Thursday, June 30, 2016

On Dad's shoulders

A superfast sketch, so fast that the poor man's head looks almost detached from the body, but that's the way with pencil and paper. Looking through old photos, I found one of my Dad carrying one of us like this too, it was nice. Watercolour paint added later.

I think I did this one in Sicily. I forgot to note down where I was at the time. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

A nude from Limerick Printmakers life-drawing sessions

I am seriously going to have to start photographing the vast collection of nude drawings I have, easily a hundred of them from the time I lived in Groningen to when I was back in Ireland. Most of them are not framed. 

Friday, June 10, 2016


I have kept my page going, lately with a lot of photographs. is the one for photographers, after all.

Today I uploaded two photos:

As I write, I am eyeing a pile of drawings and watercolour pieces that I need to go through to see if I have actually photographed them, many of them I haven't. I have so many of the bloody things now! If I were to exhibit all of them at once, I'd fill a huge space. HUGE. The next blog will probably be about them. 

Enjoy the sunshine, everyone. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Street Festival painting all framed up

A very simple white frame can be lovely, and I think it looks nice and fresh.

I suppose one of the reasons I still hark back to that particular street festival is because it seems now, in retrospect, to be a night out of time. Normal life was suspended and there was music and dancing and hanging with your mates. There was a palpable sense of enjoyment. I am not sure if I was aware WHY I painted the blue house so crooked, but I think now that that was the reason for it. 'Normal' was just a word, that night was all about the music, the dancing, the banter - the craic.

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.