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Brennan Brothers at Gogarty's by Alice McMahon
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Commissioned portrait of 2 brothers and their bartender in Dublin, Ireland. 14 × 11″ Pen & ink with Stout wash on Crescent illustration board.

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ink, pen, ireland, dublin, stout, alice mcmahon

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 4 years ago

    I never thought about a Guinness wash. I am often drinking Guinness while I am drawing and sometimes I spill a little…teehee! This is great, I am sure they loved it!

  • Haha – that’s how I happened to try it, I spilled a bit while sketching Irish musicians in a pub. I doodled the splat into a little dancing man – voila! It is similar to painting with coffee or tea, but the sugars i the stout can become shiny if you concentrate it, which I like to do for the darker washes. I’ve done quite a few of these, most of them are posted here. Thanks MS!

    – Alice McMahon

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Amazing work Alice – love this piece very much. Cheers, S.

  • Wow! So quick! Thank you very much sig! It’s always a fun project to paint with the stout, but my technical pens were acting up on me – yeek!

    – Alice McMahon

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    I’d love to see more of this style work on the Artistic Libation Group! Please add them if you have more! Cheers, S.

  • Will do, thanks again for all of your kind remarks! Cheers to you! ;)

    – Alice McMahon

  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 4 years ago

    This is great! I love when you do these! I love Guinness too.

  • Tasty stuff alright! Thanks Michael – a toast to a Merry Christmas!

    – Alice McMahon

  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...over 4 years ago

    A wonderful composition, drawing and medium… now hopefully none of them are so besotted or desperate to attempt to lick off this fine art! ; – ))

  • Haha! Might be a bit stale James. Happy holidays and thanks for all your kindness.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 4 years ago

    Superb work!!! I really love the Sepia, makes it super special

  • Thanks Tahnja, I reworked the image in photo shop, I think this is a bit closer to the original. Have a blessed Christmas! xx

    – Alice McMahon

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 4 years ago

    Sweeet! Nice piece!

  • How sweet it is! (Guinness that is ;) Hope your holiday season is filled with happy moments with friends and family. I appreciate your friendship.

    – Alice McMahon

  • DalunE Khoang
    DalunE Khoangover 4 years ago

    Alice,this is an awesome portrait.The love the Guiness wash.Perfect.It fits the brothers very well.I ’ll have a drink with you guys.LOL.Cheers.Happy Holidays to you.

  • Ha! The brothers are up for it Dalun! Me too, Gogarty’s is in Temple Bar, will meet you there! xx

    – Alice McMahon

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    – Alice McMahon

  • bullseye
    bullseyeover 4 years ago

    @DalunE Khoang
    You’re on! We’ll see you in Dublin next year for the 251 year Guinness anniversary!
    Cheers,
    G & T Brennan

  • What’s that date again bullseye Brennan? You’re on! muah!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    What a great portrait, LOVE IT.

  • Thanks Jim! Sending you lots of love and best wishes, thanks for all of your support this past year! xx

    – Alice McMahon

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