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Mayo 2017 Summer Sketchbook, from Westport to Achill Island

Sketching composition of the dunes on Golden Strand
Sketching the dunes on Golden Strand, Doogurt, Achill Island, Mayo.

Sketches done on my journey across Mayo from  Westport to Achill.

Mostly I used pencil and then there’s some Pan Pastels for colour.

I completed about 10 oil paintings during my travels, and I’m working now on completing the full series in the studio.

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Painting on prepared wood panel

I’ve started to paint on birch plywood panels, the plywood is low formaldehyde Baltic birch. I’ve treated the panels with ph neutral archival PVA (4 coats) and then acrylic gesso (front and back). I’ve built a frame to hold wet paintings that will hold 2 sizes of panel. It’s a really nice panel to work with. Once paintings are dry, I’ll brace them with 14mm plywood (also low formaldehyde Baltic birch).

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West Kerry Paintings in Dublin boutique for Christmas 2016

I’ve hung these paintings for sale in Sheila’s shop in Cabinteely, Co. Dublin along side her wonderful fashion designs.

Each painting comes ready gift-boxed.

See Google map below for details.

The elements of Mount Brandon, & the surrounding landscape, the rock, sediment & growths are pretty amazing. It was a cold day on Fermoyle beach, but the sky light was beautiful. There were many families camped out on the sand, taking it all in and surfing for the day. The children passing by checked out my progress as I painted. Sold
On Inch Beach, 23rd November 2013. Storms have since wiped out the little river and the fence posts.
You can barely see the house through the trees, but it felt to me like the start of a story, summer colours in the foreground contrasting the blues and cyans of the sky, and they in turn varied by reflections and moisture coming up from Glentenassig beyond. A special mix of greys in the mountains and the clouds above.
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One Day Only

A cold and frosty morning in Finsbury Park London

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A sunny day for a final varnish, December 2016

Sunlight glistening on the portrait

A nice bit of December sunshine helps on varnishing day.

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Landscape poetry San Aer (Plein Air) seascape Senses story Wild Atlantic Way

Pictures of Ireland

I’ve been putting together some pictures of Ireland, going through photos in Lightroom. Because I’m always shooting a photo with a view to capturing a reference for a painting, they don’t often work as a finished photo, but some do & I don’t pay enough attention to them.

Intense rain and wind is difficult to work with, rain seems to come from everywhere, but with the camera under a white umbrella, I managed to get this shot.

Photo: Beautiful soft colours of falling rain at Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, Ireland.
Freshly harvested field in Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland.

I took this photo from the passenger seat in a moving car heading south on the M11 en route to Brittas Bay.

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Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal)

There are so many places to paint Sybil Head from, I chose this one because of the two fine horses.

Looking towards Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal), Dingle, West Kerry, Ireland (click on picture to buy a print fromFineArtAmerica.com).

I intended this to become a full painting, but I really like this version, with the cliffs of Sybil Head in the distance, and the fine horses in the field.

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Portrait of Joe Sweeney Easter Rising 1916

Joe Sweeney, from Burtonport, Co. Donegal, was my uncle’s father. He was in the GPO in 1916. I wanted to contribute to the 2016 commemorations in a meaningful way – I’m very thankful my uncle and cousins gave me his photo to enable me to paint this portrait – happy too they approve the result.

Palette for Joe Sweeney portrait

I knew his skin tone and hair was like my cousin’s, and they tell me his eyes were blue. There is a previous portrait which was enormously helpful too.

As it was a black & white photo I was working from, I chose the colour palette for the clothes.

With green tie, gold collar button & white shirt, he is wearing the tricolour.

The tie was smaller in reality as was the fashion, I’ve made it larger for dramatic effect. I chose to depict the suit more chunky than it was too, to give the appearance of thick Donegal tweed.

The photo I worked from was taken around the time of the first Dáil, he would have been in his early twenties.

An Claiomh Solais

Here’s a link to the Donegal Daily with more information (0pens in a new window). http://www.donegaldaily.com/2016/03/09/rosses-community-school-to-honour-easter-rising-hero-joe-sweeney/

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Imagination Works It’s Own Pattern

Photo: The Blaskets from Dun Chaoin, West Kerry, Ireland.

Imagination works it’s own pattern,

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Sketching in the Park

Line and Colour

I’ve been organising through my compositional ideas in the park, they are slow to come together from sketches into paintings, there are so many elements to consider.