Sunday, June 18, 2017

Exhibition at In-Spire Gallery, Dublin is now on.

And if you're wondering where that is and what it's like, it's at 56 Lower Gardiner Street in Dublin city, Ireland, and very near Bus Aras, the central bus station.

The last day of the exhibition is 25 June 2017. If you would like to stop by, either message me or the gallery itself through its Facebook page, which is here.

It is open from noon, and there is a lovely and inexpensive cafe two doors up, so it's an ideal stop before or after lunch. Give the door knocker a good bang or two if the door isn't open.

We're going to have an artist's talk on Thursday 22 June, kind of a round table discussion, and we are inviting artists to come and participate. Should be fun! See the gallery's Facebook page for more details.

Dino did a fantastic job hanging it. And they made a video of it, and here is the final result

And of course I have to take photos to capture the changing light in this lovely historic building, it's a Georgian townhouse and very beautiful.

Taken by my phone! And there are more on my Instagram and Twitter feeds. Enjoy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Here is no Exposition

This is not a great reproduction of a painting I sold 11 years ago through an exhibition in Limerick city, but it's the only one I have of it. It's in the US, I'm told, but that's all I know. 

I think I will be doing more of these again, random people set against a backdrop of random people. I keep finding old sketches and snapshots I've taken, all lovely little surprises. Sometimes hoarding is GOOD.

I did the necessary repair work on the paintings I'm bringing to Dublin for the exhibition in the In-Spire Gallery on 56 Lower Gardiner Street and will be packing them later on, and am bringing them to Dublin early tomorrow. Dino Notaro the curator has given me an extension for a few more days, so it will continue until the 25 of May, instead of finishing on the 22nd, which is nice. Am thinking of a little afternoon goodbye party with things for kids to do too, as the weather might not be conducive to afternoon walks on the beach. (If one could only harness the weather ...)

It was kind of exciting taking the works out and looking at them again, I'm taking several of my larger ones, all of my framed larger ones, and my slightly smaller ones, and my watercolour drawings. All told about half of my total of oil paintings will be included in the exhibition. And I'll be there myself for a few of the days, please contact the gallery itself (they are on Facebook and Twitter) to find out when exactly.

And while the section of the room is clear of paintings, I will be painting the walls and cleaning the room generally. So much work on paper .... I really think it's time to offer them for sale unframed. Hm. Much cheaper to buy, actually. Postage will be comparatively nothing .... except for the nudes. Those are big. Almost life-size.

Right. Better go and plant out my courgettes. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

News and a solo exhibition in Dublin

Delighted to be able to share that I recently sold a painting through the Draíocht Gallery in Adare, it was the painting at the bottom of this post, and Agnes and Andrew were so funny and surprised me with it, which was kind of sweet.

Am also really excited about the upcoming exhibition in Dublin, and am hoping to see some friends there too. If you're in Dublin between 13 and 22 of June, please stop by.

Here is the poster designed by the In-Spire Gallery team, using one of the paintings:

So if you're in the area between June 15 and June 22, pop in. I'll be there, probably drawing or writing or talking to myself. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ask Your Subconscious, a solo exhibition in Dublin in June, and an image

Came across a cool tip yesterday: if you want your subconscious to work for you when you're sleeping, ask it a question in writing before you go to sleep. And just pick up a pen and start writing as soon as you can after waking up. Came up with a rather cool artist's statement this way. Will be using it for other things too.

Which leads me to the next: I will be exhibiting works in the In-Spire Gallery in Dublin in June, poster and details to follow (and I really like the poster he's come up with so far). I'm focusing on my people paintings for this.

I've also been invited to show work during a festival on the June Bank Holiday, but won't be able to be there myself.

Prague Punctum: Red Chair

And this image? One from the many on-location sketches I made when in Prague, and I think I was in a café in the Jewish Quarter at the time. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Russian that American visitors now ....

.... to this blog. Not sure how that came about. And this is not an April Fool thing.

Greetings comrades! Just so you know, this blog is perfectly fine with homosexual, bisexual and transsexual 'propaganda' and thinks that while traditional families are in no danger from the 'gay agenda', and if you think that it's okay to beat the crap out of a woman just because you can, you've come to the wrong blog, and sorry but your political leader is a scumbag.

As long as we're in agreement regarding the above, you're welcome to keep following.

To my American followers: I'm unashamedly liberal, and to those of you who like to spit that word out like it's a curse, thanks for the compliment. Not keen the availability of firearms, however. You all do need to rethink that.

And the image? While no longer a Soviet state, Prague was preserved because of Communism, and I hope the beautiful old buildings remain there. But I would like to visit Russia properly someday.

EDIT: And I am just reading about what's going on in Chechnya. Gay purges? Come on. You know that's not right. What a horrible situation. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Small oil painting: In the pub

From a sketch. I just draw the people in front of me as fast as I can, and when it came to making this painting I ended up editing out the background because it just wasn't working as a painting, it was distracting from the figures, and the suggested social dynamic.

