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Painting-a-Day

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In my on-going quest to rediscover the pleasure of just painting, I blundered upon a large and growing internet-based art movement; Daily Painting. Apparently only going since 2006 as a informal, blog-based idea, it works on several levels. It's an education to see other artists' set-ups, thoughts and working practices -often along with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations of techniques. 
For the artists, it's an encouragement to practice every day. They can then sell originals by availing of several internet outlets, such as Etsy, eBay or just through the blog itself, with a link to PayPal. It's a super way for the general public to buy reasonably priced original artworks, with no gallery fees. Most of the resulting artworks are small, since they're only studies -often around 6" x 8". 
My own favourite is Peter Yesis' Daily Painting Practice. He loves to share knowledge and his good-humour and modesty comes across in his writing. Like all the d…

Snail's Pace Illustration Step...by...Step

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Back to the world of editorial illustration. Last Sunday saw the publication of this meisterwerk in the Sunday Tribune. It was commissioned to accompany a profile article on John McElligott, MD of eBay Ireland. McElligott made the point that rollout of broadband in Ireland is proceeding very slowly indeed and is an impediment to online business, nay; an embarrassment . And so say all of us.

After presenting a few ideas, all along the same lines, the 'Traveller's Caravan' idea was selected, I think because it conveyed the idea of commerce more succinctly [and isn't eBay the territory of second-hand goods' sales and virtual tinkerers?] Additionally, it gives a sense of old Ireland and its unhurried ways.


Once I got the go-ahead, I sketched the composition out on the stretched board, as usual and layed down a wash of sap green.


Part of the idea was for certain elements to break the bounds of the background. I also felt that the character should have an air of someone con…

Bottle Blues

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Every day I try to take a little time out to paint a still life. It's good for the practice...and good for the soul, too. I put this little blue bottle up on the stand in my studio and spent perhaps an hour in my own little world.

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