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The Perfect Painting Holiday
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The Perfect Painting Holiday

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start. With lots of new life in the world and inspiration from the blooming plants and flowers, it’s also a great time to get back to nature. Killarney, County Kerry is the epitome of natural beauty in Ireland and is a great place to escape. Cahernane House Hotel, our magnificent Manor House Hotel near Killarney, is the ideal space for spring break. We have created the perfect escape for guests who want to learn more about the art of painting Spring flowers while enjoying the luxury and comfort of our Killarney hotel.


Why Painting?

With all of the wonderful things to do in Killarney from jaunting to water sports, why have we chosen a painting escape? Painting is an activity that is suitable for everyone and allows individuals to express themselves through the medium of creativity. Painting is a form of mindfulness, giving the painter full creative control and removing you from the stress of everyday life. Painting regularly helps to encourage focus and increases awareness, something we could all do with in our fast-paced lives. Whether you’re an experienced artist or have no previous experience this painting is beneficial for all. It also leaves you with something beautiful to display proudly in your home as your own work.


Spring Flower Painting Escape

The benefits of painting cannot be understated, especially in nature. If you love plants and nature, our Spring Flower Painting Escape in Cahernane House Hotel Killarney is ideal for you. We’ve secured the advice and wisdom of award-winning artist and tutor, Mary Dillon to guide our students through the process giving expert advice and tuition for everyone from novices to professionals. Mary returns to Cahernane House Hotel from March 5 – 8th, 2023, this time with a focus on creating a painting to capture the beauty of spring flowers. Her classes will take over the (appropriately named) drawing room of our Killarney hotel and enjoy views of the gardens, the lake, and the Tomie mountains beyond, inspiring painters to create something truly beautiful.


Mary Dillon

Mary has an expert eye for painting, especially painting plants and flowers. Her talent for both teaching and painting is rare and wonderful and we are lucky to have such an experienced tutor for our painting escape. Preferring to work in large format, colour, light, and form underpin her watercolour paintings. Mary’s work was recently awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the American Society of Botanical Artists’ 25th International Exhibition held in New York. In 2022, her work was selected to represent the Watercolour Society of Ireland at the exhibition in Bilbao during the European Symposium of Watercolour Societies. Her works belong is some very prestigious collections and museums throughout the world. Mary finds teaching brings together her three passions painting, plants and working with people.
Mary’s Watercolour course includes a module on getting to know your plant better, examining its structure and using light and shade to create form in your drawing. She’ll teach you how to mix and match colours, making it easy for even the most novice student. You can learn, practice and apply controlled washes and layers to master watercolour techniques for painting flowers and leaves. Learn how to finish your painting with dry brush watercolour to create detail, texture and depth to elevate your painting to the next level.


Spring Flower Painting Escape Package Includes

Above all else, this break in our Killarney hotel is for you. We want our guests to rest, eat well, learn a new skill and immerse themselves in the process of painting while enjoying the opulent surrounds of Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney. This exclusive package includes a luxurious three-night stay in one of our unique and beautiful bedrooms. You’ll enjoy two and a half days of painting tuition and experience under the expert guidance of Mary Dillon. We serve a full Irish breakfast each morning, welcome drinks upon arrival and a farewell Table d’hote dinner in Herbert’s Restaurant on Tuesday evening. All of the equipment you need for painting, including brushes, palette and paint are included in the cost of the trip and you can also enjoy complimentary parking and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Book a stay in Cahernane House Hotel, our Manor House, our family-friendly Couch House or make a dinner reservation for Herbert’s Restaurant on our official website. We look forward to welcoming you to Killarney for an escape you’ll treasure forever.

Watercolour Painting Class in Cahernane Drawing Room with Mary Dillon
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