New large piece on linen 120x210cm
4 new works on linen
Over the last few months I have been experimenting with painting on unprimed birch panels
Here are a few examples
I think finally I’ve finished this large piece, about 4’x7′
At the same time as working on the big piece stapled to my wooden studio wall, I’ve also been making some small studies on birch panel. These 6, each only 12×16″
The large piece and the small ones are interconnected, both by my process (lifting areas of wet paint in tissue paper, from one work to another, in a type of printing), and also in subject. Although all the works are totally abstract, and as such have no actual subject or representational form, they all come from the idea and challenge that we all face, of the potential destruction of our beautiful environment. The shapes and forms, particularly in the small pieces, for me have echoes of sea and sky, rock and sand, light on water
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
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