28 Jul 2016

The Feathered Ones

A monochrome print from my summer 2016 show: Flights of Fancy. Hand printed from a linocut. A limited edition of 25.

I had this composition ready to go but I wanted a title that fitted, so I got talking to Nicola in KM Evan's art shop in Dublin. He's Italian and we share an enthusiasm for Vespas. Anyroad, I asked him to translate 'The Feathered Ones' and he told me it doesn't really translate. I Piumati is the closest he could get in meaning and intent.

You can see my printing press below (it's the spoon) and the lino from which I carved the image.

All I can say is, grazie mille, Nicola.

Image approx A5 on a 12" x 14" fine grain watercolour sheet. 

You can order this original handmade print on Etsy here -and what's more, shipping is FREE!




27 Jul 2016

Sir William Marshall at Microcosm: Kilkenny Arts Festival


This is my contribution to the Illustrators Guild of Ireland show at the Island Mill in Thomastown, co. Kilkenny. The show, entitled Microcosm, runs from Aug 5 to 14. You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/grennanmillcraft/?fref=ts

This shows the bould Sir William in the famous hurling match between Kilkenny and Tipperary in 1214. Kilkenny pipped it as they had heavier cavalry and crossbows.

Acrylics on Arches watercolour paper. A5.

25 Jul 2016

IGI Show at Kilkenny Arts Festival


The Illustrators Guild of Ireland (IGI) is taking part in an exhibition at the Island Mill in Thomastown starting on August 5. I'll be part of it with my painting 'Sir William Marshall', below.

Keep an eye on the Grennan Mill Craft School FB page:https://www.facebook.com/grennanmillcraft/?fref=ts



20 Jul 2016

Making a 5 Colour Linocut Print. Halcyon



5 Colour Linocut

Click on the above picture as it's actually a slideshow. ^

I'm currently engaged in making another linocut limited edition print (of 25). I wanted to make the description of the kingfisher a little simpler as I have only 5 flat colours to work with. Also, I had to make a jig to make registering the plates more accurate and not have the colours printing in the wrong place.

I chose to print on a fine grain watercolour paper instead of a smooth one as I want to see texture rather than a purely flat colour. This introduces yet another variable to the process which makes each print unique.

3 of these are already sold.

The image is roughly A5 on an A3 sheet of Fabriano fine grain 140lb watercolour paper.  Signed and embossed with my studio stamp.

"Halcyon". Unframed €95. Order this handmade, original print here on Etsy.

27 Jun 2016

Gallxit


So that's the end of my solo show in Harold's Cross. Feeling very wistful today -I liked being in the space and having friends and randomers strolling in, talking about art, Brexit and football. A fellow artist arrived in last night to collect something from me just before I closed and as I talked, I could feel the energy draining from me (nothing to do with him!) it's just that as it finished, all my alertness and tension fell away. By tomorrow I'll be comatose!

So it'll be on to the next project. La Galerie Impromptu will pop up again, next time as a community event. I'm writing a proposal to Culture Night to host a 6 Pack exhibition https://www.facebook.com/6PackCommunityProject/ 

Hopefully, the space won't have been occupied by then -but there are no guarantees. In the pics I took over the week or so, I felt that the gallery looked just right in that spot. It had a kind of Continental look to it, tucked away in that corner; un petit coin du paradis... What do you think all of you out there in Dublin6land? Please 'LIKE' the 6 Pack project FB page at the above link.

23 Jun 2016

The Peacock Guitar



 Joe and Steve Wall (The Walls and formerly of The Stunning) dropped in to see my exhibition in la Galerie Impromptu, Harold's Cross and to play the Peacock Guitar.

 I received the unadorned guitar about eight months ago from Chris Maher of The Musical Youth Foundation and although I began work on it almost immediately, I ran into a couple of difficulties, mostly at the finishing end (there's nothing clear about lacquer!) However, I eventually made it through.

 I made a short video recording the process by which I decorated it -and then the lads give it a blast of, 'Are you Lonesome Tonight' at the end.

For anybody who likes to paint; I used Golden Artist Colours 'Fluid' paint to keep the strokes flat but still intense. In the Golden range are also some iridescent paints which were ideal for some of the bright plumage. The edges and other gold areas are gilded.

 You can still see this artwork at la Galerie Impromptu until Sunday June 26, when the gallery closes and reverts to a disused laundry. The proceeds from the sale of this guitar will go to the Musical Youth Foundation who provide access to an education in music for ALL children in Ireland.

20 May 2016

A Successful Fundit.ie Campaign; Thanks to You


The Fundit.ie campaign for my upcoming show, 'Flights of Fancy' is a few hours from closing and has exceeded expectations. Thank you all for the support and I'm currently working on the rewards for you.
I've attached a design for a poster which will go onto a sandwich board outside the space -and elsewhere around the locality as we come up to the opening date. In the spirit of crowd-activity, do let me know what you think. Squawk!

16 May 2016

What a Song and Dance!


Only 3 days left. *Gulp!* Almost there. To update you all on the 'Flights' project: The venue has been cleared as the Harold's Cross Festival used it as an office and gallery space over the weekend. As always, the Fundit page is here: http://fundit.ie/project/flights-of-fancy-art-exhibition and every little bit helps and will be rewarded.
I'm going to have to do quite a bit of work to level the floor (it's very rough in places), fill in gaps and holes in the wall and do something with the ceiling. A few bags of levelling compound and buckets of elbow grease will do it.
To celebrate the imminent closing of the crowdfunding campaign, I've put together a bit of music on the flight theme:

11 May 2016

Halfway There.

Just under 50% funded for this popup exhibition, Flights of Fancy -and the funding deadline is in 9 days. I've secured the wine and some of the printing outside of Fundit.ie, which will help a great deal.

Have a look at the image at left to see the list of rewards for supporters.
Other news is: I'm going to have a set up in the space itself where you can make your own printed impression from a linocut and take it home with you -just for fun.

6 May 2016

Puffins Puffins Puffins

Well, there's only 14 days to go before the Fundit.ie deadline...at 36% of funding right now...must...have...contingency...plan...
Things are hotting up, chez McSherry. 

Meanwhile, here's a picture of a very handsome man with a painting superglued to his trousers.

If you'd like to help him unglued the painting from his pants and stop him walking around Dublin like a puffin, you can support this exhibition and be REWARDED: