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!

Another icon gets his wings - Prince

Obviously I have to post something about this. Another one whose music provided the soundtrack of my teenage years. Only thing is, I didn't know at the time just how many songs he wrote for OTHER people, and apparently there's a huge vault of unreleased material .... So that's something to look forward to.

In the meantime, I'm listening to the man's work. I can't believe he was only 57.



This gif was shared on Facebook, and if anyone knows who created it, please put it in the comments. I would like to credit the artist.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Street Festival/Spraoi

To my astonishment, I don't have too many of the series posted on here. So here's one ...



These are based on photographs, yes, but I wasn't consciously framing anything. Most of the snaps I took on the night were random, just me holding up the camera and not even looking into the viewfinder and just snapping. Of course half of the shots were a blur anyway, what with the frenzied dancing going on, but I did get some interesting angles. 

This was Street Festival VII (Face Hand Light Dance). I did think that numbering them was a marvellous idea, but then I need the shorthand to remember which one is what .... 

This is framed up in a lovely crisp white box frame and looks fabulous. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

One from the Sketchbook project in 2011.


Insane. Was browsing through folders from a few years back, and found these sketches. I have more bits on paper than I can remember ... and given the amount of unused paper I have still, I could easily make the same number of works on paper twice over at least. 


This is one from the Sketchbook Project I did in 2011.

The reason for going through folders is I want to do more with my online Saatchi page, I have added some sold items, and I've been looking for a suitable digital files, Saatchi requires at least 1500 pixels on the shortest side of each digital image file uploaded now. In a way it's a good thing I don't throw out digital files ... but it does mean trawling through them to find the ones I want.

Of course, they like finished paintings. However, I do plan on uploading some of the candid people watercolour sketches that I've had framed - they look wonderful - and seeing the reaction.

What am I actually painting at the moment? I'm more and more drawn to landscape lately - then I come across a random snapshot of people and I'm there 'oooh, wouldn't that make a great painting'. Le sigh. So many paintings, so little time.

Ah well. It could be worse. I could have NOTHING to do with myself, whining about being bored. That just doesn't happen.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sold one of the Street Party paintings yesterday ...

... from the Draíocht Gallery in Adare, needless to say I'm delighted. I just happened to be there when the buyers were looking around.

Yesterday, as it happens was an interesting day. I met some Dutch speakers quite by coincidence at Hinchey's of Garyspillane (car maintenance) - the hilarious thing? They've lived in Ireland for years, and the young man spoke Dutch incredibly fast with a strong East Limerick accent, they were reared here, but speak Dutch at home, which is quite near where I met them. Mental.

Then I made a snap decision to go straight to Adare to the gallery to see how things were going there, and while I was there, Agnes - the inimitable Agnes, whose chronological age shall forever remain a mystery because she is always so timelessly stylish, has that fabulous smile and the dirtiest sense of humour I have ever come across - insisted on introducing me to them, and we ended up chatting about art generally and some of the other works there in Draíocht (lots of artists whose work I admire a lot are exhibited there) and the woman decided to buy this particular painting.



And to finish the three fun coincidences of yesterday, we had a guest over for a few hours in the evening, and our little orange and white tomcat Charlie, who is normally wary of strangers, took one look at our guest and decided he loved her, giving her little rubs on the leg, then plonking down beside her and adoring purry blinky looks the way cats do when they love deeply. She must have made a very strong impression, so far we have been presented with two half-dead birds and a very dead shrew this morning. He hasn't given up on us, he's still trying to teach us how to hunt. Bless.

Now to see what today will bring ... at least it's glorious sunshine.

Addition a week later: Adare Draíocht have launched a new newsletter, follow the link!