In the bloginning…

Apologies for the title – couldn’t resist it, anyhow it probably acts as a warning – ‘toe curling cheesy content ahead’! Welcome to my very first post on my very first blog. The reality at this point is that ‘you’ are probably one of a very small minority, possibly just you in fact, which in a way makes this ‘blogging business’ a little more intimate and less intimidating. I contemplated getting ‘blogging’ tips, terms, to-dos and definitely not to-dos, however because that would definitely screw up my brain I decided ‘to hell with it’ I’ll just go for it. I’ve no mission to save the world – not at this stage anyway and as I’m not extreme politically, morally, or any other type of ‘ally’ I don’t have anything too serious to impart.

the artist and the apple - both homegrown

I suppose the reason we’re having this one sided conversation results from external pressure from enthusiastic supporters of my ‘art’ who strongly advised that I needed to ‘up the ante’ and raise my profile by facebooking, blogging and tweeting (think I’ll skip the tweeting)….so here we are!

Apologies in advance for typos, dodgy grammer and the occasional lack of concentration. I’ll blame the combination of a Christian Brother education (perhaps more on that later) and the aging process (accelerated by a fondness for a glass of wine or two!). I’d also like to acknowledge my assistant ‘auto spellcheck’ for its ongoing support, it’s incredible how spellcheck still ‘gives a damn’ I’m constantly waiting for a message to appear saying “How many times do I have to spell this?“. That coupled with a retarded three finger typing technique makes blogging less than fluid.

I also suppose in this litigious era I should also warn of occasional ‘nudity’ – no need for excited anticipation though, I’m an artist not a sex fiend…well most of the time! I’m also prone to the occasional outburst of profanity. Does that mean that if you are under 18 you should go away…? Probably.

I decided on Februrary the 1st an my inaugural blog for two reasons – I’ll be 56 on the 13th (that statement feels surreal – tempus fugit!) a good time for something new to do, but more importantly Sinéad O’Connor’s new album ‘How about I be me (and you be you?)‘ is being released at the end of the month. As well as the fact that it’s great that this long awaited album is about to be launched, more importantly (for me) it’s going to propel me into fame and fortune – oh ye of little faith!! My claim to fame, or more accurately, my claim to Ms. O’Connor’s album is the fact that my painting ‘upon small shoulders‘ is featured on the album cover.

As I’m sitting here in my studio doing my three finger typing I’ve got a warm, nervous churning in my stomach, and a self-satisfied, almost smug ‘well aren’t I the dogs bollix?’ grin on my face…reminiscent of my ‘expectant father’ days….nervous but nice…Sinéad’s album, my art…can’t wait!

That’s enough for day 1 – my canvas is calling!

How About I be Me (and you be you?)

Sinéad O'Connors latest album.

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About Neil Condron

Nationality: Irish Occupation: Artist & Design consultant Studio: Enniskerry, Co Wicklow As a Designer: I’m an experienced design professional with demonstrated managerial success in evaluating, designing, developing and delivering corporate and product branding projects. I have Thirty-five years experience in the advertising and graphic design industries as a design practitioner and twenty three of those years as owner/manager of one of Ireland’s leading brand design companies Xmi design (formerly Marketing Image) employing, directing and training over 150 staff within that period. Proven creative skills in brand intuition, devising creative strategy, concept generation, design technologies, photographic direction and digital/print management. Proven management skills as managing director of xmi, in leadership, financial management, operations management, new business development, key client management, projects management, process and operational procedures development, needs analysis and training evaluation. Proven interpersonal skills as mentor, minder, motivator and confessor and always letting the client take the credit for a good idea. Proven track record having worked with the best in Irish business over three decades alongside some of our best creative talent - with industry accolades to prove it. As an Artist: My first recollection of my interest in painting was at the age of 10 when I won a prize for designing and painting a Christmas card in school. I loved both the art and the accolade - I was hooked. Regretfully I never made it to art college, instead I deployed my creativity in the commercial design world for over thirty years. Sporadically, as time would allow, I continued to paint and explore various mediums and styles. The great ‘epiphany’ occurred in 2008 when the arse fell out of my commercial world and the realisation that ‘tempus fugit’ is a reality. The need to paint became all-consuming – so I decided, much to the bewilderment of my worried family and the despair of my bank manager, to follow the dream. My philosophy - Life’s an adventure, what happens next is anyones guess, so enjoy the moment – without being a total idiot! View all posts by Neil Condron

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