Following on from my last post, my artistic journey in Ireland began with my sketchbook, taking in the surroundings of the beautiful land and recording my first lines of the landscape. I learnt that there are so many ways to record nature: a loose line in a sketch can always lead to so many ways of making a painting, which is so fascinating.
When you look at a Tintoretto painting, a swift line suggests a whole area in a painting comes alive … I want to say that I’m not suggesting for one moment that there is a comparison … but understanding and seeing technique can always benefit your own humble process … I shall leave you friends with a comparison from drawing to sketch and see how it took shape … my future posts will explore the process in-depth and continue the journey – more to come …
2018 ‘ Clone’a ‘ oil On Canvas ( Ireland )2018 ‘ Shanrahan Church ‘ Pencil On paper
Its been quite a while since my last post . Travelling to Ireland last year experiencing new ideas and rekindling lost relationships . The two came together beautifully . After quite a few years in Cyprus painting from my imagination mostly .
In Ireland I became a landscape painter full of expression . The difference in light and shade to the light of the med , gave way to a rebirth of my expressive language . In a period of 4 to 5 months I absorbed my self in the surroundings of Tipperary , creating sketchbooks full of drawings of line and expression searching for a beginning . After weeks of working on paper , ideas started to unfold .
Drawing 1 ‘ Landscape 1 ‘ Pencil On Paper
Drawing 2 ‘ Kinsale Harbour ‘ Pencil On Paper
Drawing 3 ‘ View From The Studio ‘ Pencil On Paper
These sketches proved to be a great starting point for the series of landscapes in oil . A technique / or method which I rarely adopted in my Cyprus Studio .
it was certainly a method I missed very much ……….. Paintings to follow
It’s a joy to go back to the sketchbook , to revisit old themes . Also the intimacy of making a diary with drawings ‘ or sketches which seems to be a little lost in today’s world it seems . I look forward to progressing my thoughts, ideas & sketches
A truly magnificent moment for me , viewing Francis Bacon’s Studio live at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin . Every inch every spec is seen in his studio .. every brushwork felt . Being so close to a powerful Artist Space is breathtaking.
I decided that rather then thinking too hard to draw the image in . I had a moment of clarity standing in front of the work I looked away from the picture and made broad abstract shapes on the canvas and suddenly the shapes of theses figures appeared . The interesting thing was how liberating it felt as it freed a lot of decision making before hand .
why Oh why did I not think this painting did not work , looking back now in my opinion how wrong was I .
The Painters shoes revisited , in the Artists Studio
From the sketchbook to the paintings continued
‘ In a decaying society Art if it is truthful must also reflect decay and unless it wants to break faith with its social function , Art must show the world as changeable and help to change it ‘ Ernst Fisher