Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lynda Cookson New Irish Art

Lynda Cookson New Irish Art

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Naga Headhunter Skulls

I had loads of fun this week researching and producing this painting (which looks a bit darker in this image than it actually is) about the Naga headhunters from the Himalayas. We're invited to the first birthday party of The Co-Op, a pub and restaurant in Moycullen, where I'll be opening The Painter's Palette in a couple of weeks time (in Moycullen, not in The Co-Op!), so this painting is their birthday present.

I so enjoyed myself ... actually painting in the kitchen on top of the chest freezer because my studio's table is full of other paraphenalia until I open the gallery ... that I think I'll develop the two studies I did, a little further and see if they can turn out okay too.

I've been wanting to experiment with watercolour again for a while now - although I cheated here, as I usually seem to do - by using acrylic paper and not watercolour paper. I also tried out a new method of printing (well, it's new to me anyhow) using the image I printed on my office printer and acrylic gloss medium. 'Twas fun!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Painter's Palette

I am opening a gallery and working studio called The Painter’s Palette in the Moycullen Shopping Centre (Co Galway) during October / November 2010 … and have two opportunities to offer artists – as below.

Contact me on : lyndacookson (at) gmail (dot) com

The Painter’s Palette

I am inviting Contract Guest Artists to join me at The Painter’s Palette.

Guest Artists are limited to 6 artists on a one year contract @ €120 per month payable by debit order or one annual payment, with the following being offered:

* 6 medium-size paintings to be held in gallery (breaks down to €20 per painting pm)
* Insurance of paintings included (to a specified value)
* 4 weeks corridor display window every three months (16 weeks pa)
4 weeks road display window every three months (16 weeks pa)
TOTAL 32 weeks per annum window space
* No commission on sales of original art
* 30% commission on sales of prints or giclees
* 50% commission on sales of cards and other merchandise
20% commission on sales of artist’s books
* 1 Opening Night per annum as exhibition including at least 6 extra medium/large sized paintings on solo exhibition within the gallery (not including windows) for a 48 hour period;
100 postcard invitations designed and supplied (addressed and posted at artist's expense);
email invitations designed (and sent to artist’s email database, if required, at no extra charge);
3 red wine, 3 white wine, bottled water, wine glasses, tumblers, and one bowl snacks included;
staff members from The Painter’s Palette on hand to conduct admin of sales and to arrange cleaning up after the Opening Night;
music and/or speaker optional extra.
* Opportunity to hold paid workshops and/or demonstrations on a 60/40 basis instead of a 50/50 basis
* Portfolio and/or contact details and business cards displayed continually on premises
* Inclusion on website – (presently under construction)
* Inclusion in internet and other advertising when appropriate at The Painter's Palette's discretion

The second opportunity:
Moycullen Shopping Centre Window Lessees

The Moycullen Shopping Centre has granted me the contract to temporarily lease out their window space and to negotiate the temporary (part-time) leasing of a larger unit space if requested for daily, weekly or weekend exhibitions.

Monthly contracts for window space are priced per size and position of window. Prices are given below in both monthly and weekly segments for your information, but contracts are monthly, not weekly. Space is limited to the window and 1.5 metres of floor space away from the window (enough to allow space for an easel to stand):

When you rent a window for 3 months the third month is half price
When you rent a window for 6 months the sixth month is free

These are the rentals per month:
Roadside Windows €100 (approx €25 per week or €3.33 a day for a monthly contract)
Windows within the Centre €80 (€20 per week or €2.67 a day for a monthly contract)
Small Windows €72 (€18 per week or €2.40 a day for a monthly contract)

Should the Window Lessees wish to make a little further use of the space by being there to promote their work during weekends or weekdays if they are able, the use of the window and 1 table and chair space is an extra €10 per day. No further artwork is permitted apart from the window space.

For the use of a larger area of unit space for one day, or a longer period, the rental is negotiable depending on the size of the unit or the amount of space required by the Window Lessee.

No keys to the premises will be given to the temporary lessees at any time so opening and closing times must depend on the working hours of the Moycullen Shopping Centre caretakers.

There is also a CLASSIFIEDS WINDOW where businesses can advertise on an A4 size sheet placed on two large boards in the unit opposite the entrance to Supervalu. The price for this is €10 per month with the same 3 month and 6 month Specials.
Lastly (before the images):
I have been awarded the contract to organise 5 events for the Shopping Centre per annum - Christmas, St Patrick's Day, Easter, Summer and Halloween. This will create even more of a buzz in the centre.

Now .....
Here are some rainy day pics taken of where The Painter's Palette is setting up home in Moycullen, approximately 10 miles or 15 kms from Galway city - and one of the gateway villages to Connemara.

