Friday, June 15, 2018

More outdoor sketches and photos too of course




So we've gone on a couple of day trips and taken shots, and I went up to Quilty for seaweed and got a couple of sketches in oil pastel there, which do need a little more work. But sketching outdoors is GREAT. That said, I'll be doing a bit more on the ones I've done here at home.

And selling the piece at the Red Door gallery was a great motivator, so I went and applied to show works at the Listowel Visual Arts Week - google it, because it's more than just exhibitions, there are really interesting workshops going on there as well, the kids will LOVE it - and what do you know, two of the three works I submitted were accepted!

So this has motivated me to send out more submissions, and I'll be sharing any good news that comes in my way.

In the meantime, I have work in the DraĆ­ocht Gallery in Adare, but it's worth popping there to meet Andrew and Agnes, and as for Agnes, she's something of a legend I think, so many great stories .... both her own and about the works and artists they represent there. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Painting of a skull mask from a while back


I look at this now and think how much I want to get back to painting stuff like this: simple objects, done large, highlighted, on a plain background, with minimum colours, and big. This work is on paper, so it rolls up easily. From my mask days in 2002 -2003. Amazing what you find when you tidy up! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Limerick: Land and People - Exhibition in County Limerick, Ireland in May 2018



Newcastle West Arts presents
Limerick: Land and People
An exhibition of works by
Orla Clancy
The Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West
Opening reception 1 May at 8pm
Further viewing Thurs. 3, Fri, 4, Sat. 5, Thurs. 10, Fri. 11, Sat. 12 May 12.30 to 4 pm each day




Friday, March 2, 2018

The Beast From The East - prelude


It was cold, but oh so pretty. I love how the sun was trying to shine .... This was earlier this week, not even an inch of snow. But it's now snowy for real, the entire southern half of Ireland is on lockdown, it is over a metre in places. In March! My significant other decided to cycle six miles to work this morning, in the snow. After all he's Dutch so the bicycle is his natural default mode of transport ... he cycled six miles of snow in just under an hour. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Curving drain in low sun, near Kilkee


There was a time when artists had the means and the time to spend in a place and simply study the light. If that time ever returns, you'd have to drag me away from places like this in late afternoons. The light looks warm here, but it was, as we say in the west of Ireland, absolutely baltic. But the combination of light from the low sun and the graceful lines in the landscape do make for lovely images. Will this be a painting? Maybe.