Two Recent Waterolours

It has been a glorious summer and I have taken full advantage of the long days. Here are just two of the paintings produced during this period, both watercolours. The top painting 'A Soft Day' 31 x 60cm was painted at one of my favourite locations. I have painted this many times but always I seem to find something different in this small group of buildings. The bottom painting 'From Coliemore Harbour to Dalkey Island, 22 x 32cm is of a delightful spot along the coast road just south of Dublin. I had been meaning to paint it for a long time but the opportunity never seemed to present itself. To get this view I had to stand in the road with a board fixed around my neck like an ice-cream seller in a cinema and hold my palette, water container and tissues in one hand while balancing my board against my waist to keep it steady and paint with the other hand, and for good measure I had to move out of the way every time a car came along. I like very much the old winch at the bottom right used for hauling the boats up the very steep ramp. 
Post published by Tomas King 22 - 8 - 2013


SILVER AWARD, Art in the Open 2013

I am delighted to announce that the above painting of Slade in County Wexford has won the T. Morris silver award at the Art in the Open international Plein Air Painting Festival 2013. This is the 6th year of the festival which has grown year-on-year and now attracts painters from all over the world. It has become the largest event of its type in Europe with painters producing works of art at various locations throughout south east Ireland over a two week period and culminating in an exhibition of selected works in Wexford.
The rules of the festival dictate that all works of art must be produced on location directly from the subject, not in the studio or from photographs. The festival is a great opportunity to meet other artists, both local and international, professional and amateur and share techniques or the problems of painting on location or just enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat.
Featured here are two other paintings I produced during the festival: 'Holiday Weekend, Enniscorthy', watercolour and 'John Cullinan painting at Carne Beach', watercolour.

Post published by Tomas King 10 - 08 - 13