It has been a very enjoyable time at Galgorm Castle during this year's Northern Ireland Open presented by Modest! Golf & Ulster Bank. I spent the week painting a variety of acrylic sketches on canvas. It was quite a changeable week in terms of weather and I got caught with wet paint and runny graphite at various times, messy. Still, I am pleased with the results and following the tournament I'll start to paint the final view of the 18th on Sunday with the eventual winner prominent. As I write this I'm looking out of the Media Centre and seeing brighter skies. Time to sign off and get on with the final sketch down by the 18th. I'll post the result later.
5th - wednesday morning
14th - wednesday afternoon
thursday 5th & 14th
friday- 7th graphite with rain & 7th sketch(below)
Started at 8 and the heavens opened at 9 . I used the rain to create an impression of the main grandstand at 18. In the afternoon I painted an acrylic sketch of the 15th until the rain returned.
day one - monday
northern ireland open 2018
Travel, Check in, Sort out painting gear, Course, Meetings, Photo course and areas, Check Exhibition in Player's Lounge and Coporate Hospitality, Painting touch up. Hotel, Bath, Movie, Crash.
Mmmm much as I'd like to take him to the 'Modest Northern Ireland Open 2018', I don't think he'd enjoy it. Bless him.
One word to describe it. OBSCENE
A guy on 200,00 a week! wants a wage rise of 100,000 a week and the kids in shanty towns still drink dirty water and don't eat. I thought when I went to anti Nazi festivals in the 70s that we would have sorted out the whole thing long ago..... Anyone with personal earnings of over 5 million a year should be required to put the excess into the World Fund For The Poor. It is the only way to rid this planet of poverty. We obviously can't rely on individuals to do right.
Galgorm Castle 19th - 22nd AUG
Well, packed me sox . Didn't bother to wash em (not really).
I'm really looking forward to my third N I Open as Artist in Residence. What does that mean? Good question.
It means that....
Through thick and thin, Droughts & Hurricanes, wayward pro am golf balls with no "FOUR!" attached, Nial Horan fans, Weekend painters, uncle tom, cobley and all, he ,the artist, perseveres. Also, when the brilliant golfers of the European Challenge Tour and advertised food, music & fun times at Galgorm Castle are all over for another year... the poor starving artist will still have to toil away in his shack like hovel to produce a landscape capturing the final moments..... through all this, It's a hard gig but someone has to do it, after all this, spare a thought for the poor starving artist on the 18th Sunday afternoon, checking if he has enough schrapnel for the bus ride to the airport. Maybe hand him money and small gifts (credit cards accepted) and sweets to help him on his journey. Notes preferred. Praise him and tell him that you love his work, you might just get a smile, or it could be gas. An artist's work is never done. As an American lady once said about Van Gogh's sunflowers "Oh, you can see how he suffered" (LOL)
but it's so true. We suffer for our art..... "make that out to cash will you". That my friends is an Artist in Residence's lot. (sigh) Be kind. See you there......
DDF Irish open 2018 meeting
Great to meet Padraig again at the 2018 DDF Irish Open at Ballyliffin G C. We discussed various design subjects with the three time Major Winner showing off his painting skills. It was a fleeting visit but very productive. Since then I have been working on the globe, in between commissions and I feel happy with the results so far. I am painting the fibre glass Globe using, Acrylics, Gold Leaf, Antique Gold Wax on a gesso primer. The final work including Padraig's and my own signatures will be varnished, photographed, Exhibited and Auctioned along with 99 other Globes by Artists all over Ireland. If you would like to know more about dates of the shows around Ireland and Estimates please go to www.goal.ie
#GOALWhatonEarth #Golf #Art #GoalGlobal
first time to let padraig see the progress on the globe and to add his artistic input.
official photos from the charity 'goal global', showing team harrington/robinson to follow shortly
Globe arrives on the hottest day of the year- PHEW! what a scorcher.
Ah memories of terrible tabloid headlines. Well it arrived today and of first viewing I'll need to adjust the surface in the places allocated to Padraig's portraits. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, deep breath and mix the primer. Two coats of that and a base layer should be fine then the addition of any further filling, a sanding and finally the a final base coat. That's before we get creative!! I haven't got long before the 2018 Irish Open, NEXT WEEK!! better get going. more later