Following on from my last post friends my journey taken on my artistic journey in Ireland were as follows , My first steps were taken in the sketchbook taking in the surroundings of the beautiful land and recording my first lines of the landscape . I learnt that so many ways of recording nature can be made . A loose line in sketch can always refer to so many ways of making a painting , with is so fascinating .
When you look at a Tinterretto painting , a swift line suggests a whole area in a painting comes alive …….. I want to say that I’m not suggesting for one moment that there is a comparison ….. but understanding and seeing technique can always benefit your own humble process …. I shall leave you friends with a comparison from drawing to sketch and see how it took shape ……. my further posts shall be exploring in depth process language and journey more to come …….
2018 ‘ Clonea ‘ oil On Canvas ( Ireland )2018 ‘ Shanrahan Church ‘ Pencil On paper
Its been quite a while since my last post . Travelling to Ireland last year experiencing new ideas and rekindling lost relationships . The two came together beautifully . After quite a few years in Cyprus painting from my imagination mostly .
In Ireland I became a landscape painter full of expression . The difference in light and shade to the light of the med , gave way to a rebirth of my expressive language . In a period of 4 to 5 months I absorbed my self in the surroundings of Tipperary , creating sketchbooks full of drawings of line and expression searching for a beginning . After weeks of working on paper , ideas started to unfold .
Drawing 1 ‘ Landscape 1 ‘ Pencil On Paper
Drawing 2 ‘ Kinsale Harbour ‘ Pencil On Paper
Drawing 3 ‘ View From The Studio ‘ Pencil On Paper
These sketches proved to be a great starting point for the series of landscapes in oil . A technique / or method which I rarely adopted in my Cyprus Studio .
it was certainly a method I missed very much ……….. Paintings to follow
It’s a joy to go back to the sketchbook , to revisit old themes . Also the intimacy of making a diary with drawings ‘ or sketches which seems to be a little lost in today’s world it seems . I look forward to progressing my thoughts, ideas & sketches
A truly magnificent moment for me , viewing Francis Bacon’s Studio live at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin . Every inch every spec is seen in his studio .. every brushwork felt . Being so close to a powerful Artist Space is breathtaking.
I decided that rather then thinking too hard to draw the image in . I had a moment of clarity standing in front of the work I looked away from the picture and made broad abstract shapes on the canvas and suddenly the shapes of theses figures appeared . The interesting thing was how liberating it felt as it freed a lot of decision making before hand .
why Oh why did I not think this painting did not work , looking back now in my opinion how wrong was I .
The Painters shoes revisited , in the Artists Studio
From the sketchbook to the paintings continued
‘ In a decaying society Art if it is truthful must also reflect decay and unless it wants to break faith with its social function , Art must show the world as changeable and help to change it ‘ Ernst Fisher