So you know about James Joyce and Ulysses and about Leopold Bloom – and you know of course that Bloom bought two buns to feed the seagulls down by the River Liffey on that fateful day…
Actually I didn’t (until recently) but I joined a group of sketchers on their Joycean odyssey last Sunday and I learned all manner of useful information and juicy aspects of Ulysses that I hadn’t known before.
Now, you might well ask what was I doing on a Joycean odyssey (I can barely spell the word) but bear with me as I elaborate and explain a little further.
So, Dublin Sketchers get together every Sunday to sketch – a different place every week. They start sketching at 2pm and then meet up at about 4pm for a drink and a chat. Everyone is welcome. They are part of the global Urban Sketchers’ community.
And this year, the group is involved in a special project entitled: Drawing on Joyce Sketchbook project, and once a month, they visit Joycean landmarks and they explore Joycean themes in their Joycean sketchbooks.
(These sketchbooks will be exhibited as part of the James Joyce Centre’s annual Bloomsday Festival in June this year).
So last Sunday, we were sketching in Little Britain Street and sketching on Grattan Bridge, sketching under the Merchant’s Arch and finally coming to rest in Mulligan and Haines’ pub on Dame Street. James Moore did readings at each stop and it really brought the text alive for us.
Now, Olivier Cornet is also organising an exhibition as part of the Bloomsday Festival, in association with the James Joyce Centre and he has invited yours truly to take part, along with Robert Russell, Nickie Hayden, Maser and Paula Meehan (poet).
So that’s why I joined those ineluctable sketchers last week. And why I fed (and sketched) the seagulls. Live by their wits. They wheeled, flapping.
I’m working in watercolour these days. The painting at the top might end up in the exhibition at The Olivier Cornet Gallery. Too soon to say, I’m still working on some others… Your comments please – down below in the Comments Section.