I've begun using a new type of paint, Turner Acrylic gouache, which I find to be excellent. They are not available in shops in Ireland. I ordered them on-line from a London art materials shop called Jacksons. The most recent two paintings on paper were done with them.
I've also obtained a Spectacle magnifying glass that clips onto my glasses for fine work. It's intended use is for knitting or crochet. I am looking forward to trying it out with painting.
I've been working on paper most recently, in pencils and gouache paints. I use Murano paper from Daler and Rowney for the quality and colour. I use the most permanent and opaque colours that I can get my hands on. The more transparent the colour the more layers I must add to achieve balance among all the colours. I have also been working with the A3 paper size for the ease of scanning, archiving and displaying my work on the internet. I will try working on A2/1/0 but for the moment working on A3 is easier to manage and makes more sense economically.
I've just updated the gallery with better quality images of the paintings from my Masters exhibition. The mountains in the paintings are based on the seven mountains that surround Bergen.
Also, I've added a link to my Society 6 shop on the home page, where I will be adding more prints for sale in due course
For the past two years I have been practicing Qigong. I started it during my Masters Studies in Bergen. I came across it after googling for healthy habits whilst going through nicotine withdrawal. ( I smoked tobacco for almost ten years previously, but finally quit upon seeing the prices tobacco in Norway!) Specifically I do Eight Pieces of Brocade, as seen above. I do each movement 36 times at some point in the morning. It's important to do it slowly and breathe correctly, inwards when you move a limb away from your core and outwards when you bring them towards your core. I learned from videos on the internet and have read a great deal about it over the past two years.
At first it seemed like too much discipline and a bit of chore. Now it's becoming second nature. I think it helps with physical stress such as tendonitis, anxiety, made me more patient and helped my creativity. It's like meditation but with standing and movement. The form in the video is the set I do. I have also tried Falun Dafa, but I am much to impatient for it. I do bits from it sometimes, just the bits that suit me like standing with my arms outstretched or sitting in lotus with my arms outstretched.
This is the newest addition to my studio set-up. It's a Daler and Rowney craft easel that can be positioned at many angles. Here I have it atop my high desk with a drawing board clamped to it. Not quite sure yet if it makes things easier or more complicated!
update: It makes things easier.
Here are more photographs from my degree show in 2005 at NCAD. I changed around the installation every day for nine days and posted photographs of the different arrangements on the wall. Some are based on real buildings in Dublin, others are inspired by ideas.