Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Acrylic landscape: Ballynoe Hedgerow

I brought this little one down to Draiocht in Adare along with a couple of others and Agnes was there and said she'd like to hang it, so that's where it is. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tina and the Rainbow

Spotted the rainbow first, then noticed the cat. 

Hello, there is something  buzzy and fast and delicious in the grass right there ....


And I am going to catch it .....


Yippie-kai-ay, you buzzy morsel!

*Burp!* Please excuse me.

I am a sated panther now. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

A recent landscape, the high fields near Glengarriff

High fields near Glengarriff, 2016, acrylic on paper

Given the variety of Irish weather, and the unpredictability of said variety, photography can be a godsend. Painting en plein air is lovely when you can do it, but I have been caught in rain showers many times. You really need to bring a small marquee-type set-up to put over yourself and your stuff, and be prepared to wait it out until the rain stops. 

However, taking a photo is handy, what with the automatic viewfinder. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Two soft pastel studies of an acorn squash.

I really do like this medium, it is a pity it doesn't last and needs so much TLC even after being framed - there are many pastel drawings from the Impressionist era in Paris on display in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and they are in a special room with gentle light, even so the colours are really vivid and beautiful and no reproduction has ever done them justice.

I've just done a landscape with coloured charcoals and soft pastel, it's outside in the glorious sunshine with the fixative drying. And my head feels good after doing it. Drawing and painting is ... so very satisfying. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Three girls in front of the mountain

I don't know what it is, but I like having an odd number of figures in a painting. I did this one below for an Affordable Art exhibition last year, in acrylic paint. It was kind of an experiment.

Huh. This is using the Saatchi online guideline of having the shortest side at 1500 pixels. Hm. Time to edit some blog posts.

Keep me off the streets, at any rate.

I do enjoy working with photographs. Thanks Linda Mortensen for the photo!