Entering The Dream

My most recent painting entitled ‘Entering The Dream’. A visual description of being immersed in my surroundings deep in the forest.

A recall of flickering light through movement, of fast changing seasonal colours, of mood and atmosphere, of sounds and scents and of the euphoric warmth that it brings to me.

The piece is painted in oils mixed with bees wax, otherwise known as ‘cold wax technique’ where I melted the wax and mix with turpentine to make a thick paste when cooled down. This is then mixed in with my oil paints to a consistency that is thick but vibrant in colour giving a mat finish and dries quicker. I surfaced the canvas with pine needles and sand letting it dry before applying the paint and wax, something I do in most of my painting.

 

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‘Entering The Dream’ Oil, Wax on Canvas 40x40cm
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Christmas Exhibition Enniskerry

I am delighted to be joining other artists next week for the Annual Christmas Art Exhibition 2017 at Schoolhouse For Art  The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow. The show opens next Friday evening on the 1st of December at 7pm and I will have 3 of my most recent new paintings on exhibit.

Enniskerry is not too far from the places I haunt for inspiration. All my current series is influenced and drawn from the beauty and wonder of nature in the surrounding environment of Djouce, Crone, Maulin and the open landscape of the Wicklow mountains.

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Schoolhouse For Art, The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow

Up For Sale

Some of my recent and past paintings on sale at Guinness Gallery, Foxrock, amongst lots of other contemporary art and crafts from other artist. Drop in and have a look!

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Guinness Gallery, Foxrock Village, Dublin 18. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
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‘Through The Pines’, at Guinness Gallery

 

 

 

Signal Open 2017

One of my paintings, ‘I Am Consumed’ selected for  Signal Open 2017, 5th annual group exhibition. The show runs from August 14th to August 27th, with opening reception on  Friday 14th at 7pm, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

 

Solace Opening

Here’s a small piece of footage with some photographs towards the end of video, from last Friday’s opening reception of Solace exhibition with guest speaker, Derek Dean.

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Solace Open Night 2017, with my son Aaron

Painting : : Growth

A closer look at painting, ‘Growth’ 100cm x 100cm, Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas

I use beeswax in a lot of my paintings and here I mixed it into a thick opacity with the oils. Also on the surface of this painting I incorporated the found little pieces of the forest floor including pine needles, twigs and some sand. The colours and thickness of foliage from a Summer turning into Autumn is probably my favorite time of year. These great long evenings allow me to spend more time getting lost, finding new trails and exploring new possibilities of how I can bring these experiences back to the studio.

On show next week at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

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Growth, 100cm x 100cm
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Painting : : I Am Consumed

A closer look at painting, ‘I Am Consumed’, 50cm x 50cm, Oil mixed media on canvas.

I used beeswax, sand and pine needles.

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‘I Am Consumed’, 50cm x 50cm
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