Monday, April 18, 2011

Feeling better ... And a drawing.

Have decided on what I want for my exhibition in Kilmallock which starts in 3 weeks, only trouble is the amount of painting I still have to do for it, ho hum .... But as the weather is so good, and the light so nice, I should get a lot done every day.

This particular sketch is a five-minute number, and the way the model had twisted her body was very interesting in terms of chiarascuro - light and shade. I would have loved it if this could have been a longer pose, but alas ... 

Monday, April 11, 2011

The joys of being sick ....

It's so fricking annoying when you get a seriously bad cold/borderline 'flu in good weather. You can't do anything - I wanted to work in my garden and on paintings for the next solo exhibition in May, but I just couldn't, I was too knackered from coughing so much that I couldn't sleep. But thankfully I'm feeling well enough to do some text work, and hopefully I'll feel up to doing some painting tomorrow, and maybe some weeding too.

That's the trouble with good weather - everything grows like mad, and you have to really keep up with the weeds or the bloody things will take over.

So nothing interesting to report today. What image? Let's see ....

This is an oil pastel drawing from 10 years ago, it's called Ballyquin Farmyard, and is hanging in my mother's house. The actual piece looks much nicer, I don't think it's possible to capture the vivid colours in oil pastel drawings very well.

The actual farmyard is near the town of Newcastle West, County Limerick.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Forest Floor in spring

Only one word for it - celandines, celandines, celandines!

Glorious spring flowers of the forest like little bits of sun lighting up the dark. Fab.

I love them.

And I particularly like the way they take over bits of my garden and remind me that it was once part of a forested area too.