Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Some watercolour sketches to go to Kilcock Gallery in County Kildare

Kilcock Art Gallery in the town of Kilcock in County Kildare are having an exhibition in the six weeks prior to Christmas entitled BIG VISION - Small Works, and they have invited many artists to submit work for it, myself included. The exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday 13 November.

So I am sending four pieces:

Preening in het Feithuis, 2009

Het Nieuws Lezen (Reading the news) 2009

Blue Stripey Shirt, 2009

By the big windows in 't Feithuis, 2009

These sketches were all done in a lovely cafe called het Feithuis or 't Feithuis, in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands, where they serve the best coffee in the city - and that's saying a lot for a country in which coffee is king.

Each piece is beautifully framed (by the framing service at the Blueberry Gallery in Limerick city) and including the frame they all measure 30x25cm. 

The website for the Kilcock Gallery is

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The RDS and New Irish Art

I recently changed paintings in Draíocht in Adare, County Limerick, and have been asked to consider sending some paintings to the Arts and Crafts Fair in the RDS - the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Needless to say, this would be GREAT. It's the kind of set-up that very few artists can afford to do on their own, given that stands are nearly two grand for the three days, so all the artists/craftspeople are asked to do is contribute to the cost of the stand, and the Draíocht staff will be there to man it - because they want to promote their business also. But they can't do it without us - and this is a great win-win kind of thing.

Draíocht is on the Main Street in Adare, County Limerick. They are currently working on a website.

I also want to mention the New Irish Art website, which seems to have grown expontentially. I'm impressed with what they've done and continued to do despite economic hardship. In addition to showing work for free, they also compile downloadable individual PDF catalogues, which I think is just brilliant. I don't have one with them yet, but I need to take a couple of hours with Digital Dolf and get some high-quality images of my paintings for this and two other projects. Plus I like it that New Irish Art sends me a monthly bulletin of what they're doing, and the new things they have on stream. They have just celebrated their ten-year anniversary.

The website:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Watercolour sketch: Woman sleeping on the Groningen-Schiphol train

It just goes to show that you can sketch anything, anywhere, if you have the tools with you - I had my 8B pencil, my little sketchbook, and my blade to sharpen the pencil. The colours were added later.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Reclining twisting female nude in charcoal and conté crayon on orange paper

Again, done in Limerick Printmakers Lifedrawing sessions. This was a fast one, I think it was 15 to 20 minutes, I didn't have much time but I would have loved to have been able to spend another 30 minutes on it. This piece is also up on my page (ID: orla99913)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another sale: Red Cows has sold!

Delighted to announce that the painting Red Cows, which was in the Joan Clancy Gallery in County Waterford, has also sold. For anyone who might be interested, Five Brown Trout is still available.

And now have 20 followers. Welcome newbies! Could I also suggest you visit DigitalDolf's blogspot page, he's been putting up some new photographs there and they are marvellous. One of his photos was recently praised by Shannon Development on Facebook. Nice!