Thursday, 22 May 2014

Painting the Dawn

Too much green around at the moment, I don't want to paint any more green!  So I have investigating the dawn at around 5 am recently, and have painted these 4 small paintings of this incredibly beautiful time of day.  Swan on the lake, the industrial silo looking like a cathedral, the peat lake dark and brooding, and lichen on a stone wall.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

May Effulgence

May Effulgence, yes I think that's the word, a few days when its too much, too beautiful.  chloraphyllia, a word learnt from listening to Melvyn Bragg this morning, a love of green, and all that soft white. Last Sunday there was a lot of wind, the sky was blue, and Godney looked amazing. I went out with my camera in the middle of the day - I just wanted to get the MOST. Now 5 days later it is almost all gone.
May Effulgence 2014 oil on board on calico 120x100cms

Friday, 2 May 2014

April is the Cruellest Month

Well, if you are thinking of a title about something which is April, and its about an old ash tree, and thoughts of ash die-back, then April is the Cruellest Month is not a bad title. I have always been a bit over-awed by T.S.Elliot..
Last week, we went to the opening of Wilhelm Sasnal at Lismore Castle Arts near Cork, where I met the great man, and was thrilled to see some of his new work.  Influential in the different brush stokes he uses, and his very limited use of colour, almost as if he were colour-blind.

April is the Cruellest Month 2014, oil on canvas 163x131cms