• PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OILS COURSE : WED, SEPT 20th - OCT 25th 2017

    PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OILS COURSE :  WED, SEPT 20th - OCT 25th 2017


    This is a 6 week course which will focus primarily on the painted portrait. Students will be given the opportunity to paint in oils from the posed model and challenged to capture the basic structure of the bones to the subtle nuances of the flesh. In this course students will focus first on building the structure, the attitude and character of the sitter and on getting the likeness. The portrait is more than a head, its getting the pose and attitude and gesture of the sitter. Each week will bring a new experience in delving deeper into this particular genre. Students will have the chance to paint three different models each posing for two weeks. Colour harmony , edges, building form and tone will all be practiced and demonstrated.

    Space is limited. Beginners and Experienced Painters are all welcome.


    Cost of Tuition: 380 euro

    WED , SEPT 20th - OCT 25th 2017
    6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Located at Will Nathans Art Studio 12 Harcourt St, Dublin

    For Interest call or text 0862209102 or email willeire@gmail.com

    Model Fee is included.

    Spaces are Limited

  • PORTRAIT DRAWING IN DRY MEDIA FROM LIFE: 6pm - 8:30pm, THURSDAY, SEPT 21st - OCT 26th, 2017

    PORTRAIT DRAWING IN DRY MEDIA FROM LIFE: 6pm - 8:30pm, THURSDAY, SEPT 21st - OCT 26th, 2017


    Drawing the Portrait: Instructor, Will Nathans:

    THURSDAY, SEPT 21st - OCT 26th, 6pm - 8:30pm,

    Location: Will Nathans Fine Art Studio 2nd Floor above Kennedy's Art Shop

    Tuition: 360 euro

    Space is Limited

    email for information: willeire@gmail.com or text at 0862209102


    This Drawing Course is designed to instruct beginners and more advanced students in the fundamentals of classical Portrait Drawing. In class students will draw and observe directly from a posed model. Gesture, anatomy, distribution of weight, light and shade, line, proportion, mass, tone and value will all be discussed and demonstrated for the class along with individual attention to each student. Students will work directly in front of the posed model while learning each lesson. Students will learn to render the form of the model while understanding the basic structure of anatomical references with the head and shoulders. Proper modeling of form in charcoal and pencils will be explained and demonstrated. This is a method of drawing based on tonal masses which will prepare students to understand the basics of painting.

    Course tuition includes model fees

    Materials List:

    18x24in Drawing pad--cheap paper is fine
    Rubber Eraser
    Graphite Pencils
    Charcoal Pencils, 2B and B
    Knitting Needle
    A good quality sheet of drawing or printing paper
    Vine Charcoal
    1 Bristle Brush brand new, filbert or round shape, size 6 or 4

  • PORTRAIT UNVEILING OF AN IRISH BARRISTER

    PORTRAIT UNVEILING OF AN IRISH BARRISTER

    In October of 2016 I had completed a portrait of an Irish Barrister, Mr. Kieron Wood, a highly accomplished Barrister, writer, journalist and Father here in Dublin. His own website is here, Kieron Wood

    It was an honour to have had the opportunity to complete his portrait and to get to know him.
    The sittings began in his home from which I completed his head and major body forms, including the hands. Once this was established I worked on the remaining background and accoutrements in my studio using studies and photographs I took as reference. There are many background elements which are very personal to Mr. Wood including books he has authored and family heirlooms, one of which is a bronze figurine that had belonged to his Mother. This was important because it made the portrait more personal and tied it into his own family history. It was a great opportunity to have had life sittings with Kieron which I believe certainly allowed me to penetrate a deeper psychology with his likeness.
    Once the portrait was completed Mr. Wood very generously organized an unveiling with wine in my studio. It was wonderful to have been able to share it with all who were present, in particular some of his family members.
    It was a great success and a testament to the growing popular tradition of commissioning artists for one's portrait. Portraiture is not only a visual record of one's life but also a contribution to the history of art. Unlike photographs which are certainly an important aspect of portraiture, artistic paintings have an added strength. They are completed by hand from materials made by hand and are a marriage of the human eye and imagination. This can never be replaced and greatly adds to the finished work. It is the story of a life and hopefully a life well lived.

  • SECOND COMPLETED PORTRAIT of CARDINAL O'BRIEN

    SECOND COMPLETED PORTRAIT of CARDINAL O'BRIEN


    I have completed a second portrait of His Eminence Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, 15th Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland. His Eminence is now the new Grand Master to the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This ancient military order has its headquarters in Vatican City, Rome, where His Eminence now resides.

    It was an honor to have painted His Eminence a second time and contribute to the other fine portraits which hang in the Bishops Residence in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore was the first Diocese in America established in 1789 and later an Archdiocese in 1808. America's first bishop and later archbishop was the most Rev. Father John Carroll who was painted by both Gilbert Stuart and Rembrandt Peale.

    His Eminence was very generous to have been able to sit for the face and I completed the rest of the portrait in my studio from oil sketches and photographs. The sittings took place in his office in Vatican City. It was a wonderful experience and the natural light in his office was superb. I was with my pregnant wife Lucia at the time and we extended our stay to take in as much of Rome as possible. Harry was born on Aug 22nd 2014.

    A marble bust was also commissioned for the Archdiocese and sculpted by Rhode Island sculptor Nathaniel Risteen.

    Here is a link to the unveiling

  • COMPLETED PORTRAIT of CARDINAL O'BRIEN


    I am happy to announce that the portrait of His Eminence, Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, is completed and now hanging in the Palazzo Della Rovere in Vatican City. It is a life size portrait completed in oil on specially prepared stretched linen.

    The portrait began with an oil sketch completed from life as well as drawings and photo reference shots. His Eminence was very kind to sit for this process in the library at the St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY. This was also the very Seminary where His Eminence was once Rector.

    The portrait then started in my studio at the time in Peekskill, NY. A second sitting from life with His Eminence was held at the residence of Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in New York City.

    Finally, a third sitting, in order to complete the portrait, was held in my current studio in Dublin, Ireland, during a visit His Eminence had made to the Seminary in Maynooth.

    Many thanks to Cardinal O'Brien for his very generous time in order for me to finish his portrait.