Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
First of my paintings for the Dungarven Group Summer Show at the Dungarvan Arts Centre.
My hubby and I took a trip down to Waterford and the Dungarvan area to get some ref pics of the area. Dungarvan is on the south coast of Ireland on an estuary, and of course very picturesque, we chose a perfect sunny day and I got lots of great photos. I will probably paint around 8 paintings for inclusion.
Friday, 19 June 2015
Starting to paint a few horses for the upcoming horse show in Dublin. This lovely equine example lives at a farm near to where we lived in Mountmellick.
I forgot to photograph him after I had finished painting and he got framed, taking a pic when a painting is framed is not ideal.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Monday, 15 June 2015
A simple set up so I thought that it would be a relatively easy one to paint, but of course each painting has it's own difficulties, like getting lost in the folds of the material, finding the right mixes for the shadow colours.and composition etc.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
My hubby bough at the local market, along with some duck eggs, these beautiful quail's eggs. I had never seen any in real life before and they really looked as if somebody had painted each egg. Because they are so small it was difficult to find items that didn't dwarf them in my set up.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Out for an evening stroll we passed by a small paddock with ponies and one donkey, I had been wanting to paint a donkey for a while, so when he came up to the wire fence I took the opportunity to take a snap of his handsome face, I just wished that I had, had an apple to reward him with.
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Saturday, 30 May 2015
I bought a box full of jugs/pitchers at auction quite awhile back and am gradually including them in my still lifes, always trying to think up new combinations and set ups this one is fairly straight forward, I like to keep it simple in these small formats.
I need to paint some really large ones too and have a plan of how many I need of each for my upcoming exhibitions, I try not to freak myself out with the amount of work I have to accomplish, just take it one step at a time!
Friday, 29 May 2015
Thursday, 28 May 2015
I am painting a series of paintings for my next exhibition, with the theme of 'past times'. I thought that it would be easier than it is to paint with a theme in mind. Anyway these are our local Portumna Priory ruins at dusk on a fine evening, there are so many castles and ecclesiastical buildings mostly in ruins and other buildings that have been left to crumble away into the land scape here in Ireland that I thought it would make a perfect subject.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
30 x 40cm / 12" x 16" oil on canvas
This was a set up in my old oak drawer, the back which is the base of the drawer gets more and more fragile, and as you can see is falling apart, I like it though, because it adds character to my paintings.
Our naughty kitty got hold of the feathers and ran off with them and crushed the green egg in the process, it was quite a job to re-create the arrangement I was only half way through painting it.
The tiny egg shells my daughter found on one of her mushroom hunts into the forest.
Friday, 22 May 2015
This handsome fella came to see if we had some carrots and was rather disappointed when we were empty handed. I will be painting more equine subjects in the near future as I will have a stand at the Dublin horse show in August.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
This is Lough (lake) Derg my town borders onto it, many reeds and rushes grow around the perimeter, they die back in winter and in spring the new shoots break their way through the old layer of broken off reeds. The sun was setting, colouring the clouds pink with it's last rays, it is a simple scene yet beautiful in it's simplicity.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015
There are some paintings that one 'fiddles' with and this for some reason was one of those. Sometimes the faults don't pop out until you photograph the painting, then it's back on the easel to get it right.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
My favourite combination of blue and yellow, this jug has starred in many of my paintings, love it's colour and shape, here paired with a Spanish hand painted candle stick and a dandelion from my weedy lawn.