The Prodigal Pagan

bull

50x50cm oil on canvas.
Something to do with Christianity and Paganism and Bull cults and masculinity and middle-age-dom and Taurus and CoronaVirus™.

The Velocity of Now 2

20x20cm oil on board.

Fun bit of portrait practice of Thomas Sheridan.

Rex

30x30cm oil on board.

The Steps of the Temple

40x50cm oil on canvas.
 
Borrowing heavily from Franz Von Stuck and Frank Frazetta.
Something to do with danger, temptation and pitfalls on the way to something better.

Abandoned Train Tunnel on Bray Head

30x30cm oil on board. Painted from a pencil sketch I made a few years ago. I heard Francis Hamel say once that a good pencil sketch should provide enough information for you to make a painting from. Worth a shot.

Giff

Andrew Gifford, one of my top 3 favourite painters.

20x40cm oil on board.

I intended to do a paint sketch in one sitting of some of my favourite painters. This is the first one. But it ended up being more of a finished painting over many layers. Theres a few reasons for this: I forget how to paint every time I sit at the easel. My mind goes blank. I know to get a rough sketch in and add darks first but thats about it. My style is different every time. Sometimes the paint goes on nicely in the first layer. It depends though on what surface you use, which brand of paint, medium or not, level of priming, temperature, brushes, etc as to whether or not the paint sits nicely. Alors, not a sketch anymore but good practice nonetheless. Francis Hamel next (also in my top 3).

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The Velocity of Now

A quick oil sketch of Thomas Sheridan with a couple of bales of briquettes.

42x21cm oil on board.

Sandymount Dawn 2

The Cockle Lake on Sandymount Strand at dawn one freezing cold January morning.

20x20cm oil on board.

Psychadelic Tourist

20x20cm oil on board.

A biting satire on psychadelic tourism and the commoditisation of modern man in search of a soul………or just a mushroom wrapped in clingfilm.

Sandymount Dawn 1

20x20cm oil on board.

A freezing cold January morning on Sandymount Strand looking toward Dun Laoghaire.

Sandymount Dusk 5

30x40cm oil on canvas.
Sandymount Strand, Co. Dublin.

Vico Trees – Plein Air

vico treesVico Road, Dalkey, County Dublin.

30x30cm oil on board.

3 or 4 sessions and still not 100% happy.

Kerry Road

kerry roadsAnother plein air painting from a 2019 trip to Kerry.

30x20cm oil on canvas plein air finished en studio.