Trail Series

‘Sheep Farmer’

70x70cm

When out sketching in the open landscape today I met a sheep farmer who was walking up the hill towards where I was stood doing some sketches. He stopped to ask what I was painting and I told him I was just doing some abstracted sketches of what I’m seeing. He wondered if there was a market for that and the conversation went on to his days in school and how he hated it.. I responded with the same feeling and said how I loved the art class though. He was out walking up the hills looking for his sheep and asked if I’d seen any on my trail. That’s was it really..Its the small things..

This is my new painting ‘Sheep Farmer’

and today’s experience prompted me to title my new series of paintings

‘Trails’

Sheep Farmer
Sheep Farmer, 70x70cm Oil on Canvas

 

 

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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..

Upcoming Exhibition

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

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.

 

New Painting

‘Solace’

Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas, 61cm x 61cm

The light changes so much in the forest as I walk through it almost every day. I feel apart of the surrounding atmosphere and I absorb all of its virtues through all my senses.

The enormity of the trees,

the scent,

the colours,

the light,

the sounds,

the movements.

Solace 61cm x 61cm Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas
Solace Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 61cm x 61cm

Last Of The Blue Moon

This is a recent painting where I brought some bits I’ve gathered from the forest floors while out walking. I wanted to bring the outside surroundings back to my studio for some recent paintings that I am working on. The gathering of such things like pine needles, bits of twigs, broken up pine cones and dried dead leaves were placed on the surface of the canvas before I painted over it. I used the bits I’ve gathered as a way of sketching out the composition on the canvas which changed the structure in places as the painting progressed.

'Last Of The Blue Moon' Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 30cm x 30cm
‘Last Of The Blue Moon’
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
30cm x 30cm