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.
#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 […]
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 […]
I’m sorting through my sketches of Finsbury Park, North London, these are a mixture of paint, pencil, Wacom Inkling, pan pastel, watercolour and conte crayon. Some are done in Finsbury Park and some from photographs.
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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. […]
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.
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.