Commissioned artwork, featuring a popular local tourist townland.
Watercolour on paper. Sea-scape, featuring a Dutch barge sailing into an inlet.
There are lots of times when artists feel the need to try something new, but please avoid entering into an artwork with which you have no affinity whatseover. Putting the elements here together, one finds sky, water, land and boats and seabirds. This painting uses a lot of flat masses – sky and sea, lifted with the barely visible background. The foreground shows a walkway with some sailing boats at the sea way and one larger boat sailing along the side. This work entailed just some drawing and a lot of water…….
Drawing and painting are therapeutic, creative, educational and above all, hugely enjoyable occupations. My Studio (just 35 mins. from Rennes) is open to visitors all year round and you are welcome to enjoy the 2 hour (1-2-1) highly acclaimed art sessions that I hold (indoors and outdoors) during the year. For further information, please fill in the form below and e-mail it to me. For artists and non-artists, there is residential accommodation too.
Do you want to master the skill of making quick and accurate drawings and paintings? Or do you long to create a truly superb work of art?
Then come an join me in my fully equipped Art Studio in gorgeous Brittany – and make your dream come true…
As a working Artist-Painter, I have many years’ experience ( In Ireland and in France) of teaching people how to produce lst class illustrations and paintings – in all fields and in all aspects of drawing and painting mediums and materials.
Although I specialise in one-to-one Professional, Art Personal Tuition, I also hold a number of challenging Open Days (limited to just 4 persons) which comprise a Professional Art Class in the morning and in the afternoon, the students are given the time to unleash their creativity and to create a wonderful work of art of their own.
For full details and tariffs on these excellent programmes, etc., please contact me at:-
Whenever I have an exhibition (as at present) or hold an Open Day in my Studio, one question that is invariably asked is ” are the prices negociable”? And my answer always, is, YES. The Artists amongst you, know, of course, that Artists put a huge amount of time and effort into their artwork but that it is very difficult to quantify in monetary terms, this creative effort.
However, being a pragmatist (and ever optimist…) I realize, that although a work of art may well be worth the figure asked, the buyer, although he or she really wants that artwork, may genuinely not have that asking price available to them, so compromise, within reason, is a sensible attitude to have towards the sale price.
I feel you will agree that it is better to make a sale and have a happy Client than to make no sale at all.
Some Artists will not agree with me, of that I am certain, but from experience, I have often sent a Client home, delighted with their purchase (and sale
price ) 0f MY artwork, and in fact, such sales have resulted in further sales, simply because I am always open to discuss the price of my work. Here in France the term “a debattre” is used to cover this transaction and indeed, debating a price (haggling if you like) is extremely popular and leaves both parties satisfied with the result.
So in future when you see a work you really like, but are a little “shy” of the money asked, please contact the Artist, etc., concerned: the outcome could well enhance your, and that Artists’ life!.
To most people, the mere mention of the word “Portrait” conjures up a heavy oil painting featuring some-one else’s relative, peering gloomily out from a dulled gilded frame!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Portraits, as with all other forms of artwork, can be executed in a myriad of different materials, on a broad variety of materials and encompassing an even wider spectrum of subjects.
I have, of course, illustrated a number of portraits in oils and also in acrylics, but to my mind, the humble pencil, “lifted” by the judicious use of a little ink and colour, can and will, transform this unpretentious form of portraiture, into something extra special.
To emphasise my point, I have included two recent canine drawings, each done with an ordinary HB pencil on 240 grade paper. However, as you will notice, I have deliberately made a feature of the eyes, chosing to do them in ink and colour, in order to bring each of the dog’s heads to life. Plus, in order NOT to “muddy the waters” so to speak, I have not filled in any background detail whatsoever, leaving the head with their bright eyes, free to catch the viewer’s attention. I hope you enjoy these artworks, and please do hot hesitate to contact me, if and when you have any drawing or painting enquiries.
My studio will be open from July onwards and you will be more than welcome to see my various artworks on view and to chat about them . Please contact me, however, beforehand.
You may wonder why I am so enthralled by things mechanical? Well, at the age of six, my father decided I was ready to help him start his elderly car – he yanked on the starting handle and my job was to push down on the accelerator when the engine caught………
Apart from this was the fact that from the age of three, my father brought me to every conceivable motor sport event – bikes, cars, sidecars – that was available in the Dublin area. His friends were all petrol heads too, so without even realizing it, my course and involvement with noisy, smelly and wonderful machinery was set in stone.
I had started drawing (at my mother’s behest) at the age of three, so as a teenager, I was involved in illustrating cars and…..purchasing, renovating and re-selling 2-wheeled machines. By l7 I was driving my father’s Ford Anglia and riding my first motorbike – the inimitable and unique”nifty fifty” – the Honda 50cc. My parents were puzzled, but my boss at the time, thought I wasn’t quite ladylike – arriving into the office in black leathers…….
At this point in my life, I can indulge my love for interesting cars by drawing and painting and occasionally driving them! What a life!!!
The illustration below is a watercolour on paper, currently on exhibition here in Brittany, of the brain-child of the late Carrol Shelby – the fabulous A.C.Cobra.
Are you a brave and bold person, always looking for a challenge? Or are you a somewhat retiring personality, with nevertheless, the feeling that deep inside you, is another person looking to emerge? Well, art, by which I mean, drawing and painting, is one excellent way in which to achieve both types of needs.
Most people will begin their artistic endeavours by tentative doodlings…little scribbled shapes in the margins of scraps of paper. In time, though, these sketches will develop – depending on you, the artist, into illustrations of merit. The beauty of this area of the arts is that you can take your time, doing as little or as much each day, as you wish. Artists rarely rush their work – it shows too much: instead, their artwork is usually built up over a period of days, weeks or even months, in order to achieve the desired effect.
Because art is so flexible (its’ beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder) you can afford to be adventurous in this field. But the one thing I always advise, is to learn how to work expansively – that is to say, use large illustrations on large surfaces rather than tiny drawings on tiny pieces of paper. Very small work tends to be tight and limited whereas large works give scope for easy viewing and a broad expanse of artwork!
Remember too, to take on subjects that you may not have considered before. Everything that surrounds you can be illustrated. From the wash hand basin with its accrued towels, facecloths, soaps, toothbrushes, etc., to the new jar of coffee sitting beside a coffee cup and saucer, spoon and biscuit, and from a plate of fish and chips on a gingham table cloth to the broken down chair and old metal watering can in the garden.
Artists, the world around you provides all you will ever need as subjects – so go ahead, take on the challenge and produce your wonderful artworks for all to admire and enjoy.