News from the Studio

After a lovely Summer of outdoor painting and Plein Air workshops, it’s good to settle back into the studio and classroom for the Autumn Art Season.   LATEST WORKS   My largest painting yet – West Coast (diptych) 90 x 240 cm – is finished and on exhibit at the Trinity Gallery Dublin. This is from the Kilkee coastal trail in county Clare on a stormy evening, an immense horizon, shafts of sunlight breaking through the scudding clouds. The expansiveness of the scene and vastness of the ocean called for a much larger scale than I had considered before. I…

From Sketch to Finished Painting

My painting process starts with some sketches to consider my composition, study my subject and refine my ideas about what I want to express. “Strand at Sunset, Dunmore East” focuses on the drama of the warm evening light on the cliff face, the deep shadow patterns, and the directional force of the tide pools and banks of seaweed, drawing the eye into the distance. The light is changing fast, so I start with a reference photo A quick sketch in pen and ink allows me to study the rock strata and the shapes of the seaweed masses And a “notan”…

Travel Sketching in Dubrovnik

Wonderful week with our group of artists in April, sketching and painting the historic city of Dubrovnik and the beautiful Adriatic coast of Croatia. We had joined the Travel Department “Discover Dubrovnik” tour, staying in the lovely Valamar Tirena Hotel outside the city by the sea. This was our perfect base, quiet and peaceful, yet a very short distance by bus from the Old Town. April weather was cool and sunny, and we enjoyed strolling and sketching the city before the Summer crowds arrived. Our local guide Suzanna brought the group on a guided walking tour of the Old Town…