Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Liberty 2018

Re-Working Old Work

I finished college about 6 months ago and I have floundered a bit since then, due to a large number of interrelated circumstances that there is no need to go into here. In order to kick start myself creatively I decided to re-work an old drawing, and try and update it a bit. This work originally started out as a pencil drawing using a reference photo that was printed in the Sunday Times Magazine in around 2006 maybe. I scanned the drawing and then did a bit of messing with it in Photoshop. I think that version of it got into an Exhibition in Longford, and I think I entered it into some other exhibition, and i'm pretty sure it got robbed somewhere along the way, because around that time you had to actually drop the print ready-framed to a gallery, you couldn't send jpegs like today. 

Anyway, I think i reworked it around 2010, this time I had got a Wacom Tablet, so I was messing with soft gradients through brush strokes, and i don't think I was too successful, but I did try. 

The third reworking I started in December 2017, and then abandoned it for a few weeks and then took it up on 'Blue Monday', 15 Jan 2018. I'm still not totally sure if I have done a good job with it, but I am going to move on to something else. 

Liberty, 2017-2018 Re-working

Liberty (Detail), 2017-2018 Re-working

Newton Dreams of Klimt, 2010 Re-working

Newton Dreams of Klimt, 2006

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Collection Of Recent Work

Hi there,

I've not done a blog post in quite a while, and there isn't going to be much writing in this one either, I just want to post up some work so that people who don't use Facebook will be able to view it.

Streedagh Sundown

                                                                 Three Colours Blue


                                                                   Benbulbin Sunrise

                                                                    Flower Study

                                                                   Furchetta Peak

Monday, 7 May 2012

Still Life

I've been working on a still-life for about the last two weeks, or about 15 hours all together, from a photo i took in the kitchen, happy enough with the end product tho could always be sharper and more aligned. But it all comes down to time. Also my handwriting has always been really bad so the text on the objects ain't too good. But on the plus side i do like the way the glass on the, things made of glass, looks. If that makes sense. I think it does. Loads of ideas for still-life things, some more difficult than others. I started a new one today which i like gonna put the sketch up too, hope ya'll maybe like a little bit?

Ps, click on the images to see them a bit sharper...

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Much ado about drawing

Continuing on from my last blog, here are some more quick drawings that i've done over the last week or two:

I'm posting them in roughly the order in which i painted them.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

This week i shall be mostly doing quick sketches

Having gotten fed up with taking half a life-time to paint a basic picture i decided to knock out a few short sketch pieces, for practice really, as a way to get a capture of something pretty fast. Most of these took about an hour, tho really they took about 20 minutes each, cause i do pause constantly to check important things on the internet,  like for example: which is a really good interview with william gibson. Enjoy!!

Oh yeah, here are the pictures...




'F**king hell it's hot!!'

'I am not just a duck!!'



Monday, 13 February 2012

It's London, isn't it?

Oh bloody hell i had a full blog written there and i've f#*king lost it!! AAAAGGGGHHH!!

Right i'm not going to write it out again (it wasnt very good anyway). Here's a pretty picture i painted of London in the fog, from a photo i took last november from Hampstead Heath looking towards the City. I really like the look of Tower Blocks but had never painted one, and i'm so f*@king slow i reckon they could build them quicker than i painted this one!! Lot's of stuff wrong with this piece but i is finished with it. Hope anybody likes it...?

Sunday, 4 December 2011

'When do you think his commitment waned?'

Well i just finished a piece last night that i've been working on for i don't know how long. I'm trying to train myself to stick with what i started and not leave pieces half finished. So far i think i'm succeeding. Am i learning anything tho? Patience maybe... But it nearly drove me mad in the end! The hair took so long that i might not have put as much effort into the last section as i did in the earlier parts, hence the title to this post: 'When do you think his commitment waned?'. As any Father Ted fan can answer, 'towards the end' of course!!

Seeing it posted here makes it look a bit starker than it looks on the wacom monitor... but it will have to do!! Heres a link to the reference pic used from

Next week i think i'm gonna spend time doing quick sketches, before i knuckle down and do another long piece. May or may not post the results, may or may not actually do the sketches! Cause it's going to be a mental week in my 'other reality' ie my day-job. I expect there to be a lot of screaming and shouting tomorrow morning on the floor.. 

Since i last posted i was in London in merry old England to see a few friends and relatives and also to go see this great exhibition in the Tate Modern: Gerhard Richter, Panorama Really, really great works here and i would recommend anybody going to visit London in the next while to give it a look, the 'realist' works on display are particularly interesting (for me anyway, i like abstract work too but wasn't too taken with some of his abstract work). He calls it 'Capitalist Realism' which i think is a great way to describe it! 

Anywho, was trying to find a link there to the Father Ted episode i was alluding to, it's called 'And god created woman', it's the one where he meets a novel writer who is going to become a nun, 'Best of luck with the book' and all that. But youtube wont allow me to watch it without setting up a seperate channel so i can watch it on 4od or some such malarky so i'm not going through all that nonsense. 

Comments always welcome...