Posts Tagged ‘light’

Sketchbook drawings from Ireland

December 4, 2011

Spent a couple of days scanning in pages from some of my Balinglen Sketchbooks to send to someone.  A boring chore but actually it was lovely to look again at those images and remember the when the where the light the weather and the things I had forgotten about. Realised there are some many ideas here that I want to take further.


History of a pavement

November 29, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people walk on pavements everywhere, every day, each leaving a little bit of their story behind. Mud, dust, wet footprints, a hair, a button, cigarette ends, sweet papers. As the pavements deteriorate and crack little bits of these multiple histories silt up the cracks leaving a residue of people, whose presence there was fleeting, or who have long ago died or moved away. If pavements could tell their stories…..the daily repetition – trudging to work, pushchairs, pub fights, dogs, rain, ice… The Cracks in the Pavement drawings open up their own stories, following the, lines covering them up, reinventing them. These are my little bits of history from Ballycastle in Co. Mayo.



History of a pavement

oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas, 80 x 80 cms

Cracks in the Pavement – sequence of 12 drawings.  pencil on paper, 21 x 21 cms

Charcoal drawings of unstable horizons

November 2, 2010

These are the last drawings I did before I left the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and are charcoal on paper.  Now back in my studio in the UK I am free to use paint again since I don’t have to take the drying time into consideration.

Unstable horizons

October 9, 2010

The horizon continues to obsess me as it moves in and out of sight with the changes in light.

graphite on arches hot press 56 x 76 cms.

However I am struggling with where to go with all of this.


I finished the big painting I brought with me

and have done several more smaller drawings with zinc white acrylic and graphite

But I return again and again to the horizon and its instability.

Notes from my sketchbook


St Finans Bay – light and mist

April 7, 2010

I am beginning to realise that all this tonal drawing is because of the incredibly dramatic light and the swiftness with which the conditions move from bright sunlight to haze to deep haunting mist.