Thursday, December 27, 2012

Early morning with floodwater pouring into the lake at the Gearagh

Oil on canvas  36 x 25 cm

The edge of the woodlands from a spit of land that stretches onto the main lake 
with floodwater pouring in from the right after a heavy nights rain.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Gearagh facing east

Oil on canvas 40 x 30cm

Another view of the Gearagh, this time facing east as the sun goes down, 
the light reflecting off the blank wall of a factory on the edge of this small wilderness

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sunset in the Gearagh as the water begins to freeze

oil on canvas 46 x 36 cm

This is a painting of an area called the Gearagh in Co.Cork
 a flooded plain on the road to Inchigeelagh. When I was there
I could see the water beginning to freeze as the last light played across
the lake. Great inspiration for a painting but so very cold.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Exhibiting at the Lewis Glucksman

I recently entered an art competition with Voluntary Arts Ireland called put your best pencil forward and was lucky enough to have two of my drawings selected for exhibition at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. The exhibition opened yesterday and will run for a week until the 18th of December after which  it moves on to Derry. Here's a picture of me with my daughter Rachel standing with Fiona Kearny, Director of the Glucksman and Robin Simpson, CEO of Voluntary Arts.. and yes that's me in the hat. Long time readers of the blog will already have seen the drawings entered, both were done at meetings of the Cork sketch Group at the Franciscan well.

If you are in the vicinity of the gallery do feel free to drop in and have a look at the amazing entries of all works displayed by all the artists at this exhibition.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Drawing with disposable pens

This is another drawing completed with a disposable pen on recycled paper.
I find these pens really fun to use as they slide across the smooth paper with 
such a dramatic dark line.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Painting the beach..

Oil on canvas 32 x 25

This is a painting of the beach at Garrettstown on
The Southwest coast of Cork on a cold November morning.
I finished this in the studio, having worked up plenty of 
notes on location.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012


disposable pen on recycled paper 30 x 20 cm

This is a very quick sketch of a hatching crocodile done with a disposable writing pen.
I have been doing a lot of drawing with these pens lately, sometimes it's just fun to use
everyday material to turn out a finished drawing.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Drawing from life..

minen lead and oil pitt on student block, average size 40 x 30 cm

 On Sunday 7th I joined the life drawing session at the Lourdes School of Art a nicely run 
drawing class with excellent life models free tea and coffe and a complimentary buffet. I recommend 
it to anyone looking to improve their figure drawing. The session is well well lit and attended by an accomplished tutor by the name of Stephen Lourdes. There are a variety of poses and drawing times, starting after warm up with several five minutes and some ten and finally finishing on a twenty minute pose. This practice of adhering to a short amount of time tends to help focus the artist on the essentials and provides a good challenge to try and get an acceptable representation of the full figure within a limited period.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Painting at the Walton Court Oysterhaven

Yesterday Sunday 30th, I met with my painting friends for our monthly paintout, as usual it rained down cats and dogs.The group met in Walton Court Manor . A very beautiful building owned and restored by Paul and Janis Rafferty. Paul suggested due to the rain that we come inside to paint. He showed us some of what truly is an amazing building and told us to paint wherever we liked inside the manor. A very generous act which I am very grateful for. We set up our easels in various parts of the house and began painting our subjects warm and dry out of the rain. Softest outdoor paintout I was ever on. Thank you Paul :)

Above is my version of the main stairs which Paul explained had to be totally rebuilt 
as the original had completly decayed. 

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Portrait of Lawrence in oils

This is a step by step description of a portrait in oils of my friend Lawrence Humphrey, painted and displayed with his kind permission. Lawrence is a portrait artist himself and I believe has painted more portraits than I have eaten hot dinners so I wanted this to be as good as I could do.
The work itself took several stages to complete. The first was a drawing of Lawrence in order to become more familiar with his face. Doing this helps me find any problems I will encounter in advance and allows me to time to consider them before I begin the painting, even though the sketch is done separately it will provide a good reference during the painting.

The drawing helps me recognize the dominant features in the model and during the sketching process I have become more cognizant of the face. With the rough sketch done I then begin creating a new work in oils on a canvas.

The sketch now begins again but this time with a bristle brush and a wash of burnt umber oil. In this early stage I am just generally trying once again, to place the features I felt were important and maintain their relationship to each other in order to achieve likeness. Once I am satisfied with their proportions and relationship I then wash in very thinned color. In this case I am placing on the canvas the color shapes with cadmium red and cadmium yellow washes.

At this point the portrait is beginning to take shape, the main light and dark shapes have been established, I am satisfied with the features and their proportions and the painting is starting to gain presence, this is the point where I feel the painting is starting to take on the illusion that you are looking at somebody and not just a painting. Of course there's still plenty of room for a change here and there if need be. I let the painting sit for a while to tack up, a week or two will do it.

Now I can work a little more on the shadows and lights and try enhancing some of that sense of presence. A portrait like this could be continued ad infinitum but I like it with it's roughened look where the colors still provide some enjoyable agitaton for the eye. I am glad to say that having seen it Lawrence himself is quite pleased with it also.

