Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spraoi

I signed in and saw I had 15 followers, hurray! Welcome, welcome .....

So I'm going to put up an example of my latest series, based on the street party that is the Waterford Spraoi festival that takes place every August Bank Holiday in Ireland. I love the colour, the movement, the sheer life of this festival.


Spraoi III. Oil on canvas.
Can also be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26811601@N03/4699332573/

So far I have done 7 of these, and I have a gallery in Limerick city that wants to hang them, so I have to do lots more before May 12, for the offical opening of the Blueberry Gallery on the Ennis Road in Limerick.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Brigham Galleries online auction!

This is my first foray into this world, just thought I'd try one and see how I got on.

This painting


entitled Sitting Among Boys is currently Lot Item 1177 in the auction at www.TheBrighamGalleries.com. I checked it by entering my name in the Search box.

I had a look at some of the other work, and I was well impressed with a lot of it.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Seated male nude in charcoal




Seated male nude in charcoal, from the late 1990s.

I can't remember when exactly I drew this, but it was one of the few drawings of the male nude that I still had and liked - when we moved from the Netherlands, I had to do some serious culling and get rid of lots of material.

Right now I'm making a little film file of all my nudes and my thoughts on nudity and painting nudes. The most recent model I've been using, a young woman from Sweden who is a trained dancer, has said that as part of posing for artists, she is discovering a new reality to her body and has found that to be interesting, and from something she said I think it has helped bring her into a new direction with her own dance studies - that would be nice!

Most of the models I've worked with have been female, but I would like to work with a male model again - men and women have different centres of gravity, different musculature, different proportions, aside from the obvious male/female differences, that is.