Some notes on what I've been up to

July 2022.

Plenty to be up to as I teach my Painting and Sketching class in Gleann Cholm Cille to the bunch of 15 enrolled for the week. 

June 2022.

Camping on Inislacken as a part of the Inishlacken Project. So fortunate to have been invited to take part in this residency and to have had the opportunity to meet with and work alongside a great bunch of guys.

May 2022.

Attended a series of workshops organised by the Royal Ulster Academy at their headquarters to go into the detail of the human skeleton and muscle formations and how to use this in life drawing practice.

December 2021.

Continuing with the use of VR for exhibitions I curated the Royal Society of Ulster Architects annual exhibition as both a 'Real World' and a 'Virtual Reality' exhibition with a live portal link between the two. You can still access the exhibition here. Why not meet up with a friend in there?

November 2021.

Showing in the John Richardson French Residency Award Exhibition at Hambly and Hambly.

July 2021.

Back teaching my drawing and painting class in Gleann Cholm Cille after a forced break last year. All outdoors and better for it! 

May 2021.

Learning about how to use digital technologies to make VR exhibitions. I made this VR exhibition in collaboration with Dougal McKenzie of the Ulster University to show off the outputs from his 'Morning Light' series of workshops.

March 2021.

Published this illustrated article the the Royal Society of Ulster Architect Journal 'Perspective' on my travels to Rioja. One of my drawings was used for the front cover.

July 2019.

I've had a piece selected for the Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize exhibition which takes place in London in September and then tours to various locations. 

July 2019.

Off teaching my drawing and painting class in Gleann Cholm Cille. Stormy weather and a great crowd gave us the opportunity to try out new things.

June 2019.

Away off in Inishlacken again on 'The Inishlacken Project' artists residency.  And what a time we all had.

October 2018. 

I have this piece just opened in the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2018 at the Ulster Museum entitled 'A line on a map'. 

The painting has been created from a battered street utility cabinet at a Belfast sectarian interface, but is to be viewed in the context of the larger border on the island and the Brexit discussions. The textures could be mapping but the inclusion of the bolt references security with alternate open or shut conditions. The state of the cabinet is left uncertain with the lock present but not clicked. 

November 2018. 

I took a run down to Dublin for the 'Drawing Dalymount' event organised by artist Dorothy Smith. Works from the day now published as a colouring in book as a part of the memory of this soon to be demolished stadium.

June 2018 

I was again privileged to take part in the Inishlacken Project.  Ran with a variety of paintings and drawings this year as well as some art installation work.

June 2018 

Running a sketching session down in the Titanic Quarter as a part of the Place Urban Design Academy.

May 2018 

I took part in this event a the Ulster University.  A small postcard.  This is my left hand by my right hand.

Feb 2018 

Running a sketching session for Structural Engineers.  All about getting them to take out their pencils and see what is around them.

October 2017 

I have a drawing from my trip to the south of Italy entitled 'Cathedral Totem' in this years Royal Ulster Academy exhibition. The exhibition runs from 6 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 in the Ulster museum.


June 2017

Once again I was fortunate to be off on the beautiful island of Inishlacken as a part of The Inishlacken Project.

February 2017

Exhibition at the Royal Society of Ulster Architects,  2 Mountcharles, Belfast of my work from the trip to Matera and Puglia.  On view weekdays until 4.30pm until 3 March.

This exhibition represents the works from the three sketchbooks in their entirety and unedited. Disassembled they are presented in the order they were created.

The exhibition includes all 15 pen drawings, 4 watercolours and 25 pencil drawings.

Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Perspective Journal my trip to Puglia and Matera is published

Puglia and around

In September 2016

 I travelled to the Matera and Puglia regions just at the heel of Italy’s boot.

I brought sketchbooks and materials to allow pencil and pen drawings and a few watercolours. A backpack stool finished the kit.

Lots of time to reflect on how I go about my drawing work and to get in the usual sketches.  I've posted some up here.

