Loved Ones

Commission. 30x30cm. Oil on canvas.

I declined this commission for several weeks due to the source photo being quite poor in information but I decided to take it on in the end. Pretty happy with the result all things considered.

Fruit of the Forest

amanita muscariaQuick Sketch of one of natures most beautiful mushrooms the Amanita Muscaria.

Heres a concise book on everything you need to know about it.

http://ambrosiasociety.org/files/herbofimmortality.pdf

Contrary to popular belief it is not poisonous, well, maybe it is, but its psychoactive. Careful cooking can render it edible and many cultures such as the Japanese pickle these as a delicacy. They are out in the woods at this time of year close by penny bun mushrooms. As with all mushrooms, leave well enough alone unless youre a seasoned expert.

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Bullock Harbour Dalkey – Plein Air

bullock harbour

Just up the road from Bullock Harbour in Dalkey County Dublin.

Oil on board.

40x30cm.

Right, so the story is I get there and do my preliminary thumbnail sketches, drive down the road for a cappuccino, come back and set up my easel etc and draw my sketch on the board then lay out my paints….wait…..wheres my white paint? Noooooo! So I high-tail it home and paint it in the studio from a camera phone photo. At what point does it cease to be ‘en plein air’? If <50% of the time was in the studio perhaps?

Bettie & Me

Started off as a quick sketch self-portrait but kept adding elements. It just goes to show if you don’t start with a solid idea and composition you end up with sci-fi,  1950’s pin-ups and houseflies.

Oil on canvas. 40x30cm. 15 hours+

William & Me

William Orpen side profile

A little experiment this one. I painted a grisaille from a black and white photo of Sir William Orpen. I tried to colourise it a la Photoshop, but using oil paint and my imagination instead. Added the background after. Bit of fun.

Martello-Tower-7-in-Mist

martello tower no 7 killiney hill dublin

Didnt turn out as I had hoped this one. Killiney Hill Martello Tower no. 7 in Dublin.

Plein air oil on canvas finished en studio.

40x30cm.