Thanks for Looking :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pleinair painting at Roberts Cove

 Here's a pleinair oil from Roberts Cove on the south coast of cork. It rained all through the working
of this, I even lost another umbrella, the third this year. As I left the beach with my painting safely secured in the waterproof painting box the sun came out and the sky turned blue... just like it had never rained at all, good old Irish weather, you have to love it.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mid Winter Fires

Oil pastel on tinted canson 20 x 15 cm

This was done using  Sennelier oil pastels. 
They are a real treat to work with, being the softest
oil pastel I have ever come across.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

..... promise

30 x 20 Minen lead on 150lb acid free paper

This was done at the third birthday celebrations of the
Cork Sketch Group's drink and draw event on tuesday August 28th.
I used mainly minen leads 6h 2h and 6b with the oil pitt again for tone

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

A painting from Donegal

Oil on canvas board 30cm x 20cm

An oil painting of marble hill beach 
county Donegal, as the light fades into the west.
This one is a bit fanciful I know but sometimes it's good
just to have some fun.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Study of detail from a painting by Ilya Repin

20cm x 30cm Pencil on 150gm cartridge

This is a pencil study of detail from, "Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death," 
by Ilya Repin. I mostly used Derwent pencils 9H, 6H and B for this, with a layer of oil pitt over it.
The paper I used was Daler Rowney cartridge pad which has a nice weave, it becomes quite noticable after working on it for a while with the lighter harder pencils, placing the marks and removing them in a continual process to build up texture. 
When I am trying to create the effect of material, such as St Nicolas cloak I use the lighter pencils which are much harder, to indent the paper with a pattern which suggests material, I then wipe this with a putty rubber, the surface of the paper which has not been marked is now raised very slightly above the rest. I continue this over and over, marking and wiping and gradually the paper changes to actually having a roughened texture. Once I am at that point I begin work on it with softer darker leads and it becomes quite easy to give the impression of cloth.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Plein Air in Donegal

  oil on canvas 30 x25 cm

I had the good fortune to spend some time in Donegal recently and managed to squeeze in some pleinair work, I had to be fast though, to capture anything in oil, as there was literally only minutes between rain showers. This is an impression of the town of Dunfanaghty from the beach, with the outgoing tide and the rain clouds rolling in again.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pencil study of a Rembrandt portrait..

Rembrandt study by kevin gough

22cm x 30cm on 150g/m cartridge

This is a pencil study of Rembrandt's "Self portrait with a walking stick", 
for this I used Derwent pencils, minen leads and an oil pitt pencil.
I find doing pencil studies of the old masters is really usefull. Its always 
great to see masterworks but often it may be only for minutes, very 
rarely does anyone get the chance to stare for hours at the one work.
To do a pencil study its necessary to spend hours looking 
at the one painting in order to interpret it to the best of our
ability... a good way to learn.

Thanks for Looking :) 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Eating out..

 This is the pencil sketch I did this at the meeting of the cork sketch group last night.
This time again I depended heavily on the minen leads, 2H and 6B. I also made 
use of the Derwent 9H to increase the texture effects of the finished work. 

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Drawing of a figure carrying a heavy load.

Recently I managed to get a box of 6h and 4h minen leads,they are hard as a 
rock and when sanded to a chisel shape they could easily cut right through the 220 lb
drawing sheet. Really fun to work with. I have been using them in the lower layers of
the drawing, both for the precise nature of their strokes and their ability to cut up the paper
and so alter the texture of it for later softer layers of pencil. The increased friction then offered
to the pencil tip in later layers allows for a softer deeper shadow where needed.
I'm pretty sure this is what anyone serious about drawing would advise you not to do
but it seems to be working for me.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Plein air painting at Courtmacsherry

Oil on canvas 30 x 25 cm

 I painted this with the SouthWesties plein air group in CourtmacSherry county Cork.
Its the bluebell woods walk above the beach heading toward the cliffs.
It really is a scenic spot and if I get the chance I must go back to paint all the 
other stuff I didn't have time for :)

Thanks for looking:)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Woman carrying a pot

26 x 16 cm
 My scribble at the Cork Drink and Draw last tuesday night May 8th.
This was done with a 2h and a 6b minen lead with an oil pitt for tone.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Small cliff on the west coast

Shoreline drawing by kevin gough

Oil pitt and gouache on dyed Fabrianno 30 x 26cm

 A small beachside cliff on the west coast of Ireland.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little village West Cork

Oil on masonite, 24 X 28 cm
This is another painting of the scenery of west cork.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Drawing and painting the scenery of Allihies

Minen leads on 160lb cartridge

oil on canvas 30 x 25cm.

Both the drawing and painting above were done from a photo I found on the 
ring of Beara blog and used with the kind permission of the blogs owner 
Susanne Iles a contemporary symbolist artist. Thank you Susanne.. 
of course it looks nothing like the photo as that would defeat 
the purpose entirely but it was a helpful guide.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Oil painting of a coastal view

oil on masonite 24cm x 27cm.

