This is a quick sketch of my sister-in-law Triona when she visited us here in Galway a while back.
I was making a series of drawings to explore the styles of the old masters, in this case one of Reuben’s cherubs. He was a wonderful painter. I used to find him really boring and overly soppy in his subject matter but when I started to explore the marks he made, the shadows, and the constant turning of his subjects in complex compositions I started to really respect his works as masterpieces. I am sure he would be very relieved to know that.
This is a drawing of Greenfield House on the shores of Lough Corrib. It is at the end of the road I live on. I feel a strong connection to the area as apart from moving here to live, the men in my wife’s family (Grandfather, father, brother, husband!) have all fished from here. I did this drawing in 2009 and little has changed I am glad to say.
This is a sketch of Greenfield harbour at the end of the road I live on between Headford and Lough Corrib. I drew it in two parts and sadly didn’t have the same perspective/scale from both spots. Pity – it could have worked out well. I will do some more drawings down there in the Spring. I love the spot, but always get my head wrecked by a dog down there. I’d cycle around there all the time otherwise.
Philadelphia is a lovely city. It has so many different colours of tree, plant and flower that it is a real feast of colour in the Spring. I did this sketch at my mother in law’s home there last May. It was so bright and hot it was ideal for watercolours – fast drying and vibrant colours.
I’d love to build a veranda on my house. Maybe I will someday. Somewhere to sit back, relax after a long day, and watch the world go by. Then again, I do live in North Galway, so unless I ws to wear oilskins I wouldn’t be sitting out for long most of the year.
My wife brought me away to Lenanne for a few days a little before our first child was born. Little did we know it would be the last peace and quiet we’d see for quite a while! This was drawn at the crossroads with the road for Maum.
I really enjoyed Lenanne as a get away from things, even though we live in the same county it really felt isolated – if I remember right we didn’t even have mobile phone signal. The people were friendly, and there is a great boat ride you can do out through Killary Harbour.
I was lucky enough to get married on safari in South Africa, in Kwandwe to be precise. Because of this we had the unusual experience of going out for a dawn trek on safari on the morning of our wedding day. While out we came across a cheetah dripping in perspiration, just after taking down a wildebeest. Here I drew from a set of photo I took where he is dragging it into cover away from some warthogs who were passing. I drew it with a fine-liner pen on watercolour paper as I like the firmness of the paper, how it soaks up the ink and how the texture affects the line when drawing.
Below is one in the series of photos I took to make the drawing from. Magnificent animal. I feel very lucky to have seen him in action in his natural habitat. What a wonderful start to our married life together. And it has only gotten better and better since.
This is my adorable daughter Rebecca, making faces as I foolishly asked her to give me a big smile! She is such great fun to be around, I spend so much of our time together in fits of laughter. Parenting can be tiring, but it is definitely the most rewarding thing you can do in life.
I didn’t finish it but as you’ll notice as you go through the site, I really like partly completed drawings. There is something about an unfinished drawing that is like watching a mix between a blueprint design and a finished product. You can see how it is being built, at the same time as seeing how it will end up.