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RIO DEI MENDICANTI, VENICE

Watercolour on paper 33cm x 52cm produced on a recent painting trip to Venice.
Post published by Tomas King 22nd June 2018.

PAINTING THE SUMMER

Two paintings from warmer times. The Garlic Window (top) and Dappled Light (bottom) bring back memories of warm summer days that seemed to go on for ever as I look out at a cold wet early April afternoon.
Post Published by Tomas King 02 - 04 - 2018   

LONGWY TILE

I purchased this tile many years ago from a brocante in the south west of France and it has been with me in my studio ever since. At the time the owner of the brocante said it was Longwy and wrote the name on the back for me but I have never been able to find any reference to the design which is clearly 'art deco' and measures
8. 1/4" x 8. 1/4". The pottery was established towards the end of the 17th century in a Carmelite convent and during its long history has engaged in many styles and worked with many eminent artists and designers. I am very fond of it and it has become part of the furniture of my studio.  

THE HOOK PENINSULA

I have painted here many times and can always find something new to interest me. The lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in Europe and is positioned on a thin finger of land surrounded by sea on three sides so it is a wild and wonderful place. The painting above (oil on canvas) was painted about five years ago and was used as a poster by the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club for their annual exhibition. The big billowing sky coming off the Atlantic is typical of the area - I think it is time I ventured back there and did another painting.
Post published by Tomas King 28 - 03 -2018 

TWO IMAGES FROM MY IRISH SKETCHBOOK

Two watercolour sketches from my Irish sketchbook. Top: the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Dublin (also known as Joyce's Tower). Below: a group of fishing boats at Kilmore Quay. I have been neglecting my sketchbooks recently and should get back into them as they are a great source of material for paintings.
Post published by Tomas King 5th March 2018  

FIVE MINUTE PORTRAIT STUDIES

These three five minute portrait sketches are watercolour on a heavyweight cartridge paper used for reasons of economy. Cartridge paper is harder than watercolour paper so the paint lies on the surface in pools. A similar effect can be achieved using a hot pressed (smooth) watercolour paper.
Post published by Tomas King 25 - 02 - 2018 

AUGUSTUS JOHN

Photographs of Augustus John relaxing and painting in his studio. He said My paintings and drawings are being overlooked because I do not paint abstract Art.

WINTER SUN ON OLD WILLOWS

Winter Sun on Old Willows, oil on canvas 42cm x 51cm
Post published by Tomas King 30 - 1 - 2018

Happy Summer Days

Looking back on a cold, wet and windy day in December to happier days in the summer. This watercolour was painted while out with a group of artist friends on a beautiful Summers day.
Post published by Tomas King 10th Dec. 2017 

WATCHING TELEVISION

Our two grandchildren watching TV before bedtime. Watercolour on paper.
Post published by Tomas King 4th Oct 17.

GRACE

Oil on Georgian Oil Paper 36cm x 45cm.
Post published by Tomas King 23 - 06 - 2017

FALING SHADOWS ON SUMMER WALLS

Watercolour on paper. Post published by Tomas King 1 -06 - 2017

THREE 15 MINUTE STUDIES & FINISHED OIL SKETCH

At the beginning of the life painting session each week we start with a series of quick studies. The three above were done in watercolour on cartridge paper. The smooth surface of the cartridge paper is not absorbent and the watercolour tends to float on the surface creating a fluid effect. It is a cheap way of making these quick studies without spending a lot of money on expensive watercolour paper. The image below is the finished oil sketch on canvas board which took one and a half hours.
 Post published by Tomas King 18th May 2017


TWO FROM THE BOX OF MEMORIES

As I mentioned in my last post I recently came across a box containing all the invitations to my past exhibitions. The watercolour, top (Profusion), was featured on the invitation to my first solo exhibition (Spring in Cahors) twenty five years ago and the one underneath (La Muy) is from my second solo exhibition (A Month in Provence) twenty three years ago. I recall that there were twenty three paintings in second exhibition and twenty two of them were sold. I am still wondering what was wrong with the one that did not sell! Those were the days.
Post published by Tomas King 12th May 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVE

I recently came across a box containing some old exhibition invitations and a folder with some images of past paintings. I decided to scan them and save them onto the computer just in case they disappear again. I thought it might be an idea to publish them from time to time on my blog. My style has changed over the years but some of the images are still relevant. 'Red White and Blue' above was painted about eighteen years ago. It is watercolour on paper and measures approximately 28cm x 45cm.
Post published by Tomas King 29th April 2017