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How long does it take to do a painting. March 17, 2019 22:29

Customers often ask me how long it takes to do a painting. My usual glib answer that gets some strange looks is "Oh, about 60 years".

OK, that may sound a little too flippant and arrogant but it is pretty near the truth.

When I was a practicing graphic designer most projects were rigorously charged by the hour which made costings easy but made little business sense (like the time I designed a drinks coaster for a client for a few pounds before the client decided to use the logo created for his entire branding).

So, how long does it take to create a painting? A few minutes; a few hours; days or years?

The answer is all of the above.

Sometimes the concept for a painting comes in a flash but takes ages to bring to fruition; if it actually makes out of the studio at all. And other times ideas develop for one painting whilst actually working on another.

The truth is I don't log my time spent on paintings because it is not important. I am on a journey of discovery without a map or a time restraint (until I keel over).

I think the reason why collectors like my paintings is that they act as triggers to their own imaginations as much as my imagination triggered the idea for the painting in the first place. 

As fresh as a cow pat in a summer meadow.

See, I have already triggered your imagination to that delightful event. There's a thought to conjure with.

Now where did I leave my brush?


New original painting added today September 1, 2016 11:49

Just added another original painting to my website. This painting is only available here and is ideal for a modern monochrome interior.

Francis Bacon at Tate Liverpool June 7, 2016 05:06

Saw the Francis Bacon show at Tate Liverpool yesterday. Very inspiring to see so many of Bacon's paintings together.

Also saw a Franz Kline painting for the first time since 1970. Brill.


Now represented by Sutcliffe Contemporary, Harrogate January 16, 2016 11:06

Continuing on from my success at the Great North Art Show in Ripon and the Platform Open exhibition in Harrogate; I am now being represented by the Sutcliffe Contemporary gallery in Montpelier Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

I am really looking forward to further developing my theme of crowds for the foreseeable future.


Looking forward to showing at the Platform Open Exhibition September 23, 2015 09:28

Platform Open Annual Art Exhibition is an exciting new non-profit exhibition showcasing the work of established and emerging contemporary artists from across the UK.

Work from a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography, film, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, glass, sculpture and installation will be on show.

Platform’s aim is to present an exhibition of distinctive, engaging and visionary work that represents the best contemporary art being made.

So please make a note in your diary to attend this exciting new art event.

Venue

Platform Open Art Exhibition

Morphets Of Harrogate, 6 Albert Street

Harrogate, HG1 1JL

Contact: Exhibition Coordinator Heidi Donohoe, heidi@morphets.co.uk

Exhibition Opening Times (free admission)

Friday 2nd October Private View 6pm – 9pm

Saturday 3rd October 10-6pm
Sunday 4th October 10-4pm

Free For All, original painting by yours truly, Neil McBride


See me at the Great North Art Show September 3, 2015 11:12

This is the second year of my showing at this prestigious show in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Last year I was pleasantly surprised to win the accolade of best selling painter in the show. Not bad for a newcomer to the show. Let's hope I can achieve the same result this year although the competition is fierce.

The Great North Art Show runs until 20 September 2015 and is open 10 - 4.30 daily.

This is a quality show of art which benefits the cathedral with exposure and added funds so please pop along and take a look. It's FREE!


Open studio this weekend. June 1, 2015 14:09

Only five days to go until I open my studio for a special insight into my working practice.

I look forward to seeing you on 6/7 and 13/14 June.


You can now see my prints and originals in alphabetical order. May 17, 2015 11:22 1 Comment

My new website has better navigation menus so that you can select by Collections of work. You can also search by keywords like Yorkshire, scenes, green, blue etc.

Hope you like it.

More new work being added daily.


McBride Art tests new shopping site. May 2, 2015 21:21

We hope you like the look of our new ecommerce site for easier access to McBride Art's Limited Edition Art Prints and original paintings.

Collections are easily sorted into alphabetical order, sorted by category and much more.

Hope you like it.