Packing for Plein Air Painting

Packing for Plein Air Painting

Rod Coyne shares what he’s packing for plein air painting these days. The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.

With over 20 years experience, Rod Coyne is one of the most exciting landscape painters in Ireland today. This DVD is about spontaneity, visual composition, and trusting your inner impulse. Whether you want to loosen up your landscape painting style or sit back and rod do the work – this master-class is for you. With his affable approach, this artist will inspire painters and Ireland fans alike.

There’s more to “Secrets of the Palette Knife” than just painting. Spend a day with artist Rod Coyne in the spectacular surroundings of the “Garden of Ireland”. He invites you to his plein air studio on a hidden shore of the Avoca River. In this 60 minute film Coyne shares a both hypnotising and meditative insight into the process of creating a picture from beginning to end. The artist’s expert guidance into palette painting will whisk you along just as the River flows through the Vale of Avoca.



The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.

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Upcoming Courses.

Paint a Flower in 3 Minutes Video – Avoca Painting School

Paint a Flower in 3 Minutes with Avoca Painting School! Rod Coyne puts the Tuesday Morning class through their paces – and they come up shining! Soundtrack by Remo De Vico:

“Recently we tried some really cool painting exercises in the Avoca Painting School with a 3 minute colour sketch in acrylic paint. I’ll really recommend this exercise for anyone wanting to loosen up the brush stokes, you’ll be amazed how much you can depict in such a short time”, says Rod Coyne.

2017 – Sleeping Giant – Mulled Wine & Stockings

A Year in the Garden of Ireland

My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar cover page.
The My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar is just the latest product of Rod Coyne’s over active artistic imagination. What started out as homage to Wicklow landscapes turned into a celebration of Wicklow people, memories and stories. All these he has documented through a compelling mix of videos, words and paint. Share a year filled with heartfelt stories and vivid paintings celebrating the people and places of the Garden of Ireland. Free worldwide delivery.




The Sleeping Giant canvas print framed in black on a white wall.
This ground-breaking print, Sleeping Giant is one of a series of pictures born out of Coyne’s “My Place on Canvas” project. It’s one of those paintings abstracted from the landscape which crosses the line between dream and reality. Rod’s canvas print can not be overlooked by the discerning eye. This fine art print available in three sizes is framed and ships world wide for free.


Rod at The Dalkey Gallery

2015 Kilmore Quay, lightstorm, oil on canvas.
It’s been a long, long time coming but Rod Coyne is back showing in Dalkey. “Come and join us for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at The Christmas Exhibition, which opens Sunday 11th December 2016 from 3 to 7 pm.” Rod will be there, so come say hello. The Dalkey Gallery is located upstairs in The Grapevine, 26 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Contact: +353 86 811 6005 and Facebook.


Howth from Bulloch

2015 Howth Head from Bulloch Harbour across Dublin Bay, oil on canvas.
Rod Coyne joins a number of Ireland’s top-artists in ‘Christmas Stocking Fillers 2016’ at The Doorway Gallery. This show combines both figurative and abstract in a colorful celebration of art. Drop in for Festive Refreshments at the official launch on December 3rd from 2 – 4 pm, with music from Stone & Jezreel at The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. +353(0)1 764 5895


 Avoca Painting School 2017

Art students paint still life.
Our 6-week Painting Course at Avoca Studio Gallery and our Outdoor Painting Workshop dates have just been published. From absolute beginners to experienced painters all are catered for. Rod will demonstrate and explain all techniques and his suggestions relating to medium, composition, colour-mixing and brushwork are on hand in a friendly environment. Gift vouchers available online. And remember, Early-Birds get a discount (but catching the worm is completely optional).








Minister of Arts lauds Rod Coyne



Rod Coyne Origin Gallery Panorama
Rod Coyne Origin Gallery Panorama

Arts Minister private-lesson with Rod Coyne

Heather Humphreys, Minister of Arts, enthusiastically lauds Rod Coyne for his artwork and his success with the Avoca Painting School. It was a full house at Origin Gallery, Dublin, when she revealed her pleasure with Coyne’s private lesson undertaken earlier in 2015.  “It was somewhat ironic teaching the Minister of Arts to paint, but she took quite naturally to the challenge, and produced a great piece to the benefit of the Cill Rialaig Charity. I am so grateful to her for launching my exhibition tonight” – Rod Coyne.

There is a HD version of the video on YouTube.

Don’t forget Avoca Painting School’s last 2015 course starts Tuesday.

We have places available in our Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning classes. Now enrolling for Avoca Painting School’s 6 – week studio drawing and painting course. Rod Coyne will give painting demonstrations and tuition for beginners and advanced painters which runs once weekly from 3rd & 4th November through 10th December, Tuesday mornings, afternoon or evenings, and Wednesday mornings.

painting demonstrations

Rod will be taking students through creating a painting on canvas from start to finish. This includes stretching and priming canvas, compositional studies and building oil over acrylic paints.

Studio Work 1

The classes are suitable for beginner and advanced painters, as Rod will be going through the basics towards achieving a finished piece, “my aim is not to teach students paint in my style, but to be a facilitator opening doors to each students individual creativity”. The course content will include drawing and observational skills, composition, tonal and colour studies.