"Songs Me Da Got Pissed To" by Alice McMahon

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Pen and ink drawing with an added wash of Stout. Crescent hot press watercolor board, 100% rag, acid-free, 140 lb watercolor sheet mounted to triple-thick board. It eliminates the need for restretching, used to support the wet media. This drawing was a commission for the Boston pub band “The Gobshites”. They will use the drawing as cover art for their new cd “Songs Me Da Got Pissed To”. The portraits onn the wall are JFK and the band leader’s “Da”.

I developed the technique for painting with stout after I spilled a drop of the black stuff on my sketchbook while sketching session musicians at a local Irish pub.

Visit The Gobshites website at http://www.gobshites.com/

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band, music, musicians, pub, session, stout

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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  • tonilouise
    tonilouiseover 6 years ago

    Brilliant Alice..The detail, especially on the instruments is amazing. Love the Stout wash, you are a clever lady…

  • Thanks Tonilouise! It was a fun project, as far as commissions go.

    – Alice McMahon

  • perpentequila
    perpentequilaover 6 years ago

    great! each person actually looks like an individual!

  • Philip  Rogan
    Philip Roganover 6 years ago

    I amagine each person is in fact an individual albeit all awash in the same pint of Guinness. Great drawing and i particularly like that the Bodhran player is a punk!

  • Thanks Becc and Philip. An eclectic group to be sure! :)

    – Alice McMahon

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago


  • brianboyce50
    brianboyce50over 6 years ago

    You can almost hear the music – this is a great piece of work, well done Alice.

  • Thanks Brian! I love sessions myself!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichover 6 years ago
    An awesome drawing! Very creative. It will make a great CD cover!
  • I hope so Gregory. I’m not a graphic designer. It will be interesting to see how the cd design turns out!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettover 6 years ago

    This is fantastic!! Each person has so much character. I really laughed at ‘Gobshites’ too!

  • Haha! They are a funny bunch! Thanks Firedrake.

    – Alice McMahon

  • gpatrick
    gpatrickover 6 years ago

    A classic look here-very well done.

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsover 6 years ago

    I so appreciate this. Cannot beat a good session….

  • I agree – I should hit the local tonight with my bodhran! :) Thanks Graeme!

    – Alice McMahon

  • ragman
    ragmanover 5 years ago

    Hi Alice welcome to the IRISH EYES group, and this is a worthy entry to celebrate the new group, thank you

  • Thanks so much ragman. I THINK I get the concept, but will keep my Irish Eyes on this group to see how it unfolds. Appropriate time of year to launch it I must say! I just started a group myself, Contemporary Pastel Painters. So if you know any, send them my way! Cheers! ;)

    – Alice McMahon

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