Friday, May 27, 2016

A Street Festival painting all framed up

A very simple white frame can be lovely, and I think it looks nice and fresh.

I suppose one of the reasons I still hark back to that particular street festival is because it seems now, in retrospect, to be a night out of time. Normal life was suspended and there was music and dancing and hanging with your mates. There was a palpable sense of enjoyment. I am not sure if I was aware WHY I painted the blue house so crooked, but I think now that that was the reason for it. 'Normal' was just a word, that night was all about the music, the dancing, the banter - the craic.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Acrylic landscape: Ballynoe Hedgerow

I brought this little one down to Draiocht in Adare along with a couple of others and Agnes was there and said she'd like to hang it, so that's where it is. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tina and the Rainbow

Spotted the rainbow first, then noticed the cat. 

Hello, there is something  buzzy and fast and delicious in the grass right there ....


And I am going to catch it .....


Yippie-kai-ay, you buzzy morsel!

*Burp!* Please excuse me.

I am a sated panther now. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

A recent landscape, the high fields near Glengarriff

High fields near Glengarriff, 2016, acrylic on paper

Given the variety of Irish weather, and the unpredictability of said variety, photography can be a godsend. Painting en plein air is lovely when you can do it, but I have been caught in rain showers many times. You really need to bring a small marquee-type set-up to put over yourself and your stuff, and be prepared to wait it out until the rain stops. 

However, taking a photo is handy, what with the automatic viewfinder. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Two soft pastel studies of an acorn squash.

I really do like this medium, it is a pity it doesn't last and needs so much TLC even after being framed - there are many pastel drawings from the Impressionist era in Paris on display in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and they are in a special room with gentle light, even so the colours are really vivid and beautiful and no reproduction has ever done them justice.

I've just done a landscape with coloured charcoals and soft pastel, it's outside in the glorious sunshine with the fixative drying. And my head feels good after doing it. Drawing and painting is ... so very satisfying.