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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