Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pencil study of a tree

kevin gough www.goughpaint.blogspot.com

A study from a photo I took from a public walking area near where I live, the weather being what it is at the moment, sketching outdoors would be impossible so I have to resort to working from photographs. I find the best way to work from photos is to not copy every meticulous detail as that would result in a very static work. Instead I try to focus on the general shape and value of the image, which is exactly what I would do if I were sketching outside anyway. The sketch was completed using  2H and 6B minen leads and a 9H derwent.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Seascape oil painting..

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This is the north coast of Mayo in the cold soft light of an early winter morning.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10 inches

Thanks for looking :)

Drawing hands


Derwent pencils and an oil pitt on fabriano.
Once again I am testing this paper to see what it can take.
This drawing was made with finely sanded minen leads which tend to
chisel into the paper. So far so good this paper is taking quite a bit of abuse
and still performing well.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Drawing of a protest

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Minen leads on coffee soaked Fabriano.
I have begun to use a paper new to me called fabriano.
I soaked it in coffee to give it a little more color.
I guess I'm feeling the need to experiment today.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Drawing "The Kiss"..



This work was completed using derwent pencils, minen leads and my old favorite the oil pitt pencil. This is a drawing of a protest made by ordinary citizens of a riot torn city against government troops sent to impose order. Rather than enter the conflict with violence the women protested by kissing and blessing the troops and reminding 
them of their humanity. 


Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pencil study of detail from Rembrandt's, "woman at an open door"

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Done using 7H, 5H and 7B Derwent  pencils and an oil pitt pencil.
This was done on my trip to Galway with my drawing friends to visit the drawing group there. It was done as a study from a Rembrant book I was lucky enough to find in the Charlie Byrne Bookshop  on the day. An absolutely great bookshop with the nicest staff ever, if you ever visit Galway city, then a visit to this bookshop is well worth it.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Drawing of a man throwing stones

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once again I am using the minen leads with the oil pitt.
This particular drawing being inspired by the riots currently 
happening in Greece.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pencil study of detail from a Frazetta.

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Minen lead with heavy use of the oil pitt.
I am getting quite used to the oil pitt pencil at this stage and learning to
rely on it. This Frazetta study was done from a book of rough drawings
of his a friend lent me for a moment. It was at the drawing group meeting
and I only had it for moments... just enough time to scribble this down...
I have since ordered a copy :)

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pencil study from the work of Leon Agustin Lhermitte...

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This is a pencil study from a work by Leon Augustin Lhermitte, called, "La Paye des moissonneurs", sketched while at the Drink and Draw, it was completed mostly using  2H and 6B minen
leads and filled with HB and 8B Derwent pencils.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Plein air painting of the tide out at Youghal...


oil on canvas 30 x 20

I had the opportunity to meet up with the South West Plein Air painters on Sunday11th
in the seaside town of Youghal and despite the odd rain shower and strong wind it was a 
fun day out.I managed to get in this one of a small little harbor in the town and a few 
sketches also.


Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Portraits in pencil..

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These were done using minen leads HB and 6B. The first also has a layer of the oil pitt pencil I have spoken of before. You can see the difference in tone in it, in comparison to the second. You have to be careful with the oil pitt of course because once it is laid down there's no removing it, whereas when you are using minen lead only, there is plenty of opportunity for adjustment later.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Some more watercolors

These are some images from the Donegal coast..

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Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A few watercolors..

I don't do watercolor that often, something I'm thinking I should remedy.
These were done over the last two days, I had forgotten how quickly
they can be produced and how much fun they are to do.

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This is a boat wreck in Derrybeg County Donegal, I originally drew this
years ago in pastel, there was a lot more of it there to draw then, but its interesting 
to see how much of it has survived over the decades to resist the onslaught of the Atlantic

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I am using soluble watercolor pencils for the most part as it is faster
and time never seems to be on my side.

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This last is a plein air from the town of Cobh county Cork.
It's here where the pencils are most valuable, the drawing is done with the oil based pitt 
pencil and it is just colored in with the soluble pencils. All I need to do then is draw a 
very small watercolor brush over the surface and in minutes I have a nice little color study.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Painting the River Blackwater Lismore Waterford



Oil on oilboard 30 x 40 cm.

