#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.
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 […]
This last month brought 2 new collectors. I can replenish my dwindling supply of paint. It’s a great feeling, it feeds the art. There’s a thrill in the piece on my easel now, an inclination to push the colour and form.
I’m working on a painting of the sea, and this is my first structured pencil study of it. ‘Working’ I say losely, because mostly I’m just thinking about it.
I’m mostly organised in my work, I remember a friend once described it as ‘gross efficiency’, and we laughed.
Every artist has a unique process, a way of working which works for them, this is how I do it:
Last time I submitted to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, it was a quiet, dark piece. This week I submitted 2 works of energy. One energetic in the lights, the other energetic in the darks. Both landscapes, both Plein Air – or San Aer, in the Irish language. Submission is on-line, but I still went […]
“Breathe in everything. What you breathe nourishes your creativity. Your creativity is the voice of your soul.” So a wise friend told me when I began trying to find my way of going as a painter. I didn’t feel confident about making a complete turnabout in life, but something inside wouldn’t have it any other […]
Andrew Graham Dixon had a wonderful documentary on BBC4 the other evening, about Still Life – Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Paint a Still Life Painting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ny8wk. What with that, and the terrible storms now battering Ireland, this painting I did back in the winter of 2010 came to mind.
I’m not long back from my time spent along the western seaboard of Ireland, going from West Kerry to Westport and Croagh Patrick in Mayo. It was a formative experience, going from the confines of my small room to the great outdoors. I returned with 7 finished panels which are drying away now..