A blog about how a failed painting made me rethink the theories of composition in my painting of Donegal, Ireland.
I painted this small painting over a number of days, over Christmas. I would usually paint a picture like this in one day but the light kept going and I wasn’t very energetic so I decided not to rush it and wait until the next day. I think my patience was well-rewarded.
I have painted this house before, in a much larger painting. It’s interesting how the more distant view produces a cooler more airy painting.
I have two paintings in this years’ Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition. I give a summary of the highlights of the opening show in swansea.
Why do the details matter? I have always had a fascination for the ordinary details that are easily overlooked. I want to convey what a scene looked like at that moment. Here I explain the inspiration behind my recent painting, “Near Dunmore Strand”.
The journey to Arranmore is always a treat. The ferry is speedy. It takes not much more than 15 minutes to complete the three-mile journey. It provides a feast of inspiration for my work.
My painting of the island of Inishbofin, off the coast of Donegal, Ireland. I get very attached to my Donegal island paintings. I’m not sure why. Maybe its because I get such pleasure at looking at those unmodernized houses. I like the length of the image too. Perhaps it because, so far, I have looked across the sea at them and had to reconstruct the landscape with care.
Family History of the Colls and the History of Gweedore in West Donegal.
Blog about my painting of a Donegal beach. As soon as I saw this place I knew I wanted to paint it. The granite rocks, or rather boulders, were scattered along the beach and in the sea. They were a beautiful pinkish colour close up.
A blog about Donegal islands, focusing on Owey, Cruit and Gola. Paintings of Donegal landscapes. Painting of Gola, Gweedore.
This blog is about my recent trip to Donegal in the North of Ireland. The country has changed a lot since I first visited it in the early 1990s. The impression you get driving across the South-Western countries and the Midlands is of a, modern, confident, prosperous and growing country.