These ones were all bought by the Carty's, Liz and Oliver, recently.. thanks again! The first two are Stamp-cells, Broadband Bonkers (brand new) and May Contain Traces of Mustard, shown in the Fishbowl Gallery in Temple Bar. The curvy one is Original Response, shown in The Signal Open exhibition in Signal Arts Centre in Bray in 2018, and the Square one is Strike a New Direction, which was in the Westport Arts Festival in 2016, when the theme was matchboxes.
For safety reasons and for less interruptions by well-meaning enthusiastic and curious passers-by, who I'd spend half the time chatting with if I was painting during the day, the mural I started last month in a nursing home is being done in the dark of night.
Not long to go now with it, then after 3 days the first of 2 isolation coats of acrylic medium, and two coats of satin varnish.
It's going to be an actual café for residents of the nursing home and their families.
Nice, huh? :-)
I'm applying for this open call and that group exhibition, usually get one in four or five that I go for. This guy knows what he's talking about when it comes to talking about your art. I always recoil from all that pseudo-philosophoical meaningless hot air whenever I read it. My eyes literally glaze over. That might be the point because usually the more incomprehensible the statement the less there is to look at.
On we go..
These two London lasses are pretty good at cutting through the codswallop, too.
I was asked by a facility for caring for elderly folk could I paint a wall in a corridor for them. They had the idea of a café, so I sketched out a plan (nice paperwork) and got the thumbs up. Managed to get as much done as you can see in the site photos, but had to stop work because of health and safety and all that. Michaelangelo didn't have to deal with this kind of thing, I bet. I'm now looking at writing a method statement, including safety measures, risk assessments, and a rake of other stuff (extremely tedious paperwork). Then I can finish brightening up the place.. It will be worth it.
The Ranelagh Arts Centre is being priced out of existence by our ludicrously volatile property market. 'Celebrating Ranelagh', a group exhibition which I am pleased to have a painting in, will probably be the last to be held there before they move out on the 5th October, or anywhere, unless a suitably non-extortionate lease on another place in the area appears. Thats the way we're going again, eh?
The collage/painting I have in it is called 'Lookee Here, Lucky Here', and here are a couple of photos taken while it was being completed. The finished version can be viewed in The Ranelagh Arts Centre from this Friday 21st September till October 4th
Drop in on Culture night (Friday 21st) if you're around for some beat poetry from Caoimhe Lavelle and Rúairi Conneely
'Peak-a-boo', begun in 2009, and 'Original Response', begun in 2013, two assemblages that have recently been completed, are going to be in the Signal Arts Open exhibition. It runs from Tuesday 7th - Sunday 19th August 2018.
One of the important things about art therapy is keeping a visual journal going. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung was one of the first to put in words the potential for healing and self-discovery that comes from regularly making images, especially free-association doodle-type images. This method of working often reveals things to us about ourselves and what's going on around us that we subconsciously knew already but needed to see to fully realise.
The visual journals we did on the course weren't meant to be all about ourselves, they were meant to be about the stuff we learned in seminars and workshops, and they were also meant to be playful.
One exercise which we did in the excellent introductory course in art therapy run by the Childrens Therapy Centre and Crawford College, which was on in Smithfield, was to pick a plastic figure from lots of them spread out on a piece of cloth on the floor. I picked a crow. The first image below is a painting of the kind of world a crow would probably like to be in. Lots of flowers, some sea, a bit of rain and no right angles. Crows are supposed to fly in a straight line, so right angles are probably not something they do at all really..