Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank you

Thank you to everyone and everything that helped make this year wonderful. i'm looking forward to another year of amazing art and music and people and discoveries and joyous times. and, of course, thanks to all the not so wonderful things that remind us to try harder and be ever grateful.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

baby birch

i've had joanna newsom's sawdust and diamonds on a pretty consistent repeat since the summer. like much of her music, there's a wonderful mixture of childhood fairy tale and honest hardship, with a measure and manner that, for me, transcends notions of "song" or "musician" or "artist" and just lies comfortably in the undefinable. and where its not meant to simply entertain, but requires time and attention. its a quality in which i always hope to develop in my own work, especially with emily's story. which is why i'm mentioning it here. i would generally find a great deal of inspiration in music. but i don't think there's anything else i've listened to lately that makes me want to simultaneously pick up a guitar, a pen and a brush, with equal eagerness. in days of random playlists and the background drone of headphones (a habit in which i'm continually guilty of indulging) i find great joy in doing nothing else but simply listening to her music. lately baby birch has been the one to take many welcomed 10 minute chunks of my day. in fact, i was going to post some pictures, but instead i'm going to listen to it again now. with full attention....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

i smell a new year

here's thursday night's set-up from Flashlight in twisted pepper;

there was supposed to be more and for it to be nice and flush to the wall, but it was nasty concrete that didn't want to co-operate. i would love a nice agreeable wall to hang things on. and light. how i miss the light. good night though, and i had a most welcome neighbour to keep me company. some decent tunage too, expecially enjoyed lisa mcLaughlin, she has a great voice, was a pleasure to hear her perform.

i'm taking part in a charity exhibition in january, which i'll get more details for later. but besides that, i'm planning on laying low over the next while. i've given the markets a break and no exhibitions on the horizon. if people are looking to purchase work, then please email me. i'm moving house soon (the details of which i'll no doubt blog about over coming weeks) and hope to be edging ever-closer to a relatively moneyless existence, so i've plans to set up some form of online shop, happily inspired by this lovely little site; only i'll likely be looking for offers along the lines of potatoes and firewood and new socks! i also have a few projects which i'm looking forward to getting cracking on in the new year, and so as not to end up as "the crazy man in the cottage by the lake", i'll likely be blogging all about my most awesome adventurings and inane daily happenings.

and lets not forget the snow monkeys.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

atem books and no culture icons

booooooom has a giveaway on their facebook page from atem books of work by maria mantella. lovely looking books on the site. also quite fond of daniel mendoza and cendrine rovini's drawings. particularly like cendrine's work;

also, after some googling and link hopping, came across no culture icons, a collective of illustrators and artists, including the three mentioned above. i've only made it through m - z so far, but some really interesting work in there, worth a little exploration.

i was supposed to be doing some work, wasn't i....

Monday, December 13, 2010

new work for thursday

have to say, loving how some of the recent pictures are turning out, very happy with what i have ready for thursday (be happier when i've the rest finished!);

a new emily i'm quite fond of;

Saturday, December 11, 2010

hello world

i've been unusually slow to update lately, but everything slows in this season, i know we're all still friends. but just to show this does not signal a lack of creativity, i thought i'd offer some recent work, and so spent the morning putting this together. enjoy;

also, here's a video from the summer, practicing with Bouts for the HWCH festival. i think this was about the second time we played this song. daniel, you're awesome;

i'll be in Twisted Pepper this Thursday for Flashlight, along with a whole bunch of other lovely creative folk. please come along.

also, i'm going to miss this, but for anyone who likes random music experimentation, this is likely to be pretty special; ed devane's Stop/Run which is kicking off tonight.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


dublin is certainly loveliest in the snow.

and here's some detailed shots of emily and her samson;

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

breakthru artists

It's been a long snowy weekend. hope everyone's holding up with the chill! personally, i like the snow and ice. i have a fondness for such times when you've no choice but to give way to nature. it's always good to see people made to slow down, a sort of mass acceptance that nothing is necessary or definate.
before the snow hit, i took part in a music/art party and exhibition in jamestown studios, dublin, with breakthru artists. love taking part in these little collaborative pop-up shows. always a good friendly vibe. some sweet tunage by locoswing and sive. super impressed with mark dudley's playing (with both bands), expecially on the gypsy jazz stuff and sadhbh o'sullivan has some great songs with a lovely understated, earnest tone to her voice. thanks to elaine and the gang for inviting me along, look forward to more festivities in futureland, ya? anyway, here's pics, and check links for more info;

christine power and nenook

ollie sweetman and fogey

Sadie Sirloin

christine power and roisin verdon

absolutely loved this deconstructed piano furniture by hugo thompson. want. totally going to be on the look out in skips for some old abandoned piano.

and here was my contribution. it's acrylic on canvas. first time in ages i've done a big piece i've been happy with (this one itself has been on my wall in various forms for over a year). definately want to work on a few more. i'll post later with detailed shots.

