Monday, August 30, 2010

Still Life with Brushes

Still Life with Brushes - oil on canvas - 24"x22" - sold
(tribute to Rembrandt and Leffel) (after the painting 'Composition with Paint Brushes' by David Leffel)
Amended 24th Feb 2014.

For the last two and a half months I have been working here in the Burren by day out in the landscape, creating loose, gestural, plein air 'sketches in oil', and then in the evening time setting up and painting large still life paintings in the studio.
Working this way allows me to loosen and warm up during the day as regards my seeing, brush strokes, and colour mixing while at the same time giving me this vital energy and experience - coming from a sense of being dispatched a remote location which I feel is so vital to an Artist's output. After all, all an artist can do is to bring his life experience to a piece - that's all he has.
There are myriad different ways to feed that experience but for me being out in the landscape is the most informative.

This is the second of my paintings to be posted here on my blog for my upcoming solo show 'Objects of Knowledge'.

To reserve any of these pieces before the shows preview and official opening you can contact me here through the blog, by email or on facebook.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Objects of Knowledge' - Exhibition Notice

Still Life with Silver and Apples - oil on canvas - 24"x 22" - sold
(tribute to Rembrandt and Kreutz) (after an original painting by Gregg Kreutz) Amended 24th Feb 2014.

Follow this link to see a sneak preview of a selection of Works to appear in my next one man show entitled - 'Objects of Knowledge'.

You can get pricing and reserve any of the available pieces before the commencement of the show by contacting me at or by reply to me through this blog group address or on facebook.

This exhibition of my most recent paintings Officially Opens three weeks from today on Thursday 16th of September 2010 at the High Tide Gallery, James Street, Co. Mayo.

The show will comprise of both large and small observational still life paintings created over the past 6 months along with groupings of my daily sketches in oil.

These Still Life paintings are charged, atmospheric and mysterious, communicating form, light, tone and colour relationships combined with beautiful application in paint.

Hope you enjoy browsing through this Work on my Website.

- Richard

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

'Objects of Knowledge' - Preview

While the Sun Shines - oil/panel - 7"x5" (framed above)

Thought I would post an image of how I am currently framing up my daily sketches in oil. The frame consists of a beautiful ornate black maple frame that hugs a golden slip frames which in turn joins and protects the painting.

Tomorrow I will be launching a link for you to preview of a selection of my recent Works for my upcoming solo exhibition entitled ‘Objects of Knowledge’.

While the Sun Shines

While the Sun Shines - oil/panel - 7"x5" - sold

"Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished." - Michael Strassfeld

Monday, August 23, 2010


Nocturne - oil/panel - 5"x5" - sold

'When we feel beauty, we know it as truth'. - Rabindranath Taglore

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Ancient Wall, Burren Sky

Ancient Wall, Burren Sky -oil/panel - 5"x5" - sold

This piece was created a week or so ago along with four other sketches in oil all made in and around an area of 'the green road' that loops around the back of Cappawalla up and over the hills and down towards Blackhead and Fanore.
Had the most beautiful walk their yesterday - the views of the surrounding landscape are just breathtaking.

A wonderful friend of mine called Xavier who hails form Belgium has used a small illustration I prepared a few years ago for a draft of a children's book to accompany his latest online and soul/funk mix.

Xavier goes by the stage name DJ Courtasock and plays with a big band of acclaimed DJ's and musicians who travel all over the world playing there tunes at the most noted music festivals.
We met in 2006 over in Thailand and have remained great pals ever since.

Here is a link to that mix. As Xavier says 'check it out and spread around' :
Some old and new funk tossed together by dj Courtasock with itchy fingerd interventions by :
(in order of appearance)
dj Iron ,dj Raskal,The Gruesome Twosome (Optimus&Vindictive),dj Grazzhoppa

I would also encourage you to 'lively up yourself' by following the links below to see all the amazing work Xavier is involved in.

Congratulations on all your wonderful Work 'Saf'.

This day next month will mark the opening on my next one man show entitled 'Objects of Knowledge' - more on this upcoming show to follow shortly.

- Richard

Saturday, August 14, 2010