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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.

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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/