Thursday, November 25, 2010

A small celebration .... and a pencil study of hands.

... one hundred different countries have visited this blog!

Over three thousand visitors since I started it, and there are referrals from Facebook and (Thanks Facebook and

To celebrate, I'll add something .... let me see .....

A pencil study of hands. The middle hand is ... well, yeah, I know it looks a bit rude, but I was just focused on drawing the thing, not really thinking about anything else. Makes for a mad dynamic in the picture, I think. And it's a good drawing too - and I never erase a good drawing. Thanks to Limerick Printermakers for organising the life-drawing sessions and getting such great models.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And the show WILL go on ....

Irish people are reeling at the thought of having to take an IMF handout, and cuts in pay and all that, which is understandable, and then there are the Drama Queens both in and out of government who are working themselves into all kinds of unnecessary frenzies ....

This too shall pass, people. And life will go on.

Generally I neither ask for nor receive funding from government sources, so I'm still going to be doing what I always do, which is fund my own art. The only thing that is likely to change is that I will find even fewer gallery set-ups available, but this doesn't mean there won't be places to show my work. If there's one thing artists have more than pretty much any other profession, it's resourcefulness. They find ways, or make ways, to get their work out there and into the public eye. All they - we - want is a little moral support from art lovers, and the occasional financial incentive in the form of a sale wouldn't go amiss either.

Spraoi VIII

And so in defiance of the melodramatic rantings coming out of the radio, and as a homage to the people who live in Ireland who have worked hard and who also party hard, this painting is Spraoi VIII, because it's people like that who will continue to work and do what they do and through them and their vision and work ethic that this economic turmoil will eventually settle down again.

I am sick of the gloom and doom, and the rantings that feature words like 'never' and 'destitute' and 'leaving', and I am sick of the mud-slinging going on among the politicians especially. But at the same time, I feel a bit sorry for them, as maintaining that kind of high-end melodrama must be exhausting. Nevertheless I am well aware that these performances are  in preparation for the next election, which is looking increasingly imminent. And that shall pass ....

I welcome a change, even though it brings with it uncertainty. Even in uncertainty there's hope, as changes bring new opportunities.

The party may be over, but this doesn't mean that all parties are over, forever and ever. Far from it. And I wish that those Drama Queens on the radio would remember that.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Back to the Source! Opening postponed to 10 December 2010

I'm delighted to say that I've been asked back to show paintings in The Source Arts Centre in Thurles, County Tipperary. They specifically asked for this painting:

It's mixed media with acrylic, collage, and a bit of a pait of jeans on there - I was experimenting - but the drawings are all from Dún na Gréine, in that I drew them there as I was watching lots of people watch a Harry Potter film, and the title of the piece is, of course, Accio Firebolt, and Harry Potter fans will know exactly what it refers to.

I love the Harry Potter series, and am REALLY LOOKING FORWARD to the next film, which is coming out very soon. In fact, I might write a blog about it. Hm.