sketchbook pages on my bedroom wall

Its my last few days here in Wales for a while, I’m heading back home to Ireland on Tuesday, having been away for two months

While I’ve been away from my studio I’ve been making acrylic sketches on paper. 

Today I added a final layer of oil and cold wax medium to the sketches, using just two oil colours, violet and yellow

Then I stuck them up on my bedroom wall with gum strip ,(that sticky backed brown paper that is used for stretching drawing paper)

I also had a great time browsing through some of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks in the wonderful accessible digital archive from Stanford



The title ‘stateside’ really has nothing to do with these 2 paintings. It’s just that I have an exciting trip planned to San Francisco and New York for the end of the month. The excitement is boosting my energy levels so I am painting rather furiously. Also, I have Richard Diebenkorn on my mind as I will be staying in Berkeley and will try to see as many of his paintings as I can


Untitled 1
120cm sq on canvas


Untitled 2
120cm sq on canvas


Drying in my studio