Saturday, September 24, 2016

Man Standing

I think this was a sketch I did in Lisbon, Portugal, and the man was mesmerised by a group of Cape Verde musicians playing and singing outside of CafĂ© Brasiliera. And they were wonderful musicians, it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and enjoy a few coffees. And get some sketching in. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

White Strand sprats

Kind of had to up the resolution in this one so that the sprats could be seen! I took this photo May 2016 during our mini road trip to White Strand near Spanish Point in County Clare, on what was probably the first day that really felt sort of summerish - for Ireland, all things being relative.

What is it about light on water that always affects you? Is is the movement of the light on the water, or how the colours are affected? Or does it have to do with us being mostly water, or perhaps with the notion that water can represent the subconscious? Or all of the above?

No matter. It was beautiful and restful and chilled on the warm rocks there. I think it will form some kind of annual pilgrimage, harking back to when we'd go to Spanish Point for a week in the summer for the Willie Clancy Summer School. 

Back in Petrin Park I, II & III, in Prague

This couple were sitting several metres away from me, and kept moving around on the grass and talking. It was a lovely warm and sunny afternoon, as I recall. Spending the afternoon in the park with your honey was the best thing, especially in a city as lovely as Prague. 

I found the pencil drawings again after many years during one of my Great Declutter Sessions, and decided to paint them up a little - I wanted to suggest a 'hook' in each image, something like what the late Susan Sontag wrote about photographs, that each photo has something that draws a viewer in, which she called a 'punctum'. So I ended up called these my Prague Punctum Pictures.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Still life study: Pears and clover flowers in oil pastel

I'd completely forgotten about this drawing until I was tidying things up to photograph them, I did it last summer.

It's always good to have fruit in the house, it's something to draw AND it's healthy - score! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cow's parsley on Valentia Island

Simply sharing this photo from the day trip a few weeks ago to Valentia Island. It's fertile but fairly exposed in places, so not a lot of trees grow away from the eastern end of the island, but it is lovely. And there's the light. Valentia is one of the few places in the Western World that ISN'T affected by light pollution, you get a very clear view of the night sky - if it isn't raining, of course.