Gap of Dunloe, Kerry

The Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry.

Plein air oil on canvas. Finished en studio.

25x35cm.

Waterville Lights Nocturne

50x20cm Oil on board

I stumbled upon Cable O’Learys pub one evening and copied a view that Andrew Gifford once painted. Still a lot to learn to integrate into my own style.

Ballaghisheen Pass

30x25cm oil on canvas.

The 5th painting from a trip to County Kerry.

Rock of Cashel

36x20cm oil on board.

The first study of 13 I painted on my recent trip to Kerry. There was plenty of rainshowers. Bizarrely, I cut open my pinky finger on a palette knife quite badly . Thanks to Molly in Cashel for fixing up my gross finger.

Waterville from Ballinskellig

Waterville sun

50x20cm oil on board.

A beautiful sunny morning painting Waterville skyline from a beach near Ballinskellig.

Breda’s House, Waterville

Breda house

22.5x19cm oil on board.

While I was painting a nice gentleman stopped his van and offerred me a spare coat he had. Little did he know I had several pairs of longjohns on underneath my chic turtleneck so I declined. But he told me this was Breda’s house that I was painting.

Sack of Potatoes

30x40cm

Oil on Canvas

Roosters. A good solid potatoe. Aye.

Duck Under Fire

duckChristmas Day paints in me Mam’s. A brass duck doorstop and a stove keeping us warm.

20x20cm oil on board.

Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Call of the Wild)

The-Holy-Grail-(Call-of-the-Wild)35x45cm oil on canvas.

Worked on this for quite some time not getting a handle on it to be honest so decided to stop painting at this stage.. That text on the book was punishing to paint.

This piece is based on the theme of ‘Go Wild’. I saw a painting by Conor Walton in which St. Patrick arrived to civilise the wild Irish Savage. Today, Modern Man in Search of a Soul(Jung) seeks out the old religions and their practices in his quest for a spirituality he has not found in the, now tyrranical, new religions. There is some evidence that suggests the origins of Christianity lay in mushroom cults of the Middle East. The Amanita Muscaria reminds us of the ‘Soma’ of the Vedic texts. Mature Muscaria fruit curls its cap upwards resembling a Holy Grail. Dried muscaria tastes like cardboard much like a church wafer. Muscaria were dried on fir and pine trees (some of the host trees for the mycellium) which could be where our Christmas bauble tradition comes from.

Could be a bit of a reach…..or completely true!

Rolling

Jiu jitsuCoupla lads training Jiu Jitsu down in Eastcoast Bray.. Didnt mean to paint the heads so out of proportionbut I was trying a different technique to start by loosely sketching with a turpsy raw umber and brush. Worked on it for quite some time bit by bit never really getting anywhere.

45x40cm oil on board.