Ring a Ring o Rosie

35x25cm

Plein air oil on canvas finished in studio.

Haw overlooking the sea at 6am. Interrupted by a Bear and some cows that trampled my easel and licked all my paint offand drank my turpentine.

And maybe some fairies.

RIP Dima.

Cyan

30x40cm oil on canvas

3hr life session at the Schoolhouse For Art Enniskerry.

Roadside Haw

26x15cm

Plein air oil on board.

Enniskerry.

Briar Wood Haw

25x25cm

Plein air oil on board finished in studio.

On a slope of Bray Head.

The Hill of Tears

30x20cm

Plein air Oil on canvas on my birthday on the Dublin/Wicklow border.

Carrickgolligan Hill which I was told was nicknamed the Hill of Tears after some band of merry men after defeat in 1798 retreated there to have a bit of a cry. But I cant find any record of that online.

Stop the Press

Thanks Niall MacMonagle for the write up in this weeks Sunday Independent!

Poolbeg May 2024

20x20cm

Plein air oil on board

From Sandymount Strand towards the Poolbeg Towers.

Bray Head Horse Field Haw

25x25cm

Plein air oil on board finished in studio.

Tasty Haw in sunshine, in the horse farm on Bray Head with a nice copse of trees behind towards Bray Head cross.

The Fairy Haw

30x30cm

Oil on Board

Painted near Glen of the Downs on a sunny day. Original title was ‘Roadside Haw’ but I somehow turned it into an ethereal underwater nocturne. Ill pretend I meant to do that and give it an appropriate title.

Eric Clapton

25x25cm

Oil sketch on board.

 

Orpen About Farmleigh

I have loved William Orpens paintings ever sinced I learned to paint in my late 20’s at a night class in Bray from Jim Morrison of Signal Arts Centre Bray. Jim introduced me to Orpen’s work I think. I must be prone to hero worship and fanaticism. When I learned guitar, Jimi Hendrix got under my skin and I didnt bother listen to anyone else, all I needed was just Jimi. Same with Orps. Only Orpen, just Orpen. I recognise that fanaticism in Dominic Lee who is a powerhouse of Orpen knowledge. I gifted this painting above to Dominic many moons ago fully expecting it to possibly be placed on an obscure wall or corridor in his house if I was lucky. Imagine my shock when I turn up to the Orpen exhibition in Farmleigh and its there on the same hallowed walls as many famous Orpen paintings! It is beyond an honour. When you set a goal in life you are told to make it specific and break it down into smaller goals etc. But when I ask myself what my goal is it has always been ‘to paint with the skill and accomplishment of William Orpen’. Quite a vague goal, when would you ever know you reached that goal? Alas that is the goal, maybe that unattainable goal will be what keeps me painting for the rest of my life.

The Farmleigh Exhibition open for 6 months starting March 2024.

 

My mastercopy from the early days circa 2009. ‘Reflections – China and Japan’ by Sir William Orpen (1902)

 

The painting that started it all for me. My mastercopy of ‘Ready to Start’ around 2008 Id say.