Ashford Castle

Getting started – Ashford Castle

I am just getting going on a new picture of Ashford Castle up the road from me in Cong. It reminds me of mechanical drawing back in secondary school trying to get all the proportions right. I hope this one works out – I’ve tried drawing the castle a number of times but none have worked too well. Naturally, I’ll be posting more as I go along. Fingers crossed.

 

Cloughanover Castle – First of 2014

Stage 1- Cloughanover CastleMy first drawing of 2014 was of a local castle ruin, just outside Headford in County Galway (where I live). It is Cloughanover Castle which is just beside the wonderful Campbell’s Tavern. I am showing three stages in the drawing, following my usual aim of showing the process as well as the piece.

 

Stage 2 - Cloughanover CastleThe image above is about halfway through. I have the whole structure defined, and am just working it in.

 

Finished - Cloughanover Castle

This is the final image. As you can see I added the wall which was just impossible to avoid. It is actually worth focusing on the wall for a minute as it is what I see as wrong with the picture – I was happy with the castle and just wanted to be finished, so rushed it. I feel it takes from the overall image, as the fine detail I added to the castle is muted a little with the wall. I guess I am my own worst critic, but there ye go.

Greenfield House

Greenfield House

Greenfield House

 

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.

 

 

Bob & Carolines veranda

Bob & Caroline’s veranda

Bob & Carolines veranda

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.

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.

Waiting for a plane - drawing by Andy Madigan

Waiting for a plane - drawing by Andy Madigan

 

This is an early detail of a drawing I did of a plane waiting in Stockholm airport. Airports are great places to sketch, but of course when you are in them you rarely have time to sit for a few hours and draw. Also with so many security restrictions you’d probably not be allowed bring a pencil parer or water for paints.

 

Lorna's in Laragh

Lorna’s in Laragh

Lorna's in Laragh

 

This is my first sketch of house in Laragh in Wicklow I have some great memories of. I spent a Christmas there with my father, and really enjoyed the time together in such an isolated spot – more isolated as it was freezing cold and there was snow and ice on the roads. I wanted to do a painting of it for memories sake, but to date have not gotten around to it. Some day…