Plus I love that there's a guy in front who is not actually engaging with the main group. So it's not staged or anything. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

More playing with Photoshop: Castle at Ballybunion

Not everything works in black & white, but here's one I rather like, taken when we were last in Ballybunion. That was such a beautiful day.

And of course I have a colour version of the same shot: 

Clear blue sky, if I didn't know the peculiarities of the weather in this country, I would think it was taken in summer and not the middle of winter. In the second shot in particular, it felt like I was looking at the castle from across a river, and there's a suggestion of a romantic other-worldliness in the reflection, I wonder are there any local stories about this castle built on the tiny little outcrop of rock in the middle of the water, or the sand, depending on the tide. If the walls could talk!

Edit: Both of these shots are getting a lot of love over on, especially the coloured version. Follow to link to see more of my photos, drawings and paintings!  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bracing walk on Ballybunion Strand

Went sifting through photos I've taken but not processed recently and found several that I will work on some more, including our day out at Ballybunion during the Christmas break. I do enjoy experimenting with Photoshop, must get Dolf to teach me a few more tricks.

Here's one that breaks all the rules: pointing the camera directly into the sun and over-exposing. Might not be 'correct', but I do like what I ended up with. I also have a black and white version saved, but like the colour one better.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Updated my works on the page.

I just updated this information, and you can find it here.

I had posted some of those images on there a few years ago and decided to review it again, and was pleasantly surprised to see how active it had become. Unfortunately my own works were archived, but they very kindly unarchived them and reposted them online with some newer works, and only then did I see that two of the paintings that I posted up a few years ago were there and I actually don't have them for sale, so I have had to e-mail Tom Hogarty who is in charge of all that to let him know ... a nice complaint to have. Anyway, PLEASE DO visit the link, and I'd love a few comments here on it ....

Oh, and thanks to everyone in the US who's been viewing my blog. Things are tense there right now, so am particularly chuffed that people there are taking the time to view the blog.

Greetings also to viewers in other parts of the world, including Russia.

Thanks to all over you, I pipped the 60,000 views mark last week and didn't notice for ages.

Here's a little watercolour drawing I rediscovered in my vast collection, another from Portugal during that Word Cup of Football (Soccer) when Dolf and I were there, so many football fans enjoying the matches on big screens inside and outside of shopping centres and other public places. So many people to draw ..... 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A drawing from our second visit to Portugal

We were still in Lisbon, and it was during the World Cup and there was yet another football (soccer) match on somewhere, and as the Portuguese are all football MAD the country kind of closed down while their own team was playing, but there were a few people who were otherwise preoccupied, like myself and these two other ladies, whose men were engrossed - ENGROSSED - in the action on the television, as was MY other half, and me, I was just drawing.

The up side of all the football: nobody played me the blindest bit of notice, they were GLUED to the television screens. Except for these two ladies. And me.

So I drew them.

And later I painted it up, let it dry, photographed it and put it away, and promptly forgot about it until I was looking for something else in my vast files of images of my drawings and paintings. A nice little surprise .... I wonder if that lady's kid is into football. He'd be about 6 years old now.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photographs, and playing with finishes

We are blessed with digital technology, really. It has made so many things possible, including the rapid and accurate sharing of news. And photographers have much less waste, in that they don't have to go developing images in a dark room to see what they've got. And you can send your material over the internet so quickly too.

There are down sides, but I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Anyway, here are some pictures of Fanore Strand, in County Clare, same shot, but I thought I'd see how it looks in B&W too. It's an amazing beach.

The figure by the water is the photographer in my life Dolf Patijn, and he has taught me a lot about the art of photography. Do check out his work here.

Edit: The B&W version is getting a lot of love over on, here's the link:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Road Trip: Fanore Strand - sketches!

Fanore Strand in north-west Clare is lovely, I'd never stopped there before. It's an unusual beach, with flat rocks in the middle of it and a stream too. I liked it.

And there was a place out of the worst of the wind to sit and sketch. It was the middle of January, after all.
Fanore Strand Sketch I

Fanore Strand Sketch III

Fanore Strand Sketch II

We stayed in the area till after dark and watched the lights gradually come on on the Aran Island and on the other side of Galway Bay and Dolf took some shots of the sunset and the night sky. Those I haven't seen yet myself. Then we headed to Ennistymon.

I got a few photos myself and I'll post them up here sometime. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Playing with making marks.

Because some things I like looking at and photographing are a bit fiddly to draw, I have spent a little time looking at other ways of reproducing them. So I took to tracing with carbon paper again, with interesting results:

The fun part is dealing with the smears afterwards. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nude study of a man in charcoal/soft pastel on green paper

If you're at all squeamish about seeing men's dangly bits, don't scroll down.

I was having a root through one of my large portfolios for a large sheet of clean paper and came across some old drawings I hadn't photographed, so I took them out and got some quick shots.

This was a charcoal/pastel sketch of a male model at a University of Limerick Life-Drawing Society session I attended. I think I had 15 minutes? I didn't get to finish the hand on the hip, which was a tad frustrating, but it's still a fairly good sketch.