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Friday, 15 September 2017

1983 Wintry Frost


21 x 30 cm acrylics on canvas panel.

A palette knife painting in acrylics.  A scene I often pass by on my occasional morning walk. The field was thick with frost on that day, the cattle that normally grazes there were probably safe and warm in a nearby barn.

Monday, 4 September 2017

1982 Vintage Terrine


50 x 70 cm = 20" x 28" oil on canvas, available when framed.

 I haven't painted a still life this large before and it was quite daunting and a very time consuming feat, I'm hoping to find a large dark ornate moulding for the frame to make it look quite grand.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

1981 Kitchen Essentials (available)


20 x 20 cm / 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

My copper jug is getting another portrait done, it is such a nice shape, with plenty of dings and character.

Friday, 25 August 2017

1980 Dark Rose (available)


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

I have dug up a border in my front garden that was more weeds than grass and planted it up with a variety of bushes and annuals including this rose, it has such beautiful velvety petals but was not an easy subject to paint.

Friday, 11 August 2017

1979 Reflections in Blue


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

Last of my small square paintings, got to get packing for the week-end exhibition tomorrow in Galway, Connections Art Fair. Looking forward to the new venue, hope it is well visited!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

1978 Pondering (Available)


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

My little clay Gromit has featured in one other still life a while back and he always makes me smile when I see him. I wonder what he is pondering or maybe dreaming of cheese!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

1977 Pitcher Reflections (available)


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

Painting the last few small paintings before the Connections Art Fair next week-end, looking forward to this new to Galway exhibition.

Friday, 4 August 2017

1976 Garlic From the Garden



8" x 10" 20 x 25 cm oil on panel framed, ready to hang

A garlic bulb from our local organic garden, I plan to plant the cloves in my garden come Autumn so I will have my own supply. 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

1975 Three and a Bit (available)



8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm  framed and ready to hang

Love painting shadows and reflections, again another blue and yellow!

Friday, 28 July 2017

1974 Citrus Curl (available)



20 x 25 cm / 8" x 10" oil on canvas board, framed, ready to hang!

Getting ready for the next exhibition and painting a batch of small paintings.


Monday, 24 July 2017

1973 Irish Moss (available)


50 x 50 cm / 20 " x 20" oil on canvas

The moss in this painting came from our roof, very kindly picked out of the gutters by the noisy Jackdaws at 6 in the morning and deposited around the house!! It was lovely and green and soft so I thought just the thing to incorporate in a Still Life painting. The eggs came from our local organic gardens, overseen by retired nuns, who also keep an interesting assortment of chickens, hence the array of colours. A couple of spotty Quail eggs some English Lavender from our garden and some leaves from a neighbours shrubs complete the picture.

Friday, 21 July 2017

1972 Little Man


6" x 8" oil on panel framed,  available through The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan


Sunday, 16 July 2017

1971 Really Juicy (available)


6" x 8" / 20 x 25 cm oil on panel framed and available

This is the time of year for nectarines and peaches, both delicious, this is a nectarine before it became my afternoon snack!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

1970 Teapot and Ted (available)


6" x 8" /  15 x 25 cm oi on panel, framed and ready to hang

This little teddy has popped up in many a still life and he always wants to have another one painted of  himself!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

1968 Peach Split (available)


6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm, oil on panel framed
As Ireland doesn't grow any peaches or nectarines, all those fruit that need warmer climes, we normally get very hard and unripe fruit with not much flavour, not to mention expensive. These were a lovely surprise as they were very juicy sweet and aromatic and to honour this loveliness I chose to paint it before devouring it!

Monday, 3 July 2017

1966 Left and Forgotten (available)


9" x 10 1/2" / 23 x 26.6 cm oil on panel framed and ready to hang

There are so many derelict rural buildings dotting the countryside here, that I don't have to go far to find subjects to paint! This one has an old corrugated roof which adds colour to the scene.


Friday, 30 June 2017

1967 Old School House


8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm, oil on canvas panel, framed and ready to hang, available €275

Painted a couple of landscapes between still lives. This is an old school house in the Connemara area of Co, Galway. It probably hasn't heard the sounds of children's voices for many a year. This part of west Ireland is rocky and windswept  and very beautiful.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

1964 Cocktails (Available)


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

Number three in my short series. This heavy vintage soda syphon I bought in auction and then sold again and managed to paint this in-between, paired with a cocktail shaker that I had and rarely if ever use.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

1965 A Perfect Pair (available)


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

Number two of three. I chose my favourite pewter teapot, in the shape of a pumpkin, paired with a beat-up vintage copper pitcher for this painting. I take a lot of time setting up a still life, finding the right objects, position and lighting, mostly using natural  day light. I am pleased with how this turned out, though photographing it was another challenge!
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