Dalkey Quarry Summer

25+ hrs in the studio.
Embiggened from a plein air study I painted during the Summer.

Bray Head Path – Plein Air

bray head pathA pathway on Bray Head beside the steps. Lots of palette knife and thickness.


Plein air oil on board.

Dalkey Quarry – Plein Air

Dalkey Quarry

Plein Air oil on canvas. 40x20cm.
2 sessions, hidden in a bush on a cliff-edge.
Might try and scale this one up in the studio on a larger canvas.

The Nihilist

The tough stare of a Nihilist pushing on towards some sort of noble stoicism.

Tough going. Disappointed in the result. May return to it at some stage.

Bit of a steal there from Boldini with that leaf.

Family of Toothbrushes

Oil on canvas

Tried to loose the cup within the background to focus on the toothbrushes.

The Last Croissant

croissant‘The Last Croissant’. After Conor Walton.
25x20cm oil on board.

Knocksink Woods Enniskerry – Plein air


Day 2 – Finished


Day 1


Block in of shadows

Oil on canvas.


2 sessions. I blocked in using turpsy washes to establish basic values starting with the shadows(above).

Then went straight in with paint but not impasto, but getting thicker towards the end of day one. Day 2 was a bit thicker again starting with strengthening the shadows first. It didnt feel right to get as thick and layered as Andrew Gifford seems to. He seems to start impasto from the start I think.

The Leadmines

leadminesPlein Air oil on canvas.


3 or 4 sessions up at the leadmines, Co. Dublin.

The 3 Amigos

peppersAnother still life. Im finding painting from life much more satisfying than using photo references.

‘The 3 Amigos’
Oil on canvas.

Going Clean

milkOil on canvas.
Lots of layers. Lots of struggling. Not entirely happy with the paint surface.

Hugh 4

Hugh 4My mate Hugh again. I painted this in a different style, quite loosely by eye without a grid. As a result it has a life of its own, more of a character or carricature. Lots of layers.

40x50cm. Oil on canvas.

The Last Cream Donut

Cream donut‘The Last Cream Donut’

Oil on Board.


My first finished painting since the still life workshop with Conor Walton. This composition and some of the techniques are lifted straight from his toolbox. I hope to integrate what I have learned  into my own style in the coming months.