#WorkingInTheWindow #AskMeAnythingAboutArt

Getting ready – My easel setup in Sheila Considine’s fashion design shop.

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 could be better? Continue reading “#WorkingInTheWindow #AskMeAnythingAboutArt”

Working with Baltic Birch Plywood

Dusk on Golden Strand Doogurt, Achill, Co. Mayo. Original oil painting, on birch plywood panel and bracing frame.
Dusk on Golden Strand Doogurt, Achill, Co. Mayo. Original oil painting, on birch plywood panel and bracing frame.

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 16mm solid core Baltic Birch for bracing the panel, it’s rigid and strong. Continue reading “Working with Baltic Birch Plywood”

A Finsbury Park Sketchbook

Black Crow in Finsbury Park, pencil study

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.