I spent 4 and a half years at my studio in the loft of an outbuilding on the cobblestone stable yard of Hillsboro’ House at the top of Stanford’s Hill in Coldblow in west Dublin. That’s four and a half years making marks with paint on the wall closest to where I painted my pictures.
In the final couple of days in my Coldblow studio I videoed close up my painted wall, for me mostly because I always looked at the wall using it for reference, for problem solving, and to lift me. This is that video. It’s 3 minutes and 20 seconds. 4 and a half years into 3 and a third minutes:
I always stacked paintings in progress up against the walls around me such that they made a collage of where I was currently at, a wall of progress I called each one. Sometimes the wall of progress against the studio wall that I kept adding my marks to was such that that the relationship of those marks to a finished painting was very obvious.
3 years before this video Markham Nolan visited me in Coldblow and produced a video of me in my studio (stictly speaking it’s more an audio slideshow)
I’ve updated the page on prints and cards of my paintings to reflect the move to using Redbubble - which was prompted by the ability to offer cheaper shipping to people globally, especially in Ireland and Britain where most of my customers live.
The cards are proving especially popular, priced at €2.79 for 100mm x 150mm with bulk discounts of 20% available if you buy 8 or more, or 30% should you buy 16 or more.
Prices for photographic prints start from €11.41 for a small (270mm x 203mm) as of today.
A list of paintings currently in progress. It’s long.
Some are only an hour or so from completion. Others are closer to the other end of the spectrum. And some will have their names changed.
- Warrenpoint 1 - Water (commission)
- Warrenpoint 2 - House (commission)
- Warrenpoint 3 - Mountain (commission)
- Oughterard (commission)
- St. Declan’s Hermitage (commission)
- Ballycotton Island (commission)
- Dunmoran Strand (commission)
- The Wonderful Barn (commission)
- #9 Fitzwilliam Square (commission)
- Mayo Moment (commission)
- Boyne Mouth (commission)
- Golden Leaves 4 (commission)
- North Antrim (commission)
- Newry House (commission)
- Crump Island (commission)
- Cat, Chair (commission)
- Nancy Blake’s (commission)
- Black Arch (commission)
- Glenariff (commission)
- Galway Lines (commission)
- Two Little Boys (commission)
- Shelbourne Hotel (commission)
- The Claddagh (commission)
- Pier Head, Liverpool (commission)
- Poplar Sunset II (commission)
- Cemetary Wind (commission)
- Bertraghboy Bay 1
- Bertraghboy Bay 2
- Bertraghboy Bay 3
- Bertraghboy Bay 4
- Bertraghboy Bay 5
- Wires, 2 Rooks II
- Causeway Coast
- Connemara Boats
- Passage East
- Heuston 3
- West Cork Trees
- Wexford Town
- Wexford Evening
- Sheep, Derryreel
- Yellow Tree II
- Deer in the Park
- Sheepscape 1
- Sheepscape 2
- Sheepscape 3
- Blue Night
- Steeple, Water
- Stone Wall, Red Field
- Glenbrook 2
- Ray Fields
- Glandore Bay - Adam
- Glandore Bay - Eve
- Glandore Bay - Long Point
- Round Tower
- Connemara Coast, 4 Views
- Sligo Boat
- Sheep Crossing
- Bantry III
- Bantry IV
- The Long Walk, Gulls
- Longford Town
- Hillsboro Woods
- Donegal Town
- Listowel Square
- Clonakilty 2 (Pearse St)
- Cobh IV
- Cork Harbour
- Derry City
- Bandon Bridge
- Skibbereen 2
- Strandhill Sunset
- Lord Edward Street
- Daniel O’Connell
- Mayo Mountains
- Derryreel Ridge
- Evening Bog
- The Cottage Field
- Green Bog
- Bog Waters
- Hill of Blood
- Crimson Bog
- Green Sheep
- Grattan Bridge from East
- Grattan Bridge from West (First refusal given)
- The Four Courts, from East (First refusal given)
- Landscape, Sheep 1
- Landscape, Sheep 2
- Landscape, Sheep 3
- Blue Field, Yellow Heather
- Barnesmore Gap
- Blue Mountains, Green Grass II
- Chapelizod Stile
- Lucan Weir
- Still Lives, Mustard
- #compav (a project of 103 paintings in one work)
- Sligo Sunset
- Clonakilty 1 (Rossa St) (SOLD)
- Cobh Boats (commission)
- Arran Quay (SOLD)
- Mayo Trees (SOLD)
- Birds Wires #17 (SOLD)
- Cashel (Sale Agreed)
- Sixmilebridge (SOLD)
- Glenbrook (SOLD)
- Dunguaire Castle (SOLD)
- Bandon III (SOLD)
- The Long Walk, Boats (SOLD)
As each painting becomes finished I’ll shove them down the end of the list and link them to the completed painting.
