Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Good draftsmanship and fine line work was crucial to the correct orchestration of this linear composition. My initial concept was to create a piece using cool north light and warm deep shadows which lead the eye from left to right, settling on the uplifting warm glow of the orange.

This piece will be the very first painting of 26 pieces to greet you at my solo show which opens tomorrow in the village area of New York City.

New York based Composer and Tenor John Des Marais has also arranged a musical composition entitled 'Color Wheels' to be played at the launch of my exhibition and reception tomorrow night.
The musical composition comes in two movements. The first being called 'Acceleration' and the second movement entitled 'Drift'. I look forward to share this specially created musical piece with you all shortly.

Now I'm just giddy with excitement to celebrate tomorrow night! 
Wish me Luck! - R 

Above: Composition in Orange and White - oil on linen canvas - 12"x9"

' The Artist's Shelf ', New York City 2014.
  O'Sullivan Antiques, 51 East 10th Street, 
  Between Broadway and University Place.
  New York, NY 10003.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Having a Ball - NYC is what's happening!

Since our arrival to NYC over a week and a half ago we have managed to cram so much 'work related' things into our time, but it's still feels like a holiday!

The sun is shining each day now and the temperature is starting to rise, much to the relief of all here after a brutal winter!

With prep for my shows 'timetabled in' I am starting to get into a sort of routine, which is largely due to our ideal location in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. 

Just a short few blocks west is a beautiful park and running track. The views from this park towards Manhattan are incredible, with the Empire State peaking out to greet me from behind the large oak and sycamore trees where I like to sit. I'm trying to get to the park four times a week in the mornings. It's a great place to run and keep fit. Loads of people are there playing football, tennis, sprinting, jogging and using excerise bars. I started doing some of my Karate and Tae Kwon-Do training in a quite area which feels great, but it's becoming really an excuse to spend time in the sunshine.

This day week my Manhattan solo show opens and my reception in Greenwich, Connecticut in a forth night. I reckon the pressure in regards to getting all the various bits organised for the shows will be off after the first opening, and I'll be able for more gallery and museum visits as well as strolls in the parks and some well missed painting and perhaps a couple more pints from the local brewerys! 

Here are a few pictures of just some of the places we have visited and things we have got up to since our arrival.

Looking toward the Brooklyn Bridge.

A walk across Central Park.

Hanging out around Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle.

Mornings on the running track.

At a Bach recital at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Bedroom of the studio loft (IKEA showroom :) we are renting in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cruciform in Orange and Blue

Cruciform in Orange and Blue - oil on linen canvas - 20"x20"

An image and details from 'Cruciform in Orange and Blue', a recently completed painting which will feature in my coming New York City solo show on April 17th.

With this piece I worked on heightening the play between the warm light and cool shadow areas.
This play is most evident on the 'mixing stick' which reflects the warm coloured light of the halved orange below and turns to a cool bluish grey/purple passage.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It is like we never left!

Arriving again in New York last Sunday was just what I needed. The excitement I feel as I leave JFK for the city never changes and it almost feels to me like we never left!

This will be our 4th visit and exhibition here in as many years and our 5th and a half month in the city!
Since arriving we settled in fast. We explored a new area of Brooklyn, I visited my framer, met with some pals and called to the Salmagundi Arts Club on 5th Avenue for the first time as well as revisiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art today.

A piece that caught my attention at the Salmagundi Club.

In the Velasquez room at the Met.

New York's seen a hard winter but the temperatures are picking up now. The birds are busy and I'm seeing the buds on the trees are looking ready for their late spring arrival.

On the weekend we will travel to Greenwich, Connecticut to visit with the Anam Cara Gallery and deliver works for a display and reception on April 24th. On Tuesday I called to O'Sullivan Antiques in the beautiful west village area of Manhattan and will deliver works to the gallery on April 10th to begin the installation for the solo show on Thursday April 17th.

O'Sullivan Antiques, 51 East 10th Street, between Broadway and University Place, Manhattan.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

'The Artist Shelf' - New York City 2014

Tomorrow myself and Boo will have arrived back to New York City for a one month stay!
It is going to be such a welcome and renewing break for us both.
We are so excited to get back there in advance of my 4th New York based solo show, which takes place on Thursday April 17th at O'Sullivan Antiques in lower Manhattan.

