Friday, February 26, 2010


Continued with the NCAD proposal; it is quite an intense application form, nevertheless I am confident it will be done before the deadline.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Finally finished the Burren proposal and got it sent off today. Katriona has suggested I look at the artist Yayoi Kusama which I did; she seems an interesting character, and her mirror installations are just up my street ! It seems like she has been living in a mental home; Genius/insanity.........artist!!! Did some more editing to the video work.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


More of the same today; finished the proposal and I am happy enough with it. Have to upload images now, then I can send it off. Made a start on the LSAD on as well today. Had some premiere pro instruction from Nigel in the afternoon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


A.M. Down in Georges quay working on the MA proposal. P.M. "art in the making" Paul Tarpey gave a talk about his work; it was quite interesting to hear what kind of processes a graduate of N.C.A.D. and visual communications lecturer takes in his work. He was a good communicator, and the work had its merits. Seminar in the afternoon; only one person this week. It was interesting how the student used sections of old "badly taken" photographs as a reference for the paintings.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Spent the morning getting all my video projects transferred to my laptop, and arranged into folders. Went down to Georges quay in the afternoon and carried on with the masters proposal.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


These are images that my "drawing machine" produced over period when the the open drawing exhibition was on.


Much of the same really, again , still in the process of applying for an MA degree. I thought I was ready to submit one proposal, so I asked a colleague who is well versed in these matters to give a quick look at it; he suggests some changes that will entail re structuring the whole proposal. It is so time consuming, and as a result my studio work is at a standstill. That said, I had a tutorial with Nigel during the week and he has given me much good advice to ponder; he suggests a meeting with Mark and Katriona, himself and myself to discuss matters relating to my video work. I have acquired the software that will enable me to edit my own video work on my lap top, this is such a God send; it will help me to work at home as well. I received a letter from the HEA, they have asked me to volunteer to talk to students about my Erasmus study experiences; I think I will volunteer, it will be good practice for public speaking.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


The past week or so I have been in the process of writing proposals for an MA degree. it is quite an intense procedure; nearly every word has to be looked up in a thesaurus !!! I am settled into George's quay now; there is a good energy down there. I will not be doing any studio work until the proposals are completed.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Had to get another new fan for the drawing machine; it is working fine again. It is a little time consuming every day, but, I believe it will be worth the effort in the end. I was invigilating for the drawing show this Friday afternoon. Was speaking to Katriona, and have booked a tutorial with her for next Friday; she seemed enthusiastic about the performance piece I did in Limerick.I made a video recording of the drawing machine in action, it will be interesting to see the drawing as it takes place.


Had a few problems with the fans for the drawing machine, but it is up and running well now. I am all set to go down to georges quay now. I believe it will be a good experience, although, Mark is not too sure about it. I will see what transpires over the next few weeks, and will probably go back to the main studos around the Easter period.


Got my assessment marks today; I have to say that I am still on track; my marks still maintaining a high grade. I was a little disappointed with the studio marks, however, after an excellent tutorial with Mark, I can understand why there was a little uncertainty amongst the tutors as to the coherency of the work; MORE CLARITY NEEDED!!! That said, my CCS grade went up very high, and that saved me dropping down to the next level (T.G.)


The drawing show was a great success: I got many favourable comments about my drawing machine. Donald Teskey spoke well of it also. I am going to change the paper every day while the show is on; there should be an interesting collection at the end of it.

Monday, February 1, 2010


First day back after the assessments. Finally got the thesis finished; had a few problems trying to get it printed, but eventually got it sorted. Some of the pages are loose, I will have to go and see the company about this and see if they will give me a replacement. I am happy with the work I produced; didn't get my results yet, but I am confident that It will merit a very good mark. Was under a bit of pressure to get my drawing machine set up for the open drawing awards exhibition, which opens tomorrow night; I was not a 100% certain that I could get it to actually work ! I have been so busy what with assessments, thesis etc, that I have not had the time to experiment with it. Nevertheless, I have been successful; and got it rigged up and working.

Video of drawing machine