Monday, November 22, 2010

little learnings

here's a painting i did for the Independents Day 2010 earlier in the month. acrylic on wood.

photo @ Independents Day2010 by Esther Moliné

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Arbutus yarns

some nice sights and sounds from Amiina, filmed by Myles O Reilly, of Arbutus Yarns. plenty of other great videos up there, and he's got ongoing video blog of lisa hannigan's latest recording sessions too. this video makes me want to own a cozy little bookshop to invite people to come play happy twinkly music...

edit: and congrats to Myles on winning best director at the IMTV awards!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Need Input

thought i might go for an old inspiration post.

i've mentioned her before, but liking ilex's latest tracks. an album will be awesome.

itstormy out there by ilex_

lovely post on But Does It Float of dan slavinsky pics, check it out. but through that wonderfully endless word of hypertext i was also led to Moonriver, not the song, but quite a nice art blog with a very promising "places i folllow" section, which i'm working my way through. for now though...

meant to mention evan harris before. lovely vibe to his work, like old fairy tales and folklore. and i have equal appreciation towards his attitude ; "Most would cringe at the idea of scratching or sanding something they spent hours upon hours painting, but that’s Evan’s favorite part- creating the appearance that this wasn’t made in the 21st century, maybe in the 20th. So, behind every scratch and claw mark, there is a story to tell."

lastly, i'm not sure why, but this has long been a favourite painting. heather horton;

from the book of burr

In the wake

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

good evening, monday

today, among other things, we did this.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

fruiticiously deficient

don't feel like i've been getting many things finished lately. so here's some sketchbook pages. plan on doing a big post on sketchbooks soon. maybe a sketchbook week. think if i could only make sketchbooks for a living i'd be happy enough.

p.s. i missed this weeks blog comic. bad blogger... double homework for next week.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gulf Fund Sale


"of depths"

here's latest for the Gulf fund. you name the price, all the money goes to the Gulf Restoration Network. they can be bought individually or together. pen drawings on paper, a4.

last one is still for sale, link.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Independents... independence... in dependence

Independents Day 2010, yesterday at the Food Co-op, was most enjoyable. Great atmosphere in the place and many a good thing going on. Also met some very beautiful people, which, sales or not, generally makes these things worth it. sales-wise went well though, so thanks to ye kind patrons. i wasn't too sure how i'd fit in, expecting it more centered towards comic and zines, but there was a great mix of stalls. and some great comic artists. Came away with a few particularly nice ones, Liam Geraghty and Philip Barrett's Gazebo was an instant must-have;

and a few very nice bits by Patrick Lynch and Katie Blackwood of Cardboard Press.

Niamh deBarra played a great set. here's a lovely track for SSTN's string series;

Potholing (Live) - For SSTN Strings by Niamh de Barra

and here's new things from the studio. its all skulls and stripes these days;

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Independents Fair 2010 this Sunday

here's some info on the D.I.Y fair I'll be taking part in this weekend. just noticed Niamh de Barra will also be taking part. Should be a good day.

12-5pm 7 November 2010
at: Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8.

Independents' Day is an annual event, now in its third year, bringing together independent record labels, zines, comics, artists, writers and musicians to showcase Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture.
Along with stalls where producers will be selling their wares, there will be an exhibition of independently spirited artists and photographers; screenings and a presentation by Dublin Community Television (DCTV), a workshop in stop motion animation and screenings of short films.
During the day performances taking place include: trad-folk punkers Lynched, electro-acoustic songstress Niamh de Barra, hairy trad by Moses Moorhous and to close down proceedings grungy rock n'rollers Sea Dog!
Independents' Day is a non-profit event its' sole aim to showcase independent/ D.I.Y. culture in the current day. There is a modest entrance fee of €2 towards expenses.
More details at the Independents' Day Blog.

Schedule of Events:
1.2pm Workshop in Stop Motion Animation
2-2.45pm & 2.50-3.35 Two 45min presentations and screenings by Dublin Community Television. (
3.40 onwards screening of short animations by Elida
short film about the making of Mescal
more tbc

Performances (hall stage):
(1.30-5pm with option to overrun)
Emily (reading)
Punky Reggae Party (djing)
Niamh de Barra (acoustic electronica)
Moses Moorhouse (acoustic)
Lynched (punk trad)
Sea Dog (grungey instrumental rockers)


Also, added a calender to the blog (a little way down the page on the left). Need to tidy it up and I've a few more things coming up to add to it, but i'll keep it updated for exhibitions and markets that I'm taking part in. I've also a few things to post, including some pics from an etching course I did at the weekend.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The expendable adventures of emily

with hopeful purpose to focus my head toward the telling of stories, particularly that of our dear friend emily, i'm going to give myself a weekly deadline to post some form of comic/graphic story. there are no real specifics, it may be a single panel or series of pages, with or without text, they mightn't even have anything to do with emily, or bear any relevence to the over-lying story of hers that i'd like to tell, they just have to have something that resembles a narrative. i'm not good with structure or communications, so its really just for my own sake to train my brain towards embracing the idea of beginnings and endings. main problem with telling emily's story is that she does very little. a great deal of sitting, waiting, remembering. of course some days are more memorable than others...

(obviously this merely hints at the intense emotional opera magna to come...)

while we're on the subject.... thanks to a new graphic novel section in monaghan library, recently been reading stories by adrian tomine and guy delisle, and skim by mariko and jillian tamaki. adrian's books, "shortcomings" and "sleepwalk", i would especially recommend, whether you're a fan of graphic novels or not. "sleepwalk" is full of these short stories that are really simple on the surface but packed with meaning. he has an amazing way of dealing with the more sober anxieties and idiosynchracies of human relationships.

and from a regular source of inspiration, fallen fliers.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Emily - a family portrait

a present for my sis...

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