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Thursday, 21 May 2015

1799 At the Lake's Edge

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

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

1797 With a Feather on Top

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

A subdued colour palette for me, but I enjoyed painting it, it's good to get out of the rut!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

1795 And Baby Makes Four

8" x 10" oil on canvas board, framed available on my web site

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

1796 A Humble Weed

6" x 8" = 15 x 20cm oil on panel, available

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.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

1794 Highly Strung

5" x 7" oil on canvas board available

This is the painting I did for my demo at Dungarvan Art Centre I gave it a few tweaks when I got home and enjoyed painting it with an audience, small one but plenty of questions.

Monday, 20 April 2015

1793 Put the Kettle On!

30 x 40cm oil on canvas

This lovely big and heavy copper and brass kettle has boiled many litres of water in it's time, I like it's blackened base, makes me wonder whether it ever hung over an open fire and how old it is, I wish it could tell me. It makes a wonderful subject for a still life too. I'm sure I will paint a few more of it before I pass it on.

Friday, 10 April 2015

1792 Copper Lustre

30 x 60cm oil on canvas, to be framed

My old copper jug is in the centre of things again, along with two lustre jugs, both cracked but still useful in a still life set up. I have a whole list of things I want to paint along with some landscapes for a change.

Tomorrow I'm off to do a painting demo down in Dungarvan Arts Centre, it will be a small simple one, which I have painted the rough sketch of onto my board, so it shouldn't be too difficult.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

1791 A Pretty Pitcher

30 x 60cm oil on canvas, to be framed

I have several unfinished paintings waiting for me, but my ideas are born faster than my paintbrush can fly, I really should  be more disciplined and paint more and ignore my distracting thoughts.

This is one of my recent favourites, I bought the pitcher - jug with a set of teacups in auction recently and thought it had such a nice shape and pretty roses that I had to feature it in a painting, so voila here it is!!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Exhibition in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan Co. Waterford

Here are some shots I took yesterday at the exhibition in the Arts Centre,   the space is great with plenty of room for all my paintings. Looking forward to seeing how the visitors will like my work! A big thank you to Assumpta Nugent for the invitation to exhibit there, a wonderful venue.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

1788 'Still Beautiful' oil on canvas

40 x 30cm oil on canvas,framed

I  bought a box of broken old stained glass windows in auction awhile back, with the idea of using them in my still lifes  This one makes a beautiful back-drop to this crispy, bright red apple, personally I think it outshines the apple.

Monday, 9 March 2015

1785 In Good Company and 1786 Ripe

13 x 18cm oil on canvas panel, framed

The last small paintings already at the exhibition in The Old Market House Dungarvan, I have delivered 38 paintings there last Thursday ready to be hung this week. I will post photos at the week-end for you to see.

Solo Show, Old Market House Arts Centre

Location: Old Market House Arts Centre
058 48099
Lower Main Street
Dungarvan Co. Waterford.

Friday, 27 February 2015

1784 Pungent Relations

13 x 18cm oil on canvas board, framed. Available from my web site HERE

A perfect pairing, no kitchen should be without!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

1783 Freshly Washed

5" x 7" oil on canvas panel, framed and available through my web-site HERE

Lovely red and yellow apple, so delicious and crunchy to eat.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

1782 Where's the Martinis?

5" x 7" oil on canvas panel, framed and available through my web-site HERE

They look so inviting, these luscious olives. I learned to like olives when I lived in Spain, where they grow in abundance, and are served with nearly every meal. I especially like the ones flavoured with anchovies, very piquant! I haven't found them anywhere else though.

Monday, 16 February 2015

1781 'Ducks and Geese'

5" x 7" oil on panel, framed

Duck eggs are so interesting because they aren't really white and range from a subtle blue through a 'dirty' yellow to an almost pink shell. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

1780 Traffic Lights

5" x 7" oil on canvas board

Well the title was obvious wasn't it!!? More lost edges, getting good at them now ;)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

1779 Lone Mandarin

5" x 7" oil on canvas board

Number two, I have been enjoying creating 'lost' edges adds a little mystery to the composition!

Monday, 9 February 2015

1778 Red Pears

5" x 7" oil on canvas board, box framed.

I have started a series of small 5 x7s ready for the upcoming show, this is the first one with a rather an unimaginative title, but nothing came to mind, so they are stuck with that one!

Friday, 30 January 2015

1777 Only Room for One

20 x 25 cm ~ 8" x 10" on canvas board, framed, available through my web site

It sometimes takes me just as long to paint a small painting as does a larger one, especially  this one as you can imagine!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

1776 The Cheese Course

39 x 40 cm oil on canvas will be available via my web-site when framed.

I keep getting asked if I have any cheese and wine paintings, they seem to be an ever popular subject matter, especially among the male population! This  photo is a bit green, which I don't seem able to correct properly.
I have been contacted this week, to do a solo show at an art center in Dungarvin, Waterford during March, which definitely has focused my attention on painting! I had become side-tracked filling my Etsy shop with vintage stuff bought recently in auction and is very time consuming, photographing describing, measuring, weighing and researching each item. phew!!!
So now I will be focusing on getting enough paintings together, so I won't leave myself without any stock. So you should be seeing a few more paintings being posted here in the future!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

1775 Frosty Morning Walk

8" x 10" / 25 x 20cm acrylic on canvas panel

I dug out my acrylics for this one, so different to oils - pros and cons....  I ventured out first thing Monday morning to take a walk down my favourite country lane.  A hard frost had covered everything in ice crystals especially the grass on the verges and in the middle of the little used tarmacked road.  I walked past small farms and fields, a few houses some abandoned and falling to pieces, makes me wonder who had lived there and why they left.This cottage too, named Home Port Cottage, is uninhabited although there seems signs that somebody might be renovating it. We shall see the progress hopefully, in the coming year.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

1773 Hop In! Available

20 x 25cm = 8" x 10" oil on panel  framed and is available through my web site

Back to good 'ol lemons they always insinuate themselves into my paintings, just can't seem to get away from them!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

1772 Newly Laid (available)

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

Oh those ellipses, they drove me crazy, every time I thought I had got them right and photographed the finished painting, out would jump a flaw in the painting, so back on the easel it went for corrections!

