Plein Air

Plein Air drawings Studio view

I have been working outside on a series of paintings drawings and prints since 2009. Some of the works are made spontaneously, but some can take months and even years to finish. They aremade in situ and display the idiosyncrasies that appear when working in a way that is exposedto the elements. The notion of making art outside interests me, for the very reason that it seems so utterly anachronistic. The works vary in size, works such as ‘Landscape with Doughnutting Tyremarks’, (below) are very large, 10×8 foot. Some of the thumbnails of paintings below are smaller than a sheet of A4paper. Each is an attempt to render what I have seen as directly and honestly as possible.

Landscape with Doughnutting Tyremarks, plein air drawing with cardboard and plywood assemblage, with plastic crows. Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Jan 2017

Spire, charcoal, chalk, ink, conte crayon on gessoed paper, 120x90cm, 2011. Path up to fields, ink, charcoal an conte crayon on gessoed paper, 148 x 210 mm, 2013 Landscape with downed plane, charcoal, chalk, ink, conte crayon on gessoed paper, 243 x121cm,2011Path up to the peak of KnocknareaDunes 1jpgFelled treesDunes 3Pines in the dunesDunes 2 Sea Road ISea Road II Sea road flooding 1 Sea road 30cm sqLandscape with Mobile mast, charcoal, chalk, ink, conte crayon on gessoed paper, 243 x121cm, 2011Hill with telegraph pole dawn

From Streedagh beach inland Ballisodare bay Culleenamore beach facing Ox mountains Knocknarea Road down from Knocknarea with crows Snow and telegaph poles Winter tree1516 plein air 16 x20 lo 1516 plein air 8 x10 lo Bunting 4 lo Bunting 3 lo Bunting 2 lo Bunting 1 lo Palm tree in Strandhill lo Landscape with ponies and downed plane loLandscape with windsock, oil on canvas, 243 x121cm, 2011-13Gate, acrylic on paper, 165 x120 cm, 2012Andy ParsonsShedCrows over the trading estate

ForagerCrow with twigNewly ploughed field with crowsBallysadare high tide