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.

Pictures of Ireland

I’ve been putting together some pictures of Ireland, going through photos in Lightroom. Because I’m always shooting a photo with a view to capturing a reference for a painting, they don’t often work as a finished photo, but some do & I don’t pay enough attention to them.

Intense rain and wind is difficult to work with, rain seems to come from everywhere, but with the camera under a white umbrella, I managed to get this shot.

Photo: Beautiful soft colours of falling rain at Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, Ireland.

I took this photo from the passenger seat in a moving car heading south on the M11 en route to Brittas Bay.

Photo: Freshly harvested field in Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland.

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Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal)

There are so many places to paint Sybil Head from, I chose this one because of the two fine horses.

Looking towards Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal), Dingle, West Kerry, Ireland (click on picture to buy a print fromFineArtAmerica.com).

I intended this to become a full painting, but I really like this version, with the cliffs of Sybil Head in the distance, and the fine horses in the field. Continue reading “Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal)”

Portrait of Joe Sweeney Easter Rising 1916

Joseph Aloysius Sweeney (13 June 1897 – 25 November 1980). Oil on paper, laid on board. Artist, Catherine Considine, 2016

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.

Photo: An Claiomh Solais -my aunt gave me this when I was young.

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/