Tuesday, December 23, 2008
one offspring (I only saw the one). sorry for the quality of
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here are a couple of pages from my sketch books, I spent a long time sketching the wagtail in the field and then worked them up when i got home with some coloured pencil. The stonechat was done fairly quickly with a black indelible pen, something I now use alot to sketch with because it forces you to be bold as you can't rub out. These are examples of successful sketches , I would'nt have room or the time to post all the unsuccessful pages!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thought I'd show another side to my art today. I started drawing and painting about 120 years ago, or so it seems, initially as a means of recording some of the birds I saw in my other obsession, birding, and twitching, which is not the same. Above is a bird called a Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, which is an asian wader that winters as far away as Australia, unfortunately it got lost when deciding to migrate and ended up on the beach in my village Ballycotton , in Ireland. This was only the 3rd record of this bird in Ireland. The bird below this is a Common Kingfisher, nothing terribly exciting about that, albeit a stunning little bird, except that I sketched it in Goa in India. In Ireland this bird is extremely
shy and hard to see, in fact I think I have only managed to sketch it twice in Ireland, but in India, apart from being very numerous, it is also very tame and confiding and allowed me plenty of time to draw, all the time diving for fish and coming back to the same perch.
The other two sketches were also done in India and are of a Black Capped Kingfisher and an Intermediate Egret.
Can anyone out there tell me how to move pictures easily on blogger as I always have enormous trouble getting them where I want them.
Friday, November 21, 2008
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With a force 9 gale blowing at the moment , thought I'd show a picture of calmer times. this painting is based on my son-in- law and his fishing boat "Spes Firma" He had just returned from a trip around 30 miles off shore, with a fairly large catch of Hake, Pollack and Ling.
In the last year or so I have, more and more,been tempted away from large canvas and oils , to produce smaller paintings in pen and watercolour. Having never considered myself a watercolourist, I am reasonably happy with the results although I know there is much room for improvement. It is a huge advantage in this day and age to be able to go online and view other artists work and techniques and I think those people who post demonstrations and techniques show a real generosity of spirit. It is my aim this year to try and share my limited skills online and post the odd work in progress, my biggest problem is that I get so engrossed in the work that I forget to take the photos at different stages , so I usually end up with a photo of the start of the work and one of the finished painting.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Gone back to watercolours after years dodging them and have to say I'm enjoying them and if I say so myself...I think with reasonable success.
Started teaching again this week, the first class since before the summer, was quite nervous at first but soon got back into the swing , just as well as from next week will be doing 5 classes a week.
I see on some of the art sites a big hooha over the winner of a big competition in the States, and once again the subject of using photos rears its head. While I think the important thing in this is actually having the skill to make a successful rendering of a photo, I do not think anyone should make a total copy and call it their own. I use photos all the time, my own, but would not have a problem using photos belonging to others, for inspiration.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I started this blog as a means of introducing my art to the internet, but it always seems to end up as a diary of my daily doings with my art thrown in, so I think I'll leave it like that and just ramble on, and if people start picking up on my art all the better, if not then its not the end of the world.Its hard to know what people think as very few leave comments, and to be honest very few read my blog!
I am not a famous artist and never will be, but I do work as a full time artist now and also run art classes, which I love. I am very lucky as I have a studio in the same building as a Gallery, the Stephen Pearce Gallery so I have a permanent exhibition of my works. I have a website called "The Art of Phil Davis" and it would be great if readers would have a look and comment on my work, good or bad! The painting shown here is called "Peeping through", I dont know the name of the plant , but it was growing in a hole in a concrete post.
Anyway , thats enough rambling for today, so will sign off.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
A really beautiful morning, and all around wild flowers are appearing and more and more of our migrant birds are returning. Several Chiffchaff along the cliff path, amazing to think that these tiny warblers spend the winter in Africa and then fly the thousands of miles to our shores. Primroses are everywhere though many are now looking past their best. Several flowers have appeared that I have'nt identified yet, but it is all part of the fun, I always carry a camera and take shots so that I can check when I get home.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Why are we going????
Because we have'nt seen a GSW in Ireland....logical ...is'nt it?
Last week it was Northern Ireland for a DUCK. A Barrows Goldeneye, admittedly this is the first record for Ireland, so it makes some kind of sense....does'nt it?
I thought I was cured of this "twitching" but looks like I was wrong....at least it gets me out of the studio for a bit.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Absolutely awful morning, heavy rain and strong wind, so decided to go to my studio early and do some work.
I am very lucky as my studio is located in the Stephen Pearce Gallery in Shanagarry, Co Cork. There are 8 studios there , all practising different disciplines, painting,sculpture, photography etc. We have a constant flow of people through the place and a permanent exhibition of our work. I don't think there is anywhere quite like it in Ireland, and I would be interested to hear from other artists around the world if they know of any where like this.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Some might be surprised at the name of my blog "The Art of Phil Davis " , when many of my posts are about birds , but my art started with birds, sketching and trying to paint the birds I saw, so birds are a huge part of my art and my life. It was through painting birds that I moved on to other subjects and eventually to become a proffesional artist.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Walking the cliffs yesterday morning saw this male Peregrine being buzzed by two Pied Wagtails, not sure what they expected to achieve as the falcon was totally oblivious to them.
Real signs of spring coming with wild flowers shooting up everywhere, looking forward to some good weather so I can get out with the paints.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The big birding news over the last couple of days is the appearance of 4 White Tailed Eagles in my area. These birds are all young birds and from a reintroduction scheme in Killarney in Co Kerry. One bird would have been exciting enough, but to have 4 in the area is amazing. Unfortunately there has been no news of sightings today. I will upload my sketches of them in the next few days.
The other big news, well for me anyway , is that I sold another painting this week-end, which is great for the ego, and the bank balance.
Friday, March 21, 2008
the cliffs this time, much to the discomfort of my feet. A Northern Wheatear
was the first bird I saw and this was indeed the first I have seen this year, a migrant from South Africa, heading north to its breeding grounds. Along the path towards Ballyandreen I found this beautiful little flower which I am fairly sure is Common Dog Violet, but not being an expert on wild flowers, I am open to correction. I have intended for some time to do a series of paintings of the wild flowers of Ireland, and to this end started a painting last week, using coloured pencil, of Lesser Celandine. I will post an image here when I've finished it, in the vain hope that somebody might actually read my blog and comment on it!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
so not much sign of anything, this Stonechat on a bramble close to the path
and a Peregrine above us for a while. Raven calling in the distance and a few Meadow Pipits and Gulls. Nice to see the Spring coming with all the fields showing a green glaze as the crops start poking through.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
However after reading a book on mixed media decided after many years to
try again, this time with a less purist attitude. the painting here is one of my
recent attempts which I am reasonably pleased with. What do you think?
Monday, March 10, 2008
Am just heading over to my studio for a class. This morning is the last week of a six week course I have been running for beginners. I also run 3 other courses a week at the moment , another beginner on Wed nights and an improver on Tues and Frid nights. It is amazing how many people are interested in learning to paint.
Will return to this later today.