A nice bit of December sunshine helps on varnishing day.
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. […]
Mary – I’m hoping you’ll stop by some day, here’s the portrait sketch – I’m so looking forward to seeing your sketch of me. I met Mary, an artist who was visiting Gallarus Oratory. We took each others photo with a view to doing a sketch. I think she was from Canada, but I may not […]
Lately I’ve been concentrating on portraits trying to consolidate my ideas & figure out the practical side of things. Using a different medium too for working out the layout and colours. Pan Pastels are great to work loosely with – you apply with a foam tipped little plastic knife.
My frames are essentially the same, but each time I make them, the process gets modified – mostly from being influenced by conversations with friends and collectors. This time I’m pre-forming the narrow gutter around the painting by gluing lengths of pine strip-wood together.