This is a recent commissioned portrait of Giacomo (his dad’s Italian) he is only 6 months old believe it or not. I took a load reference photos in my studio – it’s difficult to get a child to sit for a pose and impossible for a baby to stay still. I painted his portrait using soft pastel which I think works really well in achieving the subtle skin tones in such a flawless face.
I took photos of the painting as it progressed from start to finish so when I’ve edited it a bit I’ll stick it on youtube, some of you might be interested in seeing how I paint in pastel.
Now for the sales pitch – If you are interested in a portrait in pastel (€750 – same as Giacomo‘s portrait) or oil (from €1,000) give me a shout before I become ridiculously famous and extraordinarily expensive…!! Email me at email@example.com
The obligatory self-portrait was completed in the early hours this morning to meet the deadline for the ‘Sky Arts portrait artist of the year‘ competition (stage 1).
I actually think I look as exhausted as I felt trying to get it finished….phew glad that’s done!
It’s great that portraiture and portrait artists will get some much-needed media, I hope the ‘Sky Arts portrait artist of the year’ will be a great success.
The intention of this life-size painting is to reflect the contentious nature of the abortion legislation rather than to represent ether side of the debate. However, it does represent the subjects around whom the debate rotates. Initially I left the painting untitled however having given it much thought I believe that the title ‘Subjects of Debate‘ perfectly captures the essence of my concept and the public scrutiny and vulnerability of the protagonists. My aspiration for ‘Subjects of Debate‘ is that it acts as a future reminder of the debate itself, and reflects this period of Ireland’s constitutional evolution.
I’m delighted to let you know that ‘Subjects of Debate‘ is currently on view in Gallery Zozimus Francis Street, Dublin 8 (enquiries; Vincent (003531) 453 9057 firstname.lastname@example.org)
I spent weeks deliberating over a title for this painting. I wanted something that would properly reflect the different aspects of the subject and its Irish connotations. Eventually when I thought I had an appropriate title I showed the painting and the proposed title to a friend I admire as a gifted wordsmith…she suggested that I should let the painting speak for itself. I took her advice.
The inspiration for this painting, like my first 7×3 painting ‘upon small shoulders‘, was drawn from issues, controversies and injustices that currently prevail in Irish society. The intention of the painting is to represent an ongoing debate not to infer an opinion.
I am indebted to my inspirational model who gave birth to her beautiful baby just two weeks after she posed for this painting. I’m filled with admiration for her self-assurance, and selfless generosity.
…..introducing – Meadow, Freddie, Hollie and Roger. I’ve just finished a commission of 4 dogs painted with soft pastel. Emma, their proud owner, saw my painting of my boxer Zeus in the window of my pop-up-gallery in Enniskerry (still there) and commissioned me to do a ‘family painting’ of her 4 adorable ‘babies’. She gave the thumbs up at the unveiling in my studio today so they’ve gone off to be framed. My very stressed framer lives in fear of framing my pastels (try saying that after a couple of glasses of wine!) – I don’t like to spray any fixative, so it’s a very delicate operation.
I guess this could open the doors for more Pet Portraits…what a market – dogs, cats, budgies, gerbils, goldfish…endless!
I hope you like it.
While recently visiting my Brother Barry in beautiful Zagreb, I painted his portrait as a thank you for a much appreciated break away from a stressful little Ireland. Naturally I also leisurely visited every gallery and exhibition in the city taking regular breaks for fresh coffee, sitting under a glowing heater, watching the snowflakes and the beautiful Croatians drift by – sometimes life can be pretty perfect.
Barry (oil on canvas)
The last dog I painted was a cocker spaniel ‘Kerry’ about 40 years ago, which is still hanging in my brother Barry’s house. As painting became an occasional pastime for the following 35 years I never thought of having another stab at ‘canine portraiture’.
However having painted humans at all ages I decided to have a bit of fun with my pastels and paint one of my dogs (there could be some canine commissions out there?). Zeus is my lovable, loyal (he loves me to bits) and beautiful boxer. He’s getting on a bit in dog years and getting a bit grey around the edges but he still has a great figure – unlike his master!
The result of a recent life drawing session.
Pastel on coloured paper (85 x 70cm).
This is a pastel portrait I painted of beautiful little Rebecca, just a few weeks old and my first grandniece – I assume that means I’ve to admit that I’m getting old….!
When Jean (aka ‘my other half’ or ‘hats by Jean‘) moved to her lovely new shop on the other side of Enniskerry village I thought it would be a pity to let her old shop stay empty at this time of year, so I turned it into a little gallery to exhibit some of my work. I decided to call it the ‘Artist seeks White Knights Exhibition’- I’m still hopeful that a white knight(s) with a wad of money will decide to invest a small fortune in ‘Art d’Condron’…!
I’ll be in my gallery/studio from 10am to 6pm every day except Mondays (a little r&r time!) and till late on Wednesday. Hopefully doing a bit of painting there too.
Call in if you’re in the vicinity. I promise – no ‘heavy conversation’ or ‘hard sell’, however a little ‘bullshit’ is probable…!