Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It Was 100 Years Ago Today...or Epic Fail.

The River Vltava with National Theatre and Charles Bridge.


This massive impressionist picture of Prague was painted over 100 years ago ...or at least it feels that way. The truth is it is only two inches across and just a detail within the picture I painted below.

Prague: Ballarina. Oil paint on canvas.

I know...it's cracked, and I don't mean it has cracks - I mean its a mad painting really, I see that...but so what? I painted it and it's unfinished and it's quite mad in its own little way.


Czech Parliament with glazing.

I can't quite believe I worked on this on-and-off over 8 years but it must be about that now. I finished it (I thought) in about a month or so. The face was very life-like at the time and in terms of likeness I thought I'd done ok, better than usual. I'm never happy with my paintings, not really. I had painted her against a dark backdrop, a curtain and the more I looked at the darkness around her the more I felt like I should have painted her in a well lit room.

I had painted this picture as a gift to close friends, it is based on their granddaughter. Knowing how much our friends love Prague I suddenly had the epic compulsion to paint the whole of Prague in daylight as a background to this little girl. It wasn't easy to paint the city in the background now that the foreground was complete. But I felt up for the challenge. Normally you'd begin with background and work forward.

Oil painting detail.

It took a long time and in the process I damaged her face. It wasn't a fumble or anything like that, I tried to adjust something about the light on her face and I blew it. So I repainted her face again from scratch and it was terrible...so I repainted it again. I then re-painted it again. I think I then re-painted it again. Then...I re-painted it again and then again. In fact I lost count. But the days in which I could sit down and work on a painting for 12 hours straight and repeat that the next day have long gone. I think this painting was started about the time that approached stopped.

Pastel on paper on wine coloured ground.

Pastel on paper.

Colour print from pencil doodle.


I had made other sketches of the girl in pastel meantime. But they were sketches and I wanted this painting to work and it didn't.

As things worsened for me with the child I found certain things happening in the background that I liked. A depth of colour emerged and the sky had a curve-linear appearance that I liked. By this I mean I felt it folded out (or unfolded out) in the way that real distance in space does.
Cloudscape and the roof of the national theatre of Prague.

I built this picture up in successive glazes. I also scraped back much that I'd painted. In the spire of the Czech parliament I tried in some ways to replicate a look you might see when you look through imperfect glass. You see it in some glass in Prague, you don't see this warping and shifting in modern glass, only through old windows. I also wanted it to look like it had rained and the sun had broke out over wet rooftops.

The couple didn't see anything wrong with it. All they saw was a little girl they love very much. So it goes.

The incomplete areas of this picture are the hair, face and neck...and everything else besides.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Hamlet, Ophelia & Rosencrantz



The largest pieces in this set are made up of 4 pieces of card. The media includes pencil, pastel, wine and Indian Ink. I did all seven over 2 days (coffee was an important factor). I would prefer to have all my pictures bespoke framed. I know good framing when I see it and have a friend who happens to be the worlds greatest framer. I'll cream pie anybody who says he's not. But time and cost prohibit this expense, for the most part (as I might have to frame 20 or so pictures), so I use standard store bought frames at this time for shows. It won't always be that way. I also urge collectors to have the work properly framed because the frames I use are for protection really. A good frame elevates even the greatest pictures.



In the detail above you can see how wine was used in the forehead. Initially a tint to add form, once dried I went over the area with pastel and noted this translucent 'berryness' added an immediate depth. It doesn't look like the actor John Poston but it does get close to the unhinged homicidal rage he demonstrates on stage, so it is in the spirit of the play that I saw and that's enough for me at this stage. As these sketches were being created very quickly this was exactly what I wanted. I also splashed wine all over the place. You can see a drop right there to one side of Hamlet.



Similarly Ophelia (played by Laura Baranik) and Rosencrantz (played by Jim HIgh) have been tinted, most obviously in Laura's pony tale.

There are two more performances of this play that you can catch, tonight and tomorrow and I would urge anyone who has time to make a night of it. But remember, whatever city you live in, there are unexpected delights to be found in many a theatre and on most nights. There are actors doing an incredible job, night after night, and at very little cost. Go to the theatre, it's real. Most movies suck anyway and TV sucks your soul straight out, eats your time and laughs and trades you ads the while. Replenish your soul, see a play. Shut it down, get out, go, RUN...GO NOW!!!

