Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Version of Mr Hyde

Having done a triangular image  one metre across for Pictiúr recently, I've been inspired to draw some more  big charcoal pictures.
Here's one that is on-going.
It's a slightly comic version of Mr Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.
I'd like to get on and finish it but the original is ten foot long and it's a job to unravel it and to get to work on the bloomin' thing.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Christmas Everybody!

Here's a preparatory sketch from my version of Dicken's A Christmas Carol.
I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas time!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog in 2013

Love and best wishes 

Friday, December 20, 2013

PJ Drawn by Phelim

I love this sketch that Phelim Connolly did of me painting at the RHA life drawing session yesterday.
He really got me, and I hadn't a notion I was being drawn.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Pictiúr on the News

There's a nice little piece about Pictiúr 5.30 min into this RTE news video.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Three New Still-Life Paintings

I haven't posted any still-life paintings for a while.
Here are a few that  Germaine will be putting in her Christmas exhibition at Swan Art.

I was inspired to do the last one by the wonderful milk jug paintings of my friend Conor Walton.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Place of Illustration within Contemporary Art: A Discussion

Tonight I will be on a panel discussing the place of illustration within contemporary art at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
I used to be much exorcized on this issue but I haven't given it much thought in recent years so I have been dusting off a few ideas.

Thursday 5th December | 6.00pm - 7.00pm,  Lecture Room, IMMA 
In association with the forthcoming exhibition, Pictiúr: Exhibition of Children’s Illustrations, a panel discussion explores the place of illustration within contemporary art with artists and  illustrators. Speakers include Felicity Clear (artist),  P.J. Lynch (illustrator) and Chairperson, Brian Fay ( artists and Lecturer, DIT). 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tony Painted by my Students at KennedyArt

We had an exceptionally good workshop at Kennedy's on Saturday.
I really feel that everyone who attended excelled themselves.
Tony was our model.
He's a great guy and has been a favourite model of mine over several years.  But this was the first time I had asked Tony to model for a portraiture class.
I had  been concerned that some of the artists might struggle with the challenges of rendering dark skin. It wouldn't be true to say that they found it easy but they all worked very hard throughout the day and everyone achieved strikingly good results.
Below are the paintings by Ann, Irene and Miriam.