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

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A rural road and lanscape at Dusk

A rural road and landscape at dusk.8x10 ins. Oil impasto on Winsor and Newton canvas board. I did not use any medium, just a very light drawing before I started with a palette knife, finishing the work in one session. I usually look at a piece the next day to see if  there are any adjustments needed. If any adjustments are needed, the paint is still wet so I can do that.. Occasionally, I just scrape the whole lot  and start over.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


I completed this work using a palette knife only. My interest here was to try and place  colours in harmony and add texture and impasto. Oil on W&N canvas board. I added a couple of coats of Liquitex clear gesso to the existing primer on the board, as the commercial primer can be very absorbent. Oil on board 8x10 ins.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Outlaws, oil sketch

Outlaws, an oil sketch on paper, a monotone really. It's almost like a watercolour, even leaving the white of the paper as the highlight.. 12x16 ins.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Rainy day in Dublin

Umbrellas at the ready, a rainy day in Dublin. Watercolour on cotton rag. 14x10 ins approx. A muted palette only livened up with the warm orange yellow umbrella on the left.