EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK

Imagine painting with Encaustic in Ireland, the land of magic and mystery …This workshop offers an alternative, hands-on approach with an emphasis on mixed media and experimentation. I taught at Tyler School of Art for 13 years and have been teaching workshops continuously since 2005. I have a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic and textile design, photography, digital imaging and more. In addition to specific techniques outlined for each workshop, I always include discussion and guidance regarding color, composition, scale, design and content as a daily workshop practice. My daily mark-making warm up exercises loosen the creative muscle and allow for each participant to discover their own personal mark and visual language. Group discussions of ideas and progress take place daily as well as individual discussions focusing on each participant's needs, both in the workshop as well as in their home studio practice. I present slide lectures on historical and contemporary art in order to put the learned workshop techniques into context. It is my intention that each participant leave my workshops with a refreshing balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.

 

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Your journey starts the moment you decide to join us..Ireland has a way of getting into the heart and soul.. and never leaving. Rediscover your love of the soulful places , the magic of a country that is steeped in history and legend .This journey is not just about art but the special connection to place ..


BEGINNING

There is nothing to fear in the act of beginning. More often than not it knows the journey ahead better than we ever could. Perhaps the art of harvesting the secret riches of our lives is best achieved when we place profound trust in the act of beginning. Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening. There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different. I have never seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over.

John O'Donohue


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.

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO STAY AWHILE.

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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.


YOUR TIME WITH LORRAINE

Your 8 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, at the gorgeous Essence of Mulranny Retreat center , run and operated by artist, Lora Murphy.

We will be visiting enchanting villages, strolling along the beautiful coastline, touring ancient castles and ruins, picnicking in the heather fields and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!

What would happen if you allowed the land, the sky and the sea to fully awaken your senses? 

Breathe in, breathe out. 

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“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become…” John O Donoghue

DATES: AUGUST 1st - 8th, 2020

PRICE:

$2995 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$3450 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

EXCURSION DESTINATIONS


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.