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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

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.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

1707 Shy Inspection SOLD

6" x 6"= 15 x 15 cm oil on canvas,   available  

This was one of a herd of young steers that came to the hedge to inspect us 2 legged specimens, they are such funny, inquisitive creatures and like to see whose visiting them up close.  Where I live I am not short of cows to photograph, that and sheep are very abundant here in Ireland.

Friday, 10 January 2014

1706 This is MY Basket !

6" x 6"= 15 x 15 cm oil on canvas, unframed available

Another Kitty from the rescue center, a young fluffy, handsome example I'm sure he found a home very quickly.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

1705 Miss Yellow Eyes

6" x 6"= 15 x 15cm oil on canvas, sides painted.

I was inspired by Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge on her blog, I'm a bit late as the challenge started at the beginning of the month so I don't know whether I can sign up for it anymore, but I will do it anyway. I haven't painted any animals recently so I'm taking a break from still lives for a while.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Thursday, 12 December 2013

1704 Cool Lemon

14" x 18" oil on panel to be framed

Back to lemons they must be my favourite fruit for painting, I've painted so many. I like the attitude of the left hand leaning lemon, wanting to be more in the limelight than the others except of course the champagne cork who thinks that he comes from royalty!

Friday, 6 December 2013

1702 Rosy Glow NFS

6" x 8" oil on panel

This little painting took me ages to paint but I'm so glad it's finally finished. Why do I choose such a complex subject for a small painting, who knows?!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Art Source Exhibition, RDS Dublin

Here is my booth after we set up on Wednesday, ready to go! There was a preview on Thursday evening for invited guests and press and then we were open to the general public from Friday until Sunday evening.
 There were many aspiring artists and art groups visiting on the Friday and everybody seemed to want to know how long it takes me to paint a painting and whether I give lessons!

There were many talented artists exhibiting their paintings, sculptures, glass work and ceramics, something for every taste. A number of my paintings found new homes and I am hoping for commissions and further sales in the future from this event. I shall definitely be exhibiting there again  next year.

I'm exhausted now and am recovering slowly, at least now I have time to paint a number of paintings promised to friends which I haven't had time for through this busy year. I have lots of ideas to further my art career which need some mulling over and putting into action in the coming months, all exciting stuff!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

1701 Gourmet Delights

18" x 14" oil on canvas board, box framed available through my web-site

The last of the paintings for the exhibition phew! They are all at the framers and I will have a big bill for all the framing, I have a brilliant framer who does a great job and is very reasonable with his prices too so I shouldn't complain!

Wine, cheese and grapes always seem to be  popular with the buyers and I've painted a fair few grapes over the last year or two! I'm not sure where I'm heading next, change of style or genre, maybe back to small ones I haven't decided yet.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Art Source Exhibition RDS Dublin 2013

I will be exhibiting at the Art Source Exhibition  at the RDS in Dublin from the 8th to the 10th with a preview evening on the 7th I am on stand A83. If you would like free tickets to either the preview or the other three days do let me know and I will send you some.

I am looking forward to and am excited about exhibiting there, my first time, and as far as I'm aware this is the largest art exhibition in Ireland. So much to do before hand and think about, I'm sure next year will be easier!

Monday, 21 October 2013

New Work of Art!

Introducing Timothy Anthony born 14th October 2013  shortly after 2 p.m.weighed 4.17kg  here he is exactly one week old, grandson number three!! Katy and baby doing fine. Born at the Portiuncula hospital in Co. Galway Ireland.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

1700' Lemon Terrine' original oil painting SOLD!

12" x 20" =30.4 x 51 cm  oil on panel,  framed

I loved painting this one but photographing it was another matter! The colours are not quite accurate but the nearest I could get to it.

I bought a box of blue and white porcelain in auction recently without seeing it in the flesh, always a mistake,  when we picked it up most of it had either cracks or chips or both! Well I can paint a few of the pieces, this little clog was one of 5 from the box.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

1699 'Perfection' original oil painting

14" x 18" = 35.5 x 46cm oil on panel to be framed, available

Finally finished!  I love roses but find them hard to paint, all those petals and subtle colour changes, difficult to mix exactly the right shade of pink. I was so frustrated that I painted myself a colour chart of all my reds mixed with varying amounts of white, which was helpful.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

1698 Painted Flowers

14" x 18" = 35.5 x 46cm oil on panel

Finally finished! I have been working on a couple of paintings simultaneously and re-working some others hence the long pause in posting.
These two jugs bought at different times from auctions have a similar colour palette but are from different eras, the dahlia I plucked from my garden and placed it on a couple of sprigs of sage on a dark blue cloth and the stage was set!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Sunday, 15 September 2013

1696 'One of 57' original acrylic painting

8" x 4" 20 x 13.5cm acrylics on panel

Another quirky one and another I will post tomorrow. This was fun to paint between 'serious still lifes'!!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

1695 Outcast

20" x 24"/ 51 x 61cm oil on panel to be framed

The largest one I have done for a long while and took me almost 2 weeks to complete, but I learned a lot in the process. The next one is going to be a close up of 3 roses from a beautiful bunch that are adorning my kitchen table at the moment.

