Last Saturday, I managed to slip out for a couple of hours in the morning to do a bit of sketching. I’m amazed at how little I manage to do these days. Too much time spent battling the twin evils of sloth and penury. The enemies within and without!
I passed by Read’s of Nassau Street to pick up a couple of tubes of gouache after discovering that some colours were completely dried out in their tubes. I just wanted to sit down and think for a while and when I decided to put something down on paper, this is what came out. There’s no point to it other than I visited the Chester Beatty Library recently with a Dutchman, Arnauld van der Donck, (Nol is his pen-name and you can see his work here). He’s an France-based artist, illustrator and cartoonist and president of ‘Humour & Vigne’ who was over here liaising with the Alliance française. I suggested that we meet in the CBL and take a look around. It’s years since I was there; it’s still a little gem of a museum. They have a beautiful exhibition of small fashion prints from the pre-WWI period.
They’re really beautifully crafted pieces, vibrantly coloured with sometimes over a hundred stencils cut to achieve the image, according to the information panels. I’d love to see the process. But for the period fashions, they look like they were made yesterday.
So that was still in my mind when I sketched this up. As usual, there’s a bunch of ideas in there, all munged up into one image. You sort it out. The funny thing is, a man approached and had a look to see what I was doing. He looked baffled and cast his eyes around the room to see what I was using as a model, as if there might be somebody wading in a vast puddle in the middle of a city centre café.
But, I do encourage you to don your driving goggles, your plus fours or hobble skirt, adjust your monacle and have Murtagh the footman drive you into town to see it. You might want to bring a pair of waders into the coffee shop, though.
Grapes on Dark Backgound. Oils on canvas board. 8 x 10
I’ve had to add this recent crop of daily painting studies together as I’ve spent most of this week updating my web site and researching auction plugins. You can see the result in the right hand panel of this page. Until I come across an easier and better method of auctioning off these studies easily, this is where you can bid for one if you like. I’ve decided that auction is better than setting the price myself. I hate to get involved in pricing anyway, as I didn’t start into art to be a salesman. This way, it can all happen in the background and I can get on with doing what I do best; creating.
I’ve kept the starting price very low; €65 (in comparison to what they have sold for from galleries) for most of the regular-
Clementine on Granite study 7 x 7. Oils on panel
sized ones. This means you can set the price yourself, provided you’re not in competition with other people, that is.
The point is, that I don’t want these to be selling through galleries because I prefer that for my narrative paintings -the paintings for which I do all this study!
As I do more of these, I’ll post them up to
Study of Ceramics on White Linen. Oils on panel. 7 x 7
this page. If you want to be alerted by email when they appear, just put your email address in the ‘Subscribe to this Site’ box, also on the right.
Last week was the first class of the last term of 2013. As usual, all those who were new to my classes were given a single object to paint. In this case, I used a Granny Smith apple since they’re a nice even colour and tone.
Of course, as soon as all the students had finished and gone home, I had a go myself. It beats thinking up a whole new setup, doesn’t it? It also keeps the doctor away, I’m told.
Oils on panel. 8″ x 6″.
This one’s on auction on eBay here.
This is a bit of a departure for me as I’ve just set this still life up as my first attempt at using the eBay auction site.
Part of the reason I stopped doing the daily painting thing a couple of years ago was down to the difficulty of putting these things up for sale on Etsy.com. For every item presented, you had to go through the whole rigmarole of adding details as if it was the first time you had ever done it. At least eBay has a ‘Sell one like this’ function.
So, I may be back on the daily paintings road again. These little studies occupy a strange place in my work; they’re really too small at 7″ x 7″ on average to frame and sell in galleries. Galleries don’t know what to do with them!
I think they’re ideal for anyone to get as a small original without having to cover an entire wall with a painting. They’re pretty, too. I paint them to keep improving on my technique; or to explore other methods. They take hours to complete, rather than months – and now I have quite a lot of them, as you can imagine.
Anyway, if you’re interested in buying one or you know someone who is, please do pass along this post to them. Best of all, you can set the price yourself. The link to the auction page is below.
With best wishes to you all,
Lemon on Linen. Oils on panel 7″ x 7″. See auction here.