Author Archives: Neil Condron

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!

Ezra – pastel

Ezra by Neil Condron. Pastel (predominantly pan pastel) 60x40cm on foam board. If you are interested in coming to my pastel class or workshops in the Schoolhouse for Art the details of upcoming courses are on the website http://www.schoolhouseforart.com

  
    
 


Arabella and Bentley – oil on canvas

 
'Arabella' oil on canvas 60x60cm

‘Arabella’ oil on canvas 60x60cm © Neil Condron 2015

'Bentley' oil on canvas 60x60cm

‘Bentley’ oil on canvas 60x60cm © Neil Condron 2015

Two of my recently commissioned portraits landed in Australia today – sister and brother Arabella and Bentley. A pair of ‘free-range kids’ as their lovely mother lovingly describes them.

I always get attached to the people I am painting and miss them when the painting is finished, especially with children’s portraits – the next time you see them they’re all grown up!

…new subject, fresh canvas…off I go…lovin’ it!


Heffernan girls for web

This is one of my recent pastel commissions; a portrait of three beautiful young sisters. The girls sat for me while I took lots of reference photos for their painting (even these three angels wouldn’t have been able to sit still for a full painting session!)

btw – I’ve soft pastel classes and workshops in the Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry if you’d like to explore this versatile medium….?


Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Galway Bay

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara (pastel)

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara (pastel)

This is a pastel of Dunguaire Castle which sits on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. I painted it as a gift for my beautiful new daughter-in-law Susie and my eldest son Ross who were married in Kinvara last Friday the 3rd of October 2014.


Alicja – acrylic on paper

Following a superb Life Drawing workshop with the extremely talented  Sahoko Blake in the Schoolhouse for Art  last Saturday (her March workshop is already overbooked – more workshops to be announced) I decided to try her ‘acrylic on paper’ technique at our Thursday Life Drawing session and I was really pleased with the result. Because the acrylic paint dries so quickly you can’t get too hung up on detail (my regular mistake), plus you can add back in the charcoal and slap more paint on that too. And all on a cartridge paper. Great fun and good practice to loosen up tight habits…!

Alicja

If you would like more information on our classes and workshops in the Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry join our mailing list.

N.


I decided to paint digitally at ‘Life Drawing Thursdays’ in the Schoolhouse for Art.

Digital AlicJa

 

I decided to give ‘digital’ a go at last Thursday’s life drawing session in the Schoolhouse for Art . I was shown an app called ‘Paper’ by my youngest son Scott (who uses it to great effect) and had a few initial hesitant ‘attempts’ however I have to admit I’m really enjoying it. It’s very basic but also very clever and simple to use.

If digital’s good enough for David Hockney – it’s good enough for me…..!

Life Drawing in the Schoolhouse for Art – all day – every Thursdayany medium!


Well I’ve been a busy boy since my last blog…..

For about a year I’ve had my eye on the old schoolhouse in Enniskerry village with the idea that it would make an incredible venue for ‘all things art’ and after a bit of nudging, pestering and veiled threats I eventually got my hands on it in August…

…introducing –

SfA logo colour

The Schoolhouse for Art is in essence an educational facility for the study and exploration of arts

and crafts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in beautiful Enniskerry village, it is a place for learning,

an exhibition space and a meeting place, where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and

all artistic abilities.

For the whole story and class/workshop details have a click on us www.schoolhouseforart.com.

 


Time-lapse of Giacomo’s portrait.

Time-lapse of Giacomo’s portrait..


Time-lapse of Giacomo’s portrait.

DSC_0126

This is my first attempt of doing time-lapse of my pastel portraits as I’m working. You can see it on ‘YouTube’ –  http://youtu.be/pGQFvpN5Yd0 I hope you like it.


My painting gets a mention in the Metro

Delighted to be told that my recent painting ‘Subjects of Debate’ was featured in today’s Metro Herald.

Subjects for Debate - Metro