Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Oil painting on canvas: Aventine Wedding

Naturally Rome is very popular for weddings, and in the week we were there we saw wedding parties every day. This couple were up in the park on the Aventine Hill getting their photos done. I love the visual dynamic of the third person in the painting, and the things it suggests.

This painting was in the Salon de Chiarraí in Tralee, County Kerry, along with two others, and in the Blueberry Gallery in Limerick city. Thanks to all at the Samhlaíocht Gallery and Maurice Clarke at the Blueberry!

It's now back home ..... and beautifully presented in a box frame.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In Petrin Park

I totally forgot this one, which I made in 2005 after a visit to Prague.

It's 90x60 centimetres and an oil on canvas.

It's very odd, though, what people see in paintings. My mother saw this, and the first thing she said was 'that woman in the picture, she looks EXACTLY like your father's mother'. Now I never knew my grandmother, she died when I was very young, so I thought this was an interesting coincidence.

Of the Prague series of paintings I've made, I think this one is probably my personal favourite.

Friday, December 4, 2009

All-Ireland Final

I think it was a hurling final between Kilkenny and Limerick, but I can't remember. I just remember that the city council put up giant screens on O'Connell Street in Limerick, for local fans that couldn't go to the match. And the vibe in the street was great too. I got lots and lively drawings that day.

This picture is also on my Flickr.com page, and has been invited into various groups. Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26811601@N03/

It's a watercolour on paper, about A3 size. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

San Gimignano, 16 June 2008

I sent this to the US to help raise funds for a charity, but don't know what happened to it anymore, and so have to consider it as lost. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Photo: Sunset from Doolin

A rare day without rain on the west coast of Ireland! A day of an Indian summer in late September. 

Photo: Clints and Grykes on the beach at Spanish Point.

Clints and grykes refer to the grooves between the rocks in the Burren. I'm not sure why they form - possibly water erosion has something to do with it, but on land the clints and grykes are great places for all sorts of surpising flower species to settle and thrive. Mediterranean species and even sub-tropical species have been known to thrive here beside Alpine species! And this is why you're not supposed to go picking flowers in the Burren. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shopping Centre in Lisbon

'Scratched' sketch - acrylic paint and metallic finish on board with figures 'scratched' out. A kind of experiment, I suppose.

In my own collection, at some point I will get it framed.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hall of Mirrors, Caloptric Chamber, Mirror Maze in Petrin Park

My latest oil painting - the distorting mirrors made a lot of people laugh.

It comes with a frame, so it looks very well indeed. With the frame, it's about 4 foot wide. I

Addition: Very happy to have been invited to submit this for a company the does online maps for tourists. Via Flickr.com.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

San Gimignanese

This gentleman, a native of the town of San Gimigniano in Tuscany, Italy, very obligingly sat and let me draw him, so I got a fairly detailed drawing in about 10 minutes or so. Then he helped me spell 'San Gimignanese'. I painted it much later.

It's a very touristy town, and in Italian touristy towns, anyone who runs an eaterie of any kind does not allow people to wander in and use the toilet - they insist that you buy something. We were aware of this, and went to a particular place that was run by what we in Ireland would refer to as two 'mad oul wans' - older ladies who were rather ferocious in their insistence that customers only could avail of the facilities. I ordered two coffees and two pieces of the local delicacy 'panforte', a very heavy fruit and nut cake that is practically a food group all on its own, then sat down to watch big strong tourists being worked on by those two canny battleaxes. "If you want to use the toilet, you have to buy a tea or a coffee or something" was their cry. However, the floor show was free!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Map-reading in Siena

I think I might have already mentioned the mediaeval city of Siena in Italy and its wonderful shell-shaped 'campo' in previous postings. Well, if you like sketching people, there are very few places as good as this for the job. The curve of the ground - which I believe is artificial, thus actually built this way - allows for people to lie and rest in the sun, and while they are just chillin', I can sketch them. It's brilliant.

Yes, some notice and comment. Most people don't mind. I make a point of explaining myself to parents though - wouldn't want them to worry.

Unfortunately the original drawing has been lost - as in I don't know what happened to it after I sent it to the US. 

