Friday, March 24, 2017

More playing with Photoshop: Castle at Ballybunion

Not everything works in black & white, but here's one I rather like, taken when we were last in Ballybunion. That was such a beautiful day.





And of course I have a colour version of the same shot: 


Clear blue sky, if I didn't know the peculiarities of the weather in this country, I would think it was taken in summer and not the middle of winter. In the second shot in particular, it felt like I was looking at the castle from across a river, and there's a suggestion of a romantic other-worldliness in the reflection, I wonder are there any local stories about this castle built on the tiny little outcrop of rock in the middle of the water, or the sand, depending on the tide. If the walls could talk!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bracing walk on Ballybunion Strand

Went sifting through photos I've taken but not processed recently and found several that I will work on some more, including our day out at Ballybunion during the Christmas break. I do enjoy experimenting with Photoshop, must get Dolf to teach me a few more tricks.

Here's one that breaks all the rules: pointing the camera directly into the sun and over-exposing. Might not be 'correct', but I do like what I ended up with. I also have a black and white version saved, but like the colour one better.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Updated my works on the IrishArtist.ie page.

I just updated this information, and you can find it here.

I had posted some of those images on there a few years ago and decided to review it again, and was pleasantly surprised to see how active it had become. Unfortunately my own works were archived, but they very kindly unarchived them and reposted them online with some newer works, and only then did I see that two of the paintings that I posted up a few years ago were there and I actually don't have them for sale, so I have had to e-mail Tom Hogarty who is in charge of all that to let him know ... a nice complaint to have. Anyway, PLEASE DO visit the link, and I'd love a few comments here on it ....

Oh, and thanks to everyone in the US who's been viewing my blog. Things are tense there right now, so am particularly chuffed that people there are taking the time to view the blog.

Greetings also to viewers in other parts of the world, including Russia.

Thanks to all over you, I pipped the 60,000 views mark last week and didn't notice for ages.


Here's a little watercolour drawing I rediscovered in my vast collection, another from Portugal during that Word Cup of Football (Soccer) when Dolf and I were there, so many football fans enjoying the matches on big screens inside and outside of shopping centres and other public places. So many people to draw ..... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A drawing from our second visit to Portugal



We were still in Lisbon, and it was during the World Cup and there was yet another football (soccer) match on somewhere, and as the Portuguese are all football MAD the country kind of closed down while their own team was playing, but there were a few people who were otherwise preoccupied, like myself and these two other ladies, whose men were engrossed - ENGROSSED - in the action on the television, as was MY other half, and me, I was just drawing.

The up side of all the football: nobody played me the blindest bit of notice, they were GLUED to the television screens. Except for these two ladies. And me.

So I drew them.

And later I painted it up, let it dry, photographed it and put it away, and promptly forgot about it until I was looking for something else in my vast files of images of my drawings and paintings. A nice little surprise .... I wonder if that lady's kid is into football. He'd be about 6 years old now.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photographs, and playing with finishes

We are blessed with digital technology, really. It has made so many things possible, including the rapid and accurate sharing of news. And photographers have much less waste, in that they don't have to go developing images in a dark room to see what they've got. And you can send your material over the internet so quickly too.

There are down sides, but I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Anyway, here are some pictures of Fanore Strand, in County Clare, same shot, but I thought I'd see how it looks in B&W too. It's an amazing beach.




The figure by the water is the photographer in my life Dolf Patijn, and he has taught me a lot about the art of photography. Do check out his work here.

Edit: The B&W version is getting a lot of love over on Flickr.com, here's the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26811601@N03/