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Friday, 12 September 2014

1754 Singleton

6" x 6" oil on canvas framed

Another small painting destined for next week-ends art fair in Dublin.

Monday, 8 September 2014

1753 Criss Cross

6" x 6" / 15 x 15 cm framed in a limewashed wood, floater frame.

I was given a bunch of huge tomatoes, cucumbers and these chillies from a friends greenhouse and I thought that I would paint them before they turned colour. So nice to have home grown veg, they taste so much better than store bought ones.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

1752 Laying Around

5" x 7" oil on panel, framed

I have just finished framing these 10 small paintings and it was a very time consuming experience, yes I saved a bit of money but was it worth it in the long run? I think that I would rather be painting!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

1751 Lemons in the Light

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed

I'm enjoying this series, but it's time to get back to larger ones soon!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

1750 Either Side

5" x 7" oil on panel
Mandarins seem always to be in season and make handy subjects for a still life, together with this half glazed terracotta pot.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

1749 Hello Down There!

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two seem to be having a chat or is it the red one chatting the green one up!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1748 Hanging Out

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two lovelies hanging out together, wonder what they are thinking?!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

1747 Lonely

5" x 7" oil on board to be framed
Number 5 small still life. Peppers are great to paint, lovely shapes and shiny reflective skin  and can be popped in a salad or stew when done! Very versatile ;)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

1746 Gooseberry Fools

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed.

These three fellows were red, ripe and sweet bought from our local farmers market and were made into, can you guess? Yummy!

Monday, 18 August 2014

1745 Big Brother!

Number 3  5" x 7" oil on panel

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of colours too, this little one is a 'Gardeners Delight' probably feeling a little intimidated by the 'giant'

Saturday, 16 August 2014

1743 Summer Strawberries

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
I'm back to painting a series of small paintings, mostly fruit and veg and here is the first example!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1742 Ducks and Hens

40 x 80 cm oil on canvas to be framed (16" x 32") aprox.

I'm enjoying painting in this format again, and the stretched canvas I am using is Italian, a very fine weave, which is a joy to paint on.

 When I was exhibiting my paintings last,  I realized that I have too many different sizes and shapes, it is difficult to display them properly, so I am trying to cut down on both, which is not easy.

I bought these duck eggs from our local market recently, they are slightly larger than hens eggs and aren't really white as you can see, which makes them an interesting challenge to paint.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

1741 Invader

40 x 80 cm = 12 x 24 ins oil on canvas
Back to serious still lives! This is one of those fiddly ones that I went over several times until I was satisfied with it. It does help to have uninterrupted painting time in both time and thoughts, with this one I didn't so it made hard work of it!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

1734 Made for You & Me, 1735 Three's Company and 1736 Spoilt for Choice

 1734 Made for You & Me 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

 1735 Three's Company 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

1736  Spoilt for Choice 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

I've been busy doing some unusual (for me) palette knife paintings and so large too. Used tons of paint, a different sort of still life. I had intended to paint 5 of them but ran out of steam after the third!

Monday, 7 July 2014

1733 Still Waters

60 x 60 cm = 24" x 24" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted, so framing is optional.

Another view across Lough Derg. The lake was calm and reflected the clouds above, to the right are the reed beds which are abundant at the waters edge with water lilies dispersed among them.  

Friday, 4 July 2014

New Gallery!!!


These six paintings are off to a new home in the Gallery 1608  Bushmills Co Antrim Northern Ireland

Thursday, 19 June 2014

1732 Evening Skies

40 x 50 x 4 cm, oil on box canvas, sides painted, framing optional.

A view across our lake, the evening sky was magical, reflecting the sunset on the other side. Wonderful cloud formations and dark threatening clouds above. The weather is changeable here and provides a never ending source of inspiration, such a challenge to paint, one can get lost in those puffy clouds.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

1730 Yellow Boat

50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 ins) oil on box canvas unframed, palette knife painting.

I haven't painted with a palette knife in a while, it took a bit of getting used to again it was frustrating at times and a lot messier!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

1729 Peaceful Lough Derg

24" x 24" /60 x 60 cm oil on deep sided canvas, sides painted

I needed a change from still lifes, so I thought that I would try my hand at a bit of land/sky scape painting.
This is a place that my daughter and I go to in the evenings after a hectic day with three children, to get away and find our equilibrium again. This is Lough (pronounced loch) Derg a large lake with the river Shannon running through it, that Portumna, where I live, borders on to. 

This was such a change from my usual paintings and a real challenge to figure out how to go about painting it, I didn't realize it would be so difficult to to get the colours right or the trees just right, I'm sure I learned a lot.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

1728 Lost Piece

8" x 10"/ 20 x 25cm oil on gessoed panel, available when dry!

My rustic jug was this time partnered with a little horse I've had for some time, I imagine it was part of a set of figures, maybe toy soldiers.

Friday, 23 May 2014

1727 Chilli Collection

8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm oil on panel

I bought this rustic copper jug in Spain and it has been a very useful 'prop' as it has such a nice shape and character. The colourful chillies I found at the local supermarket. Two of which went into a chilli con carne which was delicious!

Monday, 19 May 2014

1726 Playmates

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel, available

Another bunny painting, this time with a wooden pull-along toy.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

1725 Teapot for One

8" x 10" oil on panel, available through my web-site

This was a labour of love, as I started by toning my board, which is something I don't often do, the result was I couldn't get the tones right. I guess it takes some getting used to, I usually paint straight onto a white  support.

