Dark Heart with Shadow

This large work is having a powerful effect

In size alone it has a kick !

194 x 253cm

Here it is with lovely Seamus Quinn, who stretched and framed it.

He had to do the work at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, as his framing shop (which is just across the road) wasn’t big enough

Here’s a view of it being worked on a couple of days earlier

And here it is taking up all the floor space in my sitting room before I rolled it up to take it to Seamus to be stretched

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tracery

These 3 paintings are unusually simple and delicate for me. They were made by transferring some paint, with marks I particularly liked, from canvas onto unprimed birch panels. The image was made by pressing creased tissue paper onto the canvas and then transferring the ‘print’ into the panel. I suppose they are mono prints of sorts.

I’m not sure how I will seal them, probably a coat of oil and cold wax medium when they are fully dry in a few weeks

graffiti and vandalism

I haven’t quite known how to share my recent works and talk about them here up till now. I’m having a bit of ‘breakdown’ perhaps. Not an illness. Just in painting terms. I am experimenting with pouring paint. Over older dry paintings. It’s hard to explain why. Or what it means. I hope this aggressive, bold use of strong colour, with forms forming themselves, directed by gravity and manipulated by the tilt of the canvas or a blot with tissue, will lead somewhere. In the meantime maybe they can say something for themselves.

On Facebook a friend commented that I am bringing graffiti and vandalism into the studio. Yes! I think the friend is right. Sometimes we need to force a change. To fight off the status quo.