Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Landscape studies

Here are three versions of a landscape study, oil on a piece of hardboard 5x7 ins. I kept adjusting parts of the painting to see if I could improve it, and also just experimenting. I perhaps think the plain version, the first one was the better of the three.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Irish girl

I have this oil marked frame which I use to look at a completed work. The idea is to see if the painting works and  what it looks like in a frame. This painting is of an Irish girl, oil impasto on oil primed linen canvas panel 10x8 ins, palette knife mostly. Excuse the photo, as the lighting was not great.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


A simple landscape with three trees. I was struck with the mellow Autumn colours of the trees in this scene on one of my walks, last autumn. I used a muted watercolour palette here in keeping with the scene, raw sienna, cobalt blue, and a touch of  burnt sienna for the darks . 9x11 ins on 200 lbs Bockingford paper.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Mt. Leinster landscape

Mt. Leinster landscape, oil on stretched linen 9x12 ins.. I used a palette knife to apply the paint work, blending in areas, but keeping impasto texture as well.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A nice day 2

Friends out walking together., Oil impasto on canvas panel using a palette knife and no medium. 10x12 ins


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Let's go look at the waves

Children going to look at the waves on a beach. Oil on canvas panel 10x12 ins. I gave the panel a couple of coats of Liquitex clear gesso on top of the commercial gesso already on it. A rough sketch of my composition and then using  palette knife only, no medium. I completed the work in one session alla prima.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017


I was wandering about Waterford city a while back and I came across some musicians playing music in an open air café. I settled on a composition and painted the players as they were, but the colours were very similar in tone blues and grays, leading to a not very exciting piece, IMO. So I decided on a rework and added more colour and texture. Oil on linen panel. 8x10x0.4 ins