I was lucky to have had a lovely write up on my business by the South Kerry Development on the link below, always such a supportive and helpful resource for starting out your own business.
South Kerry Development Spotlight - Rochelle Lucey - www.southkerry.ie/rochellespotlight/?fbclid=IwAR2jRA21BQRpHuohqbUmVZ3_l3_-jO9HGHfvI2Iz1vF_uLxv2uaXnljZHo8
This a mash up of two of my favourites - Paintings & Jewellery - specifically earrings for the moment. I have found it very therapeutic to create in a different way during this lockdown. Inspired by the current work I am doing for an upcoming exhibition while also inspired by the paint palettes themselves that I use on a daily basis. Paintings presented in a different way!
More to come...
I have been using this time in lockdown to work on an exhibition of paintings that I have been thinking about for some time. The exhibition will be based around the concept 'Out of Service' which is currently quite fitting in this current situation we have all found ourselves in.
I have been keen on images of empty spaces with graffiti for a long time, it is a recurring visual that spikes my interest. It is also a visual we are now seeing a lot more of as things have been closed down and left empty.
There is a emotional and physical response to emptiness and the spaces when left vacant are sometimes used as a space for creatives to tag and leave their own artistic mark.
Its continuing work in progress with the majority of the inspiring images being of old trains and their stations.
I created a little YouTube channel for some fun Time-lapse video work.
YouTube link here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmC9AemBuXGe75bHzHsJpw?view_as=subscriber
Hope you enjoy x
First Paint & Prosecco night hosting at Sol Y Sombra in Killorglin with all profits going to fundraise for KFEST 2020.
I received some amazing feedback from the 30 ladies that joined me on Saturday night. We created a step by step silhouette sunset painting over the course of 3 hours while sipping on prosecco!
Some photos below of the night itself :)
Looking forward to the next one!
2020 is here and I am starting to make the plans for the year, I had hoped to get an exhibition together in 2019 but with starting out a new business on my own it was all down to timing that this didn't happen. So it is back to the drawing board now and making sure I find time and make that time for creating some work that means something for myself.
This could come in a few different forms, as of yet, this hasn't been completely decided. A sculptural element might be a nice way to start something new this year and change the focus of my work.
I have done a little sculptural work previously but not for a long time so I am looking forward to this and seeing how this develops and changes my work.
Happy New Year x
Started a new mural with the kids at Nagle Rice Primary School. A lovely bunch and I am very much looking forward to seeing their ideas come to life!
watch this space
I started an Art Residency with Castlemaine National School this year, I have been working on a 'Be Kind' Mural Project with children from 1st, 2nd & 3rd class. Its a work in progress over the next while but I have put some images below of what we have so far.
It's really enjoyable work and the children are all so eager and enthusiastic to do the work and learn a little bit about painting outdoors.
This is a series based on the beautiful boats at Ross Castle, I have always loved these and have taken so many photos on my phone over the years. This is a collaboration of all of those images. The impressionistic style is to allow the viewer the same feeling of calm and charming appeal of the real time view of these boats in their dock.
Some of my new work will now be on display at the Holiday Inn Killarney on the Muckross Road. They have offered me the lovely space in their hotel lobby to display and sell some of my work.
As it is in Killarney, it was only right to focus on a few interesting shop, hostel & pub fronts! I love the quirkiness of some of the streets and buildings in the beautiful tourist filled town of Killarney. These are all framed acrylic works on paper with a textured paint style.
I hope to get some more of this style into a couple more places in Killarney as soon as possible.
These are all for sale and if you anyone is interested please just pop me a message for pricing and details :)
Killorglin hosts one of the oldest festivals in Ireland called Puck Fair, I set up a little pop-up here last year but decided to just enjoy the festivities this year!
I did a few of my own representations of the festival, here are some images of the works below.
"The Paps of Anu are a pair of breast shaped mountains near Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland. The eastern summit, The Paps East, is 694 metres high and the western top, The Paps West is 690 metres high. The mountains are named after Anu; believed to have been an ancient mother goddess."
