Saturday, September 30, 2017

White Bull

Another one made recently, from a photo taken in County Clare, near one of the old castles there. One of those darkish, sleepy summer afternoons that may or may not herald rain. We were on a road trip with our Dutch nephew Lars and just kind of bumming around, taking in some sights. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

More new work - Sirens

Over the past couple of years I've been all about painting what I WANT to paint, when I want to paint it - be it still life, people, landscape, or combinations of the above. I see something - a scene on the street, a poem or other piece of writing, a photograph, or an object, and my fingers get all twitchy and I think about how I'd like to paint it. So that's what I do now. And some paintings I do again, in a different format, with different light. Like this one:

This is from a photo taken by Linda Mortensen (then Patijn) and I keep going back to it - apparently she snapped it before the three girls had a chance to pose. They were so young and so beautiful ... I keep thinking of them as Sirens. The Sirens of Inch Strand! An older painting of the same one is here.

It's a little painting, just 30 cm on each side. I will be including it in my next exhibition in November, which is in Limerick city centre. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Some work in progress

Today I've been working on little squares of paintings, about the size of tiles. I'm doing a series of people in landscape ones, allowing them space to move around in and be themselves, as it were. So far they are very simple, but vivid. I'm reminded of the pen-and-ink illustrations done by Louis le Brocquy in the book The Táin, which my father bought when I was a child but didn't read to us because it's a bit adult in places - but the drawings were wonderful.

Here's one:

Remember, it's not finished, and this is a really rough photo taken by my phone. But I already like it. Hm.

Incidentally, the book above was based on an ancient Irish legend known as the Táin Bó Cúailinge, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley, and was written by Thomas Kinsella. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fun times making new paintings

I really shouldn't be blogging right now. I should be in putting the finishing touches to some paintings I started last week and I want to submit to a group exhibition this week. Here are a couple of shots on Instagram.

Sod it. Here's a picture of Tina and Charlie warming up the couch for us.

A new painting: Dawn

So the plan was to make four new paintings, then I saw I had another I wanted to finish and was working on FIVE of them at the same time, and realised I wouldn't be ready unless I left it at three, as I had to print out the submission form in order to complete it, and then scan it to email it, which due to one computer not having the right software and the printer refusing to work on wifi, required me to unplug from computer and plug it into my laptop .... 

Anyway, drama aside, the three paintings got submitted in the nick of time and I got a confirmation, so let's see if there is any comeback from it. 

Here's one of the three:

That's Charlie, not so much admiring the dawn but looking out for something small and wriggly he can hunt down, bring in and offer to me for breakfast, and then kill. Ah cats. 

The two I didn't finish I will get back to. Have to say the original is nicer than this digital file. But then that's probably down to my rushed photoshop editing.