Dots and Dashes

Roscommon Arts & Crafts Association Annual Show
Foxford Woollen Mills Exhibition Centre

9 July - 4 August 1999

Dots and Dashes is the annual Roscommon Arts & Crafts Association group exhibition at the Foxford Woollen Mills, which was opened by Eamon Ó'Cuív TD Minister for State at the Dept Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht and the Islands on Friday 9 July. The exhibition consists of painting, drawing and sculpture by 10 members of the group

This exhibition contains 6 of my charcoal drawings of Irish landscapes from my local rural environment of south Roscommon as well as landscapes from north county Clare.

Using a coloured paper such as orange, green, blue etc, I cover it in layers of charcoal then using a putty rubber begin rubbing back the charcoal to reveal the highlights in the landscape I am trying to describe. Sometimes I will use cotton wool to apply light dustings of powdered charcoal to achieve a softer gradation in tones.

The use of coloured papers to draw on has been a feature of my work for several years and is very much influenced by my experimentation with filters in photography. I am also intrigued by the fact that I often see one colour in a landscape.

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