The Arthouse Meath

Welcome to the ARTHOUSE Meath charity blog- a non profit Centre of Excellence celebrating the artistic talents of adults living with learning difficulties and severe Epilepsy.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

An Abstract Arctic Polar Bear

Group Work
Below you can see the artwork in stages.
Abstract building up the layers

This is a group sketch that has been enlarged and applied over carbon paper

Louise and Rosie drawing the outline of the polar bear onto the abstract painting

Karen adding fur with black and white ink

And here's our Polar Bear.

An abstract arctic scene by Michael O'Sullivan.

On the Twenty Second Day of Advent Margaret Mace Brought to me......

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Our New Limited Silkscreen Edition Print, Call me Sometime.

Peter Andrews, a previous Outside In winner is one of our most popular artists. We loved his drawing of 'Call me Sometime' (below in pencil and gold pen).  Now it has been made into a silkscreen with hand painted red and gold details, so more people will get the opportunity to enjoy the picture.

The screen

On the Twentieth Day of Advent Peter Andrews Brought to me......

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Regan Parish

 My first experience of epilepsy was having a seizure at two and a half years old.  At the age of five I had a big seizure and lost the movement of my right side. Where I was right handed before, I then had to relearn to become left handed. It also affected my reading and speech. I had to learn all over again.

I lived in the East End of London and went to Elizabeth Fry School, which was for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. I missed a lot of school. I was hardly there being mostly at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  At the age of eleven I had a hemispherotomy operation in Oxford, this was to remove a section of my brain in the hope of stopping my seizures. The seizures did stop and that lasted for six years. During this time I had to relearn my skills, to read and write all over again. In 1986 when I was eighteen I got a head infection. My skull bone was so infected that it had to be taken out and replaced with a metal plate. This is when the seizures started again.

Decadent Dog

 On one occasion in 1999 mum collected me and while we were on the motorway a lorry drove into the back of us. We were both very badly injured and were lucky to be alive. We were both in hospital for sixteen weeks.  The metal plate in my head that held my brain had to be taken out and I had to wear a helmet for protection. I had to wait a year before anything else could be done so that I could be free of any infection. In 2001 I had another operation. This was to take some ribs out so as to replace the helmet that held part of my skull together. The helmet was too tight and gave me sores. I also got small bones that started to appear and needed to be taken out. I was at home for a year and then went back to college. I enjoyed college stayed there until 2008.

My Mum and Dad found The Meath, where I have been a resident for just over a year. I like it very much here and I have made lots of friends. I particularly enjoy going to the Arthouse.

Regan working on a group project above and on her own painting below.

Art for me is very relaxing. It takes all my frustrations and worries away. I always said to my family that I could never draw, I always put my self down. I started off drawing very simple pictures. I then became confident to try harder more complex pictures. I now feel confident with my artwork and I like to give myself a challenge. I feel a big sense of achievement when I look at a picture I have completed. I enjoy doing both pictures by myself and also working on group projects as being part of a team. 
Regan Parish

On the Thirteenth day of Advent John Mitchell Brought to me......

Friday, 9 December 2011

On the Tenth Day of Advent Danny O'Sullivan Brought to me......

Helen Hankins White Dove Silkscreen Print.

This is Helen Hankins new three colour way White Dove Silkscreen with hand painted beak and claws. Helen's art and designs are fresh and intricate, her drawing is spontaneous and she often likes to draw from memory. As her original painting is so atmospheric we thought it would make a wonderful screen print .

The Original White Dove Painting.

 These are prints from the three screen that separate the colour.

 1st screen

 2nd screen
 And 3rd, waiting for the delicate hand painted finish in red.

 Helen Hankins.

On the Ninth Day of Advent Helen Hankins Brought to me......

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Waterloo Sunset in King's College London library.

Thank you to Fawn Art Consultancy for including our Waterloo Sunset print in your art collection for King's College London library! Whole collection and set up look stunning!

Of the Art, Fawn Art Consultancy said:
We were asked by King's College London to source a range of artworks to brighten up their newly refurbished flagship library in Waterloo. All works chosen will form part of their permanent art collection and enjoyed by both students and staff for many years to come.

On the Eighth Day of Advent Margaret Mace Brought to me......