Monday, June 21, 2010

Finishing up

This doesn’t apply to the blog but the many paintings I have unfinished in the studio. 


I started this painting in June of 2009, just after returning from a trip to Poland. The inspiration was a boggy area, viewed from a small bridge , which I spent hours looking at in the hope of seeing a pair of Black Woodpeckers that were nesting in a tree way at the back.

The background to the painting happened fast enough but then the inspiration ground to a halt and it has taken several reworkings and many changes to reach this stage, even then I am not sure it’s finished but after protestations from several of my students to “practice what I preach”, I have decided to leave it alone…….for now.

If anyone is in the Shanagarry , Co Cork area during the month of July, myself and a group of artists that make up The Old Road Painters , have an exhibition in the Kilkenny design centre opening on the evening of Friday the 9th and running for the month, all welcome.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I’m Back(I think!)

Can’t believe I haven’t posted anything to my blog since February, where has the time gone? Have been busy though, teaching and painting, (trying to paint), going through one of those periods where nothing seems to turn out how you want it to.


This is a little sketch I did with pastels, which amazingly sold while still taped to a board. Maybe there is a lesson here….forget the  big planned works and just sketch!



This is a small acrylic I did of Cobh (Queenstown as it was called in the days of British colonialism), this was the last stop the Titanic made .

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The Fastnet Rock, again  small acrylics,…I think small is good at the moment because at least I am finishing them.