Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Postcard developments

Three people ones inpired by Tom Crean, antartic eexplorer and a frog chasing a fly who has just buzzed out of the postcard - might do a final postcard just for the fly on it's own - like the cat and the rat in the organ pipe in Christchurch trapped forever in an endless chase...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Comments and Help needed

I have two pic s in differing styles and I hope to sell one of them to a cafe. Basically I like them both . One is on wood, the darker of the two, the other is on paper which would be redone again on canvas. Most people I've asked like the one on wood and the way that you can see the drawing and the background showing through. Some like the simple bright cheerful style of the one on paper. So if you like one more than the other perhaps you could say which you prefer by leaving a comment. Oh and do you like dislike the "unfinished" look of the one on wood?

Thanks for the help.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Postcard exchange

Well I've begun some postcards for an art exchange the Dublin Sketchers Group is involved in - here's stage one, some whitewash over existing postcard images - it's experimental, openended, don't know where it's going yet but hopefully I'll know when it's finished.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

One more painting from Sweden

This is a picture of the Wicksell family cabin in Skuleskogens National Park. The park is 26 square miles of woodland, swamp and rocky hills that have been left to grow and develop naturally for the last 100 years were access is only on foot or by boat, no cars or even helicopters are allowed in - believe me it is a stunningly beautiful place to visit and full of wildlife too.
The Wicksells were our kindly neighbours while we were staying in the park, they gave us fresh Baltic aborre (sea-bass) that they'd caught themselves in their boat and we cooked this delicious fish over an open fire. When we were leaving I promised them I'd do a picture of their own cabin by way of thanks. This is the result. Right now it's on it's way to them in the post.

Friday, July 25, 2008

More from Sweden

Some pictures from Sweden

Didn't get as much sketching or painting in as I had hoped in Sweden - events conspired against it somewhat. Another story. Here's some stuff anyway. All done in situ out in the wilds : )

Sunday, June 15, 2008

From the Sunday 15th June - Sketching Group Session in the Botanic Gardens

Will probably try to finish this one off next Sunday. The bridge and general busyness lets it down currently but will sort it out later. It's very simple - I'm trying to reduce the scene down so there is very little detail just a collection of shapes and colours that hopefully resolves into a recognisable scene. It's sketching with paint and then deciding what to leave in and what to discard to make a balanced and hopefully interesting compostition. The one on the right is the earlier version thanks to Gearoid for that pic. Looking at the two together I nearly prefer the earlier compo - certainly the water area is more calmer and the bend in river better defined.

Pictures from Mayo trip

Spent a week in Mayo visiting my Dad recently and did a bit of painting there.

This one is from Doyles Bar in Mulraney halfway between Newport and Achill. Quite enjoyed this as it was very comfortable indoors with a view through big windows and a pot of tea beside me.

This one shows Shramore near Newport.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In the Studio by Colette Dorgan

Spotted this little gem at the LPH exhibition and falling for it, decided to buy it.
Love the fact that the colours on the pallete are put on so thickly and the cubist elements of the rest of the painting.

Here it is in it's frame.

Working on a seperate website as an online gallery

I'm trying to take the whole art business more seriously and so I'm designing a seperate online gallery to put up more finished work and work for sale as i do them. Got to start somewhere.Here's a couple of samples.

Phil Lynott Pic

Been working on this for a few days, and it's not finished yet. I quite like it in parts but not sure it's really quite caught him, might have to start again - perhaps a different image of Phil might be better. Done on charcoal on fairly heavy watercolour paper.

Photo included below for comparison - actually putting the two together helps as the drawing is quite a big picture and this makes it a bit easier to see certain discrepencies.

Painting Sketch

Did this yesterday evening in Bushy Park- it's a fast loose acrylic tonal pic, no real details, the yellow sections are buttercups which caught my eye earlier in the day, the sky was done last. Photo included but taken from a standing rather than sitting angle. I'd suddenly got the urge to get out and paint outdoors again today as I'd missed the last dublin sketchers session and won't make another till the 15th of June.

This was done in about an hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm, while dinner was cooking at home.

Here are two earlier supporting sketches and photo

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Leopardstown Park Hospital Exhibition

A few of us who attend life drawing classes have some work on display at the Leopardstown Park Hospital - most of it is figurative done outside of the classes and some work has been taken from the life drawing sessions.

Anyway by in large a fairly traditional figurative type of open group exhibition nothing very avant garde but if anyone wants to come along to have a look the opening is on at 8pm this Fri the 16th and then from 10am to 6pm on Sat/Sun.

Directions from the M50 southbound - take the left exit 15 when you see the sign for leopardstown race course (look out for a jockey on a horse) over the motorway and then follow the first exit off the roundabout at the top of the off ramp.

Continue down long road with lots of slowdown ramps, past the big gym and racecourse complex till you arrive at the front gates of leoparstown R.Course then turn left onto main road and again when you come to the roundabout immediately after take the first exit and into the industrial estate past the security booth and then at the very first turn right you should see a sign for the hospital take this right and keep going till you see the hospital. Ask at reception for the exhibition.

In future if I hear of other exhibitions open to all - I will try to post the info. here.
Regards, James

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pond in Stephens Green

Did this pastel today.

Amazon Indian Girl 1 and 2

These are the two charcoal drawings for the LPH exhibition. The one on the right is a bit skewed on account of the angle it was taken at - this was the one that I sold at the Leopardstown Park Exhibition- it's the same model for both pics but the one on the right is a lot friendlier looking so it made sense that it sold rather than the other. This was also my first sale from an exhibition so it's a bit special for me personally.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Leopardstown Park Hospital Art Exhibition

Took the plunge today and applied to exhibit three pieces (one of which you can see here) at the Leopardstown Park Hospital Art Exhibition. Now I've got to finish, frame and have the work ready to hang by the 16th. This one is called 'Tintin and the Black Spectre of Death', the other two are big charcoal drawings of an indian girl from s.america. They are an odd mix but I feel the need to start exhibiting if I'm ever going to take this art business seriously.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Hunters in the Snow - A mural homage to a favourite painting

One of my favourite paintings of all time is by 17th century Belgian painter Peter Breughel the Elder commonly known as the Hunters in the Snow - so about two years ago when I was given free reign to create a mural for a children's bedroom I decided to copy the landscape of the Hunters in the Snow picture and depict some animal characters instead of the usual human ones and this was the result.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

An Italian theme...

(Above) Drawing near the The Spanish Steps area in Rome from ahem a few years back
(Below) Italo Calvino - a couple of pics of a favourite Italian author

A beginning...

"Everyone is an artist "Joseph Beuys

Hello and welcome to this blog.

To the right you will see links for the Trinity Arts Workshop life drawing classes I began attending with a friend last year at the 191 Pearse Street Studios (Price: Trinity students €4, General Public €10) and for the Dublin Sketchers Group that meet most Sundays at pre-decided meeting points around the city (it's free and all are welcome).

Having been involved with these groups and posting work on those blogs I've decided to start my own blog now with the aim of displaying some more personal work and related ideas publicly.
One of my hopes is this will encourage me to create better paintings and drawings etc. as I plan to do one drawing, sketch or painting, or something remotely creative each week and post it here. I also hope to provide useful information for other artists in Dublin and elsewhere if I can and to meet other creative souls and exchange ideas, swop links and such via the blog.

Please feel free to leave a comment: constructive criticism, technical tips, upcoming events mentioned, ideas, relevant links, etc. most welcome.
The artwork above, like this blog, is a work in progress. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Thanks for visiting.
James Moore