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Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

1883 'Refreshments'

40 x 40 cm =16" x 16" oil on canvas board

Back to still lifes, thought I'd try a different composition and I'm liking the result  I will probably paint a few more like this one.

Friday, 15 April 2016

1882 'Free'

24" x 18" = 60 x 45 cm oil on canvas

I have decided to stop fiddling with this one, kept changing colours and tones and found it frustrating trying to mix the correct colours for the horse's coat, that orange -y red !! tried all sorts of combinations, the best was red ochre and yellow ochre lightened with naples yellow. Wasted a lot of paint finding that out!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

1881 By Candle Light

6" x 8" = 15 x 20 cm, framed, ready to hang

I finished this painting a few days ago and didn't get around to posting it, small paintings like this sometimes take as long to paint as larger ones.

 I bought these miniature sweet peppers at a local shop, they taste more aromatic than their big brothers, I'm saving their seeds and may try to grow one or two plants. The weather here is very windy and not very warm so they will need quite a bit of protection.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

1880 Little Lick

14" x 18" / 35 x 45 cm oil on canvas,

I'm really enjoying painting horses at the moment especially this young one, who's giving his hind quarters a little lick!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

1879 Meandering

50 x 50 cm = 20 x 20 ins oil on canvas

I finished this painting on Tuesday and had an op on Wednesday for the removal of a cataract from my right eye. Now looking at the painting on Thursday the colours looked different through my right eye much whiter and brighter. So I adjusted some of the tones and colours on this painting, it will be interesting too, when I get the left eye done how my vision will have changed overall.

Monday, 21 March 2016

1878 Mouse?

30 x 40 cm oil on canvas

Fluffy black and white kitten not recognizing this 'mouse'

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

1877 Ending

14" x 18" oil on panel

The weather here is finally become Spring like, we have had a couple of rain free, sunny days with some spectacular evening skies, got one or two good shots of the sky after sun down which may turn into paintings. I've got to figure out my camera to get the colours of the night sky and not lose the last light on the land, which comes out too dark usually. If the camera sensor is trained on the land then the sky is washed out. I tend to glaze over when reading the manual for my camera although I am sure all the answers are there!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

1876 Flying Saucer Clouds

14" x 18" oil on panel

Playing around with different subjects and techniques, always learning something new.

Friday, 11 March 2016

1875 Who Me?

30 x 40 cm oil on canvas, available

Dogs don't need words, they can tell us so much with their body language and eyes. My dog Mickey when he was waiting for his walk and it wasn't forthcoming fast enough, used to sigh and let his upper body slump and the look of sadness he could give you would melt any heart!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

1874 Looking at You

14" x 18"= 60 x 45 cm oil on canvas

I found this canvas that I had textured and painted a mottled blue, when sorting out my canvases and boards a couple of days ago. I decided that it needed using, so here's what I did with it!

Friday, 4 March 2016

1873 Four Legged Friends

30 x 40 cm oil on canvas,available

Nobody's lonely here and they all get along together! The animals belong to a friend, Ruth Eva, who has quite a menagerie to look after as well as working at the local animal sanctuary.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sunday, 28 February 2016

1871 Lunching with Friends

30 x 30 cm (12" x 12") oil on canvas

Starting a few paintings for the Dublin Horse Show so it won't be such a rush at the end.

Friday, 26 February 2016

1870 Blue Boat

8" x 10" = 20 x 25 cm oil on panel
I was out taking sunset photos down by The Shannon River that runs through the edge of our town when I spotted this blue boat pushed up onto the banks of a little inlet. Lone boats make for interesting subject matter.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

1869 Spring Sunset

11" x 14" oil on panel

An Irish sunset close to where I live. The walls in the foreground are covered in white lichen so common here, found on walls and rocks everywhere

Sunday, 21 February 2016

1868 'Grannies and Grapes'

40 x 40 cm = 16" x 16" oil on canvas board

My silver bowl is back in action reflecting the fruit placed in it beautifully.

Monday, 15 February 2016

1867 Diversity

40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" oil on canvas board

This is one of my favourites, they come along now and again. The Majolica Comport was a great find at a local auction and picturesque by itself, so I kept the amount of fruit to a minimum to show off the lovely colours and glazes.of the dish itself.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

1866 Four and a Half

40 x 40 cm (16" x 16") oil on canvas

I thought that I would never get this one finished! The bowl is possibly not painted as perfectly as I would have liked. I have been diagnosed with cataracts the worst one in my right eye, should be getting operated on in March. Can't say I'm looking forward to it as I'm having it done under a local anesthetic,and I have to keep really still...

Friday, 5 February 2016

1865 String of Beads

9" x 12" / 23 x 30.5 oil on panel available

I'm finally happy with this one, a real labour of love! I was very tempted to paint out the beads but I persevered and I'm really pleased it's finished at last.
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