‘Mermaid Isle’ with Jane Davenport

Where better than Ireland to draw and paint our whimsical hearts out? An ancient land founded on fables. In Mermaid Isle, we will create a shaped Artist’s Book in which to pour mythical mermaids and salty sea creatures from our imagination!

We will dive into a deep sea of my secret drawing, painting and collage techniques. We will cover the technical skills of creating whimsical faces, with an emphasis on eyes and hair (the fun stuff!), ethereal figures and placing them within the mini-universe of your journal.

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Mermaids are symbolic of our passion overruling the analytical mind! They remind us that the things we are attracted to, don’t have to make sense. That it’s ok to be captured by the odd, the quirky and other-worldly!

Mermaids represent enchantment, untamed beauty, persuasion, discernment and independence. They only appear to those that are true of heart.

This is the perfect time to create more magic in your life, by relaxing your vision and letting go. After the week long workshop you will resurface into the ‘real world’ drenched in the glow of truly magical color! Let the mermaids charm you into a churning sea of creative dreams and imagination.

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Jane Davenport is a professional artist, international workshop leader, best-selling author, art supply designer, Art Journal Evangelist and koala mama ( yes! Koalas live in her garden… there’s a magnificent python too, but lets ignore that!). She lives overlooking the lighthouse in Byron Bay, Australia’s most Easterly point.

"I think I was born creating! I remember the greatest frustration to me was not being able to get something to turn out as I had envisioned it. Luckily I was a tenacious creature from the get-go and not afraid to sink my time into practice.

Learn more at: http://www.janedavenport.com

 

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Our view from EOM Studios

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From our host Lora…

We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting an ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on, in an amazing state of the art studio..

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO STAY AWHILE

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Because we are together for a week, we will delve in deep and swim way beyond the basics. I love working with individuals with their own style.

You will fill, but probably not finish, your Mermaid Isle Journal, however you will leave class with the inspiration and techniques to keep filling it.

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THE EDGE OF EUROPE

Being in Mulranny is all about being on the edge, on the edge of Europe, on the edge of land and the great ocean seas and the edge of yourself. Edges lead to new boundaries when invited to expand.

EXPLORE THE HISTORY

Dream about the history of past times, evident in every field with old stone walls, every stoic castle and each abandoned cottage.

LOCAL VILLAGES

Meet the local people, warm, friendly and always happy to chat and share a story or a cup of tea. Shop in our local village of Westport and pop into a local pub or two!

CONNECT WITH NATURE

Finding something to inspire you is not hard with the richness of the various eco systems surrounding Mulranny - from marine to mountain landscapes, with grasslands, bog and heather hills - this enchanted land casts a spell on any artist.

ENRICHING EXCURSIONS

Visit historic sites, Learn about the infamous Irish Pirate Queen and visit one of her many castles. Hear the story of our Stone Age ancestors and experience the myths and magic of Irelands spiritual roots while standing in one of the ancient stone circles. This is indeed a land of legends!

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

Bring your camera , your sketchbooks and prepare to lose your heart in it all, your mind full of inspiration.

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AT THIS RETREAT YOU WILL:

  • Spend time with Jane Davenport who is a fountain of knowledge on techniques, style development and art supplies.

    Meet and connect with artists from around the world (birds of a feather, flock together!)

    Learn how to create evocative and whimsical mixed media faces and figures

  • Learn how to be more expressive, loose and brave in your work

  • Learn more about color and paint application

  • Infuse your art with the old world beauty of the magical location

  • Create beautiful and soulful art that you will treasure

  • Visit many historical sites and locations

  • Shop at quaint Irish villages

  • Enjoy healthy, nourishing chef prepared meals

    and so MUCH MORE….


DATES: May 30th- Jume 6th , 2020

PRICE:

$3995 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$4450 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

(Due to the cost and logistics of bringing Jane to Europe, a non refundable deposit of $1000 is required to book your place)

YOUR HOME FOR THE WEEK

This beautiful learning center is complete with well equipped mixed media/encaustic art studio, private bedrooms, a cozy gathering room with fireplace and group kitchen for those midnight snacks! All meals will be included and prepared by an on-site private chef and will focus on delicious, healthy cuisine. For larger groups we house students in the village, in apartments with spectacular views.

Excursions will include most of the following ..

INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT

  • Workshop instruction

  • Some supplies (we be specified closer to trip)

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Transportation from Westport to the Studio (it is recommended to fly into Dublin airport and get a train to Westport where we will collect you ! )

  • All meals except - 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • Champagne reception

  • Delicious organic chef prepared food

  • New friends and an art tribe!

  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

    • Travel costs / Airfare

    • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

    • Additional nights lodging

DATES: May 30th- Jume 6th , 2020

PRICE:

$3995 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$4450 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

(Due to the cost and logistics of bringing Jane to Europe, a non refundable deposit of $1000 is required to book your place)