Friday, May 11, 2018

Painting of a skull mask from a while back

I look at this now and think how much I want to get back to painting stuff like this: simple objects, done large, highlighted, on a plain background, with minimum colours, and big. This work is on paper, so it rolls up easily. From my mask days in 2002 -2003. Amazing what you find when you tidy up! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Limerick: Land and People - Exhibition in County Limerick, Ireland in May 2018

Newcastle West Arts presents
Limerick: Land and People
An exhibition of works by
Orla Clancy
The Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West
Opening reception 1 May at 8pm
Further viewing Thurs. 3, Fri, 4, Sat. 5, Thurs. 10, Fri. 11, Sat. 12 May 12.30 to 4 pm each day

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Beast From The East - prelude

It was cold, but oh so pretty. I love how the sun was trying to shine .... This was earlier this week, not even an inch of snow. But it's now snowy for real, the entire southern half of Ireland is on lockdown, it is over a metre in places. In March! My significant other decided to cycle six miles to work this morning, in the snow. After all he's Dutch so the bicycle is his natural default mode of transport ... he cycled six miles of snow in just under an hour. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Curving drain in low sun, near Kilkee

There was a time when artists had the means and the time to spend in a place and simply study the light. If that time ever returns, you'd have to drag me away from places like this in late afternoons. The light looks warm here, but it was, as we say in the west of Ireland, absolutely baltic. But the combination of light from the low sun and the graceful lines in the landscape do make for lovely images. Will this be a painting? Maybe. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Aherlow cattle

It wasn't late afternoon, but it wasn't early in the day either, in late December that sun is always kind of low anyway. These cattle were wintering out in the Glen of Aherlow, and behind them was part of the Galtee Mountain range which divides County Tipperary from County Cork. We only went out for a couple of hours as Dolf wasn't feeling the best, but we did get some nice snow shots. Of course we couldn't have known that the real snow would arrive six weeks later in February but that's Irish weather for you.