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April 2025 - Feathering Your Nest (Mulranny, Ireland)

April 2025 - Feathering Your Nest (Mulranny, Ireland)

Join me next year for a week-long project-drivven workshop at a stunning hillside studio in Mulranny, Ireland. 

In this workshop you will learn the TWC techniques involving mineral paints, collage and encaustic paints. We will all create one masterful nest project together and then the rest of the time, you will have the option to apply the techniques in making a series of nests (there are so many styles to choose from!), or to branch off into applying the learned-techniques to create your hearts’ desires and your Spirits’ needs. Personal images may be used in this workshop.

While our bodies and minds master the steps of layering mixed media and encaustic paints, our creative spirits will explore the symbolism of a nest. I feel a strong connection to the word “home” when building these paintings one twig/strand of grass/brushstroke at a time, and it is my privilege to guide you through this journey. 

Workshop Dates: April 7th - 14th, 2025
Registration Deposit: $500
Total cost of Workshop: $3295 - $3950

Please visit the Essence of Mulranny website to register for this workshop.

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More about this workshop

  • We will be painting mixed media and encaustic NESTS, the Lovisa way!
  • No experience is necessary!
  • Work in a broad range of mediums, from encaustic (beeswax) to acrylic paints and ‘found object assemblage’.
  • Learn how to be more intuitive in your work.
  • The one constant and consistent aspect of art creation for me is best summed up in a quote by Felix Gonzalez-Torres: “Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a purpose and that's why I made works of art.”
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Your 8 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore!

You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, at the gorgeous Essence of Mulranny Retreat center, operated by artist, Lora Murphy. We will be visiting enchanting villages, strolling along the beautiful coastline, touring ancient castles and ruins, picnicking in the heather fields and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!