PIcture = 6000kc (£200 - $ 313 - Euro 230) To buy email - opipop@gmail.com

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
A Comedy by TOM STOPPARD
http://r-and-g-are-dead.bloodloverhetoric.com

Alfred ve Dvore, theater.
February 4th, 5th, 6th at 7.30pm

Presented by
Blood, Love and Rhetoric


Directed by Logan Hillier

Starring Matthew Blood-Smyth, Jim High, Logan Hillier, John Poston, Curt Matthews, Laura Baranik, Jeff Fritz and Beanna Lindeova
with Jan Kolar, Zuzanna Vesela, David Smejkal, Anna Ledvinka, Aneta Kolblova, Anna Vitkova and Petr Zelenka, Stanislav Benes,Emilia Diddams, Lucia Zlamalova, Vaclav Pinos

Thursday, February 04, 2010

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD



I've long had an interest in dramatic and stage-like images. My series 'The Living Room Theatre' stands as an early example. A while back I put the feelers out to see if any of the theatre companies here would allow me to sit in on rehearsals for sketching purposes. Well, to cut a long story short, my friend Jim High, an English actor based in Prague, invited me to come along to rehearsals for ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD this week. The sketches will be shown at the Alfred ve Dvore theatre for the duration of the play. Here are three in progress snaps, blurry snaps at that...finished images will come online tomorrow sometime....provided my scanner will cooperate. Wine was used as a tint in these images as well as Indian ink and pastel. More soon...




Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Shoes...



Another design, but these are not yet online, please consider this is a sneek-peak. Anyway, I'll post on this again as the set come available. Meanwhile you can buy the first in the series at the link below. Woman and children only at the moment but mens sizes are coming soon...Let me know what you think, and thanks for all the feedback!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Camouflage in Wonderland - Put a skip in your step!


Thanks to my friend James Gogarty for the suggested title of this series. Sorry to everyone who might like to hear from me on this blog more often, I try, but I'm a busy chap...'Must try harder'...My shoes are signed 'Booda' on the heel...

My original shoes can be bought here...

You can even by a skateboard to match!...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Models, Springs & Top Brass


The weather has been so good lately and after what seems like 6 months (and may well be!) of dark cold skies we suddenly have warmth, colour and new life. This has me thinking of organising a new show and this time the subject will be flowers and landscapes.

As for the brass neck series we, the models and I, have finally arranged to meet this Wednesday. We postponed last week because of the holiday.

Over the weekend I did a few drawings with 'Brushes', a new IPhone app. I've been drawing on phones (A Sony P910I) for about 5 or 6 years. I made my first Iphone sketch about 5 months back. But this new app is better than the one I used before. The sketch of Obama is a painting I made on my IPhone. This is not a manipulated photo, it was started like any sketch only not on paper and I used my fingertips. Although I nearly gave up on this picture I found that with patience I could render in a way that pleased me. I could have continued but stopped at this stage. The trouble is I had already built up a good likeness of the President and lost it so I did not want to go through that again. After all, this is essentially me goofing around with a doodle on my phone and it had already taken up too much time. I may try and take a version of this image closer to likeness later. I feel it is a little on the angelic side, but the risk is great and I could have easily made him too harsh... the risk of undermining good work with a wrongly placed fingertip or colour could have pushed me back a long way and I was tired and knew I would dump it if I blew it. So I stopped here having proved a point to myself.

Prints may be available for this kind of work soon, the flowers and blossoms for instance. Leave a comment or email me if you would like to know more about the prints.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Publish and Be Damned on Demand.

Version 2 of the test book arrived a few weeks back, It looks great and is more substantial than before. We are now collecting names and arranging a possible signing session here in Prague. We will also sign both of the first printed copies we have (Test copies of version 1 and 2) and we may put them up for auction.

We are going to show the book to a publisher. But if we can't strike a deal in good time we are prepared to go it alone and get the book out there. It is a fun and unique little book and I know it will sell very well if properly promoted. In the meantime we are working on a sequel. My view is we move forward to number 2 and then perhaps 3. I believe the momentum alone, our commitment, will win us a publishing deal. And if not we'll still have a book series available on Amazon and B&N...because we will buy the ISBN and do this ourselves if we have to!

We'll just be working on a smaller scale....but it will be out there ~ we have a cool book, with scope for an exciting series, we are content in that respect at the very least.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Our Little Book

So last weekend I edited and added new art to our book. The test book looks fantastic and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it turned out. We then focussed on a few things that might help the pacing, not only that my sons noticed two small errors.
A missing wristwatch (continuity issue) and a missing letter 'Y' for the word 'Honey'. The letter was there on the art but in printing it had been lost in the background colour. Those issues sorted we now await version 2. If this one is as good as the last we'll be ready to ship.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

'The Day a Comet Came to Tea'



Our test book looks great. Yesterday, on Guys suggestion, we read it together to a class of children at the school. Afterward we made some editing decisions and I took the book back to the studio. Today and for the next few days I'll be making the changes we have decided on and releasing a final version hopefully monday. We will still have to wait a few weeks for the final version, but it should be ready for promotion and sale in about 14 days or so.

