Lanes of Dublin

I have a fascination for lanes. I misspent my youth down lanes, kicking footballs and playing with my friends along with drawing in chalk on lane walls.

Now as an adult and an architect I am interested in what gets built down lanes. Mews houses are a big part of the Dublin landscape and I am fortunate to be currently working on a project which is exploring the feasibility of a mews house on a particular laneway site.

This Friday I went back to my childhood, with film maker Mike Andrews, and set up a chalkboard in a Rathmines lane and got working. Mike is a documentary maker so at this point all I will say is "Watch this space".........

I was in the mood to paint and being outside in a lane was inspiring. I painted and Mike filmed. He was pleased with his results and I was very happy too!

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Es Baluard in Palma Mallorca

On the 4th day of our holiday in Mallorca we took the bus to Palma which was only about 20 minutes away.

We had a lovely breakfast of eggs, bacon & coffee in the restaurant of Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art. The view was phenomenal and it was lovely to relax over our coffee and look out at the harbour.

Es Baluard houses a great collection of art and is a really interesting building. Well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity of the area. 

Here's a few pics from the trip.

 

Miro in Mallorca

Recently I visited Calle Mayor in Mallorca.

We stayed in a stand alone unit that I rented through AirBnB. A few doors down from our rental is the Fundacion Pilar i Joan Miro which encompasses Miro's two studios and an art museum.

The whole Miro Museum complex was so amazing that we visited 3 times during our week's holiday.

Here's a pic to whet your appetite! If you would like to see more pics, click here to read Enid's blog.

Where I buy my supplies....

In the past I have stretched my own canvas on to wooden frames. However, although cheaper than a ready stretched canvas, it is not one bit convenient. So currently I buy ready stretched canvas.

For canvas, I go to Evans on Capel Street. 

My last expedition to Evans was on Saturday and I hired a GoCar van as the canvas I proposed buying would not fit in my Smart Car!!

Along with canvas, I buy oil sticks and brushes in Evans.

For other art supplies I visit Tiger and also sometimes hardware stores for domestic paint. 

And finally I get my spray paint in All City Records where I have a browse at the vinyl when I visit which always makes for a fun trip that Enid likes to do with me.

 

Here's me on my most recent canvas buying expedition in the GoCar van.

Car Sharing - the perfect way to move art!

I signed up for GoCar the other day.

It's a car sharing website that gives you access to cars and vans at an hourly rate. There are many car bases local to me but it is the GoVans that I am most interested in. I regularly need access to a van for a short while to either buy canvas in Evans or to deliver paintings to new owners. GoCar seems like a perfect fit for my needs.

Currently it's only €10 to sign up for membership so it's a good time to sign up and give it a try out.

I'm on Periscope!

I've been having a bit of fun on periscope. I have been filming (or should I say, my wife has been filming!) myself painting and listening to music and basically having fun engrossed in my work.

It seems that you can't share periscope to anything other than twitter. In order to check out my periscopes you will need to click here.

Go on it click it - you'll enjoy it!

 

Rough Style by Sibylle Kramer

"Rough Style" by Sibylle Kramer is a weighty tome featuring over 100 projects from all over the world. One of the featured projects is "LPA" by my architectural practise ODKM Architects. LPA was a labour of love as it is a house that has been in my family for 3 generations and I am glad to have brought it back from the brink of dereliction.