Monday, May 31, 2010

Hello everyone.. have not been very creative of late.. long working hours.. but today was quiet and so i got a pencil and paper and kept myself busy..this is what i got out of it..

Sunday, May 30, 2010

New collage: Slither

Collage. Fabriano paper, mixed media, 36x26 cm.

Living is to slither by, you repeated,
catching our existence sideways
or see it from afar, high above,
with the perplexity of the beholder.
Those who knew you say
you lived this way, there was nothing
or anyone who might deviate
even one inch of the line
that yougave it your path.
That ambushed path led to
a house lost in the wilderness.
On that stony and eroded
under the blazing light of summer,
drawing a precise shade
the final shock of your loss.
In the sanctuary you set
a dangerous view of the world.
You pleaded with the gods often
not to punished us with misfortune
(Capable in its zeal to destroy us)
without first teaching what is important:
the fragile transparency of life.

Álvaro Valverde

Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

sometimes the otherside is more inviting .......

just photographed this drawing from the backside and I prefer it ! than the right side.
the truth lies between
ink marker gouache and pen on tissue paper

I am having a nightmare trying to comment on tinderbox posts, I have re loaded , cleared caches etc ....just feel so cut off and want to say hi to everyone , I have wanted to comment on lots of recent posts and really just say (small piGlet voice ....hi everyone) , I miss you all and lets do something together real soon huh ...even just post up a idea for a blog sited collaborative project ie.two artists corresponding and developing art together .

For those who are interested in the symbolism of rabbits and hares this is a great read :)
open submission call for experimental art work for elevator gallery london

Point Village Market Comic Event

Hello, this event could be interesting:

Participate in the exhibition,
Get a table and sell your art/comics,
share your skills at a workshop
at the

This is a comic book event organised by the enthusiasts of Longstone Comics.
To participate, drop them a line:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chapeau l'Alliance - 50th anniversary Birthday party

Special Event . 50 years old, that’s worth celebrating!
Take your hat off to the Alliance Française, but first you have to wear it! Use your imagination! Come wearing your finest examples of millinery madness and then dance the night away to celebrate the first half century of the Alliance Française in Dublin.
The grand draw for the 50th anniversary raffle will take place at 10.30pm on that night. If you haven’t already bought your raffle ticket, there’s still time to buy some at the Alliance or on the night if stocks last!

25 May 2010 - 7.00pm at Crawdaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Admition: Free for the hatted! Otherwise a €5 charge will apply.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Aurel Schmidt

Hey, I trust everyone's doing well. I was looking through some of the older posts given to drawing, and I was reminded of this woman-- Aurel Schimdt. I don't know too much about her, except that she seems funny and skilled and a little bad ass. There's better details of her work here. For sure go that link because you can't really tell how amazing these drawings are without seeing the close up details.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Biro Vermeer

As part of a Bic pen promo artist James Mylne recreates Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in 90 hours.

National Drawing Day 2010

It's National Drawing Day tomorrow! (Saturday 22 May)

The National Gallery have free life-drawing sessions between 10.30am and 1pm in the Dargan Wing - join in and get tips and advice from professional artists! More listings here

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Willy Ronis

An exhibition has opened this week in Paris to celebrate Willy Ronis' legendary work. Visitors to the Monnaie de Paris on the Left Bank of the Seine will be able to discover some of the late photographer's most famous works alongside of some more secretive snapshots of his quest to define humanism's aestheticism.

This beautiful poster for the exhibition is presenting one of his most famous picture, Provençal Nude, 1949, a picture of his wife.

A certain idea of Beauty.

Willy Ronis died at age 99, on September 12, 2009.

a selection of 10 picture of him here

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

'Liminality; Different Views/Viewing Difference

For those of you that missed the show in Leitrim, Fermanagh and Derry, here's your last chance to see it. For those of you that have seen the show come along and say hello! Opening from 5-7pm, ADF Gallery, Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, Royal Avenue, Belfast. All welcome! Showing till the 8th of July.

Animating The Workforce

Although at a bit of a tangent to other Tinderbox content, I reckon some of you may find this interesting, particularly if you (like me) have a regular day-job to help fund your art...