We have to settle on a price and sort out the promotional webpages, but we are very excited to see our work at last in book form.

Please direct any enquiries to the following e-mail address ~ guystoo@gmail.com

Monday, May 26, 2008

KID TEST

BTW ~ I should mention as a test I read the story to my boys tonight for bedtime reading. What a pleasure it is to be able to read your own childrens book to your own children...and they giggled away! Guy will have the chance to test it on his kids tomorrow.
I hope we get as strong a reaction.

Our Test Book Arrives.

Good news. Our test book arrived from the printer today and I'm quite pleased, in fact it's terrific and as colourful as can be expected. There are a few things needing changed, for example one colour clash between the text and background on one page. This was likely to happen and to be honest I was surprised it happened only once. It's not really a clash, the text colour is just too close to the background colour on this page and fades out just a little. Easily sorted in version 2 and the reason to make a test version before going public. I have yet to show my partner and get his reaction. But it's good news.
~ Booda

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Our Book Test

A few weeks back I completed version 1 of our book and we are now in the process of producing a hard copy for review. This is a soft-cover childrens book running to about 20 pages. Once we have reviewed this single copy, we'll know if we can make it public.

Here's hoping.

For enquires use the subject heading 'Star' and e-mail ~ x.painter.x@gmail.com
Thank you.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A Children's Book.


I've been illustrating a short story, written by my friend Guy Lachlan, for what seems like an age now. It is something I have worked on only in my spare time over the last 6 months or so. Possibly longer. I have managed to get it close to publication over the last couple of weeks and so I feel I can mention it now, here, for the first time. We are investigating various publishing possibilities and hope to have a full colour book in hand in the next two months. Watch this space!

Dunnottar, North-East Scotland


A new poster print of one of my pictures is now on sale at LULU for just under 23 Euro. This is a picture I made quite a few years ago, details below...

A poster print of a pastel on cardboard study by Stewart Kenneth Moore of the ruins of Dunnottar Castle. A highly detailed reproduction of one of Scotlands greatest fortifications. Dunnottar proved a reliable stronghold at the centre of Scottish history from its first appearance in Roman records until its final abandonment in the17th century. Famed for its role in the critical defence of the Scottish crown jewels and as the site of a victory in battle by William Wallace in 1297.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Wine Ink ART Auction ~ Dates to be Announced.



I'm planning a new auction of sketches made with red wine, in some cases bids will begin as low as 99 cents. To be notified of the launch of this auction of original art created with just red wine and paper, drop me a line.

~ Booda

Monday, March 17, 2008

Size isn't Everything. 'Leo Burnett's Faceinterface'



Click Image to enlarge.

The ad agency 'Leo Burnett' has a site interface with an animate pencil. It springs to life as the page opens, the marks are yours and wresting control takes only a moment. Opening this page today I realised I was drawing with a digital pencil yet I felt that curious sensation that is so relaxing and hard to pin down, the quiet excitement of drawing. It is an energy that lingers in sketches and sketchbooks (and perhaps sketchblogs). It is, for me, why rudimentary marks can be so much more interesting than finished art, it stays and is not lost by polishing and re-working or re-thinking. Perhaps because there is no thinking or that the thinking and the doing are not yet in-sync as the pencil moves, even in the smallest way. Like life, then.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it

-- Omar Khayyam

The portrait I made or 'Face-inter-face' screen shot is that of ad exec Leo Burnett. The page opens with the title 'Big Ideas come out of Big Pencils'.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Prague Ballerina.


A few years ago I began a painting, a private commission for a family. It was a simple portrait of a young ballerina. I began painting it with a dark background, the figure stood out well against an evening light and after a few weeks it was just about finished.

The collector visited the studio and was very happy, the only problem was I wasn't and thought it should be better and so I decided to continue. I took it to a point that I now realise should have been its completion. Everything was right. But I wondered what would happen if I painted a daylight view of Prague in the background, it seemed too easy to make this girl stand out in the darkness. So I painted a typical Prague afternoon, in brilliant light behind here. This took a long time and was difficult, but I did it. I managed to paint out the night and fill it with a complete view of the city on both sides of the Vltava, looking up river to the horizon. I did this despite the changes of light and in addition she was even more 3 dimensional, now standing out against this bright vista stretching to infinity. I then decided to improve the face further, do one last thing...and that is when all hell broke loose, the face worsened, I lost it.