This is a view of Fennell's bay from the beach at Myrtleville. This
is my second time working with masonite, this time after prepping it 
I used the smooth side. To prepare the masonite I first coated it with two generous coats of 
gesso, when they were dry I gave it an acrylic undercoat and when that dried I coated it with a 
cold pressed linseed oil. The smooth surface was really nice to work with, but if you are trying 
this, personally, I would recommend soft brushes as the pig bristles leave too many scratch 
marks for comfort.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Drawing with the Dublin Sketch Group

Drawing  kevin gough badger

 On Sunday myself and a few others from the Cork sketch group met with the 
Dublin Sketchers and drew from exhibits in the Natural History Museum Dublin.
 Afterwards we got to meet those nice folks for coffee in the National Gallery 
where we got to see their wonderful work. A most enjoyable day indeed.
The sketch above was done from the badger exhibit using Derwent pencils
minen leads and an oil pitt.

Thanks for looking :)

Icarus ...... drawing at Dr.Sketchy's ..

Last Saturday I visited Dr Sketchy's in Dublin with the Cork Sketchgroup
where life drawing models pose in a cabaret setting. Its a fun show and a great 
opportunity to draw from life. This is the last twenty minute sketch given by 
one of the models. Derwent pencils and an oil Pitt on cartridge pad.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hey! what are you looking at?

drawing  pencil art hedgehog

 Minen leads 2h and 6b with medium grade oil pitt on Fabriano.
Drawing this little guy was real fun, I have way too many of them in the garden

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Drawing a sleeping cat..

drawing  pencil art sleeping cat

Minen lead on 220gm acid free cartridge 20 x 16 cm

 This little fellow wandered up to my kitchen door recently to beg for milk and scraps.
He got them and promtly curled into a ball and slept in a crate full of wood shavings.
I guess he paid for his food by being a good drawing model.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Drawing some Koi

drawing  pencil art koi fish

Derwent pencils and a medium grade oil Pitt on 150 g/m cartridge.
This is the last of the four drawings based on chinese characters this
one being the symbol for peace.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Exhibition, "Interpretations" opens

On sunday march 11th, Cormac Mehegan kindly opened the exhibition of my paintings and drawings in gallery Frida in Youghal Co.Cork. A total of forty five works have been displayed, all of which have appeared on this blog at some stage or other. There was a large turn out for the event and a good day was had by all. The exhibition will run until April 5th. You can see the event here.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Drawing of a Pig..

Derwent pencils and a medium oil Pitt on Fabriano
Anyone reading this blog must surely think I'm running short of headings lately
with introductions such as chicken, cat and pig but it's really just an exercise in
generating inspiration. I draw every day, sometimes all day, if I'm not going to be
busy with a paintbrush, but often beginning work seems to be the hardest thing. Once the
engine is turning of course, theres no stopping it... it's just to get that beginning....
The previous three sketches and one, yet undone, are based on the chinese
characters for prosperity, good luck, joy and peace which is yet to come.
I decided to give each one an animal interpretation and then draw the result.
So the symbol for prosperity was assigned to a chicken, good luck to a
cat and joy to a newly born pig... Not profound I know, but a nice simple trick all
the same to keep yourself working while the muse is busy painting her nails...

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Exhibition News

exhibition news for kevin gough

Lars and Lora of Gallery Frida have kindly invited me to exhibit my work 
there for the month of March. So today I was lucky enough to spend the day in 
their gracious company hanging my work on their gallery walls. A total of forty five
works will be shown, a lot of which will be familiar to many of you who are 
regulars to this blog. If you are in the vicinity of Youghal town any time this month do 
feel free to drop in and view them I'm sure you will be made most welcome.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Drawing a Cat

drawing  pencil art cat

Minen leads 2H and 6B with an oil pitt.
I enjoyed creating this one, there's something
about drawing cats, its always different... 
maybe it's their personality...

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pencil drawing of the "Offering"

drawing  pencil art woman offering

This is my scribble from this weeks Drink & Draw.
 It was completed using 2H and 6B minen leads with
my old favorite the medium grade oil pitt pencil. 
The paper is Daler-Rowney 150gm acid free cartridge.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pastel painting of a winter shore

pastel painting  pencil art waves in winter

Chalk pastel on tinted canson. I used to work with chalk 
pastels and nothing else years ago, I found them to be so versatile and 
fast to use. These last few works have been a trip down memory lane as 
I mostly use oils now for color. Some of the pastels I still keep must be almost three 
decades old at this stage..

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pastel painting of bananas......

This is chalk pastel on tinted Canson..
There was a time I would use nothing but chalk pastels as my medium.
This went on for a couple of years, I was delighted with the speed that work 
could be produced at when using them and the amazing strong colors that 
could be achieved. For me chalk pastels will always be that next step beyond 
drawing where color is required. Very useful too for a preparatory sketch when
considering a subject for an oil painting. 

Thanks for looking :)

A pastel painting... "Sky"

Pastel on tinted canson..

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Drawing the Man of La Mancha

Drawing by kevin gough don quixote pencil minen lead derwent

Minen lead on 12 x 8 150g acid free paper.
For this work I used mostly minen leads 2H and 6B
and finished off with the medium oil pitt.

Thanks for looking :)
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