Energy

My last few days in the studio have been very productive. I’m hardly able to stay away at the moment.. I’m really excited about this new direction and the work that seems to be flowing right now with the energy I have. I hope it keeps coming. Abstraction allows me to paint straight from my heart without too much thought. There is a sense of great freedom and I’m so excited about being back here.

 

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Charcoal and pencil in canvas, 100x100cm

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Drawings

I have been doing a lot of plein air drawings lately out in the open landscape. I want express through these drawings a sense of atmosphere in the landscape I have been surrounded by. I am abstracting what I see and also what I don’t see. I am really enjoying expression in an abstract way through these drawings.

Transferring this onto canvas is a very different experience and I see the drawings more of a study or observation for painting but in a non analytical way, similar to visual note taking of what I want to express on canvas. These drawings and sketches have surprisingly helped me push abstraction in a more free and loose way. Like gestures of the memory of a place or thing or sometimes neither a place or thing.. It just feels right and I am more excited than ever to be in my studio painting and painting, probably for the first time ever..

I am painting a lot of new work and I will share these here on my website in the near future. Come back again soon if you’d like to have a look.

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Black, White and One Colour, Oil, Beeswax, Oil Pastel and Liquin on Canvas 30x30cm
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Prep base in charcoal and Liquin on canvas
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Pencil, Graphite and Charcoal Drawing
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Charcoal and Graphite Drawing
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Charcoal Drawing

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Charcoal and Pencil Drawing
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Charcoal Drawing
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Charcoal Drawing

Charity Exhibition October 25th

I am very happy to be part of this charity exhibition in aid of Wicklow Dementia Support. Alongside many very talented artists I have 5 paintings on exhibit.

The show opens at 7.30 at pop up gallery, La Touche Place, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. All are welcome.

Trail Series

‘Sheep Farmer’

70x70cm

When out sketching in the open landscape today I met a sheep farmer who was walking up the hill towards where I was stood doing some sketches. He stopped to ask what I was painting and I told him I was just doing some abstracted sketches of what I’m seeing. He wondered if there was a market for that and the conversation went on to his days in school and how he hated it.. I responded with the same feeling and said how I loved the art class though. He was out walking up the hills looking for his sheep and asked if I’d seen any on my trail. That’s was it really..Its the small things..

This is my new painting ‘The Sheep Farmer’

and today’s experience prompted me to title my new series of paintings

‘Trails’

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‘The Sheep Farmer’, 70x70cm Oil on Canvas

 

 

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Abstract In Progress – Part 2

This painting went to many different places as it progressed. I painted layer over layer and made marks where later I lifted them again. I spent days looking at it until I could see where it wanted to go.

Sometimes I have to destroy certain elements of a painting before I can take it any further.. I try not to overcrowd the work which can be very difficult sometimes. The painting set out so different but as it has come to near the end, the narrative has finally emerged that I was looking for. My feelings of nature and the beauty it brings.

 

 

In detail close ups..

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Abstract In Progress – Part 1

Pushing and pushing this painting till I’m happy with it.. a real challenge with this one I have to say but we seem to be coming to some agreement somewhere at the minuit..who knows..

Tree circles are very much embed in my mind especially since my hike yesterday..too many trees have been wiped out in the past few little weeks in this place I love so much..

 

Today

Things that caught my eye while out hill walking in some of my favourite places yesterday and today. How light changes.. How thoughts move..