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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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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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Mary from Gallarus Oratory

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.

Pan Pastel sketch of Mary

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 be remembering quite right. She works with charcoal mostly. I did my sketch in Pan Pastel on tinted paper.
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Working Away Quietly

Pan Pastels are a great way to work loosely on ideas

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.

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Taking Over the Kitchen Again

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.

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.