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.
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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
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.
I was invited by the Barrow Valley Artists in County Carlow to host a pastel workshop on Sunday (23rd Sept). I had a fantastic day working with a lovely group of very enthusiastic artists. I started with a chat about my pastel work, discussed the use of various materials and then followed with a short demonstration on how I approach pastel portraits. For the rest of the day the room was a rainbow of pastel dust as the Barrow Valley Artists painted ‘pastel mode’ with gusto.
I’m looking forward to going to their annual exhibition (not just pastels) on the 11th of October.
I painted this pastel portrait of Tiger Woods in 2009 just before he fell from grace! I had a batch of limited edition prints made (40)and they were selling quite well. Plus I had promotional postcards printed featuring my “Tiger Woods’ painting as a demonstration of my portraits. No sooner were they off the printing press when the bold (very bold) Tiger was caught offside and his popularity plummeted and so did my “Tiger Woods’ Limited Edition Print sales…!
Well the Tiger is back after his great win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando and hopefully some of his fans will decide to invest in one of my prints (or the original – hanging proudly at here in my studio)…I knew he’d be back!
For too long this weight’s been sitting on my head, tugging at my brain and crapping all over my aspirations. But then, as they say – “give a pigeon a perch and shit follows'”…!
You see, over the past couple of months I’ve come to realise that the outcome of this quest of mine to ‘follow the Dream’ and eke out an living as a ‘professional artist’ is sadly looking quite bleak and the hollow call of commerce is echoing louder and louder in my ears as the financial well runs dry. I’ve discovered that ‘Art’ and ‘Recession’ aren’t good bedmates. Also, my journey has forced my dear dependents to feast on the fruit of my ambition – which frequently has bellies rumbling (and bankers grumbling!).
Personally I don’t have any overwhelming desire to amass a fortune (…wouldn’t say no to it though!), after all ‘money’ doesn’t guarantee ‘happiness’ does it? Having said that I’d prefer to be rich and unhappy, than poor and unhappy! I’m now of the opinion that the ‘destitute artist’ concept is better suited to the young passionate artist who spits in the face of wealth and decadence (in other words they’ve probably feck all debts!). Destitution is not really suitable for the more ‘mature of age’ artist who’s efforts to soar are quickly grounded by historical (hysterical) financial constraints such as the “lets buy a house in Enniskerry” massive mortgage, or the “have to have” life, health, house, motor insurances….etcetera, etcetera, et-bleeding-cetera!
I’ve got to admit that I’ve revelled in my successes (Sineád’s album cover being well up on the list) and have basked in the praise I’ve received for my paintings since I embarked on this quest in 2008. I could be busy 24/7 exploring the vast landscape of art, making up for all the years I was riding the corporate bus. I could live out the rest of my days on the meagre earnings from paint, brush and imagination – couldn’t be happier. However bill’s must be paid and the Condron clan need to survive.
The old faithful ‘self portrait’ is a great conduit for self-assessment. It forces you to look at yourself both technically and emotionally – your expression, your mood and especially your thoughts. You study yourself through the ‘intimate’ eyes of a third party and your obedient hand translates what they see – and those eyes never lie. That’s when I first discovered the pigeon! I’d primed the canvas, mixed my paints and was poised with the brush – then I looked in the mirror and saw the problem – a big fat pigeon perched on my head and judging from its size and how ‘at home’ it seemed I guessed it had been there for quite a while and wasn’t in any hurry to leave….plus it was talking “follow the dream and starve the family, or follow the finance and go back to work” and that’s all it kept saying – over and over and over…..!
Then it happened, the ‘eureka’ moment… A few nights later while simultaneously painting the aforementioned portrait, contemplating my dilemma and sipping a glass of cheap shiraz, the head under the arse of the spewing bird looked at me straight in the eye and said “kid, you and me, we need to get out from under this shit – we need help, we need a hero? Then the flare exploded and illuminated the studio, and the pigeon shit itself…a hero…a patron…a WHITE KNIGHT!!”. The answer was there – all we needed was a ‘White Knight’ – a Patron of the arts, a Philanthropist – If it was good enough for daVinci it’s good enough for de Condron (ouch!). I’ll advertise on the great ‘world wide web’……
‘Mature Artist urgently seeks White Knight’.
Mature ’emerging’ artist (has own pigeon) with an evolving portfolio, proven ability and a passion to ‘follow the Dream’ seeks astute ‘White Knight’ (patron/philanthropist) with vision and a generous purse, for ‘professional’ long term relationship. I want to immerse myself in an exploration of ‘art’ and unearth my full creative potential without the limiting constraints of finance and its stifling consequence. You can enjoy the satisfaction that your financial support and trust can bring my aspirations to fruition and make that ‘Dream’ a reality! Put your ‘resources’ in my ‘art’ – let’s eat the pigeon…and continue this adventure together. I need your patronage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.condron.ie to see more!
Addendum: I think I’ll update my CV too (and continue to invest in the ‘Lotto’) and cover all the odds…and if my White Knight doesn’t come galloping over the hill and ‘the Dream’ needs to be shelved for a few years…well if so…so be it!
I’ve just completed this commissioned painting of the sultry and provocative English actress Charlotte Rampling. My client was captivated by an image she’d seen of Charlotte Rampling and felt a large painting of her would be ideal for a large wall space she has in her appartement. I was happy to take on the challenge and my client was delighted with the result (thanks Susanna!). I relied on a variety of archived images of Ms Rampling to try capture her inviting lips and iconic gaze in this stylized painting.
The painting is oil on canvas (30″x40″).
Having just turned 66 Ms Rampling has retained her style and beauty and those ‘eyes’ still captivate!