Thursday, May 31, 2012

"I Challenge Davy Jones Hello Beastie"

For a while there I was teaching English to French teenagers during the summer in Ireland and we'd occasionally set up a video with a popular film for them to watch - Pirates of the Caribbean was a favourite.  Having seen the film myself, I was just drawing the kids and listening to the audio. This is a biro drawing on a piece of photocopier paper that I just painted in with acrylic paint, probably. (I can't actually remember.) I might use this drawing as part of a composite painting at some point. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Park by Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Amazing what you find when you sort through things. I had totally forgotten about this, and have found dozens of drawings and many I've done on my travels and I've watercoloured in, put away and forgotten about.

Turkey was wonderful. Great people, really friendly and kind and hospitable, and the landscape - wow. Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents, and it's well worth visiting. When I go back to Turkey, I'm going to go back to the Black Sea coast region, and head as far east as I can, and south to the ancient sites. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lull in Conversation

A little oil on canvas I did a few weeks ago. Lull in Conversation, 40x40cm. From a sketch of two older gentlemen in a pub who may or may not have been aware I was sketching them.

A second post to mark reaching the 10,000 unique visitor mark!!!! Thanks to all, comments welcome, they are always approved before being published, and will not be published (in full) if you prefer that.

More Netherlands versus Brazil in Porto

Watercolour drawings .... for 10,000 unique visitors!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sketch of girl in Bewley's, Limerick, October 2003

I used to put sketches in these publisher dummy things, hardback books with nothing printed on the pages. They are great, I still use them, but prefer doing sketches on watercolour paper and painting them up with watercolour paints, simply because it's a great way to keep the lines.

This sketch I eventually used for my painting Mermaid, in which I added some text from songwriter/artist Tori Amos.

Ha. I still prefer the drawing! But the painting is very large, about 1 metre long. And it was fun to make.

Just 100 unique visitors to go to read 10,000. And greetings to my most recent viewer from Brazil!