Sceitse founder Jg O’Donoghue tells us why the sky’s the limit for his intrepid group of sketchbook adventurers
Sketching is a sedentary pastime. You sit. You observe. You draw. The more dynamic artist might stand; few will work up a sweat wielding a pencil. Sceitse was set up to change that.
“What the group really does,” organiser JG O’Donoghue says, “is sketch adventuring. That’s what each one of our events feels like: an adventure. They’re explorations of what’s around us, done one sketch at a time.”
Sceitse – the Gaelic for ‘sketch’ – formed around two years when a small gathering of artists and illustrators from local professional group Islander Art got together to draw outdoors. It’s grown from there and now welcomes sketchers of any standing.
So far the group has tackled sketch caving, sketch sailing, sketch mountaineering, and will soon attempt sketch cycling. “There is no reason that sketching can’t be done on a boat, in a cave or on a bike. Each one feels different, has different challenges, but also enables us to experience both what you can only experience while drawing or painting, and the specific activity. We experience the world around us in different ways, giving a deeper appreciation of what’s out there, on our doorstep.”
After its biking adventure, Sceitse has plans to rent its own island for a weekend of uninterrupted outdoor drawing. JG even has aspirations of somehow sketching in the air.
“Who knows what the future will bring, but I’m sure each one is going to be brilliant and we’ll have lots of fun doing it, while making great friends. Whatever happens, it’s guaranteed to be one big sketch adventure.” To find out more about Sceitse visit www.facebook.com/groups/sceitse.
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Sketching Clodagh Castle, a small Gallowglass warrior stronghold located near the village of Crookstown in County Cork.