More about Moycullen on :

I have recently curated a successful exhibition, "Riding High", in the Moycullen Shopping Centre, involving just more than 40 artists and in excess of 220 paintings. I counted visitors on my little people-counter-clicker-thingamajiggy and in the first week we had an average of 90 visitors a day (excluding children) and in the second week, which coincided with Galway Race Week, we had between 50 and 100 people through the door each day. Painting sales were satisfactory leaning towards good (for the times), artist merchandise sales were very good indeed and demonstration/workshop response and participation excellent.

One of the nice things about Moycullen is that the residential population is large and increasing - which means that business does not rely entirely on the tourist trade. Also, the unit I have chosen in the Moycullen Shopping Centre is perfect for early-morning traffic jam viewing :-)

If you were travelling from Oughterard or Clifden (Connemara, in other words) towards Galway, this is your view of the shopping centre as you approach the main intersection.
You would take a left at the traffic light to go down to the basement parking of
the centre, passing The Painter's Palette as you do so.

This is the view of The Painter's Palette's 4 roadside windows
once you have taken that left turn down from the Main N59 road.
They are the two large windows in the stone part of the building
(closest to the right hand side of the image)
and the two smaller windows in the reddish-painted part of the building.
This is where the morning traffic - and loads of other traffic - builds up.

A close-up view of The Painter's Palette and her neighbour, Fat Tony's the Barber.
You can also see the first of 3 large corridor windows, and the front door,
of The Painter's Palette.

Another close-up, and a different angle, showing the steps
which take pedestrians down next to The Painter's Palette
as they enter the corridor which takes them towards
Supervalue and the Matt O'Flaherty's Pharmacy.

The steps and a full frontal of The Painter's Palette's
three corridor windows and double front door.

That's The Painter's Palette on the right at the end of the corridor.
This corridor leads to the Pharmacy on the corner (you can see
it's green windows on the left here) and Supervalu.
Fat Tony's is there on the left opposite The Painter's Palette.

This red-coated future-painting-buying-customer (:-) !!)
has just come from the corridor past The Painter's Palette
is passing the Pharmacy and on his way to Supervalu
which is off the image to the left.

It appears I caught the same red-coated person leaving
Supervalue and passing the escalator which takes you
upstairs to The Village Bookshop (lovely big bookshop!)
and to Arabica coffee shop. The other units up there are
emtpy so far ... until we fill them with artists!

Another view of the central courtyard with the Pharmacy on the right,
Supervalu on the left, the escalator in the middle and there's a hidden
shop call WebSaver's on the same level. A staircase (or the lift)
takes you down to the car parking level where there is a stunning
fresh fish shop and a couple of other units awaiting tenants.

Standing inside the still-raw unit for The Painter's Palette
and looking out from where the counter and staff member
will spend their days selling nice arty-farty things.
I'm pretty sure my figures are correct (ish) when I say
that the gallery space is about 51 sq metres.
The workroom area goes off at an Lshape on the
right hand side of this image.

There you are - we're now standing at the inner end of the
working studio part of The Painter's Palette with the counter
and staff member's position off to the left around the corner of the Lshape.
The working studio (for dems and workshops and classes)
is approximately 37 sq metres. We also have a super low-ceilinged
storage area known affectionately as The Cave.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

How To Build Stocks of Merchandise to Sell

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paintings on show at "Riding High" exhibition

Here are the paintings being offered in this summer's
"Riding High" exhibition
which opened at the
Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway on 12 July 2010

moved to Moycullen on 19 July until 1 August (2 weeks)
and then on to St Patrick's Trian in Armagh
for the month of August

Please email offers on paintings to me at:
lyndacookson at gmail dot com

* * * * * Measurements given are the unframed size * * * * *
All Paintings are Framed

Colours of the paintings are deeper and more rich
than computer images can portray

The Horse Collection

"Little Blue" SOLD

"The Gallop" €380
Oil on Linen Covered Board 320 x 330 mm

"Fuerta Caballo" SOLD

"Little Brown Horse" €130
Acrylic on paper 110 x 165 mm

"Neck and Neck" €550
Oil on paper 610 x 440 mm

"Something For Me" €250
Oil on Linen Covered Board 320 x 330 mm

"Caballo Libre" (Freedom Horse) €1200
Oil on Linen Covered Board 500 x 605 mm

"Caballo de Vida" (Horse "To Life") €1200
Oil on Linen Covered Board 610 x 450 mm

"Little Foal" €330
Acrylic on Board 323 x 310 mm

"Maternindad Amore" (Maternal Love) €1200
Oil on Linen Covered Board 610 x 480 mm