 I think that I'm going paint a series of 8 x 10's next, as most have sold at the last exhibition, although I'm really itching to paint some more landscapes, maybe I'll just do both, who knows, I may change my mind again and see what really excites me most.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

1771 With a Silver Spoon (available)

9" x 12" oil on panel, framed available through my web-site

I am keeping to a limited palette for the next couple of paintings and painting smaller too.

Monday, 24 November 2014

1770 Arrangement in White

14" x 18" oil on panel to be framed

Here we have a smaller painting with a similar theme to the last one, but different format. I think I'm done with these white paintings for a while. The next ones will be also in subdued colours and limited palette.

Friday, 21 November 2014

1769 Shells

40 x 80 cm 16" x 32" oil on canvas

My latest 'white' painting  turned out to be a difficult painting to photograph, to get the tones and the colours correct still not really quite right. I'm also painting a small 'white' painting at the moment and then on to more colourful subjects.

 The short days of winter really cuts down my painting time, especially on gloomy rainy days such as today. I have lots to do to make up for all the ones that have sold, what a terrible problem!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

1765 Full Moon Over the Lough & 1766 Scudding Clouds

Two oil paintings on canvas 13" x 9 1/2" / 33 x 24cm (at the framers)
These were painted shortly before I went down to Wexford for the exhibition and I didn't get a chance to post them as so many other things had precedence.

There was a beautiful full moon late October, I had noticed, when my daughter came back from her Yoga class, she suggested we   take some pics of it down at our local lake, Lough Derg, which turned out to be quite an adventure in itself as it was so windy. Finding a good vantage point and trying to adjust my camera in the dark was fun, I got a lot of fuzzy shots, under exposed and overexposed and the like but managed to take a couple that were worth painting. I really enjoyed painting them and have a few more ideas for moonlit scenes, just got to wait for the right night and weather! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was honored to be asked to participate in the "Around the World Blog Hop" by my  talented artist blogger friend Carol Flatt, here are a few of her pastel paintings to whet your appetite.

Love the use of colour in her work scrumptious!

My best subjects at school were art, needlework and cookery. I decided, after seeing another students work, that I was no good at painting and gave it up, what decisions we make at such tender ages decide our future. I am so glad that later in my life I reversed that decision after not questioning it for so long. 

What Am I working On?

I am working on a still life painting using mainly white objects, I painted one similar and exhibited it among 75 others at a recent exhibition during the Opera and Art Festival in Wexford, Ireland. It received so much positive attention that I knew that I would be painting more with that theme.
Here are some WIP photos (work in Progress)

  The composition is sketched in and the shadows and darker areas painted with thin paint.

This is the first layer and has now been left to dry, more layers will follow to refine colours and shapes, final layer will be the highlights.

How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?

That's a tough question! My style has crystallized over time painting loosely was my goal but realizing that by my very nature I am a perfectionist. I thought then that I would give in to my natural tendencies and paint tightly and realistically. Everyone has their own style and unique take on their craft and I think that ultimately, we must be true to ourselves.

Why Do I Create What I Do?

I have had many jobs in my life that I have not enjoyed doing, a creative person needs to create, it is an urge and makes us happy and fulfilled. I have found my ultimate 'job' and I love it, maybe I saved the best for last!

 How Does My Creative Process Work?

First I have an idea, when it comes to still lifes,
I set up objects until I have what I want, the positions, the composition and lighting are very important. For a set up with perishable items or complicated patterns I will also photograph the set-up. I work from life and also my computer screen. As shown above with my WIPS you can see first hand my process.

I will be followed by Eithna Joyce a multi -talented Irish artist from the West of Ireland, please also visit her web-site to see her hauntingly beautiful drawings and paintings of Irish rural scenes both abstract and realistic.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wexford Art Festival at Whites Hotel

3 more days to go and twenty six paintings have found new homes! As you can imagine I'm delighted.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wexford Opera and Art Festival 23rd October - 2nd November

I am almost ready and packed for our trip down south and am excited and nervous at the same time!

 I was originally invited to exhibit from the 28th until the 2nd (see flyer!), but after a cancellation of another artist I was offered the entire 12 days, which needless to say I snapped up!

Looking forward to it and hoping for a successful exhibition.

1764 With a Lemon On Top

20" x 24" oil on panel, unframed
A challenge to paint and to photograph!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

1763 Waiting SOLD !

6" x 6" / 15 x 15 cm oil on canvas, available on Artfinder (click on link)

Another kitty from the shelter, I'm sure by now he has found a new home

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

1762 Kittens with Mittens SOLD

15 x 15 cm oil on canvas framed, available

This kitty was one of many cats at a Cat Protection kennels that a friend helps out at. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to get some good ref photos while I was visiting her. So many cute kitties I was sorely tempted to take one home with me! 

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