High speed a plein air painting with Rod Coyne: “Blackwater”
“I had a fantastic few days painting in the Tourin Estate, it’s a compelling blend of history and nature and an artist’s delight. This River Blackwater painting was just one of four paintings exhibited October 2016. You can read the full story here. The river which runs down to the sea at Dungarvin is a painters paradise.
Anchor your composition and you will always be rewarded. Using a view finder and taking time to plan what you want to paint and you’ll be starting on a solid composition foundation. Rod Coyne shares his painting plan. The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.
With over 25 years experience, Rod Coyne is considered one of the most exciting landscape painters in Ireland today. This DVD and download is about spontaneity, visual composition, and trusting your impulse. If you want to loosen up your landscape painting style or sit back and Rod do the work – this master-class is for you. With his affable approach, this artist will inspire painters and Ireland fans alike.
There’s more to “Secrets of the Palette Knife” than just painting. Spend a day with artist Rod Coyne in the spectacular surroundings of the “Garden of Ireland”. He invites you to his plein air studio on a hidden shore of the Avoca River. In this 60 minute film the artist shares a both hypnotising and meditative insight into the process of creating a picture from beginning to end. Coyne’s expert guidance into palette painting will whisk you along just as the River flows through the Vale of Avoca.
The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.
“My then upcoming exhibition Decade caused Ros Drinkwater to write “Coyne’s landscapes are a labour of love” in the Sunday Business Post, May 2009. She spent a day with me at the Avoca Studio Gallery reviewing the brand new collection and delving into my motivation behind it. She was very taken by the fact that acclaimed author Sebastian Barry endorsed the new paintings and had agreed to launch the show. It didn’t appear in the article unfortunately but when I pressed her for a personal opinion she admitted “I like your work Rod, it’s got balls!” I hope you enjoy this article.”
– Rod Coyne
The first time I set eyes on Rod Coyne he was painting plein air on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The setting was Cill Rialaig in Co. Kerry, Ireland’s only artist’s retreat. It was clear that the work in progress had the vigour born out of that energy-laden landscape, as Coyne says, “where the Atlantic collides full frontal with Europe – literally between heaven and earth”.
When asked to open Decade, Rod Coyne’s 10th anniversary show currently showing at Origin Gallery, Dublin 2, Costa prize-winning author Sebastian Barry agreed with alacrity. “So many of his images could be straight out of my own memory, very strange and wonderful, the red lightship, the Wicklow high valley, the angle glimpsed, “ he said.
The exhibition comprises of 40 landscapes and seascapes, the fruits of Coyne’s “long running conversation with the Irish landscape”. He is drawn to places of mythology and beauty, and his exhibition (above) includes the Skelligs, famous sanctuary of the monks, rising out of the sea like a cathedral; the Upper Lake at Glendalough, place of another hermitage where St. Kevin founded a monastery a millennium ago; a flock of sea birds high over the ocean; a vessel in the teeth of a gale.
Born in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin, Coyne graduated from the Crawford College of Art in Cork and spent ten years in Germany working from a studio overlooking the Rhine – water is always his starting point be it a river, stream, lake, sea or ocean.
When he opened his studio gallery six years ago, his expectation was that tourists would be his main trade but, to his delight, this has not turned out to be so. “What I’ve found is that people are attracted to their own locations – they buy paintings of what the tourists come here to see, “he said.
Since his first solo show at the Origin a decade ago, Coyne’s work has found favour with the public, and is in many prestigious public and private collections. In the current climate his subject matter has a particular relevance. Over millennia civilisations rise and fall – only the landscape endures. Coyne captures both its power and beauty.
Rod Coyne shares what he’s packing for plein air painting these days. The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.
With over 20 years experience, Rod Coyne is one of the most exciting landscape painters in Ireland today. This DVD is about spontaneity, visual composition, and trusting your inner impulse. Whether you want to loosen up your landscape painting style or sit back and rod do the work – this master-class is for you. With his affable approach, this artist will inspire painters and Ireland fans alike.
There’s more to “Secrets of the Palette Knife” than just painting. Spend a day with artist Rod Coyne in the spectacular surroundings of the “Garden of Ireland”. He invites you to his plein air studio on a hidden shore of the Avoca River. In this 60 minute film Coyne shares a both hypnotising and meditative insight into the process of creating a picture from beginning to end. The artist’s expert guidance into palette painting will whisk you along just as the River flows through the Vale of Avoca.
The full one hour video is now available on DVD and Digital Download here.
“There was always a big chance that the creation of Red Rock would not be born on video at all. There’s always so much to concentrate on when painting a big canvas en plein air that filming the whole affair has to be kept as a secondary priority so as not to distract me from the main event. I never have a camera man with me or any other technical helper so my footage is often off the mark or the batteries run out ages before I notice.”
