Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lone Tree

Lone Tree - oil/panel - 12"x9" - sold

'There is no art without contemplation'. - Robert Henri

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Evening Light over Thatch

Evening Light over Thatch - oil/panel - 7"x5" - sold

For Purchasing please contact Anne Merrins at The Whitethorn Gallery, Cliften, Connamara, Co. Galway. Gallery Phone + 353 1 (0)9530703

Monday, June 20, 2011

In Green Pastures

In Green Pastures - oil/panel - 7"x5" - sold

Created this oil sketch right up by the old barn close to my cottage.
I had to work quietly, fast and fluidly to capture the scene before me.
No time for sketching here.

Particularly happy with the way I described the cow in a very few strokes of the brush and in how I created a focus and dealt with background.

(will post a better image of the scene in the coming days)

- Richard

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Barn Roof

The Barn Roof - oil/panel - 7"x5" - sold
Private Collection New York City.

Above is a sketch in oil made early one bright morning last week. The scene is just up the road from my cottage.

Have been concentrating on painting, reading and getting outdoors into the landscape as much as possible during the day, and at night painting in my cottage from sketches I have created.

With this piece I was interested in portraying the almost beautiful rusting roof of the barn as it contrasted with all the greens that surrounded it, the rhythm I found in the shadows falling from the field posts as well as the sky and road as it ran away almost mirroring itself.

My Internet usage has been limited the last couple of weeks as I have given up my studio space at the Custom House Studios until this coming August. So, don't be surprised if my blog posts of paintings created are a little slow coming. I can assure you that I am working away each day creating and developing as best I can.

Below a photo of my easel, palette and paint box at the ready :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Boat Shed & Back to Basics

The Boat Shed - oil/panel - 7"x5" - sold

So, its back to basics now, working towards further development in my painting and art.
I find the easiest way to do this is to simply dive right back into my painting, which is what I have been doing since my return to Mayo last week from New York.

Every once in a while it is good for me to reflect on what I have achieved in the developmental processes of my work. This in turn develops in me a internal dialogue to which I can respond - a sort of self referral.

Upon my return to Ireland I received a beautiful mail from a teacher and artist who works in the famous Art Students League of New York. His mail was so encouraging, reminding me that "Painting is a journey not a trip, so keep painting and searching for the quality of work you want to produce". I thought the sentiment very beautiful, and it really struck a cord with me in what I strive to achieve through my Art. Thank you Ismael.

Over the past few days I have been enjoying my painting so much. yesterday I worked outdoors all day creating three small studies in oil. The work feels enriched after my trip and experiences in the States.

Looking forward to posting images of new work for you all to see over the coming weeks.

- Richard

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New York Opening Night Pics

Three pieces hang in the beautiful Dillon Hall.

A huge turn out for the exhibition launch.

Everybody enjoying a wonderful night.

Myself and New York Artist and Curator Sean Naftel.

Just arrived back to my studio and the west coast of Ireland yesterday.
It makes a big change from the city lights and enveloping energy of beautiful New York City.

Will post some more shots on my NYC solo show over the coming weeks as well as some future plans and thoughts for my Work.

It was the most amazing experience and has begun to open a whole new world to me as regards inspiration and collectors. Many thanks to all of you who have supported and continue to support me and my Work. It means the world to me.

To see more shots of my wonderful solo expo opening night you can visit my facebook page

Now its a chance for me to catch up, get back to basics and further develop my painting and Art.

- Richard