beautiful feature... Gimme More »

A Creative Journey: Evolution of a Painting

posted on 27th Aug 2018

Whenever I’m wandering around a gallery space I often find myself gazing at a painting and wondering how it got here? How did this painting begin its creative journey? Well, recently I was in Green Acres Gallery in Wexford where some of my own paintings were hanging on the wall and I thought it might be interesting to share a little bit of the... Gimme More »

Lost your Creative Mojo?

posted on 25th Jul 2018

A blank canvas or a blank page can be very intimidating. At this very moment, I have four large blank canvases just sitting in my studio waiting for me. I have been painting regularly for the last year or so and have been brimming with inspiration and motivation. I couldn’t wait to get started on my new paintings… except it just hasn’t... Gimme More »

During Pride, only rainbows matter

posted on 25th Jun 2018

The iconic rainbow flag has been flying high throughout Dublin to celebrate Pride this month and has become an iconic symbol of the LGBT community. The original flag was created by the late artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. And of course, we all know what each colour represents don’t we? No…well let me save you from googling it – Baker’s... Gimme More »

The Grey Area Project

posted on 24th May 2018

Anyone taking a walk around Dublin recently can only be impressed by the incredible pieces of art that have been appearing on our streets. The developing vibrant street art scene is going from strength to strength with the emergence of contemporary artists that are pushing the boundaries and developing meaningful concepts that are connecting with... Gimme More »