The Making Marks with Markievicz Project group had been studying Norah McGuinness’s (1901- 1980) painting entitled Morning Cry, see image below. Geraldine, one of the group participants, had researched Norahs amazing life and gave us a summary of her findings.

Morning Cry by Norah McGuinness (1901- 1980). Image courtesy of Kildare Municipal Collection

Morning Cry is on permanent exhibition in Athy Heritage Centre and Museum, in County Kildare.

There is no exact date that the artwork was made. We had visited the Athy centre on the 15th November as a group to view the selection of Kildare Municipal Art works which are on display. We had a informative guided tour and talk about the artworks on display by Lucina Russell, Arts Officer with Kildare County Council. The public were invited and also attended this talk.  Morning Cry is one of the works selected by the group for our exhibition in January 2020.

So today we combined an exercise exploring palette knife painting in the style of Norah McGuinness’s artwork. Morning Cry looks like it may have been painted using brushes however there is little evidence of her strokes.

Another fun session for most of the group. Two people perhaps found the palette knife a little challenging to handle. The results were stunning in such a short period of time, adapting a new skill. View the process and results here in this one minute video:


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