Friday, August 17, 2018

Art in the Open 2018

It was another eventful painting trip to Wexford! Art in the Open is in its 11th year and is Europe's largest painting festival. Live demos and workshops stretch for over 10 days in County Wexford. This year's edition ushers in a lot of new artists both locally and from across the globe. There are also many tie-in events with the National Gallery of Ireland scattered throughout the evenings in Wexford town. Culminating with an excursion by the National Gallery of Ireland, artists boarded the Irish Rail from Wexford's O'Hanrahan Station via the scenic coastal route to Pearse Station in Dublin. Participating artists toured the latest summer show - the O'Conor and the Moderns (from Paris to Post Aven) and took part in a mass paint-out with local Dublin plein air artists at Merrion Square.

Above Redmond Square, Wexford


I vlogged each day's affairs and have organised them neatly on this post. May it be a source of archive and joy for all who watch the videos.  If you like the content, I would like to invite you to LIKE the videos and SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube channel, so that the algorithms tell the company that I am working hard to provide everyone with good content. :D

If you are new to Art in the Open and want to know how to get from Dublin Airport to Wexford, do watch this.  -->  From Dublin Airport to Wexford via the Wexford Bus: https://youtu.be/Cjj3FJwJuZ4

Day 1 - Wexford https://youtu.be/EI3kXck2KBA

Day 2 - Duncannon https://youtu.be/-68YVxfloks

Day 3 - Artramon House https://youtu.be/LqjK7-6t0U4

Day 4 - Clonegal & Huntington Castle https://youtu.be/ntnLWsH0NBk

Day 5 - Rosslare https://youtu.be/iiHJgdVnxZY

Day 6 - Bunclody https://youtu.be/iiHJgdVnxZY

Day 7 - Quick Draw https://youtu.be/bns4jUjY5fU

Day 8 - Exhibition/ Gala https://youtu.be/WbMP5SPxM6Q

Day 9 - National Gallery of Ireland Excursion https://youtu.be/K-XgCcgYN_g

Above Wexford County  https://youtu.be/PGdzou96cuY

From Arklow to Rathdrum on the Irish Rail https://youtu.be/-77Yb-vztEQ

Until the next post... ciao ciao!


That's me working on a mural near the bridge


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Painting Down Under

Hello 2018!

Perth is a short 5 hour flight from Singapore. Ever so often, I go there to visit my family. Here's a confession - it's been 2 years since my last visit.  So I bought a one way ticket there.

Being down under often reminds me that I'm on a really huge planet, because at a time when many of my friends are experiencing snow and rain, it's baking in dryness and sunshine in Australia! I used to think that all I'll ever be painting are summer scenes because whenever I'm in Perth is during their summer.

I had a lot of time to catch up with family, but priority was also given to documenting my trip. I pushed the boundaries of filming documentaries while outdoors as a documentary maker with the use of drones for those gorgeous aerial footages. Not only did I make my usual on location painting videos, but also a tutorial on painting tools, and even produced a food trail!  I also went painting with award-winning painter, Leon Holmes, and made a documentary with him painting in the scrubs.

For those who are video fans, this post is packed with videos! And it might be my new direction for 2018 - You Tube Videos. (Don't forget to subscribe - Youtube: Alvin Mark Studio) Painting a steam engine and riding on one, soaring over the distinctive landscapes of Western Australia, and hang out where the locals go for food... you're definitely going to find these clips informative, more so if you are an artist. :)

Here are my top 3 favourite videos from the trip: 

#1) Travel Sketch (PERTH) with Leon Holmes [CC] 


#2) Travel Sketch (PERTH) Food & Sketch Trail [CC] 


#3) Travel Sketch (PERTH) - Castledare part 2 [CC] 



Here are the other videos from my Perth adventure:

FLYING on SQ213 [CC] 

Travel Sketch (PERTH) - North Mole Lighthouse [CC] 

Sketch Travel (Perth) - Commute Sketch [CC] 

Travel Sketch (PERTH) - Castledare Part 1 [CC] 

Ride the Freight Australia

Travel Sketch (PERTH) - Ciao Italia [CC] 

Travel Sketch - TOOLS for oil painting [CC] 


Travel Sketch Perth - Show & Tell

Flying Above Perth

Thank you for tuning in! Until the next update... Stay happy and healthy for 2018! :)