Sceitse: Ire­land

Sceitse founder Jg O’Donoghue tells us why the sky’s the limit for his in­trepid group of sketch­book ad­ven­tur­ers

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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.face­


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Sketch­ing Clodagh Cas­tle, a small Gal­low­glass war­rior strong­hold lo­cated near the vil­lage of Crook­stown in County Cork.

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