The Redwood the Raven and Me

Ivy clad trees on the M7 Dublin Limerick motorway
Ivy clad trees on the M7 Dublin Limerick motorway

As we drove along the M7 to Limerick last week, I was taken by the number of trees that are laden with ivy across the beautiful landscape. Not great. We need our trees – as the saying goes “if you want things to stay the same, something has to change”.

It’s one of the things I do when visiting home – cutting back ivy that threatens to strangle trees. I use a pruning blade to cut through thick ivy stems, and carefully prise the stem from the tree using the blade.

Dublin Redwood
Dublin Redwood

As I tackled some thick stems on a redwood back in Dublin, I realised the little birds had gone quiet and a raven was calling in the sycamore nearby. When I’d finished, it took off and gave a great display with it’s outstretched wings.

Finished #WorkingInTheWindow in #Cabinteely Dublin 2017

 

Apples on the Bough with Cloth
Apples on the Bough with Cloth

#workinginthewindow was a great experience, thank you Sheila Considine for the opportunity. It was a great experience to talk to people while I was working.

#workinginthewindow at Sheila Considine Fashion Design, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin.
#workinginthewindow at Sheila Considine Fashion Design, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin.

Back to work now on my painting series “Mayo, from Westport to Achill Island 2017”. This one, The Footed Turf, I painted on a beautiful balmy day on the Oghillees Mass Rock Walk.

The Footed Turf on Oghillees Mass Rock Walk, Mayo, Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way
Painting on Oghillees Mass Rock Walk, Mayo, Ireland, Summer 2017
Painting on Oghillees Mass Rock Walk, Mayo, Ireland, Summer 2017

#WorkingInTheWindow #AskMeAnythingAboutArt

Getting ready - My easel setup in Sheila Considine's fashion design shop.
Getting ready – My easel setup in Sheila Considine’s fashion design shop.

Tomorrow, Thursday the 12th of October 2017, I’ll be painting a still life, in oil in Sheila Considine’s fashion shop in Cabinteely Co. Dublin. This evening I set up the easel – I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to it, talking about art and painting all day – what could be better? Continue reading “#WorkingInTheWindow #AskMeAnythingAboutArt”

Working with Baltic Birch Plywood

Dusk on Golden Strand Doogurt, Achill, Co. Mayo. Original oil painting, on birch plywood panel and bracing frame.

This year I’ve been developing my own prepared wood panels for my paintings. After a lot of research and experimentation, (thank you Lathams – timber specialists), I’ve settled on higher grade 3mm 3 ply Baltic Birch (low formaldehyde). It’s a fine balance of weight and rigidity that works particularly well for working outdoors. I use 16mm solid core Baltic Birch for bracing the panel, it’s rigid and strong. Continue reading “Working with Baltic Birch Plywood”