Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wild Birch, Burren

Wild Birch, Burren - oil/panel - 7"x5"

I realize its not the best time to be posting images of upright trees, considering the havoc Super Storm Sandy is continuing to cause on the east coast of the United States. But I just couldn't resist this composition which was painted along one of the quiet green roads close to where I live in the Burren. This cropped composition consists of loose paint strokes depicting just wall, tree, sky and a hint of the limestone landscape.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Windblown Tree, Ballyvaughan Pier

Windblown Tree, Ballyvaughan Pier - oil on linen - 12"x9"

This is the second time I have returned to this place to paint.
There exists a palpable energy to these trees that cling onto the wall of the pier.
The light here can be amazing, and quite dazzling at times, as the differing weather blows in from the Atlantic.

Braving the changing light and weather is just a couple of the many challenges that direct outdoor painting presents. I enjoy embracing those challenges.

Special thanks to Cliff and Ann from Washinton D.C for sending me on this photo of me a work.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Close to Green, towards a Forest & Article

Close to Green, towards a Forest - oil/canvas - 14"x10"

p.s this wee article was recently dropped in the door by my neighbor.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Iridescent Vibrations

Iridescent Vibrations,  - oil on canvas - 12"x10"
with red roof and window.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Gable Wall

Gable Wall -oil/panel- 7"x5"
Available for purchase, please email,

Over the next couple of weeks I will post up some smaller oil studies like this piece.
Have had the chance to create quite a few of this smaller observational paintings during the last couple of months. It's brilliant to get out with these small panels, and search for my subject.
When I get home and return to work in the studio I always feel 'all warmed up', refreshed and ready to paint.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Nocturne -oil/panel - sold

Will post more of these small intimate studies in oil of the coming weeks for you to see.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Ballyvaughan Story

Wanted to share this short animation piece which was created by Sara Pocock, who spent time as a student at the Burren College of Art here in Ballyvaughan. This beautiful short, about the Irish War of Independence, which won a prestigious award in Los Angeles, is narrated by Jim Hyland, a native of Ballyvaughan, who is now in his late seventies, and whom I have gotten to know well and become good friends. Jim's family have lived here for over eight generations, and as you can image he has many stories to tell about the area and surrounding villages.

I am also in the middle of digitizing a wonderful radio interview of Jim, entitled 'Ballyvaughan Life',
and I hope to upload and share it with you all soon, so as to give you a favour of the village I live in here.

- Richard

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monk's Cottage

Monk's Cottage - oil on canvas - 40"x30" - sold
Private Collection, New England, USA.

Images below are Details from 'Monk's Cottage'.
Click on images to view enlargements.

Below, working on the piece, 'In situ'.