Diamond hill, Connemara, Galway in watercol

Diamond Hill, Connemara

 

This landscape is for me a step outside my comfort zone. I tend to do landscapes in black and white using a pen – rarely in watercolour. One of my workmates Aoife was on this lovely hill and took some amazing photos I was surprised to hear were with a phone. I wanted to try painting them and to be honest I don’t do them any justice. But as you know for this site I post all the bad and the good, as it’s all about what we learn on the journey not just the end result.

I have to admit, I am not done justice myself in my photo of the sketch – this was taken with my own phone in artificial light. I’ll add a better quality photo to this post at some stage when I get some time in daylight. Ahead of painting it I was thinking greens and browns, with a little blue for the further back bits, but I was surprised as I get into it the whole range of colours in the Irish landscape. Everything from red to yellow to blue and pretty much everything in between. I’m blessed living is such a wonderfully vibrant country.

Greenfield in acrylic

Greenfield in acrylic

Greenfield in acrylic

This painting looks a lot better in real life, but still not a super painting. It has a real vibrancy which didn’t come through in this photo (taken with a phone, so surprise, surprise!).

 

It is a painting of a few fishing boats moored on the shore of Lough Corrib at  Greenfield, not far from Headford in County Galway, Ireland. I live just up the road. I really should re-paint this as this piece doesn’t do it credit at all. Keep visiting and you may see that happen…

Hartel & Rising Sun - by Andy Madigan

Hartel & Rising Sun

Hartel & Rising Sun - by Andy Madigan

I did this drawing/watercolour back in May while staying with my in-laws in Philadelphia. They have a lovely porch I was sitting out on in the sun. and I drew this view of the junction down the road. The style of houses over in the US is so different to here in Ireland, and even the perimeter of peoples plots were defined differently. Add to that the different trees and colours and it’s a whole new world.

For me the biggest new past of the experience was how the light was great in the sun there, and the heat dried the watercolours so fast I could add new washes in minutes, or in some cases seconds. Really great for speed, but it took getting used to, to be working fast before a stroke dried and put a rim on a brushstroke.

Claran, Headford - painted by Andy Madigan

View from the office

Claran, Headford - painted by Andy Madigan

 

This is what I look out at when I work. It is a lovely place to live and work. So different from the previous five years I spent working in a basement in Dublin. Dark, depressing, restrictive – how different can you get? I love the change sightings of rabbits, the lambs going nuts dancing at the start of Spring, and the swallows and martins gathering at this time of year, filling every branch and telephone wire available.