Then on Thursday 24th of April the 'Anam Cara Gallery' in Greenwich, Connecticut will host a reception and viewing of a selection of my landscape paintings. This showing has been entitled 'Beauty is no Stranger'. I will follow with more information on this event very soon.

The solo show in Manhattan is entitled 'The Artist's Shelf' and will feature twenty or so carefully arranged and observed still life paintings. Also, I am thrilled that Tenor and Composer John Des Marais, has composed an original score to be performed live on the opening night entitled 'Color Wheels'.

The work is going to look amazing and I cant wait to see it displayed in this long established antiques gallery space. Here is a link to their website

Details on the exhibit can also be found in the 'Exhibitions' section of my website.

- Richard

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Father!

The unusual object to the right of this painting that looks somewhat like a Christmas tree is in fact a tail fin of a mortar bomb found in southern Lebanon by my father during his UN peacekeeping mission with the 43rd Irish Battalion in 1978. The object is composed of the tail fin of a mortar bomb and a piece of brass from a tank shell casing both found in his unit's area of operation.

The two fragments were then fashioned in the shape of a 'Cedar of Lebanon', the counties national symbol, and painted in the colours of the national flag of Lebanon, Red, White and Green. My father gave me this unusual ornament as a gift from my native country. To my mind the cedar symbolises the Lebanese resilience and ability to overcome the disaster of war.

In the bible Lebanon and it's majestic Cedar trees are mentioned over 70 times.
Psalm 92:12 'The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon';

My father joined the Irish Defence Forces on January 25th 1960, twenty years before the date of my birth. Today is his Seventy Third Birthday! Happy Birthday Dad.
You are a true inspiration and I love you very much.

- Richard

Arrangement in Red, White and Green - oil on linen canvas - 12"x10"
To appear in my next New York Solo Show, ' The Artist's Shelf'.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Exploring the Transformative Qualities of Paint

This heading above just flashed across the screen of my consciousness while I was painting the other day.

Painting, given the chance I have found has the ability to transform and transcend both our inner and outer experiences. That's just one of the many reasons I believe acts as a catalyst for why I paint.
Other reasons include: because it excites me, because it's one of the only things I have always been good at. Because it never fully satisfies me!  Because it's never complete but does give me a feeling of unity - with nature, with life, with others. Because it opens doors for me. Because it brings me great joy! Because it remains my hope that through my work I communicate this joy to others.

The painting above entitled, Plum Line with Brush and Bowl will feature in my coming New York City solo exhibit 'The Artist's Shelf' which takes place at O'Sullivan Antiques on Thursday April 17th.

Plum Line with Brush and Bowl - oil on linen - 20"x20".

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Process and A Touch of Red

It's been such a beautiful day here in the Burren I decided to spend the whole day outdoors. Not with my easel mind you, but just out and about walking on the green roads and along the piers in the village.

I'd been keen to post to my blog this week, as my posts have been somewhat erratic since my last exhibit and I am determined to get back into a routine now.

The days and evenings over the past couple of weeks have been dedicated to creating a series of still life paintings that I hope to take to New York at the end of this month. I thought to let you see some of the processes I have developed around the creation of these pieces.

The paintings initial concept starts with identifying an object or objects which capture and communicate an idea to me. That idea may be a colour concept, ie. oranges and blues, or an idea about different or similar shapes that might sit together in a visually exciting way etc.

Once my concept is in place in my minds eye I then go about creating an interesting composition.
I achieve this by roughing in the objects in space and seeing how pleasing that is to my mind.
Once the placement is established I can concentrate on getting paint onto the canvas and pushing it around enough until I have the desired effect.

Here are some images to give you an idea of how pieces like this come to being.

A Touch of Red, (work in progress) - oil on linen canvas - 20"x20"

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pears & Palette

Pears & Palette - oil on linen canvas - 20 x 20 inches

Here is the first of some new works created that will feature in my coming New York City solo exhibit.

This show will be entitled ' The Artist's Shelf ' and it's theme will be predominantly still life based compositions created from direct observation.

I'm really excited and looking forward to returning to New York this year for the month of April.

Below an image of this 'triangular arrangement' in my studio corner.

This painting is reserved for my New York City exhibit.
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