I’ve uploaded some new images of Ireland to fineartamerica.com. My profile page is https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/catherine-considine.html. and there are more to come in the coming weeks.
My paintings of daffodils features on the cover of Peter Mulholland’s new book “Love’s Betrayal: The Decline of Catholicism and Rise of New Religions in Ireland”. Published by Peter Lang: https://www.peterlang.com/view/9781788744324/xhtml/fm_copyright.xhtml“
I did a few paintings before this one suited Peter’s ideas for the cover, in his words “The 432 daffodils refer to the year that St Patrick is said to have come to Christianise Ireland and the cumulative development of the narcissism that led to the Church being brought to its knees by the scandal of child abuse while the shamrock in the foreground also allude to St Patrick and the doctrine of the holy trinity which is discussed in the book”.
Mist lifting in the evening sun. Darkness approaching.
Awakening out of winter, I finished this gull painting last week, it’s been on my mind and I’ve been sketching the idea since being on Achill last year. In the shallows, the seaweed turns over with the tide, mixing with the foam – rich pickings for the gull.
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I’ve uploaded paintings of Mayo 2017 to my gallery of Irish art on fineartamerica.com. There’s quite an array of products they print onto now.
As we drove along the M7 to Limerick last week, I was taken by the number of trees that are laden with ivy across the beautiful landscape. Not great. We need our trees – as the saying goes “if you want things to stay the same, something has to change”.
#workinginthewindow was a great experience, thank you Sheila Considine for the opportunity. It was a great experience to talk to people while I was working.
Tomorrow, Thursday the 12th of October 2017, I’ll be painting a still life, in oil in Sheila Considine’s fashion shop in Cabinteely Co. Dublin. This evening I set up the easel – I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to it, talking about art and painting all day – what could be better?
This year I’ve been developing my own prepared wood panels for my paintings. After a lot of research and experimentation, (thank you Lathams – timber specialists), I’ve settled on higher grade 3mm 3 ply Baltic Birch (low formaldehyde). It’s a fine balance of weight and rigidity that works particularly well for working outdoors. I use 16mm solid core Baltic Birch for bracing the panel, it’s rigid and strong.