But this day’s painting was different as I knew exactly what composition I wanted and which canvas I was going to use. The Skelligs features at least once on a residency at Cill Rialaig and this time I had left it till my last day at the Retreat. I actually love the fact that the Star Wars franchise has been celebrating the majesty of these holy islands and now here I was with ten days painting under my belt and ready to pay homage to the island cathedral.
Big canvases are susceptible to any sort of wind so I prefer to secure them to something sturdier that my flimsy easel. While the pier wall offered the perfect position for the perfect view I still needed to get creative in how to lash it to the stonework. Years of working on movie sets in an earlier life has given me a kind of can-do attitude towards this type of problem. Some heavy duty screws and a couple of bungy cords later and it was attached rock solid.
“Red Rock” work in progress on Glen Pier.
Then to the cameras; I used three on that day. One time-lapse camera with no view finder which has to aimed purely on intuition. Secondly, I had a temperamental go-pro up close to the canvas. And finally I filmed all the B-roll stuff using my smart phone. As usual while painting and filming somethings didn’t work out as planned and other things occurred which I had never expected. The upshot in both cases was that the happy accidents far outweighed the disastrous ones and I was very pleased with the results. The painting gave me a sense of instant gratification on the day but it was ten months before I got a chance to work with the footage. Editing the video over the period of a few nights transported me back to painting on that breezy, sunny day on Glen Pier in Co. Kerry. And now it’s done I’m delighted I took the time to allow for the second priority of the day. I hope you like it too, if so, please share.” – Rod Coyne.
RTE presenter and journalist Richard Curran took the helm at the Seeing Red launch. He was introduced by Gallerist and Cill Rialaig Retreat founder Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe. Later in this video Rod Coyne tells about his thought process while making the new work. During 2017 and moving in to 2018 Rod has replaced all the greens of the landscape with a vivid palette of reds. The results are equally exciting and other worldly.
Rod Coyne was privileged to spend two weeks painting at heart of that Wild Atlantic Way. Here’s a two minute studio tour of his Cill Rialaig paintings at that point in time. #Skellig#WildAtlanticWay
The exhibition by Rod Coyne will be open to the public at Origin Gallery Dublin from 2nd – 20th March 2018.
Blizzard conditions in Ireland caused the postponement of the official opening night. After you’ve seen enough white then you might like to start “SEEING RED”. In the meantime please keep warm and safe in these polar conditions.
“Yes, its true, I am Still Seeing Red! Following on from my first tentative steps at Cill Rialaig during my Easter retreat in 2017 I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into my Rod Sees Red project. And now one year later I am ready to road-test this new departure and present this experimental work to the public at large. I am privileged to have been offered a solo exhibition in Dublin’s Origin Gallery during March 2018. This imminent show will be open to the public from the 2nd till the 21st of March and is curated by Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe.
Don’t get Distracted
“Avoca Painting School commitments caught up with me after Cill Rialaig last year and it was August before I could return to the experimentation started in Rod Sees Red. I was taking part in the now renowned Irish version of the international franchise Art in the Open, where literally hundreds of painters descend on a different County Wexford location each day and capture its charms on canvas. I was feeling quite pleased with myself while completing an extremely red version of Hookhead Lighthouse when a fellow artist peered at my painting and gasped in shock. ‘I wish I had the guts to do something like that,’ he announced. At first we agreed it was indeed a risky approach, but I then burst the little bubble by pointing out that, ‘it’s only paint on canvas’, and hardly a case of life-or-death.
“Despite the fact that my new project was not actually dare-devil stuff it was consistently drawing gasps and raising eyebrows. But most importantly I was getting great feedback and people were appreciating my left-field take on otherwise familiar subjects. I was very grateful for the positive resonance because I was finding it very hard to look critically at the new work myself. I would start into each new painting knowing what I had to do to fulfill my own brief and yet feeling slightly revolted at turning perfectly good greens into red! It was all just too counter intuitive and dizzying for me. So each time I would have to steel myself and remember that I was on a mission. Even though when I finished each piece I would stand back and view it with giddy excitement I truly never believed anyone else would feel the same reaction – I was wrong. I got further affirmation later that year when two paintings were short listed for the UK’s biggest art-prize NOA 2017.
Moving it indoors
“As Autumn rolled around I was afforded an excuse to take Rod Sees Red into the studio and see how it worked in that environment. The ‘Dublin Docklands’ exhibition was going to be derived from photo reference and I set about translating antique black and white images into vivid red versions of their former selves. Again each painting went the full spectrum from the stomach-churning first strokes to that light-headed excitement at the end. Now I really felt that I was growing into my new style.
