Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Caricatures at Lisa and Ronan's Reception Video!

I had a great time drawing this crowd on Saturday- some of the reactions were near hysterical!

And this is the first time I've made a video with annotations. Hey! Maybe you can teach an old dawg new tricks!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cottage Paintings and Prizes

I entered the Limerick Art Society's painting competition last Friday with three paintings. Eleven prizes were handed out and I won two of them. Woohooo!

The subject matter was to be inspired by a photocopy of a photograph by John Grimes. After the prizes were handed out, he gave a wonderful slide presentation of his nature photography.

Judging was by our peers- Each painting was unsigned and given a number and we all got three slips on which to write our top choices. I have to say, there was some serious competition there!

Here are the two winners, painted with acrylics on 16'x20' canvas.

This last one was painted (mostly) from life at my wife's family home in the country. There's an old abandoned house at the top of the field which is covered from roof to floor with ivy. It was very interesting to paint outdoors and hopefully the weather will stay nice so I can do more of it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Cute Nurse and the Hunky Golfer...

...and the Super Baby!

Hi Mark,
Great news. the signing board arrived this morning. Great job, its absolutely super!!!
I will recommend you to anyone who is interested after they see your masterpiece.
Its a great pose as well, good fun.
Thanks again

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Irish Castle Wedding

I've been trying out new ideas in my backgrounds taken from traditional landscape painting. Things like creating depth with foreground shadows and overhanging tree branches, and exaggerating the effect of warm sunlight. I'm glad they liked the results!

I'll be trying out these ideas with some traditionally painted canvases...Watch this space...

Hi Mark,
Thank you so much, so happy we decided to do this for our invites. Really over the moon with them. Looking forward to meeting you at the wedding.
Thanks again

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Special Wedding Stationery

What a great looking couple!

This was digitally painted in the ever popular sepiatone for wedding invitations and features some cool lighting special FX.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hey! My Two Year Old Could Paint That!

An abstract expressionist painting inspired by one of film's female icons of the twentieth century.

I like the bravura brushwork and certainty with which the artist finishes her work.