Here are four new paintings out of many I’ve been working on this past while. This work has taken on its own direction and I am very excited about where it is going and the process of making it.
I went back to abstraction in a more expressive way through charcoal drawing and bringing that through to the painting. When I am out sketching for ideas for a new paining I focus on the atmosphere and details that catch my eye. My drawings are more expressive and quick as I like to get the composition down quickly. When back in my studio I found that the freedom was more enjoyable while doing these quick sketches and that gave me the urge to start the painting with charcoal and pencil, making marks and developing something to start with. I didn’t want to loose the drawing so when painting I would keep what appealed and worked as part of the painting, so some of the drawing comes to the surface while other parts get lost. This is the challenge that makes the work more interesting to make and with free gestural strokes and use of colour, this way of painting has been an exciting new direction.
With my last painting series between 2016/17 which was my explorations of the forests and trees. I saw them as reminders of time and in brief of existance. I was interested in the fragilities of the landscape and I became more focused on the dyeing trees. I really indulged into my wonders and love of being in a forest and it was like an itch I had to itch.
I always find it hard to sit down and put words to where my work is coming from at new levels and progress but I finally got down to it and you can have a read here.
I am working on this new painting at the moment and here is a small part of the detail in close up. In its early stages it had been leaning toward a title that came to mind – The Rings Of Saturn.. and more from a sound and movement perspective. For a part of the process I listened to sounds recorded of the planet posted on YouTube..it seemed to intensify the experience and I’m hoping some of that comes through in this painting on completion.
A small look at my current painting still in the making. I have two in progress at present and they seem to be playing off each other. With this painting that I am sharing here, thoughts and ideas leaning toward the full moon are starting to form. The way gravity affects the mind around this time and also the idea of physical weightlessness are something I would like to bring through in the painting.
A few nights ago I had a dream I was flying and usually when this happens in a dream I become aware of my dream state.. those are most vivid dreams and they affect me for days after. Sometimes I set out with memory of a hike I did and then I wait to see how that changes in the making of the painting. Here, it has taken on a complete different direction and I am having a lot of fun with this one.
I am excited to have just added new work 6 to my site. This is a new series of paintings which I am continuing into 2019, so there will be more to follow in the coming year. I hope you enjoy what I have so far in this series!
Having my son Aaron home from Berlin the past week, I was excited to show him my new work in my studio. He made some interesting observations and one that worked for this particular painting titled Killing Pink. So I revisited it once more with some extra blue and now I think it feels more balanced and I can definitely call it finished again..till next time.. I love having people view my work in the studio, I always come away with fresh ideas and great inspiration. I love the solitude of being alone making art in my studio but sometimes it’s really beneficial to have someone drop by..
I am thrilled to be invited to exhibit at Wicklow Artist: A Gathering in aid of SVP in Greystones this year along with other great Wicklow artists. The pop up gallery is in La Touche Place around the corner from the Happy Pear. It opens this Saturday at 2pm and runs till the 17th of December. I have a number of paintings on sale including my very large to my little ones. All are welcome so come down and check it out!
I have a few paintings on the go at the moment, it helps me try not to over work the painting. Something I struggle with a lot of the time.. The ‘knowing when to stop’ is something I think most artists try to do and for me I find leaving the painting for a day or so can help see where to go or not to. Its a bit different each time and how I see something differs all the time, so it is sometimes based on my mood or thoughts at that time.