New Year’s Art
“To start 2018 I had a particular motif in mind, something near to home which I had studied a decade before. Painting the old stone-cut railway bridge at the end of the Vale of Avoca had a sensation of coming full circle for me. I remember so well standing on the same spot and breaking artistic ground with my then brand new Atmospherics phase. I was very pleased with the results, then as now.
More Giddy Excitement
“So I can safely say now that my confidence has continued to build from those first tentative steps in County Kerry last year. I am still unnerved and disconcerted starting into each new picture but now I can remind myself to set my jaw and push on through to the giddy excitement on the other side. I will definitely be perusing this road for 2018 and probably beyond.” – Rod Coyne.
Rod Coyne painted this picture, ” Skelligs Arch ” at Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp’s Origin Gallery . The live painting demo was a part of his “Waters Soft & Wild” exhibition in October 2015. This demo was captured with a time lapse camera. Sit back a see just how this little part of the West was Won by a determent artist wielding a palette knife.
Painting Demo Video – Star Wars couldn’t resist!
To date two Star Wars movies have embraced the Skelligs as a ready-to-go film set. It’s no wonder of course, these two sentinel islands lay on the Europe’s most westerly fringe and drip with otherworldly presence. Skellig Michael and Skellig Beag have featured heavily in Rod Coyne’s paintings since the year 2000 and his first residency at the singular Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat. Yet he first painted them on a 1st year field trip with the Crawford College of Art.
Painting Demo Video – Star Wars pays homage to Rod
“Like some many of my generation Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s rivalry were an integral backdrop to my childhood and early teenage years. Sure the story existed in another time and a galaxy far away but for an Irish kid the first three movies occupied a realm completely alien to 1970’s Ireland. They also represented a glamorous, sophisticated America which seemed as far off to me as the worlds and planets depicted on the silver screen.
Fast forward to the present and the long awaited release of The Force Awakens and I could barely contain my excitement and expectation of how my Skelligs were going to be integrated into the story line. Disney were actually paying homage to my central painting motif. I wasn’t disappointed with the islands depiction but I did leave the table hungry.
But last month I got my fill and just relished every layer of that truly alien landscape as revealed in The Last Jedi. I have to guess that after such prolonged exposure that is one set we will no longer be seeing in future Star Wars Productions. I’m fine with that, they’ve recognized something I discovered for myself decades ago. They’ve paid homage to the great island cathedral which was once the last bastion of Christianity throughout the dark ages.” – Rod Coyne.
” Skelligs Arch ” is available as canvas print on this site.
So if you find yourself wandering the Dun Laoghaire seafront Xmas Market then be sure to make your way down to the former Ferry Terminal and see this exciting exhibition featuring painter Rod Coyne and selected artists. It was a full-house for the launch of Dublin Docklands on Sunday 19th November 2017, and the show is open daily untill 22nd December at the Ferry Terminal on Harbour Road.
Curator and owner of the Gallery Dalkey Siobhan Bastable launches the show with a glowing endorsement of her artists’ work. Photo by Keith Dixon.
New work for the Dublin Docklands
Coyne’s “Pigeon House” collection kept visitors rapt with his contemporary take on Dublin Bay’s icon skyline. Two Visitors in animated discussion before three canvases from this singular collection.
In “Hot Dockers” Rod Coyne interprets a vintage image depicting men at work through a palette of fiery reds, oranges and pinks.
ROD-CAST: Jaw-dropping iconic Dublin Skyline.
As you know Mr. Coyne is a keen vlogger, so sit back and enjoy this whistle stop tour of the “Dublin Docklands” exhibition launch featuring jaw-dropping views of the iconic Dublin Skyline. This two-minute video gives you a great insight to what the Gallery Dalkey have achieved in this singular pop-up exhibition space on the Dun Laoghaire seafront.
Dublin Docklands – Varnishing Day
“I went to wire finishing “Masts at Customhouse” before the show. This painting was going to be my centre piece and it lived up to all my expectations. But despite using plenty of fast drying alkyd paint the picture was just as wet on Sunday as it had been when I finished it the Wednesday before. Five minutes before the show I realised that Murphy’s Law had struck in the form of a big magenta smear across the cold grey sky. Armed with baby-wipes I set to work trying to remove the offending streak. I couldn’t help picturing William Turner in the recent bio-pic smudging and gobbing on his canvas as the Royal Academicians looked on in horror. The repair job was mostly successful and there was no fatal damage done to my masterpiece. Its fair to say that my bold, lose painting style tolerates that type of abuse better than any photo-realism could” – Rod Coyne.
A frantic repair job by Rod Coyne to save his painting “Masts at Customhouse” at the eleventh hour.