No rest for the wicked

I just thought that perhaps you might all think I’ve been having a fallow period all this time, as I hadn’t written much about my work since Christmas. Well, nothing could be further from the truth!

Panic struck when we came back from Italy in January as the RHA Annual Show deadline was looming because the dates had been brought forward to match its dates in 1916. And with the centenary in mind, hopefully they wouldn’t also reconstruct the burning of the building as it was in 1916! I had been invited this year to submit a piece which was a great honour, so no pressure there..!


As if that wasn’t enough, I also decided to enter a print and a large drawing for the open submission, and was delighted when the etching, “Stormy skies” was selected. The show opened and within a week my drawing had sold. Happy days, well at least for Leo, my very understanding framer!

Then there was the Hermione Exhibition at Alexandra College. This is an extraordinary venture which the school undertakes annually, and somehow they are able to persuade some of the top names in Irish art to exhibit with them. 

After that there was a slew of online and actual submissions, some of which I am still waiting to hear if I’ve been successful in. But, so far, I have work in the Seacourt Miniprint Exhibition (Belfast), Lessedra International Print Exhibition (Sofia, Bulgaria), and “Legacy” (at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo). 

MLM calendar 07 

I have to say at this point that I absolutely dread it when I see “online submission”, as I am hopeless when it comes to photographing my work and filling in everything online. This is when LSH / Marcus really becomes almost saintlike! Because not only has he to deal with all the photographing and compiling of the babbled information I give him, he also has to handle my huge doubts about work, constant changing of the ones I select to send, and rants about “bloody technology”. I suppose the online business does cut out the badly-filled-in,-many-times-changed-cement-like-from-tippex forms that I used to send in!

On the plus side, I was also invited to show at the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club’s Annual Exhibition,


and a fundraiser for the Eye and Ear Hospital’s Research.
But I still have to get a piece made for the Graphic Studio’s Mount Square Exhibition and some new work for the Watercolour Society’s Annual Show, the Summer Exhibitions at the United Arts Club, and the Graphic Gallery, and the small show I am having at Page 35 in Paris in July and August. No rest for the wicked!