Summer is almost over and the weather has been good by Irish standards. Battling the elements is par for the course for a Plein Air Artist but I have had some great days out painting around the south east coast and am pleased with the results. It is also the first time I have painted with a group of artists and while I found it a little strange at first it has been good to share
the experience with other people and see how they interpret the
same subject. There is still time to get some more painting done before winter comes but for now I have enclosed some images and photos from the last few weeks.
From the Top: Hook Head, Oil on Canvas
Painting at Hook. Painting at Ballyhack.

River Crossing, Tintern Abbey, Oil on Canvas.
Ballyhack,Oil on Canvas.
Post published by Tom King 30th August 2010


During the course of a recent conversation with an artist friend about painting techniques and materials I made reference to a book I have found very useful over the years. It is 'Collins Artist's Manual' published by Harper Collins. There are many such books on the market but I have found this one to be particularly good. In addition to detailed technical information on all aspects of painting, well illustrated, there are some great paintings featured by leading contemporary artists. I am sure it is still in print and would recommend it.

Another book I have found useful is 'The Materials and Techniques of Painting' by Jonathan Stephenson and published by Thames and Hudson. This book is more technical than the Collins one and not quite so informative in certain areas but it makes a good companion to it and overlaps in areas adding additional depth to the information. Some of the illustrations are a bit primitive but they get the point across and most of what you would ever want to know about painting is here.

The third book I bought second hand many years ago and would think is long out of print by now is 'The Artist's Craft' by James Ayres. The original publisher was Guild Publishing London, the copy I have was published in 1985 by Book Club Associates. This is really a book on the history of studio practice and techniques and is a gem. It is, as it says in the title, a book on the craft aspect of an artist's studio and is a good read as well as a reference manual. Such books on the working life of an artist's studios through the ages are rare so I snap them up when I come across them. It is possible second hand copies are available through the internet.
Published by Tom King 24 - 8 - 2010


I learned last week that my watercolour painting of the Bullring Market, Wexford had won The Peoples Choice award for the most popular painting of the Plein Air Festival of Ireland. This is very gratifying and I am delighted that it gave pleasure to so many people.
Published by Tom King 15th Aug 2010


The Plein Air Festival of Ireland, now in its third year, took place last weekend (30th July-1st Aug.) in Wexford and finished with an exhibition in Greenacres Gallery of work produced.
This year the festival included Enniscorthy celebrating 1500 years in existance and attracted artists from as far away as America. Over a hundred artists took part filling the streets of Wexford and Enniscorthy with sheets of paper, canvases, bags, easels and umbrellas. All work had to be completed during the festival painted en plein air and several additional events were organised including a number of paint-outs around the county extending its scope and time frame.
The exhibition at Greenacres Gallery in Wexford continues until 7th August and included are my three paintings shown here produced over the weekend. All are Line and Wash on Paper.

From the top down:
St. Iberius Church, North Main Street, Wexford
The Bullring Mkt. Wexford.
The Saturday Mkt. Enniscorthy.
Published by Tom King, 3 - 8 -10