Two paintings today, both with underpainting in bright red and orange, but surface colours mostly blues
This one is my regular size, 80 cm sq
Title :’All manner of things I’ll never understand’
This is a big one, 160cm x 220 cm, unstretched canvas, stapled to the studio wall. ‘Is there anyone there?’
These are ‘Blood and Concrete ‘ 1 & 2
Each piece 100 x 80cm on canvas plus frame.
They were exhibited last month at Green Fuse Gallery in Westport, County Mayo.
I have submitted them to ‘Cairde Visual’ at the Model, in Sligo for their annual juried Summer show as part of Cairde Festival. I should hear soon if they have been selected. Fingers crossed!
These pieces developed out of my response to images of destruction in Aleppo, Syria. However, I don’t see them as sad paintings, but abstract images in their own right. It’s up to the viewer to make their own interpretation. I would be interested to hear from anyone if they have a particular reaction. Thanks
On a wet, closed in StPatrick’s Day, nothing for it but to get on with the mundane jobs in the studio
Painting the edges is a rather precarious job, with paintings balanced at odd angles in strange combinations, often upside down
I usually mix a colour in harmony with the painting, but not an exact match to any of the colours I used in the work itself
This blue and yellow pair of square canvases is an exception, as I used the same blue as in the paintings to try and emphasise the feeling of spaciousness I was trying to capture in relatively small works
I had already painted the edges of these, but have reworked them, so the bright turquoise edge seems too strong now, so I’ve mixed a pale olive green. However, it might be a bit dark, so I’ll probably try yet again!