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 :)

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, 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 :)

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 :)

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 :) 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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 :)

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

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 :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pencil drawing of, "The Hunter of the Steppe"

Derwent pencils 6H and 9H, minen leads 2H and 6B and an Oil Pitt.

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 :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Oil painting of a rainshower at Glenavaud

Oil on canvas 10 x 12 inches

This is a rework of the original painting I completed this week which can be seen here....
The painting itself darkened a little after completion so I resealed the work with varnish
and repainted the whole lot again above it. Personally I rather the second iteration, though
colder in appearance it is more in keeping with how the view looks during the present season.

Thanks for looking :)
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