Re-working a painting for charity
As many of you know I have been battling cancer since October 2016. I have been on chemo twice, December to January, operation in March and then second round of chemo starting May for nine weeks. I spent two and a half weeks in hospital after my 12 hour operation to remove my oesphagus. All these trips I had to make to hospital were, for the large part, arranged for me by a dedicated group of volunteers called Cancer Connect. The drivers do it for the love of it, devoting their time free of charge. The fuel they use is paid for by Cancer Connect.
I wanted to find a way to say a big thank you, so I painted the following oil early June
'Seamus bringing home the sheep' oil on canvas 20x16 inches
I took time and trouble with this one, working from an idea I had in my head, the two things that usually lead to a disastrous painting and sure enough it was not the best I had ever done. If I stay painting for longer than 30 minutes I start to make it look pretty and it always goes wrong as happened to this one, and that awful misshapen head of a creature appeared on the right of the valley and I wasn't sure how to correct it. I was also working from an idea that I had beforehand which is recipe for disaster. I don't paint from ideas, not from pictures or scenes for that matter. Everyone and the World tries to make me do them like that and I refuse. They tell me my paintings are too dark, why don't I paint bright blue scenes with a smiley sun looking down, everyone thinks best, but they are fine to have their say, I just wish they would tell some wall and not me
Anyhow I decided to re-paint part of the oil, without fore thought, and do it quickly and the result is below and I hope you all like it. The painting below will be auctioned at the opening of the Beara Arts Festival August 4th in Castletownbere. Starting price €450. So if you decide to buy, you are helping someone with cancer
As you can see I kept Seamus and his sheep and the stream flowing into the valley, but I also darkened the foreground