Monday, December 5, 2011

Young Artists Exhibition

The Exhibition which took place was in all a success. The night of the opening, the gallery space was packed out with people, there was hardly room to move. Many of the paintings sold on the first night, some were sold before the doors were completely open.
I was lucky in that all of my work sold, over the course of the two days.
It was a wonderful experience, and alot of fun.
Great publicity for the young artists showing there, and great publicity for the young art world in general.
Hopefully this will be one of many more to come!

The News Paper Article in the Limerick Leader, (Click image to enlarge)

My Work

'Pretty Girl'

'Bunny Slippers'

'Little Boy'

'Bella' and 'The City on Angles'

A nearly full group shot of us and Lady Dunraven who opened the exhibition.

Martina who organized the event and Katie Hession, who also exhibited work in the exhibition

Katie Hession's Work. (All Sold)

One of Martina's Portraits.

Lady Dunraven giving her speech. The rooms were packed out!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Black Dog

Black Dog

This dog is based on a dream I had.

The background was down by rolling the waxed up plate through the press with sand paper, and then dipped in the acid for about twenty minutes.
I re-waxed the plate then etched the dog. I wasn't happy with the image so I then used aqua-tint to make the image darker.
I was happy with the over all effect, I like how the sand paper texture gives off a dream like, hazy effect.

I am Woman

Stitched in sketchbook

Drawn out in other sketchbook


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Born a man

Original Sketch

"Those masterful images because complete
Grew in pure mind, but out of what began?
A mound of refuse or the sweepings of a street,
Old kettles, old bottles, and a broken can,
Old iron, old bones, old rags, that raving slut
Who keeps the till. Now that my ladder's gone,
I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart."
-W.B. Yeats

Original sketch done by acident and ....boredom, during a lecture. The last two were worked up in photoshop, and the last section of the poem, 'The Circus Animals Desertion' by W.B. Yeats was added.

Young Artists Local Exhibition

This exhibition has been organized by my friend Martina Gleason. It is a group exhibition, opening on December third, and will be running all week.
The exhibition will be opened by Lady Dunraven, and 25 percent of all the proceeds go to the Adare Branch Alzheimer's Center.

I will post pictures of some of my work and others shortly, after the exhibition has opened.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vincent Hui

Some interesting artwork by Vincent Hui. I really like his sketchbook work. its interesting how he uses pencil with acrylic.

Finished Works

Sketchbook Work

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Michael McConnell

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Illustrations by Michael Mconnell

In Michael McConnell's work, the innocence and vulnerability associated with children and animals is constrained within one figure. He has utilized the forms usually used as hunting trophies to transform them into visions of a lost childhood.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Odilon Redon

'Crying Spider,' by Odilon Redon

Lousie Bourgeois Spider art

Some work by Louise Borgeois. The spider is a frequent subject matter in her work.

 "Typical of the ambiguous and contradictory emotions found in and elicited by her work, the spider (or mother) is simultaneously frightening, larger than life and devouring – representative of…well, mothers, and of the sustenance of life… the spider is also a weaver – of stories, social threads, interconnectedness; a spider’s web is both practical and beautiful to behold. To kill a spider is bad luck. Bourgeois, named by her feminist mother, after Louise Michel, an anarchist involved in the Paris Commune, has said “my best friend was my mother and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat and useful as a spider.” A tapestry-repairer and a strong role model in many ways, her mother nevertheless tolerated a visible affair between Louise’s father and her governess, a self-described childhood ‘trauma’ that Bourgeois has revisited in her artwork through out her life."

Progress Review

All set up for my Progress Review today!

Along Came a Spider..

This is my first etching. I've changed my project slightly, its still the mind, but I focusing it more on my dreams which is what I wished I did from the start..
I was happy with how this image came out. The acid did lift away some of the lines way to much but it still came out better than I thought it would. I wanted delicate lines the whole way through, but it still works. I think I want to try and focus a bit more on the spider in the image;  unfortunately spiders are something I tend to dream about a lot..
Its bad because I don't care for them, but good as spiders are supposed to resemble creativity..


First Etch

Etch with Chine-collé


Photography- Semester one

For my photography class we had to base our project along the lines of our print project. So I based mine around the mind and dreams.
I took a chair and placed it in random out of place areas. Trying to create surreal dream like images. Although the imagery isn't the same as my prints the idea is along the same lines.