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Outside My Window

Lonradh 2021

Spring is in the air. It arrives slowly here, almost reluctantly. Then all of a sudden the waiting is over and it’s here in all its fresh new greenness. 

Take some time to sit back in a comfortable chair by the window, look outwards and simply watch. Gaze at the scene unfolding in front of you. It could be a village road with a wandering dog, a newly ploughed field or a city street. What do you see?

How about taking your pencil for a walk? You can gently move around the shapes of what you can see. Keep it very loose, and relaxed. Don’t worry about getting things right. Imagine the feel of things as you draw them. e.g we can see a cat asleep in the spring sunshine and notice the curled outline of her warm furry body.

Look at the outlines of things you can see. E.g. the line of a hedge, roof tops, bird on a wire, the edge of a field. Starting on one side of your page, try drawing some of the upper outlines you see. You can draw in one continuous flow until you get to the other side of your page. Try following the lower outlines and draw along in the other direction.

If it is difficult for you to get up and about see the slideshow below, Inge and Gillian share some of their own views from windows at home. As well as works from the Crawford collection that you may enjoy as conversation prompts.


 All mages: Gillian Cussen and Inge Van Doorslaer, 2021, except where stated.


Robert Ballagh (1943) Portrait of Patrick Kavanagh, 2003


Gerard Dillon (1916 - 1971) Evening Star

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This drawing activity is part of our Lonradh programme for older adults, their family members and their carers.
Lonradh is an Irish word the at means to illuminate.

You can watch some gentle Lonradh videos here

Gillian and Inge
Lonradh Artist Facilitators

For more information you can contact us by 
or by phone: 021 4907857

Anne Boddaert Curator/Programme Manager.

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