"Flying Solo" €1200
Oil on Canvas 655 x 810 mm

The Floral Collection

"Margueritas Blancas" (White Daisies) €1200
Oil on Canvas 510 x 610 mm

"Peachy Plates" €850
Acrylic on Handmade Paper 390 x 560 mm

"Little Sunflowers" €290
Mixed Media on Paper 110 x 165 mm

"Vase on Wet Table" €110
Water Oils on Board 127 x 178 mm

"A Step Up" €95
Watercolour Pencil on Paper 112 x 165 mm

"Looking Out" €580
Mixed Media on Paper 390 x 290 mm

"Summer Mischief" €250
Acrylic on Canvas 250 x 340 mm

"Thelma's Vase" €95
Oil on Paper 110 x 160 mm

"Pink Lady" €85
Acrylic on Board Approx. 112 x 165 mm

"Big Whites" €850
Oil on Paper 390 x 480 mm

"A Wild Bunch" €580
Oil on Paper Approx. 355 x 530 mm

Landscapes and Seascapes

"Boats on Inishmacatreer" €330
Oil on Board 400 x 315 mm

"Playful Dive" €290
Oil on Linen Covered Board Approx. 323 x 310 mm

"Across the Bay at New Quay" €750
Oil on Board 635 x 480 mm

"Fraggy Shore" €980
Oil on Board 605 x 495 mm

"Hot Fields of Lilac" €280
Oil on Paper

"Towards Leckavrea, Maam" €250
Acrylic on Paper 195 x 130 mm

"Spirit of the Bog, Connemara 1" €210
Oil on Paper 160 x 110 mm

"Weather Rolling In" €590
Acrylic on Board 445 x 605 mm


"Henry" €420
Acrylic on Paper 295 x 295 mm

"Hector" €420
Acrylic on Paper 255 x 305 mm

"For Life" €85
Acrylic on Canvas


"Red Boat" €85
Watercolour on paper 170 x 120 mm

Giclees are prints of original paintings which are guaranteed
not to fade for a century or more and are usually
produced in Limited Editions on canvas. Pure pigments
are used to produce the giclee rather than the less
durable inks, used in normal printing methods and
texture reproduction is one of their strongest features.

"Leopard and Paws Abstract" €250

"Bubble Invasion" €60
Giclee (A3 size)

The Cill Rialaig Collection

This collection of abstracts was inspired during a residency at
Cill Rialaig near Ballinskelligs in Co Kerry. I usually visit
Cill Rialaig in January when the winds are howling and
the sea is pumping with huge white-foamed waves.
The atmosphere conjures up images of the spirits of
people who lived their years ago ... which is how each
painting comes to be named after a former resident of the area.

"Bolus Head Spirit Party" €750
Acrylic on Paper 560 x 690 mm

"Muiris O'Connaill" €390
Acrylic on Board 300 x 330 mm

"Seamus O'Connaill" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 320 mm

"Donal O'Connaill" €390
Acrylic on Board 310 x 325 mm

"Bride O'Connaill" €390
Acrylic on Board 300 x 320 mm

"Daniel O'Connell. The Liberator" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 325 mm

"An Sceilig Beag. Little Skellig" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 325 mm

"Tomas Rua O'Suilleabhain. Poet" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 325 mm

"The Fenians of Cahersiveen" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 325 mm

"Peats O'Cealla" €390
Acrylic on Board 3235 x 303 mm

"Cill Rialaig - The Church of the Regulars" €390
Acrylic on Board 305 x 325 mm


"Small Bearded Bushman" €220
Watercolour on Paper 330 x 340 mm

Monoprints and Linocuts

"Paws in the Grass" €175
Linocut 140 x 155 mm

"Tail Flicks" €195
Monoprint 255 x 255 mm

"A Little Potty" €195
Monoprint 255 x 255 mm

Monprints with Charcoal Line Drawings
In reality, these monoprint backgrounds are incredibly
more rich in colour - I just couldn't seem to catch the depth
of colour in a digital image for the internet!

"Herself" €195
Monoprint background with Charcoal Line Drawing
255 x 255 mm

"Told You So!" €195
Monoprint Background with Charcoal Line Drawing
255 x 255 mm

"His Foot" €195
Monoprint background with Charcoal Line Drawing
5 x 255 mm

"She Shrugged" €195
Monoprint background with Charcoal Line Drawing
255 x 255 mm

"My Eye" €195
Monoprint background with Charcoal Line Drawing
255 x 255 mm

Pencil and Charcoal Sketches

"Stretching" €290
Pencil on Paper 450 x 560 mm

"Maya" €450
Pencil on Paper 560 x 600 mm

The humorous "Boob Collection"
These three are the last of a collection of eight
charcoal line drawings on textured cotton handmade paper
(which does not show up on these digital images)
They are light-hearted renditions created to bring
a smile to your face!
They are float-framed in a thin black frame
No 1 from the Boob Collection €195
110 x 150 mm

No 2 from The Boob Collection €195
110 x 150 mm

No 3 from The Boob Collection €195
110 x 150 mm

"The Quiet Man Bridge" €70