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…

My Workshop Checklist

Starting to gather my materials for my upcoming oil painting workshop “Coast” in Artform, Dunmore East on July 1st 2019. Looking forward so much to spending four full days with fellow artists, painting the beautiful coastal scenery of the area, with the bright, spacious Artform studio as our base. http://www.artform.ie So here’s what I’ll be packing: This is my Plein Air Oil Painting kit – box easel (half size), box of painting supplies, small backpack to hold canvas, sketchbook, drawing materials, water bottle, rain jacket, sunscreen. This allows me to carry the easel in one hand, the box in the…

Winter Sea

Winter has arrived on the Côte d’Azur. Grey skies and a damp chill in the air. For the first time this year I’ve moved my easel indoors from the terrace to the comfort of a warm room, music playing, mugs of ginger tea on hand and mince pies in the oven.  My painting matches  the mood of the season, a muted palette of soft grey tones.  A few strokes of oil pastel on the surface of the acrylic painting enliven the distant glitter on the sea, the sunlit edge of the cloud, the golden light of the cresting wave.  A…

Cill Rialaig Artist Residency

Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, a restored famine village on the edge of the Atlantic in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry offers a unique environment for artists in search of peace, space and solitude. Time spent at Cill Rialaig is truly a “time apart”. The rush and distraction of daily life falls away, to be replaced by a gentle immersion in light, space and peace. Here I lift my eyes to a limitless sky, the ocean stretches to an infinite horizon, and the ever changing weather moves in from the sea bringing rain and sun and the full spectrum of light and mood,…

Seasons of the Sea

Seasons of the Sea, solo exhibition, Leinster Gallery Dublin 2008 Images and artist introduction from exhibition catalogue: There is a special energy present where the dual forces of land and sea collide.  The ocean unleashes it’s most dynamic power against the resistance of rock and earth. This meeting point has always held a profound resonance for me and has led me for a long time to seek out the freedom and solitude of wild places. I have found particular inspiration for my work in the remoteness and raw beauty of the wild Atlantic seaboard of the west of Ireland. The subject…