Saturday, September 16, 2017

Some work in progress

Today I've been working on little squares of paintings, about the size of tiles. I'm doing a series of people in landscape ones, allowing them space to move around in and be themselves, as it were. So far they are very simple, but vivid. I'm reminded of the pen-and-ink illustrations done by Louis le Brocquy in the book The Táin, which my father bought when I was a child but didn't read to us because it's a bit adult in places - but the drawings were wonderful.

Here's one:

Remember, it's not finished, and this is a really rough photo taken by my phone. But I already like it. Hm.

Incidentally, the book above was based on an ancient Irish legend known as the Táin Bó Cúailinge, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley, and was written by Thomas Kinsella. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fun times making new paintings

I really shouldn't be blogging right now. I should be in putting the finishing touches to some paintings I started last week and I want to submit to a group exhibition this week. Here are a couple of shots on Instagram.

Sod it. Here's a picture of Tina and Charlie warming up the couch for us.

A new painting: Dawn

So the plan was to make four new paintings, then I saw I had another I wanted to finish and was working on FIVE of them at the same time, and realised I wouldn't be ready unless I left it at three, as I had to print out the submission form in order to complete it, and then scan it to email it, which due to one computer not having the right software and the printer refusing to work on wifi, required me to unplug from computer and plug it into my laptop .... 

Anyway, drama aside, the three paintings got submitted in the nick of time and I got a confirmation, so let's see if there is any comeback from it. 

Here's one of the three:

That's Charlie, not so much admiring the dawn but looking out for something small and wriggly he can hunt down, bring in and offer to me for breakfast, and then kill. Ah cats. 

The two I didn't finish I will get back to. Have to say the original is nicer than this digital file. But then that's probably down to my rushed photoshop editing. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

On the Steps of the Duomo, Florence

I am wondering how it happened that I never posted about this particular oil painting. But it is now back home again, and I will wrap it up and put it away.

While it was hanging in the In-Spire Gallery in Dublin, one of the people who saw it told me that he loved the dynamic in it, and the young man's laconic attitude. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A little sketch made at Fanore Strand

A friend put me on to this medium, and I love them. I like the tension between the medium and the textured paper too, this was on the watercolour paper I bring everywhere with me. 

Almost abstract, no? You can make out the sand and water in the bottom half, and the rocks in the middle and then the sea and the mountains and the sky. Fun to do.