I've worked intermittently on this picture over the years to take it back to the point that I was most happy with the face. But it has defeated me every time. Every so often I think it important to push myself to achieve something uniquely special and beyond anything I have done before. One should always know when to stop, but I don't think anything can be discovered without taking a risk or lavishing time on a project. I failed here or I would have if I considered it finished, but I've not given up.

In December 2007 I wrote to the family to say I was planning to go back to the painting again. No pain, no gain. I will post further examples here as the work progresses. Wish me luck.

Nlemvo ~ Charity Auction.


Toward the end of 2007 I was asked to submit something to a charity auction here in Prague. The point of the auction is to raise funds so that children with hearing difficulties can be given a cochlear implant. I submitted 'Nlemvo', a reclining nude sketch drawn with pastel on deep blue Ingres paper. Nlemvo is a Congolese word meaning 'Grace' and as the auction had an African theme (not sure why) this study seemed apt. Another one of my pictures was auctioned for the same cause in 2006. Nlemvo raised 614 US dollars.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

1 Day left...~ Click to visit Auction ~

My painting of an apple is painted with red wine, an original on auction for a song...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Opipop Glass and Bottle


Opipop Glass and Bottle, originally uploaded by booda.

My current auction.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Wine Ink - Visit my new blog


Kathleen's Chair, originally uploaded by booda.

I have started showing my work with wine as a paint medium at the following link...

http://wineink.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Alpine View Above the Socha River (on 4 pages of Xerox).

Slovenia

I'm back to work...painting. My small role in 'Prince Caspian' is over. I did actually paint on location as a way to pass the time between scenes. I began with oil sketches in my notebook. When I ran out of paper I painted on Xerox copy paper given to me by one of the teachers. The young, school age, actors still have school...and how they do it I don't know, impressive really. They learn their lines, work a long day and still do well in study. Good training for any actor, I should think, acting, like any art, is a life long study.

One day I drove to Venice to buy a sketchbook in which I began to paint the hills and valleys around Kobarid. I took the sketchbook to Croatia with the intention of painting the mountains, as I did last year. But on this occasion I became more interested in the water and the way light acts on it.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Horsing Around.

Q - Why no blogging Booda??
A - I've been riding horses, I know...strange answer...but yes, I've not been painting, for some time now...about 3 months and it's because of horses.

I'm riding horses because I was cast in the sequel to 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' as a horseman, I am one of several 'Lords'...a Telmarine in the new film 'Prince Caspian' by Disney. It's not a big part, but it involves horse riding and I have spent pretty much every working day training. It has been a fantastic experience that has stopped me from thinking about anything other than being a better rider.

I began by being tutored by an excellent trainer by the name of Maggie at Tetin Velkastatek (about 50km from Prague) and the first horse I rode was Marghareta, she was big and slow. Then I rode Bambi (La Bamba) and she was swift and lean....and I fell from her twice! (and only narrowly avoided falling a third and forth time by clinging on with my finger tips and toes!). This was in the English style (not the falling, that was rough and tumble style) and I lost balance when I was riding without reins or stirrups and slowly building up to a full canter, Maggie was controlling the horse as I rode in a circle and I lost it somehow...crunch. This is a typical training method. Over the weeks I rode Dollar and Penelope and Cameron and Marchena. Marchena is my favourite and is a beautiful and proud Spanish stallion.

I did most of my training with Marchena under the excellent tuition of Ricardo Cruz' team and most often under the watchful eye of Juan Diego Montoya. Just before we moved location we were told that we would have new horses for the film, all of which are Czech horses. I began riding Tambor (Tamborina) last week. He is not unlike Marchena to look at, the same tan colour with light or blond main. But he carries his head slightly lower and I miss the power of Marchena about whom I was warned 'Be careful, slowly, he is like a Ferrari'.

But Tambor is an excellent horse (but then they all are) and last week we galloped through the forest at the head of a group of fifty riders. 'We' being the lords (actors) and the rest experienced rider-extras. I can't imagine a better way to spend a summers day and I am extremely grateful to have had this experience...it more than adequately makes up for the long hours that are so typical of film work. What can I do...I've landed among a throng of perfectionists. At every level...what a great team of talented artists.

I will return to painting as soon as I can and when I do I will post my work here. I intend to return to more traditional subjects in the months to come and I will be making the work available for collectors. I may even create a few equestrian pictures.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Work

Despite what my lack of postings might suggest, I have been working as seriously as ever. I am also now researching eBay as a means to offer my originals for auction. I should be able to begin working with eBay very shortly. I'll be bloggng about this again when I have things in place.

