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Witness the Breaking Wave

Charcoal first. Keeping foam clean for white paint later on. The photo from my phone is poor, has poor light and colour information, but it does have foam, rip and crest. Needs must. Work with what you have. There will be no skyline.

The cloud passing overhead through clear sky now I see like an Atlantic wave in slow motion. Crystal vapours I will need to stimulate by coloured paints.

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oil paint Still Life story studio

New Collectors

New tubes of paint

This last month brought 2 new collectors. I can replenish my dwindling supply of paint. It’s a great feeling, it feeds the art.

There’s a thrill in the piece on my easel now, an inclination to push the colour and form.

New tubes of paint

This last month brought 2 new collectors. I can replenish my dwindling supply of paint. It’s a great feeling, it feeds the art.

There’s a thrill in the piece on my easel now, an inclination to push the colour and form.

New tubes of paint

This last month brought 2 new collectors. I can replenish my dwindling supply of paint. It’s a great feeling, it feeds the art.

There’s a thrill in the piece on my easel now, an inclination to push the colour and form.

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Landscape oil paint pencil poetry San Aer (Plein Air) Senses story studio

The Sea

I’m working on a painting of the sea, and this is my first structured pencil study of it. ‘Working’ I say losely, because mostly I’m just thinking about it.

I’m working on a painting of the sea, and this is my first structured pencil study of it. ‘Working’ I say losely, because mostly I’m just thinking about it.

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oil paint pencil Senses Still Life studio

Something going on

I’m mostly organised in my work, I remember a friend once described it as ‘gross efficiency’, and we laughed.

I’m mostly organised in my work, I remember a friend once described it as ‘gross efficiency’, and we laughed.

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oil paint studio

Process

Every artist has a unique process, a way of working which works for them, this is how I do it:

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poetry Senses

Now where did i put that note

Light and silhouettes out of the darkness

After a time of painting, of tuning into the intention of the image, I inadvertently turn to other things, like writing. I say that loosely because really i don’t write the thing down till it forms its self.

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Landscape oil paint pencil poetry San Aer (Plein Air) Senses story

This Year’s Promise

Last time I submitted to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, it was a quiet, dark piece.

At the gates of the Royal Academy of Art

This week I submitted 2 works of energy. One energetic in the lights, the other energetic in the darks. Both landscapes, both Plein Air – or San Aer, in the Irish language.

Submission is on-line, but I still went down to the gates for good measure.

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Landscape oil paint pencil poetry San Aer (Plein Air) Senses story

Breathe in Everything

“Breathe in everything.
What you breathe nourishes your creativity.
Your creativity is the voice of your soul.”

So a wise friend told me when I began trying to find my way of going as a painter. I didn’t feel confident about making a complete turnabout in life, but something inside wouldn’t have it any other way.

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oil paint Senses Still Life story studio

Darker Than December

Darker Than December

Andrew Graham Dixon had a wonderful documentary on BBC4 the other evening, about Still Life – Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Paint a Still Life Painting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ny8wk. What with that, and the terrible storms now battering Ireland, this painting I did back in the winter of 2010 came to mind.

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Landscape oil paint San Aer (Plein Air) story

Into the west

I’m not long back from my time spent along the western seaboard of Ireland, going from West Kerry to Westport and Croagh Patrick in Mayo. It was a formative experience, going from the confines of my small room to the great outdoors. I returned with 7 finished panels which are drying away now..