Michael Doherty is a Belfast Architect and Artist working in pencil, charcoal, pen, conte stick, inks, watercolour and acrylic.
On these pages is a mix of drawings, sketches and art.  If you're having trouble viewing this site on portable devices or some computers it's probably because of the 'flash' slideshows.  Try viewing from a different computer or location.

Not long back from a 2015 trip to Lindos on Rhodes.  Plenty more sketching carried out this time.  I'm writing this us as a kind of day by day blog over the next while with tips on how I went about the pictures.
2015 Lindos

Again I'll be running an art class at Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) in the Donegal Gaeltacht.  The 2016 class will be from 9 July to 15 July.  Looking forward to having losts of fun and creativity over the week.  If you want to know more about my class and link to make a booking I've set up a specific page for it. Painting and Sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille.

Painting, Drawing and Sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille

Just back from a week long residency in Roundstone as a part of the Inishlacken Project. I used all sorts of media this year, Pencil, graphic pen, chinese inks with washes, soluble graphite and acylic paining.  Below a couple of pics from on the island and in the island schoolhouse.

Was off in Lindos on the Island of Rhodes over in 2014.  Just been able to compile the sketches from the trip onto a page.  Lindos 2014
Lindos 2014

Carried on sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille this year.  Some of my sketches from over the years here.

Spent a week on Inishlacken in June 2014.  I filled a sketchbook with pen drawings.  You can see a few of them here.
Pen Works

'Idir Dhá Aigne' opens in the Cultúrlann on 1 May 2014 at 7.00pm.  My twelve works will be exhibited together with twelve by John Stewart and ten each from Coláiste Feirste and Ashfield Girls School.  The exhibition is the culmination of work over the past year which included sketching workshops and walking tours. One of my pieces below 'Ag amharc soir', aicrileach ar chanbhás, 61cm x 122cm

Had a serious week of drawing and thinking with a great group in Cloch na Rón (Roundstone) and Inishlacken in Connemara. All part of the Inishlacken Project run by Rosie McGurran and inspired by Gerard Dillon who spent time on the island. 
Lobster pots at the pier on the island.

I'm one of the architects to be featured in this forthcoming film and book on architects sketchbooks.You can view the pretty cool trailer for the film at this link. Well done Paul and Connor.

Bhí lá den scoith agam ag sceitseáil an chrannóg atá i mbun tochailt.
Bunaithe ar an eolas atá siad a bhaint den suiomh tá siad ag athscriomh scéal conaíocht in Eireann insan méan aois.

This view from the ninth floor of River House .  Acrylic on canvas board. 32"× 20"

This piece 'Cut off Bollards 6, 26 and 32 Andersonstown Barracks Site' was exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy 2012 Exhibition. More info.

Headed off to Lindos for a couple of weeks and drew and drew.  The full story.

Travelled to Cinque Terra in the north of Italy in July 2012.  Great place.  You can see the sketches from the trip here.

  You can read about my sketching and view sketches of Carcassonne in the south of France here.

I'm enjoying painting in acrylics so I've added an acrylics section to the site.  Just follow the link.

I had a very enjoyable trip at Easter time to Barcelona with a crowd of wine tasters.  Drawings were very much in the sketching style for this trip.  You can see the full set here.

Idir Peann Luaidhe agus paipéar (between pencil and paper) is an exhibition running January - March 2012 in An Chultúrlann, Falls Road Belfast.

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Some watercolours at this link.  You can have a peek here.

The gallery shows examples of work including: