NOTE: The page below is as it appeared during the planning of the tour. The only changes being made to it since the completion of the trip are the additions of links to each of the completed commissioned paintings.
[Update: Commissions from the road are €150 for a 40cm x 30cm painting. Smaller and cheaper commissions may be possible based on what materials I have and my route – contact me on Twitter or FaceBook to find out. ]
To help finance the trip, and for people who aren’t in a position to host me but would like a painting out of the trip, I’m offering 10 spots for where I will cycle to any spot of your choosing on the island to paint the scene of your choice in return for €75 paid before the trip commences.
The paintings will be on canvas, 40cm x 30cm (16″ x 12″), and €75 is less than half-price of what I would normally charge for a commission of that size.
This might be a good way for you to ask me to paint a picture of your grandparents’ home, or that village that nobody ever paints. It also might be your only chance to get me to paint a particular scene as I might not otherwise be in the chosen area ever again.
UPDATE: All 10 spots are now filled. I may offer other commissions from the road, but they wouldn’t be at the same price as that was a very special one to thank people for helping to fund the trip.
- Dunluce Castle / Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim
- St Declan’s Hermitage, Ardmore, Waterford
- Long Walk or the Mutton Island lighthouse, Galway
- Loch Con Aortha, Cill Chiaráin, Conamara, Gaillimh
- Ballycotton Island & Lighthouse or Lough Aderra, Cork
- Something unexpected, in a part of the country that nobody else requested
- Glenasmole Valley, Dublin
- The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip, Kildare
- Cobh, Cork
- Newry, Down
Commissions, in the form of gold stars, are placed on the map of hosts as they are agreed.
Shipping would be €11 if posted from the road though, depending on location of the scene commissioned to paint, it may be possible to carry back to Dublin and handover at my studio or in town.
The financing I’m referring to for the trip includes the cost of a tablet (my existing laptop, as well as being too heavy, is physically falling apart after almost 4 years getting bounced around on a bicycle), a portable power charger, a data plan, kevlar tyres, a bicycle service, and dry bags.
Should I happen to receive sponsorship for the trip to cover the costs of these necessities I will still be doing the agreed commissions as I’ll still have rent on my studio to pay while I’m doing the tour – and anyway a big part of this idea is to shake things up by having people other than me determine the route.