If you’re expecting a painting and you don’t see it on the list, I haven’t forgotten to do it I’ve just forgotten to put it on the list - which I’ve compiled in my head rather than in the studio where most of the paintings are. I’ll add the others when I get to the studio.
I work on a lot of paintings concurrently, for several reasons:
- Because my studio is very cold which slows the rate of drying and I’d rather start a new painting than wait hours for paint to dry.
- Because things get in the way of painting and the only way to regain the momentum necessary to finish those interrupted is to start new ones.
- And because sometimes paintings just get stuck and need to be left and while that’s happening what am I going to do - apart from stare at them for months - but paint new ones?
30cm x 25 cm (12ins x 10ins), Unstretched canvas
Shipping/Packing €11 globally
A painting of Ballyshannon in Donegal. This is a view I got from the bicycle as I crossed the River Erne. The weather was, em, changeable.
Ballyshannon is painted on unstretched canvas, 30cm x 20cm (12in x 10in). Unstretched canvas is where the canvas isn’t stapled to wooden stretchers but is flat and floppy like a sheet of paper. In other words it will require framing.
If you’’d like to buy this painting contact me to pay by personal cheque/check, account transfer, or that stuff called cash. If you wish to pay by credit card I can send you a paypal link where you can use your credit card.
With shipping included the price of €156 is what you pay in total to purchase this painting and have it shipped to your door anywhere in the world.
Work on current commissions including #paintingtour ones (and paintings for hosts), is continuing. Please note that due to current painting commitments any new commissions can not be completed for 6 months (which at the time of posting is mid September).
This series of 5 small paintings of the Donegal coast are being sold as one piece. [update: SOLD]
The paintings depict the north Donegal coast from Bloody Foreland mountain to Horn Head, with the islands of Inishbofin, Inishbeg, and Inishdooey off Magheraroarty, and out beyond on the horizon the fabulous presence of the island of Tory.
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Donegal Coast 1 - In that brief spell when I lived in Donegal, the place I called home was 5km from the sea, a perfect distance for walks and cycling trips that showed off the coast. This 1st in this series of paintings features Tory Island, so dominant despite its distance from the mainland.
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Donegal Coast 2 - The islands of Inishbofin, Inisdooey and Inishbeg in north Donegal as seen from above Falcarragh. I loved watching them change in the light.
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Donegal Coast 3 - Looking towards Gortahork and Bloody Foreland from beyond Falcarragh. The colours of those hills, especially in the evenings, I found were like a slide show and the coastline itself changed shape with the light.
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Donegal Coast 4 - Another view of the islands of Inishbofin, Inisdooey and Inishbeg in north Donegal by Falcarragh, this time seen from a lower elevation from where I used to ride my bike. Such was the light and the sea that at times any one particular island could seem like it was in a different landscape from the other two.
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Donegal Coast 5 - Horn Head in north Donegal as seen from Derryreel. Beside a beautiful strand - that you can’t see in this painting - Horn Head is a fantastic rugged monster battling for attention on a coastline riddled with features I personally could paint for many years.
