Irish Paint Magic – David Willis

I just came across this inspirational series today while updating my entry for the artist. Having not watched much television for years I had never seen this programme before and it really is quite outstanding. Self-taught artist David Willis from Mallow, Co.Cork is the mainstay of the series, and he shows how to paint the Irish landscape in 30 minute episodes with over 200 to-date going out on TG4 since 2003. His enthusiasm, skill and inimitable style draws one in but sadly it still won’t encourage me to try my hand at being an artist as to quote Clint Eastwood – “a good man knows his limitations“.

Well worth a look and many episodes are available on YouTube and via the programme production company here:

Modern Art or Toddler Art?


My 12 year old son presented me with this challenge a couple of weeks back, and I’m proud  to say that I got 9/11 answers correct – all that trawling through the ‘art‘ of Sean Scully, Michael Flatley et al must be paying dividends! I posted the  simple quiz on my “Collect Ireland” site but was surprised by the lack of feedback!

It only takes a minute – see how you get on click here: Modern Art or Toddler Art?


What is Art?

According to Google – The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

To Plato, art was imitation of nature, but in the 19th century, photography took over that function, and in the 20th, abstract art overturned the whole notion that art was about representation. And although art meant skill early on, conceptual artists elevated ideas over execution. So what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive?  Original?  Uplifting?  Intellectual?

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding”.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) Russian-French Expressionist artist.

Just a few thoughts on which to launch the blog and rather than go on at greater length here I’m going to suggest that you may like to read this essay by American Artist/Graphic Designer – David Lance Goines.