2016

In the West of IrelandI visited Dublin in 2016. The National Gallery of Ireland made a big impression on me

IN THE WEST OF IRELAND
Paul Henry
It’s impossible to describe how wonderful this painting is ‘in the flesh’ It’s tiny, but it calls you to it, whispering.  Even the official prints don’t do it justice.
And nor does my effort.
A lesson learned; when it looks simple, it never is.

Oil on board 12 x 10in


THE SUNSHADE
William John Leech 1913

 

Really eye catching.
The original winks at you across the room of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Oil on board 16 x 12in

 

 


COUNT JOHN MCCORMACK

Sir William Orpen 1923
Another ‘must try’ from the National Gallery of Ireland
I loved the colour of those tennis ‘whites’. How to mix that colour? That was the challenge

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12  in

 

 


 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
From a photograph I took in The Pantiles, with a view to making a painting

 

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in

 

 


DERWENTWATER

 

 

DERWENTWATER Landscape – (from a photograph by Mark Hewitt)

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 


OLD CHINESE MAN

Looking on the internet for ‘Old Chinese Man’, I found this image; in the form of a black and white drawing from chiangmaiportraitpaintings.com.
Unfortunately, he was smoking a cigarette, blowing clouds of smoke, which made me uncomfortable. So I changed it for a calligraphy pen and then learned how to hold one.

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 


MintMINT
Li Wentau 2017

Study in Mint drapery. I cannot read the Mandarin titles to Mr Li’s paintings, but they present great challenges. They look simple, but they are not.

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 

 

 


Girl in Red

 

 

GIRL IN RED
Li Wentau

Somehow, my version didn’t quite work.

 

 

 


 

MAXINE PEAKE

 

Original by Jonathan Yeo. I have long envied his painting skills and especially his flesh tones.

He left the hair unfinished, as he often does.

I should have done so too.

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 


 

 

NATHALIE PICOULET TWICE

The French pastelliste in front of one of her own paintings.

She is a superb artist

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 


CHINESE BEAUTY DRINKING WATER

 

CHINESE BEAUTY DRINKING WATER

Cropped from a much wider photo.

One of those images that catches your eye across the room.

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

 

 


Dutch Girl Smiling

DUTCH GIRL, SMILING

The original was a demo by Ben Lustenhouwer, found online.
I like his approach to measurement in portrait painting.

 

Oil on panel 16 x 12 in

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