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Observational painting with Henry McGrane

What better way to start the New Year than by connecting with your creative side in the great outdoors? Join local Meath artist Henry McGrane for a morning of observational oil painting along the river Boyne. Beginning with a two-hour demonstration, paint alongside Henry exploring subject matter and compositional structure. Following some sweet refreshments, compliments of Solstice Café, Henry will then give one-to-one guidance with each participant. Drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings, this relaxed, informal workshop will endeavour to guide you in ‘creating beauty from the world around us’.

Location The Ramparts

Time 10am – 2pm (meeting at 9:45 in the Rampart Car Park, Navan)

You will need:

  • Folding easel
  • Oil paints (You are welcome to paint with acrylics but risk damage to your artwork if it rains)
  • Number one, three and six filbert bristle brushes
  • Canvas size 10 x 12“and 12 x 16“
  • Kitchen towels
  • Turpentine and linseed oil

As this is an outdoor event please dress up warm and for all weather types. We ask that you adhere to the Covid guidelines and recommendations for social distancing on the day, and wear a face mask when necessary.

If, due to undesirable weather conditions or changes in Covid guidelines, this event is postponed, we will contact you with an alternative date etc.

Biography – Henry McGrane

Having studied art in Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Henry McGrane spent many years abroad gaining experience in animation, drawing and painting. In the mid-90’s while living in Arizona he studied oil painting under the tuition of renowned artist Joshua Fallik. This inspired him to study portraiture under the famous American painter Diane Leonard.

In 2000 he moved to Norway, where he attained further knowledge on the international painting scene. Returning to Ireland after a year, he began painting in earnest and now has an established painting studio beside his home in Realtoge, just outside Navan. Inspired by nature, his keen powers of observation allow him to capture rural scenes that are fast disappearing. Creating art work that is intensely personal yet versatile, his oeuvre is not limited to outdoor scenes as demonstrated in his large works of the human figure and more recent still life studies. His wide range of paintings are bought extensively in Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.

This KEEP WELL campaign is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare fund delivered by Pobal.

Under the KEEP WELL Campaign Solstice will host three more painting workshops with Henry McGrane in February, March and April. More details to follow soon.


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