Energy

My last few days in the studio have been very productive. I’m hardly able to stay away at the moment.. I’m really excited about this new direction and the work that seems to be flowing right now with the energy I have. I hope it keeps coming. Abstraction allows me to paint straight from my heart without too much thought. There is a sense of great freedom and I’m so excited about being back here.

 

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Charcoal and pencil in canvas, 100x100cm

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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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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..

Pushing Abstraction

My current new series is all about pushing abstraction more than I have ever done before. Responding to my surrounding landscape and being so passionate about nature, forests and the open landscape. The colours are influenced by the bright vibrant summer light that is being experienced here in Ireland lately.

This is only a short rough video idea on the current direction I am taking and I am very excited about it indeed!

Have a look here on my Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/dervalfreem… ) if you are interested to see more of my everyday visual diary and art in progress.

Into Abstraction

 

 

Photos and detail of current work in progress

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Untitled 1 120x100cm
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‘Yellow Field’ 40x40cm
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Yellow Field – Detail
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Yellow Field – Detail
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Untitled 2
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Detail 2
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Detail 2

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..

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

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