A Hike on Scarr Mountain

This came about on the top of Scarr mountain a few days ago. Looking out over the valley and onto the distant hills and forests. I followed the line of trails with my eye like a virtual map in front of me. Trying to work out my surroundings and where I was in relation to what I saw.

Plein air drawing in charcoal on cotton rag paper.

Valley
Charcoal and Pencil on Cotton Rag 30cm x 30cm

My trails, my ventures, my paths, my presence. It calls to mind a sense of living and where I’ve been in life up until now. Time has no presence, its hard to comprehend sometimes.

Plein air drawing is something I am doing a lot more of lately. It has no comparison to drawing in the studio. I get a sense of place in the studio and I work from memory. The studio forces me in to draw without a subject in the room and work from memory. When I draw out in the open, something else happens. It allows me to connect in the moment and respond there and then when something that catches my eye. In the studio I recall those moments but to bring back an image of my interpretation unlike a captured photographic image, reinforces a strong connection to the landscape and how I see it.

From the foot of Scarr Mountain, Co. Wicklow
iPhone photo

Sparrow Hawk Mountain

Trying to fix a painting.. inspired by thoughts and visual awareness from my hike today..well yesterday now.. terrains, tree felling, January sunset, tree stumps, wild winds over Lough Tay and spying on sparrow hawk trying to fly against the winds.. .

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..

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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Video Interview

Here is a short interview and video introduction to my current solo exhibition at Ranelagh Arts, Dublin.

Upcoming Exhibition

Pieces of recently finished painting for my next upcoming solo exhibition in Dublin in a few weeks. Details to follow.

White World

Moving on with this current work in progress and this newly begun small little painting, I hope for the colour to return soon in this white snowy February we are having right now..