I paint because I have to

I see it I paint it

I feel it I paint it

I dream it I paint it

Eltanin, Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 80cm

I hear it I paint it

I want it I paint it

I don’t want it I paint it

I love it I paint it

Eltanin, close up detail

I hate it I paint it

I am it I paint it

I am not it I paint it

I paint it I don’t paint it

Sometimes or Always?

Standing back after an intense session of painting and trying to work out where it’s going I can sometimes see parts of the chaos in my mind. Usually on a day where I finally tackle my fears, the what, why, when, how, but, all shower down in a deafening noise. Then I stop and I can begin to make sense of something.. sometimes.

This work in progress is perhaps another of those..

Oil on Paper

New from the studio, oil and beeswax on stretched paper. The surface of the paper is primed with PVA and layers of gesso. I began with the drawing in charcoal and pencil with thin layers of paint ade transparent to reveal the under drawing detail. I also used oils mixed with cold wax to push and drag over the surface.

Inspired by the surroundings of large boulders and rocks on a walk near Scar mountain a few weeks back.

New Series

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.

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 50x50cm

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.

Fragmented, Oil on Canvas, 80x80cm

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.

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 50c50cm
Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 100x100cm

The Rings Of Saturn

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.

Incognito 2019

So thrilled to be a part of this

Group Exhibition – March 29th

Wicklow Artists a Gathering – Spring Exhibition March 29th – April 7th