My latest project is based around archived photos of Killorglin, Co. Kerry. I did 10 pieces for a new Restaurant & Bar in Killorglin called 'Kingdom 1795' - I will have more images once they have been hung at the Restaurant.
I have decided to take part in another of Killarney's Old Flea Market held at the Laurels in Killarney every month... This one is on Sunday the 12th of May from 12pm - 5pm x
Check out their Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/oldmarketfleakillarney/
One of my visual obsessions has always been graffiti, having lived in London for a while you get very used to seeing it every day! My love for graffiti goes beyond the visual, I have the utmost respect for people that can do it, whether it be a persons signature tag or something more along the lines of an intricate mural. My own work is mainly painting with a variety of mediums and I have always tried to have my own take on graffiti in a more abstract sense. (See some images below). When I say my own take, I am referring to me using mark making in my own way in a more representative manner and using some spray paint from time to time!
Another of my favourite visuals is train lines and trains themselves, I love the lines, form and the architecture of the train. Rust is another theme I have incorporated into a lot of my themes and work and can be a big component in the tramline and old railway stations. They come with a lot of history and can evoke a nostalgic response on places previously visited.
I will pop a few more visuals of some of my favourite trains with graffiti work on the side -
While having had an inspiring time away in Asia recently I have found myself to have had an influx of new ideas with many different avenues. Place and a sense of nostalgia have been a focal point in my work for a number of years and this hasn't changed.
some of the newer work I am doing at the moment will be based around these very same themes and ideas in a number of differing mediums. I am hoping to grasp a more rounded view with this next phase of work.
watch this space :)
On my recent travels around South East Asia I found some incredible inspiration when it comes to architecture and surroundings. The first stop was to Hong Hong, then onto Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and a brief stop in Bangkok. I am looking forward to getting some new work made with these wonderful places in mind with a possible exhibition later on in the year!
I took part in my second market in Killarney and also my last one of the year. It went really well and I was just so excited to be involved again.
Please see a few photos from the day and despite the terrible weather there was a lovely crowd throughout the day.
On Sunday 11th of November I will be setting up for my second Market in the Laurels Hall in Killarney. The last one on the 14th of October was great, I wasn't sure how well it would go with regards to selling but I had a nice amount of interest and I am definitely looking forward to it on Sunday!
I try to bring a variation of work with me but with a lot of my work being done on a bespoke basis for people it is almost hard to find time to do any extras.. hopefully all will go well at the weekend.
A large part of my work outside of the commissioned work is based on nostalgia, it has mostly been based around local buildings and creating a vibe and memory from an older time. I do my best to give an atmosphere to each piece to try give the viewer a sense of movement and life.
Here are a couple of the recent ones.
Fortunately, lately I have spent my time working on commissioned paintings for some wonderful people. There has been a variation of wedding, anniversaries, Christmas and birthday gifts and I have loved making them all! I am incredibly grateful to be able to do the one thing I absolutely love!
Here are a few of my latest commissioned pieces below.
I have just started some work on a project that has interested me for years. I have always love the idea of the streets of Killorglin and representing them in various paintings. I lived away for years in London, I would come home regularly but no matter how often I came home and would drive up through the town I would always be looking for and always notice something had changed. I am sure this is true of any little Irish town. It was that feeling of change at home that I found comforting. Everything is evolving and changing.
So the other day I started to sketch and add some watercolour to my first pub front, Falveys. (Image below)
This is the beginning of this project and I will move onto oils soon enough but working with watercolours gives me a different freedom to work quickly and also to work in a smaller space!
Puck Fair Pop Up Shop
My first little craft shop was for the local festival of Puck Fair. A very interesting experience. There are people from all walks of life walking through the festival so it was a great way to get a variety of people talking about some of the work.
I have maybe always secretly loved the colour pink. It is only in the last few months really that I have noticed that it has had a big part of my work. Influenced by my Barbie and Fashion Wheel obsession growing up! Reliving my childhood!