July 2016

Published in July 2016 Notations is a collection of eight individual books that together form a folio of drawings, notes, collages, photographs and appropriated images taken from the notebooks of architects who use them as both reflective and reflexive forms of thinking.  It includes work by Tom dePaor, Michael Doherty, Grafton Architects, Seamus Lennon, McCullough Mulvin, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Nigel Peake.  Based on the principle that notebooks provide unique insights into personal worlds of drawing, this publication offers a set of open notations that can be interpreted and experienced as directly as they were drawn and made: unselfconsciously curious about the world.    Published by Gall Editions Editors: Paul Clarke and Peter Maybury  ISBN 978-0-9566293-4-0

June 2016

I was off on the beautiful island of Inishlacken as a part of The Inishlacken Project.  Lots of drawings in various media over the week.

April 2016

Back to life drawing class at the Crescent Arts Centre and enjoying doing these large portraits in about A2 size with a bit of life drawing too.

 March 2016

Counting myself fortunate to have been selected for the Life Drawing and Painting Masterclass at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.  We had pens, coloured pencils and oil paints.  The two days were tutored by the painter Colin Davidson.  Lots learned and plenty of thoughts generated for the future.  A couple of the pictures made in class.

 October 2015

Not long back from a 2015 trip to Lindos on Rhodes.  Plenty more sketching carried out this time.  I've written up a couple of days as a kind of day by day blog with tips on how I went about the pictures. 

August 2015

Again I'll be running an art class at Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) in the Donegal Gaeltacht.  The 2016 class will be from 9 July to 15 July.  Looking forward to having lots of fun and creativity over the week.  If you want to know more about my class and link to make a booking I've set up a specific page for it. Painting and Sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille.

July 2015

Just back from a week long residency in Roundstone as a part of the Inishlacken Project. I used all sorts of media this year, Pencil, graphic pen, chinese inks with washes, soluble graphite and acylic painting.

July 2014 

Carried on sketching in Gleann Cholm Cille this year.  Some of my sketches from over the years here.

June 2014

Spent a week on Inishlacken in June 2014.  I filled a sketchbook with pen drawings.  You can see a few of them here.

May 2014

'Idir Dhá Aigne' opens in the Cultúrlann on 1 May 2014 at 7.00pm.  My twelve works will be exhibited together with twelve by John Stewart and ten each from Coláiste Feirste and Ashfield Girls School.  The exhibition is the culmination of work over the past year which included sketching workshops and walking tours. One of my pieces below 'Ag amharc soir', aicrileach ar chanbhás, 61cm x 122cm

April 2014

Was off in Lindos on the Island of Rhodes over in 2014.  Just been able to compile the sketches from the trip onto a page.  Lindos 2014

June 2013

 Had a serious week of drawing and thinking with a great group in Cloch na Rón (Roundstone) and Inishlacken in Connemara. All part of the Inishlacken Project run by Rosie McGurran and inspired by Gerard Dillon who spent time on the island. 

Lobster pots at the pier on the island.

I'm one of the architects to be featured in this forthcoming film and book on architects sketchbooks. You can view the pretty cool trailer for the film at this link. Well done Paul and Connor.

Bhí lá den scoith agam ag sceitseáil an chrannóg atá i mbun tochailt.

Bunaithe ar an eolas atá siad a bhaint den suiomh tá siad ag athscriomh scéal conaíocht in Eireann insan méan aois.

The Drumclay Crannóg dig.

This view from the ninth floor of River House .  Acrylic on canvas board. 32"× 20"

This piece 'Cut off Bollards 6, 26 and 32 Andersonstown Barracks Site' was exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy 2012 Exhibition. More info.

Headed off to Lindos for a couple of weeks and drew and drew. The full story.

Travelled to Cinque Terra in the north of Italy in July 2012.  Great place.  You can see the sketches from the trip here.

You can read about my sketching and view sketches of Carcassonne in the south of France here.

I had a very enjoyable trip at Easter time to Barcelona with a crowd of wine tasters.  Drawings were very much in the sketching style for this trip.

Idir Peann Luaidhe agus paipéar (between pencil and paper) is an exhibition running January - March 2012 in An Chultúrlann, Falls Road Belfast.

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