This is an animated interpretation of a Dan Pink talk about how creative people cannot be effectively incentivised by money, and questions the usefulness of corporate structures that rely purely on financial benchmarks. It's an interesting talk in itself, but if you're an animator, be warned that drawing this quickly can put an enormous strain on your wrist...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New custom artwork in my studio

Tati Galiano. La viajera mas lenta. Arte en cajas. Paper sculpture. Jimera & Ignacio. 2010This commissioned work is a wedding gift from my sweet friend Silvia for her friends Jimena and Ignacio , the charming couple you see here. She, Jimena, is a designer of gardens and what better place than a lush garden to be together. Hope you like it!.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Would anyone be interested in this?

Hi everyone,
Was thinking of doing a textile course in the evening, but while I was at it I asked for a group quote, for a tinderbox event!!! the following is the email I recieved from textile workshop dublin.
Let me know if you're interested.

Hi Fran,
I'd be happy to do group workshops for your art collective! Sounds great fun. 
A group booking would have to be for 6 people for evening workshops and 4 to 6 people for a day workshop.
You could choose from 

- embroidery 
1 evening a week for 4 weeks, 6.30 to 8pm for €60 each 
or as a day option, a Saturday from 10am to 4 pm for €70
making fabric decorations, or embroidering contemporary table linens

- sewing machine skills for beginners 
a Saturday from 10am to 4pm
creating cushions, bunting or other fun items- if you were interested I can come up with further suggestions!
€75-€85 each
and all supplies and booklets are included!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sketchcrawl (Drawing Marathon)

15th May is an international sketching day with sketchcrawls taking place all over the world The Dublin event is organised by the Dublin Sketchers

The meet up point on the day is Patrick Kavanagh's seat, South Bank close to Baggot Street Bridge. The planned drawing marathon route is so far;
1. Patrick Kavanagh's seat
2. Leeson Street and Sketching Aware premises
3. National Concert Hall
4. Iveagh Gardens

Event starts 15th May at 12pm

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bree Dentice

Check out Bree Dentice's work here . She's pretty much in a league of her own with these pencil drawings, I can't think of anyone who handles a pencil better. I rarely use this word, but they're 'awesome', in the real sense of the word :)

Greetings! / Sampler

hello everyone, this is my first post. here's some random selections from pictures taken in recent weeks- gives some idea what i am up to. will try to post updates like this every once in a while. best, B

Saturday, May 8, 2010

new work

I am alone
ink oil pastel and pen on tissue paper

hi folks ....bit chuffed that I finally got back to the drawing board so to speak after what seemed an age.
Heres one.... a few more to follow in the week .

Up-side-down Sillyness

Very silly, but i just couldn't stop looking!
Celebrities Upside Down Heads

Friday, May 7, 2010

Adventures Of...

More shameless plugging.;-) I've just finished the artwork for the new "Adventures Of..." album "Bodies". Great band and great people so please check them out.!/pages/Adventures-Of/12147866986?v=wall

Thursday, May 6, 2010

bear suited... :(

Just want to put this out there. I was unloading all my work outside the bernard shaw today and this piece was stolen sometime during the 2 minutes it was sitting outside. If anyone happens to see this anywhere can you please let me know? Its unlikely, but worth a try! Not the end of the world but still, I feel there's a little gap in my show. Just 'bear' it in mind ;)

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

the minotaur's night out

I just finished an etching night course at NCAD and this is one of the finished pieces. There is more at

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bernard Shaw exhibition

I realise that you may forget about this by the time friday comes along, but better to give you a heads up! Go pencil it in :)

Also, there's a free drinks reception starting at 7pm.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Six Versions of Blood Meridian

I haven't read it yet, but Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian has been deemed by many as one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century. Some artists have now started a project where they produce a picture based on each and every page of the novel:

Here's one image by Zak Smith, the same artist who drew every page of Thomas Pynchon's 700+ page headtrip WW2 novel, Gravity's Rainbow (all images here:

[EDIT: actually, I'm having trouble uploading the images, but take a look!]

Sunday, May 2, 2010

hi all

hello kids! hows the form!. here are some photo's and videos of the live drawing me and some mates did as part of the sogo festival. it started of as miserable and wet day outside, and cosy and dry inside, but by the end of the day we were sitting on the steps listening to some great music and drinking free beer in miraculous sunshine.make sure to pop down and take a look, the room is above indigo & cloth on south william street.

thanks a bunch of flowers,