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Each painting is 30cm x 10cm (12ins x 4ins) on gallery-wrapped canvas - the 1.5cm sides of the painting are painted a solid colour complementing the blues and browns in the painting
[Update: These paintings are now SOLD]
The price for the 5 paintings together is €250. (Shipping & Handling is €15 or they can be collected from my studio in west Dublin). I won’t be selling them individually or breaking them up into any other combination.
In 2001 I lived in Missouri and I painted a cow. Before London, before Dublin, Kansas City was one of the very first cities of the more than 75 chosen to host CowParade.
I submitted proposals for 2 cows, and one was chosen - “The Cow of Kells”, featuring designs and concepts from the most famous of illuminated manuscripts.
As well as painting elements found in the Book of Kells onto the cow, I tried to paint the cow overall in the style of how animals are represented in the book.
The right legs were my favourite.
Shawnee Mission Park is about 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri - over in the state of Kansas.
I painted all four evangelists on the cow, because they hang out in the book a lot. Here’s Mark:
I’ll confess to spending a couple of lunchtimes in the vicinity of my cow.
Never once did I hear how the cow was painted referred to as being Irish.
Most commonly I heard people call my cow ‘Native American’, ‘Egyptian’, and ‘Aztec’.
Painting a cow’s bum gold with three intertwined bearded men seemed like a no-brainer.
I always wished I’d taken a photo of the space where the cow had been once the exhibition was over.
I painted a large rectangular panel on either side of the cow, with one of the panels blank. Rushing to make the deadline I ran out of time before varnishing so didn’t get to write on the panel in lovely Celtic lettering, “This panel left intentionally blank”. Sleep deprived and spaced out on fumes I then slept for most of the next 48 hours.
The Cow of Kells was one of the cows that sold in the auction for charity that followed the public exhibition. See my cow on the official website
My other design, the one not chosen, was my preferred proposal - it was an abstract design featuring squares and called “Continental Cowscape”. Ultimately I used the name for a painting, and the design for a birthday card for my son.
One of last year’s Painting Tour funding commissions was of Cobh - and when that painting is sent to America in a couple of days I’ll share it online with you. Here though, is another painting of Cobh, from a different viewpoint (a seagull’s) and unlike the one done on the tour this one was painted in the studio albeit drawing on the memories of that day’s painting in Cobh together with dozens of photographs.
Cobh is painted on canvas, 40cm x 30cm (16in x 12in);
As of June 2012 if you’d like to commission a painting of this size it will cost you €175 or you could have a larger painting of 50cm x 40cm (20in x 16in) for €240. Ideally it would be of somewhere I have been (or can get to without costing too much), and perhaps with a selection of photos. Please note that due to current commissions I’d be unlikely be able to complete any new commissions for at least 2 months.
Work on other current commissions including #paintingtour ones (and paintings for hosts), is making good progress. You can see all the paintings from Painting Tour here
A new painting, of Slieve League in County Donegal for Phyllis & Mike for their amazing hosting of me in Donegal town during last year’s Painting Tour.
I’ve been lucky and seen a lot of amazing places around the world, but no physical feature on the planet has so filled me with awe as the sight of Sliabh League.
Slieve League is painted on canvas, 50cm x 40cm (20in x 16in), double the size of most of the other canvases for #paintingtour hosting. The conversations, warmth, and food that greeted me at Phyllis & Mike’s B&B, together with the most staggering tour - which included Slieve League - are among memories I will treasure for a long time.
Work on other #paintingtour paintings, both commissions and paintings for hosts, is making good progress. You can see all the paintings from Painting Tour here
Stay at the Lismolin B&B in Donegal Town
[ Buy this painting as a print or a card ]
Slemish is painted on canvas, 50cm x 40cm (20in x 16in), which the eagle-eyed among you will notice is double the size of the other canvases for #paintingtour hosting. The three days of driving that Grannymar did for me last autumn were epic, heroic, and a total joy.
Work on other #paintingtour paintings, both commissions and paintings for hosts, is continuing. You can see all the paintings from Painting Tour here
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Sometimes I do small paintings and call them birthday cards.