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 Flickr.com, 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.