Rembrandt Painting Award :
22 June 2014
I am delighted to receive the Royal Talens Rembrandt Award, the main prize at Noordwijk Schilderfestival.To be selected from among 50 professional artists at this prestigious event is a great honour. The judges' selection was based upon the body of work submitted throughout the week although the painting in the photo is probably my personal favourite.and brings very happy memories of this enjoyable festival in the Netherlands.
Noordwijk Schilders Festival, Netherlands : 16 - 22 June 2014
A second visit to this invitational event on the North Sea coast. The seaside town, a short distance from Amsterdam and Leiden, has been popular with Dutch artists since the early 20th C..
Noordwijk, one of Holland's foremost plein air painitng festivals, is popular with artists from all over Europe and features an art auction by Sotheby's (Amsterdam) on the last day.
Sponsored by Royal Talens.
Painting in Malta: 16 - 25 May 2014
Tony will be painting in Malta towards the end of May 2014 with artist Paul Maloney They will be capturing plein air scenes of the mediterranean island including Valletta with its imposing baroque churches and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful phonecian-style boats.
In September 2016 I went on a painting trip to Achill in Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland. This was a long-standing wish to breathe in and try to paint a landscape that has inspired generations of Irish artists.
The island is surrounded at every horizon by majestic cliffs or gentle mountains unless you are looking out across the pounding waves of the Atlantic. There is a strong sense of being on an outpost, at Europe's westernmost edge. Inland, are the peat bogs, very few fields and sheep roaming unconfined. The peat, with its dull, hardy grass is scattered with heathers and leaves rich, dark brown scars where it has been cut for turf or where streams the colour of black tea run through it. Above all, is a heightened sense of the elements, the drama of history and the shock of being alive.
Mother of the Mountains. Oil on Canvas, 20" x 30". This was painted from reference photographs after the tragic earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. I am not sure if it should rightly be called a figure painting or a landscape as, in addition to the beautiful faces and exotic costumes, it is the clear cold light and the effect it appears to have on colour which mainly drew me to this theme.
Painting from Life
One evening every week I take part in a life-drawing session with other artists at the studio of our friend, Tom King in Castlebridge. Usually, there will be a series of short studies in charcoal, conte crayon or pencil followed by a long pose with an opportunity to paint or complete a longer study lasting about an hour and a half.
Some great models do their best to help us find interesting poses and by holding the pose for quite a long time. It isn't easy. On this occasion our usual model wasn't available and thankfully, American Ed Barker stepped in for us. Sometimes, this may be all the painting I get to do in the week so, for me, it is very important.