A just completed watercolour of three girls walking. I love painting figures and in this case, in an impressionistic way. The simplicity of the grouping, the light and the colours are what appealed to me. I left out the background, as I did not want any distraction from the figures. 7x10 ins approx. watercolour on fabriano artistico 300 lbs paper.
I was on my way home one October evening about three years ago, the sunset was a blood red and the glow of the headlights of the oncoming cars, was the inspiration for this watercolour. I was quite heavy with the washes, as opposed to transparent washes, as I wanted the effect and intensity of the dark trees against the vivid sky. 7x11 ins. Watercolour on fabriano artistico 140 lbs paper. I posted it on my dailypaintworks site. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/joseph--mahon-4837/artwork
One from my watercolour sketch book, from a few years back. Not typical subject matter, I know, but the sunlight on the figures was amazing. Also, it is not everyday, that one comes across such a scene, so I gave it a go. Men on a roof, a small terrace house in a town in Ireland. Watercolour 6x9.5 ins
Another simple composition. Two men working on a street in Kilkenny in 2012. I left out the background, as I was interested only in the men and the light on them. Watercolour on paper 7x7 ins. www.mahonart.blogspot.ie
I always try to achieve simplicity in my watercolours, not too much detail or overworking. The scene helps at times, in that it is simplicity itself, trees a lane and that is that. It's probably the simplicity of the scene that attracted me in the first place, I guess. A watercolour from 2008 7x11 ins. A scene a few miles from where I live.
A view from the back of my home. I am constantly observing and when it comes to painting some of those observations become part of the process in the painting. The painting today is a recent work, inspired by the landscape, but also my imagination. Such an approach, challenges one to create, without reference, so is a great learning process. Oil on linen panel 6x8 ins.
I posted this painting on my page at the Daily Paint Works site. The farmers were sitting outside a cattle mart, and despite it being late August, the weather was cold and wet. So I am sure the hot drink was more than welcome. I had a bit of difficulty getting the tones right, as the colour of the clothing of the three men was similar. I hope to do another version of this painting, as I quite like the composition. Oil on linen panel 6x8 ins.
I visited Austria many years ago and this painting is based on my visit to a beautiful lake there. Four young women were sitting on a bench, all bunched up together, enjoying the view, one September evening. For the life of me I cannot remember the name of the lake. This painting hangs in my wife's office at home, as she likes it, so that is that, lol. It's oil on board, from a good few years ago, 16x20 ins.
I painted this little scene very quickly, simply because it was possible to do so on a small panel. It's fresh off the easel, 4x6 ins oil on linen panel. Great fun to do, I just went for it with the palette knife. I posted it on the daily Paintworks site on one of the painting challenges there.