Friday, September 18, 2009

81 different countries ..... and Girls in Blue

At the time of posting this, Uruguay was the most recent new country to visit this blog, and the Uruguay flag has a lot of blue in it, so I thought I'd upload this image, entitled Girls in Blue. One of my degree show pieces, it was sold to an American lady who lives in Ireland, and is I believe in County Wicklow at the moment.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

La Tortura

You can't really see it here, but the text on the figure in front is a translation of the Spanish text of a song by the incredibly talented Columbian singer, songwriter, musician and all-round rock chick Shakira, whose work I admire a lot. It's oil paint with a hint of gold metallic finish and some brocade also.

90x30cm, oil on canvas and other media.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Family Constitutional

A solicitor I know here in Ireland said that she would refer to the people in this painting as a 'constitutional family - it's painted from memory, a family that live on the same road go out walking every evening, for the constitution, by which I mean for their health and well-being. But I like how she had a slightly different take on it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Company of Absence II

In Company of Absence II

This is the 'middle' bit of the triptych, the first bit I posted here some time ago. The title is from the poem by Michael Coady, and I found it very moving for personal reasons. In addition to being a triptych, the painting is also a composite, figures in a kind of bland landscape, on the horizon are tiny tiny figures on horseback, which you don't see in the reproduction.

Still in my own collection, along with parts I and III.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Giant Green Head

I'd forgotten about this one. It was chosen for a group exhibition in the Hunt Museum, Limerick, in 2003, and is a depiction of a sculptured head that was part of the Hunt Museum's own collection, and was sold to an Irish collector a few months later. I always refer to it as my Giant Green Head, but its official name is Study of a Sculptured Head.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Texting on the Cliffs of Moher

I can't remember the title I had for this painting. I included in it a special exhibition in memory of a really lovely person, Philip Hennebry, who had a wonderful ability to see things from odd and unexpected angles.

In June 2006, Philip had just finished the art teacher training course at Limerick School of Art and Design, and attended the class party before they all parted ways to go on with their lives. He had had a lot to drink, and after the party left to go to his girlfriend's to crash. Only he never got there - on the way, he had to walk down a canal path, and as he was very drunk, it was believed that he fell into the water and couldn't get out, and drowned. Everyone who knew him was devastated.

Philip was one of these rare people with the gift of kindness, and was friendly to everyone. He didn't have time for bitching and gossip, and certainly wasn't interested in scoring points at anyone else's expense. He also had the most marvellous sense of humour and was a gifted artist. At his funeral his brother said that Philip would have made a marvellous teacher - I think Philip WAS a marvellous teacher, he taught by example. His former classmates organised an exhibition in his memory in February 2008, and started a MySpace group called the Green Dot.

Taken far too young when full of promise, but will not be forgotten.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Oldest Rock

Oldest Rock (in Europe), Dunquin, County Kerry.

I did this the summer before I went to art college, so in 2001.

Starbucks, Passeig de Gracia

Pen drawing on watercolour paper

I enjoyed my second visit to Barcelona far more than the first one.

Drawings and a reason to mark an occasion

Woman on the Lido, pencil/paper, 2008

A drawing, a very quick sketch done on location when we were in Venice.

I have 3 canvases outside being worked on, and my other illustration project also - but I haven't really made as much headway on that as I would like.

However, I thought I'd upload some more images .....

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dún na Gréine: French and Italian

I would like to find out the address of the nice Italian family of the two girls in their tracksuits in the front, but that's unlikely. The children are probably all grown up now anyway.

EDIT: This is now framed and looks great.

Cliffs of Moher: Rummaging SOLD!

SOLD in March 2015 to a buyer in Ireland.

Acrylic paint on board. One of those ones I did in just over an hour.

Exhibited in the Samhlaíocht Salon, in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, along with 2 other paintings.

Such a popular painting - it was also requested for an art fair that took place in Limerick, Ireland, in early February, and a gallery in Dublin wants me to bring it to them along with some other works.

Update: It was also in the Blueberry Gallery in Limerick city for the best part of two years, simply because Maurice the owner loved it so much and kept persuading me to leave it !!!! But it's home again ... and every time I see it I get twitchy fingers and want to start painting again. 

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Sometimes a face can haunt you .... this girl was photographed in the paper, and I couldn't forget the image, so I made a painting of it. It was subsequently sold, and to my surprise I later discovered it had been acquired by an upmarket restaurant and hotel not far from where I now live.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Girl's Arm, 2007

Simple, lovely, flowing lines ..... They were already there, I just drew them.

And in early 2010, I added colour: