Thursday, 23 June 2016
20 x 25 cm oil on panel, framed, available
I love composing still lifes and finding unusual objects for them.
The tiny abandoned nest I found attached to a garden fence post in a friends wild garden. It is beautifully constructed from moss, that grows abundantly here in Ireland, sheep's wool from her sheep and the course hairs from her horses tails, who graze in the adjacent field.
I placed the nest on an old slate roof tile, found on a walk when passing several ruined cottages, and the old copper jug acquired at a recent auction and a couple of hens' eggs to finish off the arrangement.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
60 x 60 cm (24 x 24ins) oil on canvas
This one has taken me quite awhile to finish, I had to call it 'done' otherwise I wouldn't have stopped fiddling with it! I took a few wip (work in progress) shots so you can see some of my process.
The second layer of paint
Add the mane and change colour of background and refine tones, signed and finished!
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
40 x 40 cm = 16" x 16" oil on canvas panel, available when framed.
This old stapler caught my attention on Ebay while I was browsing to buy some unusual objects to paint, it is enameled and artistically worn in places making it ideal!
Friday, 6 May 2016
50 x 50 cm = 20" x 20" oil on canvas board, available when framed
Now this was a labour of love or should I say a pain in the neck! I have tweaked it to death and now I'm DONE!!! on to the next painting and I'm making it a simple one!
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Friday, 29 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
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
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
Saturday, 26 March 2016
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
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
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!