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..

 

Palette

This new painting I’ve just begun today has set out with undertones of warm earth colours. Burnt sienna and raw umber mixed across the canvas with cadmium reds and yellows. The light is mixed with lemon yellow and naples yellow and white..

This is only the first layer, the next one will change everything.

Watch it unfold..

 

Observer – Creator.. the Same

I am the observer, less the creator..

This is where my painting is taking me right now.. It may look like an entirely different artist’s work but if you really look at it, it’s not.. I’m letting go of order and expectation. That being entirely from my own expectation and criticism within my own institution..

Abstraction is very hard but it’s also very freeing. It requires trust and inner connection, but to let go of question and fear..

I find myself painting over abandoned paintings lately and it comes with no hesitation when I’m returning to it.. Even the harshest of endings..

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Art Swop

My first art swop with fellow artist Michael Gemmell.. and Limerick School of Art and Design graduate.. I am truly honored to swop with such a talented artist who was tutored by John Shinnors and both of whom I’ve admired since discovering their work during my early years as an artist. I am completely inspired with this abstraction titled ‘The Burren in Autumn’ Oil on Canvas, 40x50cm

Swooped with my ‘Unfolding Autumn’ Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x30cm

Now I am going to paint something new just to mark the moment.. More artists should be doing this.. it’s a phenomenal experience!..

Thank you Michael!

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Study

This was meant to be a study for a new painting but I feel it’s painted itself to a place I already.. Who knows..

In progress..

My Technique :: Short Video Piece

Here is a short video piece of me explaining my painting technique, what materials I use and where my inspirations come from.

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