This is the river Blackwater at Lismore Co. Waterford.
It is the scenery from a popular walk that starts in the town and loops
back again as it passes the river.

Thanks for looking :) 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Painting the castle builder..

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Oil on oil board 16 x 10.
Here is another painting from mulranny beach co. Mayo.
It was the design of the scene caught my eye and made
me want to paint it.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oil painting of the beach walkers..


Oil on oil board 12 x 16 inches.

This was painted from a scene I saw at
Mulranny beach Co.Mayo.


Thanks for looking :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pencil study of an old man.

another quick study.....

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This was completed using mostly 6B and H minen leads plus the oil pitt
pencils I have come to like so much. I used be a fan of blending with a tortillon,
but lately I have stopped as I find the finely graded tones to have a bland appearance.
While they have their uses they can cause a sketch to become a little too flat.
So I am trying to allow a lot of the looser pencil strokes to remain, both to direct the eye
and retain the expressive agitation they create. The pitt pencils are then used for the darker tones and points to provide a contrasting calm grading in value in the darker areas.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Plein air Painting on Achill Island

I was lucky enough to spend some time recently on Achill island 
on Ireland's north west coast.A truly beautiful area with 
inspiring scenery around every corner..

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This is an impression of a ruin by Dooega beach, oil on canvas 12 x 8..

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A quick sketch on the road to the beach in Mulranny.

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 A sketch of the small rocky cliffs at Dugort in the mist.
as always...

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pencil portrait video demonstartion


This is a video demo of a portrait drawing using a variety of pencil types.
oli pitt, pitt graphite, derwent and minen leads. I hope you enjoy it.


Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pencil study of detail from Rembrandts, " Suicide of Lucretia "

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Recently I have started using an oil based pencil between the layers of graphite,
its only an experiment but I think it helps to give a better sense of atmosphere.
I have realized though that this is also a pencil that may ruin a work if used too heavily.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

listen....

Drawing by kevin gough www.goughpaint.blogspot.com

This was drawn using minen leads and an oil pitt pencil.
I have been on the lookout for something smoother than the pitt graphite
and I think that I may have found it . The oil pitt pencil is a little sticky
but provides good cover if handled lightly. When I say lightly
I mean only using the weight of the pencil itself.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pencil Sketch of a Rembrandt portrait..


Sketched in pencil from the painting
 "Rembrandt's self portrait as Saint Paul"
Size 12 x 8 inches on acid free cartridge paper.
For this work I used Derwent pencils, minen leads and Pitt graphite
on 150gm acid free cartridge pad.

Thanks for looking :)



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A couple of plein air sketches..




I got involved this week with the Plein Eire group's, seven day drawing challenge. 
Complete a plein air drawing each day for one week. 
Of the  drawings I managed to fit in, these I think, are my favorites.




Both were completed using Derwent pencils, and a medium oil pitt
on 160lb acid free cartridge.

Thanks for looking :)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oil study of detail from Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus"

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Oil on cancas 8 x 6 inches. Pleased by the last work
I decided to try my hand at describing some detail from Caravaggio's
"Supper at Emmaus", it is of course much to modern to be an accurate study
but I am satisfied all the same that all my work to date has allowed me to
paint this without any great difficulty.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oil study of detail from a Guido Reni.


oil on oilboard 34 x 18 cm

This is a study of the face of Deineara from a Guido Reni
Oil on oilboard 6 x 4 inches. This started as an exercise that I wasn't
really taking seriously. I had a very small canvas and just figured I'd scribble a bit and
very quickly I became caught up in the work. Its easy of course when you have a picture of the original work by Reni to study from, so I can't actually take any credit for this. However it was alla prima and I was surprised to get some resemblance of the original without going to any great lengths. Mostly I used raw umber, burnt sienna and cadmium yellow. A very slight touch of rose madder to heighten the reds.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Deutsches Museum

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A study of the Deutsches Museum done in pencil while standing in the queue to get in..
The building is under renovation at the moment so the top of this tower was all 
that could be seen sticking out of a mass of scaffolding and plastic wrapping.