I've noticed that the price of oil paints seems to have crept up a lot, especially the cadmiums. I'm thinking of investing in larger tubes as they are more economical but the outlay on purchase is rather daunting, maybe I'll just buy one at a time. I'd like to know what they put in the student grade paints to make them cheaper, I know that they often use cheaper pigments, but what else! I use mainly Winsor and Newton artist grade oil paint and a few tubes in their 'Winton' range (student) 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

1694 Waiting for You - original oil painting and RDS Art Source Exhibition

18" x 14" oil on canvas panel

Another classic one, I have had two on the go over the last 2 weeks and have finally finished both today, the other I will post tomorrow.

My last outdoor exhibition in August in Dublin went really well with 7 paintings going to new homes! I will be  exhibiting again in a couple of weeks there too.

I have also taken the plunge and have booked a stand at the next Art Source Exhibition at the RDS, Dublin in November, a large indoor venue, all exciting stuff, I'm painting like mad so I have some really good work to show.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

1693 Study in Blue - original oil painting

8" x 16" oil on panel, to be box framed

A simple one or so I thought, why do I always think that?!! When you forget the patterns there are the  highlights, reflections and so many subtle colour changes and reflected light and colours that slowly appear as one paints and one stares at the objects, things one wouldn't normally, consciously register, but make the painting.

The next one is a large-ish one for me, already set up, a copper pan full of oranges and a sprig of Rosemary, so back to work I go .....

Thursday, 22 August 2013

1692 'Perfect Partners' original acrylic painting and the sky over Galway Bay

8" x 4" acrylics on panel, available

Here's a quirky one for you- brown sauce and little individual pork pies it was requested by one of the Art Auction houses I sell through. It is painted in the style of a small series I painted a while back, I may paint a few more in this vein. Next one on my easel  is an oil still life, I must say I prefer painting with oils.

Here is a beautiful cloudscape over Galway Bay taken this evening by my daughter with her phone! You can just see the sea at the very bottom.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

1691 Strawberries with Cream SOLD!

8" x 10" oil on canvas board, unframed available  

The strawberries grown here in Ireland are small and often heart shaped and have the sweetest and best flavour I have ever eaten, and I have sampled a few, for example - Spanish, English and German, and some from Washington but they are not a patch on these beauties.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

1690 'With a Slice on the Side' 8 x 6 still life -original oil painting Sold

"8 x 6" oil on panel, unframed

This is the second of a pair of paintings with a similar set up, I enjoyed the challenge although it's easy to get lost in all the reflections. Now to figure out what I want to paint next!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

1689 'Ice and Lemon Please' 8x6 oil on panel -still life

8" x 6" oil on panel, framed, available. 

I have painted two still lifes with this set up, each slightly different from the other, fun to do but fiddly as you can imagine.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

1688 'Testing the Waters' SOLD (original oil painting, little boy wading in the sea)

10" x 8" oil on panel,unframed 

This is my youngest grandson at a recent trip to the beach, he just loved the water and the sandy beach and waded in with no prompting, the water was full of tiny shoals of fish, hermit crabs and other sea creatures that would make themselves scarce when anyone came near.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

1687 Stilton and Friends

8" x 10" / 20 x 25.4 cm oil on canvas board, unframed 

Slightly larger than my last several paintings, again one of my favourite cheeses (Cheese Grommit!)   along with other culinary necessities. 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

1686 Lemon on Blue SOLD

6" x 8" oil on panel

Another lemon painting with my favourite Denby jug

Looking after my grandsons while my daughter takes a well-earned week-end break, so not much time to paint. The youngest, just turned two is a real climber he climbs up everywhere, he knows no fear, I'm sure he will be a mountain climber when he's older!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

1685 I'm a Little Teapot...SOLD

6" x 8" oil on panel, unframed 

Here's my little bunny checking out this pretty little teapot, they look as though they might be having a conversation...

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

WIP Commission 1684 Basket with Grapes









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