Land of the Young.

It looks like I may be heading back to Dublin to paint again. But this time I'll drive up into the hills, I'll paint the sea and lochs.
Again, like last time, I'll paint about 30 pictures as a set. There may be a show coming up...more on that if and when...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

'Nora Dunn' Dublin.


'Nora Dunn' Dublin., originally uploaded by booda.

PRAGUE, December 5, 2006 -- A painting by a Scottish artist has raised more than $8,000 for deaf children in the Czech Republic.

Stewart Kenneth Moore's painting was auctioned on Saturday (December 2) at a benefit evening near Prague's historic Charles Bridge.

The portrait of a Dublin beggar woman had been donated by an Irish businessman based in the Czech capital.

The funds will go to the Broken Silence foundation, which raises money to give deaf children hearing implants and speech therapy.

Mr. Moore aka 'Booda', 37, has lived in Prague for the last 12 years.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Colour pencil on Ingres paper


Colour pencil on Ingres paper, originally uploaded by booda.



~ Booda

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Aillie


Portrait of Aillie, originally uploaded by booda.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Maggie Daley - acrylic sketches.


Maggie Daley - acrylic sketches., originally uploaded by booda.

These are originals painted in acrylic, please view the finished limited edition print at the link below...

http://opipop.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_opipop_archive.html

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Petrin Tower, Night. ( as I see it )

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mosor with House II


Mosor with House II, originally uploaded by booda.

Mosor with House II

This is a re-working of 'Mosor with House', with added detail...a little more or a little less, more or less.
Both editions run to fifty only.

~ Booda

Croatian prints.


Croatian prints., originally uploaded by booda.

New Showing in Prague.

I had a meeting last week with Jana Ježková of the Malá Šárka Gallery here in Prague. We had a long chat and a good laugh and I'll be framing three pictures this week for future display in the gallery.

www.malasarka.cz

Croatian limited edition prints.

Everything so far shown was created plein-air (literally in the open air) on the Croatian coast. I took a travel easel and canvas and sketchbook and painted in the mornings mostly.

The following 2 prints are new, created in the last 2 days, and recollect a view from a hillside where we looked at a house, they were drawn and printed in Prague. They are limited to 50 each (1/ 50) and are printed on 100% acid free fine art archival papers. The paper size in both cases is 17 by 22 inches.

In a future post I will explain my printing method, in the mean time e-mail me if you have questions.

~ Booda

Friday, September 08, 2006

Mosor Morning


Mosor Morning, originally uploaded by booda.

My first oil painting in Brela.

Oil on canvasboard
30 x 30 cm

booda@opipop.com

Sea Urchins


Sea Urchins, originally uploaded by booda.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Light Under Water


Light Under Water, originally uploaded by booda.

The light as it plays in layers under the water.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Light on Water


Light on Water, originally uploaded by booda.

Watching light play over the water...

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Swimmer


Swimmer, originally uploaded by booda.

..people take on odd shapes when they move in the water.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Little Girl Swimming


Little Girl Swimming, originally uploaded by booda.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Moustache and Snorkel


Moustache and Snorkel, originally uploaded by booda.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

'The Great Red', a Burnt Czech.


'The Great Red', a Burnt Czech., originally uploaded by booda.

A man who awoke with a red burn all over his chest and legs, walking with lobster red limbs, his white skin was flashing from his sides.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Red Sunset


Red Sunset, originally uploaded by booda.

The sun seems to melt sometimes...

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sunset


Sunset, originally uploaded by booda.

I wanted the after image...not what you see in the sunset, but the part that stays when you turn away...the sunset burned on the retina.

What one might call a 1/1 original 'retinal print' ...of a sunset.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Lemon Sunset


Lemon Sunset, originally uploaded by booda.

How to paint a sunset?...that was the question at dinner.
I thought about it for 10 months or so...a challenge perhaps best avoided.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Sun on the Water, Brela and Mosor.


Sun on the Water, Brela and Mosor., originally uploaded by booda.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Mosor Bluerise


Mosor Bluerise, originally uploaded by booda.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Brela Faint


Brela Faint, originally uploaded by booda.

In the heat of the day areas of the distant coastlines of surrounding islands fade to almost nothing.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com

Biokovo Bluerise


Biokovo Bluerise, originally uploaded by booda.

A view from Brela as the range rises behind Makarska.

Oil on yellow hand made paper.
Signed original - enquiries contact
booda@opipop.com