Red Sparrow Down the Docks

Red-Sparrow-Down-the-Docks_smallUnauthorised portrait of Dave. I’ve known Dave since I was 8. My mate at the time sent me to beat him up so I obliged. A high speed bmx chase ensued. Dave crashed into a wall, I crashed into him to stop him getting away. He turned around and I said, “Hey, youre that guy from the small yard in school”. He said, “yeah”. We just cycled away together. Friends. My other mate wasn’t impressed. Despite my fickle loyalty to friends at that time, Dave and I have remained friends since.

Im happy with the picture in some respects but I need to work on edges and also it was hard getting the brights in the face right. Dave was in full sunlight here which is not represented very well in my painting. Also, the doublechin is not that big in real life either. Sorry Dave!

Maestro – Darragh O’Neill

Darragh-O'Neill guitarist



Irish classical guitarist Darragh O’Neill looking pensive. This is the first painting since my trip to Holland to study Eloy Morales’ technique. A lot learned from this painting and a lot more to learn. The grid lines are still visible even after many layers of paint.

And below, a  video I made for Darragh a couple years ago, set in the Harbour Bar, Bray.

After Battle – Kurt Osiander

Jiu Jitsu Fighter

The BJJ black belt Kurt Osiander. I like his ‘move of the week’ video tutorials.

Edit: Haha, unbelievable-while looking for a move of the week video to embed in this post, the first video I select is the vid below. Kurt starts by saying this video is in response to a request by Jimbo in Ireland who wants see a Darce choke… thats why Jimbo is a Darce ninja.