Enniskerry – a charming historic village on the outskirts of Dublin, is the launching point for this new series of Wicklow SketchWalks to be led by Brenda Malley. The Schoolhouse for Art will be our base for the day as Brenda guides us in sketching the sculpture garden, clock tower and pretty facade of shopfronts that grace the village centre. Close by, the Old Forge and the Bog Meadow offer additional points of interest.
The Wicklow SketchWalk Series will take place throughout the year, visiting places of scenic, historic and cultural interest. These will include the ancient monastic site of Glendalough, Powerscourt Demesne, Mount Usher Gardens, Greystones Harbour and Kilruddery Estate.
For Brenda, the joy of sketching is it’s ease and simplicity.
“In my years of teaching art, there are two things that stand out as vital to being a successful artist – learning to see – and loosening up. It is these two qualities that make your art stand out – a fresh, original vision, and a confident, relaxed approach. Sketching is a vital part of my own artistic practise, keeping my senses alert and attentive to my surroundings. Our seeing, our observation, our understanding of proportion, perspective, light and shade, colour and form – all are strengthened in the process. We grow as artists”