Friday, November 24, 2017

Burren series By The Water

This little one measures 20x20cm - tiny!

The exhibition ends today, at 5 pm. I'll be taking it down on Tuesday next. I need to take better photos, this was taken with my phone, but I'll get some better ones next week, of the whole lot. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Digging .... and finding old photos

I generally don't paint buildings, but often photograph them and subsequently forget I did so until many months or even years later.

These are from 2016, from a road trip Dolf and I took to Allihies, and along the way we stopped off at Kanturk Castle for a look around. What a magnificent building this must have been in its heyday.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Works being made for an exhibition in Limerick city

The exhibition will be in CB1 Limerick, right in the city centre, and I'm currently finishing the works ... all in acrylic as it happens, which is a good thing as it dries fast and I'm hanging TOMORROW. That's Monday 13 November.

I would have hung them yesterday (Saturday) but I woke up one morning during the week with my face and neck all swelled up - not painful, but I looked like a pufferfish. Or a chipmunk. My doctor examined me and diagnosed paratitis, a swelling of the salivary glands, not very common but can happen when a body is a bit run down. As I'd had a month or so of short nights, this was no surprise, although why I couldn't have got a cold like a normal person .... Anyhow, I was told I could be contagious to other vulnerable people for a few days and that I was to take it easy and go on a course of antibiotics. Happily my face and neck are no longer like a big round full moon, but I'm going to be a bit puffy-looking for a few more days. What I got is related to the mumps, but I had the mumps as a child, so ...

Luckily I was just finishing my involvement with a major project in my day job, and even then they could delegate a few other things to other people - I love working with considerate project managers.

But back to the works: these are 20 cm squared and very affordable. There'll be some larger ones. Most will be unframed. All are square. I didn't want them to be either landscape or portrait format, they are neither one nor the other. 

Exhibition will open on Tuesday 14 November, 11 am to 4pm daily, and until 7pm on Friday 17 and 24 November, and runs until 25 November. 

Looking forward to meeting you!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Photo as a result of playing with photoshop

Have had a pretty busy couple of weeks, lots of text work which of course pays the bills, and then a week of visitors which was lovely - got some great shots with them in it, which are going to be paintings I think - and then back to work again. And because I have committed myself to an exhibition in Limerick city centre in the second half of November 2017, I'm still busy making the work for it. Little pieces, mostly. I've already blogged about the work in progress.

But the image above: just a photo for now. An up close and personal shot of the mussels on the rocks on the beach at Saint Finnian's Bay, County Kerry, from where you get the best shots of the Skellig Islands in clear weather. 

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.