Thanks for looking :)

Portrait of a homeless man..

Drawing by kevin gough www.goughpaint.blogspot.com

I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Munich lately.
This is a study of a gentleman who was sitting outside the Hauptbahnhof,
he sat so still for ages he made for a really easy sketch.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Study in charcoal and pastel..

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This is a quick study I did in charcoal and pastel
It was done on student block which allows me
to make better use of the white pastel for highlights.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Watching the rain fall on Glantaneatnagh


Oil on Gallery wrap canvas 10 x 12 inches. Another work painted from the Boggeragh Mountains.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Plein air of a misty morning at Kilcullen


This is another plein air I managed to complete this morning at Kilcullen. The recent good weather seems to have taken a temporary break as it was bitterly cold in the mist while standing painting. The result being that this one was completed quite quickly with numb fingers. After a couple of hours painting I figured that this was the best I could achieve for the day and began to pack up my paints. As I turned the key in the ignition and started heading home the mist suddenly cleared, twenty minutes of driving later the sun was shining and the sky was blue...... good old irish weather, caught me again.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Painting plein air in the Boggeragh Mountains..


This is a plein air I was fortunate to get in this week, in the Boggeragh Mountains.
I have been painting around the same area for three days as the scenery is so marvelous 
and the weather so mild.

Thanks for looking :)

Drawing the view of Carrigagulla from Kilcullen


This is a pencil sketch of Carrigagulla on the edge of the Boggeragh mountains done
with Derwent pencils and Minen leads.
For the distant hills I used hard 9h, 6h and 2h while the closer views 
were achieved with soft 7b and 5b. It was a little large to post on the page here so
if you need to view it in greater detail you just click on it.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pencil study of Caravaggio's "St Francis in meditation"

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This is a study of Caravaggio's "St Francis in meditation",
done in Minen leads, Derwent pencils and Pitt graphite.
I had taken a break from these studies for a few weeks which
I think is important to allow time to mess about with other mediums.
I find now that I have a good system going with the minen lead and the
pitt graphite, however the graphite does tend to have that grainy quality
so I am on the lookout for something softer.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Painting the view from Achill

Drawing by kevin gough www.goughpaint.blogspot.com

This is done from a photo taken on the southwest coast of Achill island.
The scenery here is just amazing and I have been lucky to spend two long holidays
here. Several plein airs done there last year have previously been posted in this blog.
This piece was completed using sennelier oil pastels on canson paper.
Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Painting the colors of an irish bog...

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Another sennelier oil pastel, this time done plein air (messy but fun).
My oil pastels are the large ones, about six inches long by an inch wide so
sometimes detail becomes difficult. These senneliers are great but so
soft that they tend to stick to everything so your fingers,
hands and sleeves can end up a multicolered mess if your not careful.


.......I'm not careful...

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sennelier oil landscape painting




Another  piece using the sennelier oil pastels,
as I have mentioned earlier the colors available in this medium
are just fantastic, once you have a small range of them you find it
impossible not to use them. They are a little messy though so I recommend
using something to move them around the board. A palette knife or rubber
tipped mover should do the trick.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sennelier oil painting of sunrise over the harbour

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A quick impression using sennelier oil pastels
of the sun rising over the harbor at Monkstown Cork.
Sennellier oil pastels have an amazing range of color and are
really soft and easy to use...
Thanks for looking :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Drawing of "Man in a Golden Helmet"

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This is a very quick study I did last night of  'Man in a golden Helmet',
in graphite at a get together with a few others at this event.
It was long considered to be a work by Rembrandt but presently that seems to be in question.
The original is obviously still a most extraordinary masterpiece and can be seen .....here
This work was completed using minen leads and pitt graphite.
Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oil painting of a beach sleeper


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Got some time to do some work today and so I did this oil.
Its 20 inches x 20 inches on gallery wrap canvas. 
I'm not sure its finished yet but I think I'll leave it for now with that
 slightly rough look. Its a little more interesting on the eye.
Thanks for looking :)
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