Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ask Your Subconscious, a solo exhibition in Dublin in June, and an image

Came across a cool tip yesterday: if you want your subconscious to work for you when you're sleeping, ask it a question in writing before you go to sleep. And just pick up a pen and start writing as soon as you can after waking up. Came up with a rather cool artist's statement this way. Will be using it for other things too.

Which leads me to the next: I will be exhibiting works in the In-Spire Gallery in Dublin in June, poster and details to follow (and I really like the poster he's come up with so far). I'm focusing on my people paintings for this.

I've also been invited to show work during a festival on the June Bank Holiday, but won't be able to be there myself.

Prague Punctum: Red Chair

And this image? One from the many on-location sketches I made when in Prague, and I think I was in a cafĂ© in the Jewish Quarter at the time. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Russian that American visitors now ....



.... to this blog. Not sure how that came about. And this is not an April Fool thing.

Greetings comrades! Just so you know, this blog is perfectly fine with homosexual, bisexual and transsexual 'propaganda' and thinks that while traditional families are in no danger from the 'gay agenda', and if you think that it's okay to beat the crap out of a woman just because you can, you've come to the wrong blog, and sorry but your political leader is a scumbag.

As long as we're in agreement regarding the above, you're welcome to keep following.

To my American followers: I'm unashamedly liberal, and to those of you who like to spit that word out like it's a curse, thanks for the compliment. Not keen the availability of firearms, however. You all do need to rethink that.

And the image? While no longer a Soviet state, Prague was preserved because of Communism, and I hope the beautiful old buildings remain there. But I would like to visit Russia properly someday.

EDIT: And I am just reading about what's going on in Chechnya. Gay purges? Come on. You know that's not right. What a horrible situation. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Small oil painting: In the pub


From a sketch. I just draw the people in front of me as fast as I can, and when it came to making this painting I ended up editing out the background because it just wasn't working as a painting, it was distracting from the figures, and the suggested social dynamic.

Plus I love that there's a guy in front who is not actually engaging with the main group. So it's not staged or anything. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

More playing with Photoshop: Castle at Ballybunion

Not everything works in black & white, but here's one I rather like, taken when we were last in Ballybunion. That was such a beautiful day.





And of course I have a colour version of the same shot: 


Clear blue sky, if I didn't know the peculiarities of the weather in this country, I would think it was taken in summer and not the middle of winter. In the second shot in particular, it felt like I was looking at the castle from across a river, and there's a suggestion of a romantic other-worldliness in the reflection, I wonder are there any local stories about this castle built on the tiny little outcrop of rock in the middle of the water, or the sand, depending on the tide. If the walls could talk!

Edit: Both of these shots are getting a lot of love over on Flickr.com, especially the coloured version. Follow to link to see more of my photos, drawings and paintings!  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bracing walk on Ballybunion Strand

Went sifting through photos I've taken but not processed recently and found several that I will work on some more, including our day out at Ballybunion during the Christmas break. I do enjoy experimenting with Photoshop, must get Dolf to teach me a few more tricks.

Here's one that breaks all the rules: pointing the camera directly into the sun and over-exposing. Might not be 'correct', but I do like what I ended up with. I also have a black and white version saved, but like the colour one better.