My teapot is quirky and I love its shape and the primitive pattern engraved on the body. The piece of weathered slate, I found on a recent walk. Some of the roof slates had blown off an old abandoned cottage,  I thought that one or two might come in handy for a still life, also I've been wanting to incorporate some eggs into a still life for awhile so here they all are together.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

1724 Rounded Off

8" x 10" oil on panel available through my web-site

I had such a hard time finding a name for this one, some paintings are no problem to come up with a name for and others ..blank! I wonder why that is.

I'm getting ready for the first exhibition of the year on the 9th of May in Dublin, and as always praying for good weather or at least no rain. Come and visit me if you happen to be in Dublin that weekend, I'm on the South side, right at the beginning.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

1723 Lille Pige

10" x 8" / 24.5 x 20cm oil on panel

'Lille Pige' is Danish for little girl and this charming figurine originates from there as did my mother. It always  stood on the mantelpiece of our home when I was growing up and I have always loved it. Since getting back all my stuff out of storage and finding her again I felt it was time to portray the figurine, simply as it is.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

1720 Hot, Sharp and Sweet

30 x 60 cm /12 x 24 ins aprox. oil on canvas

Here is the sister piece to 1716 in the long format, a bit of a labour of love, but I'm happy with the results I think!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

1716 A Touch of Spring

30 x 60 cm (12 x 24ins) oil on canvas

I enjoyed painting on canvas again, much kinder on my brushes! Yes spring is here and very welcome too.

Friday, 28 March 2014

1719 Back to Back SOLD!

8" x 6" oil on panel  sold

I had trouble photographing this one for some reason and the colours are not really true, no matter how often I snapped it and tried to correct it in photoshop, the box is too pink and the background too blue! I might try again later, when I have more patience.

Monday, 24 March 2014

1717 Outsider SOLD!

6" x 8" oil on panel unframed

I just felt like getting back to painting small paintings, this one sold on Ebay!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

1715 Still Life with Melon

16" x 22" oil on canvas, available when framed

It seems ages since I last blogged, as a combination of a constant stream of colds and flu's in our  family coupled with the delivery of a truckload of my long awaited household goods, that have been in storage for a number of years, has kept me from painting and posting. Well we are all still snuffling here which has made the winter months seem endless, I am so looking forward to less rain and winds and more sunshine and warmth and time and good health to get back to long walks in the countryside, I feel like a hermit!

Monday, 17 February 2014

1714 Two Shine Out SOLD

35 x 45 cm oil on stretched canvas (13.7" x 17.7")

I bought a box of oil lamps from a local auction sale, this is my favourite one made of dull brass with a shiny black terracotta base. I made the mistake of turning it up-side down to find it still full of oil or kerosene not sure which, but it made my hands smell of it for ages!

I'm enjoying painting on canvas again, after using boards for so long that I have gessoed and sanded. I have found some really great Italian ones, although cotton and not linen, the surface is really smooth and fine and is such a pleasure to paint on.

 They are all metric sizes now as all the manufacturers have finally switched, not that it matters much as I get them framed professionally.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Cali! NFS

6" x 8" oil on board

A small portrait of this sweet rescue dog I painted from photos my blogging friend Hilda sent me. I couldn't bring myself to put the painting up for sale so instead I sent her as a little thank you to her owner, who is a faithful blog follower and commenter on my blog.  

Friday, 7 February 2014

1713 The Blues

8" x 10" / 20 x 25.4 cm oil on board

Here's the blue bowl again making the lemon zing in it's shadow and a little blue vase to the side.

Monday, 3 February 2014

1712 Lounging Lemon

8" x 10" / 20.3 x 25.4 cm,  oil on panel

Lemons seem to keep popping up in my still lifes, I guess I just like their shape and colour and teamed with a piece of yellow satin ribbon they shine cheerfully to brighten these grey days of winter with all it's rain and winds.

Monday, 27 January 2014

1711 White on White

11" x 14" oil on panel, to be framed

I thought that I would set myself a challenge and paint just white things on a white cloth, the only colour is in the back-drop. The tiny Chinese cup on the right balances the composition.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

1710 Light Patterns

16" x 12" /40 x 30 cm oil on stretched canvas

I bought a box of old stained glass windows, some in poor condition, from a local auction house along with a box of oil lamps and glassware, a carpet and a set of bone china. I've got so much stuff to paint now my shelving is over full! I think it will take me a long while to use them all.

This glass panel I set on a table with the natural light from my window flooding in and when the sun came out  it projected light and shadow from the uneven surface of the glass onto the wall and there was the perfect set-up!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

1709 Candle Glow

16" x 20" oil on panel, unframed

This painting took me quite awhile to get  the colours and tones right because of changing light conditions. Since moving my in house studio to a room with a north facing window, it has made a big difference. I have also got a new studio easel and a standing lamp with a large shade and a photographic light bulb which is  ideal for dull days.

 Photographing dark paintings is another challenge again, especially combating glare off the surface and specks that glow on the surface.

Monday, 13 January 2014

1708 Have You Brought Us Treats? SOLD

6" x 6" 15 cm,  oil on canvas

We came upon these fluffy and well rounded donkeys, during the summer on one of our walks. We had decided  to explore the area we had moved to, choosing random country lanes to see what interesting finds we could make. The donkeys were in a larger group and as we stood at the gate looking at them and other livestock roaming around in the farmyard, these two came up for a close look at us probably hoping for a carrot or an apple or two.
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