Public Art at Harold’s Cross: Dublin Canvas

The traffic light control box at Mount Jerome. Complete with the incontinent and witless scrawlings of the spraycan children.

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be adding my ideas and colour to this excellent city-wide project. I wanted to paint one of these traffic light control boxes in my own area and this one by Mount Jerome Cemetery and Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is in an ideal location.  I feel very lucky to have secured this one as it fits in completely with my work.

The brief is that the art should relate to it’s location:

“Participants should draw upon their own creativity but should also pay attention to the different characteristics of each area for inspiration, paying attention to the surroundings of each box when designing their artwork. As each of the areas are quite distinct it is suggested that you visit each location to draw inspiration from the immediate environment.”

There’s also a park across the road with the small-but-perfectly-formed Noshington café for moments of respite from the work. I’ll be close to home, so lunch won’t be a problem.

I’ve booked in a few days to do this during July and the people from Dublin canvas will prepare the box for painting sometime soon. So do keep an eye out for me and honk your car horn as you pass by. Words of encouragement are welcome. I’ll keep you posted about my progress -wish me luck.

The web site for the Dublin Canvas public art project is at this link.

An Infinite Variety of Styles

I started looking though the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 timelapse videos – there are many – and it’s interesting to see the many different approaches to making a painting; from very loose and unstructured to the insanely realistic. There is no one way, of course, but one of my favourites out of the lot I saw was this one by Haidee Jo Summers. You can see paintings being made with the aid of iPads too but I have to say, I’m not a big fan of that method. The deadline for application for this year’s show is May 11 and you can do that here.

Whatever you do, watch as many of these short videos as you can ; they’re an education. 

HAIDEE JO SUMMERS: Time lapse – Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 from N9 Design on Vimeo.

The Story of the Blues

A carving in high quality lapis lazuli. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone

I’ve always wondered about the history of certain paints and ultramarine has one of the most romantic. Take a read of the following article on the Winsor & Newton web site:

“The word ‘Ultramarine’ comes from the Latin ‘ultra’ meaning ‘beyond’ and ‘mare’ meaning ‘sea’, as this was how Lapis Lazuli first arrived in Europe. Ultramarine came in the form of lumps of the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli (the ‘blue stone’ in Latin), via foot and donkey on the Silk Road from Afghani…” read more on the W&N web site

Vermeer and Lenses

We’ve often spoken about the old masters’ use of lenses during class and one of my students has found a link to this lecture in University College London which is well worth watching. Now I have to go off and find the film, ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ which is mentioned by Professor Steadman. Enjoy.