The Small Ones

The beginnings of a new work. Quick rough sketching and mark making with pencil. The drawing is an opportunity to be expressive and free. They are inspired by my walks and trails I map as I walk. I am also inspired by the rocks and boulders that I come across scattered in the landscape of the Wicklow mountains.
Through line and shape I try to bring a certain order to the drawings with layers of thickened oil paint mixed with coldwax or with thin washes of transparent colour. I love the element of surprise when I peel back some of the thickened layers, where the drawing is revealed or washes of colour. .

In progress

Re-Aligning

Detail of a ‘Aligning the Planets’ painting that I am revisiting at the moment.. For the past year I thought this painting was finished, but I’m feeling a new energy with it now. Some detail sections below.

Full size 100cm x 100cm, oil and cold wax on linen

Detail
Details
Detail

Chaos Without Order

Current times made me re-look at this painting that I painted a small few weeks back. Art and music are more than ever so important right now. I don’t want to mention the, what I think is now the new ‘C’ word. There is too much negativity out there right now and these times are really hard to comprehend for most. I’m an optimist and to push back anxieties and that, art and nature have always been the only way for me. So anyway..


I still don’t know what to think of this painting.. I had this urge to paint something large scale one evening and I had no large canvases left in my studio. I wanted to paint something larger than me, so I stapled a canvas roll I had, to the highest reach of the studio wall. Then I began to paint with some very energetic music on in the background and up very loud. This is what I came up with.

Chaos Without Order,
Oil on Unstretched Canvas,
70cm x 230cm

Apologies for poor photo quality, its only done on my phone at this stage of the process.

Chaos Without Order,
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A new delivery of R&F oil-sticks with new colours arrived that day and I fell in love with the phthalo pale green oil-stick! I loved how it worked with the cadmium orange and yellow oil-sticks. The whole painting is done in oil-sticks and it was a great way to paint freely and non objectively.

Chaos Without Order,
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I might come back to this painting again at a later time to rework it and solve some of the chaos to pull some elements and aesthetic together. This is what I find myself doing in the beginning of most of my paintings when I start with the charcoal and pencil.

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Work 7

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I am thrilled to have my work photographed and now posted to my website here in Work 7. This work came about so fast and is continuing into the next pieces with a small change in direction. I am looking at opening the space more in the work as per my post last week. I am excited with whats happening right now in my painting. The need to be out more in the open sketching plein air seems to be really helping too.

Kandinsky’s Dance, Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm