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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

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

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! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

1760 Early Morning Inspection

25 x 27cm oil on canvas unframed

This I painted from a pic that my daughter took on an early morning jog, I loved it so much I just had to paint it. It was one of those effortless paintings that just rolls off the brush. I didn't bother much with a sketch, just brief outlines with a brush and diluted paint and then I dived right in. The dry stone wall in front of the ponies are typical here in the west of Ireland, covered with lichen, moss and wild flowers and of course ivy.

Monday, 29 September 2014

1759 Fifty Shades of White

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

I'm sure you can guess why I chose that title! Not the easiest painting I have ever attempted either. It's off to the framers today with it and four others, I have three others in various states of finish too.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

1755 Keeps the Doctor Away SOLD

15 x 15 cm / 6 x 6 ins oil on canvas framed

I haven't posted for a while got lot's more to go, my time seems to run out so fast during the day, so much to do and so little time to do it in! I'm afraid my blog posting has suffered.

Friday, 12 September 2014

1754 Singleton SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas framed

Another small painting destined for next week-ends art fair in Dublin.

Monday, 8 September 2014

1753 Criss Cross

6" x 6" / 15 x 15 cm framed in a limewashed wood, floater frame.

I was given a bunch of huge tomatoes, cucumbers and these chillies from a friends greenhouse and I thought that I would paint them before they turned colour. So nice to have home grown veg, they taste so much better than store bought ones.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

1752 Laying Around

5" x 7" oil on panel, framed

I have just finished framing these 10 small paintings and it was a very time consuming experience, yes I saved a bit of money but was it worth it in the long run? I think that I would rather be painting!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

1751 Lemons in the Light

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed

I'm enjoying this series, but it's time to get back to larger ones soon!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

1750 Either Side

5" x 7" oil on panel
Mandarins seem always to be in season and make handy subjects for a still life, together with this half glazed terracotta pot.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

1749 Hello Down There!

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two seem to be having a chat or is it the red one chatting the green one up!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1748 Hanging Out

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two lovelies hanging out together, wonder what they are thinking?!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

1747 Lonely

5" x 7" oil on board to be framed
Number 5 small still life. Peppers are great to paint, lovely shapes and shiny reflective skin  and can be popped in a salad or stew when done! Very versatile ;)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

1746 Gooseberry Fools

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed.

These three fellows were red, ripe and sweet bought from our local farmers market and were made into, can you guess? Yummy!

Monday, 18 August 2014

1745 Big Brother!

Number 3  5" x 7" oil on panel

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of colours too, this little one is a 'Gardeners Delight' probably feeling a little intimidated by the 'giant'

Saturday, 16 August 2014

1743 Summer Strawberries

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
I'm back to painting a series of small paintings, mostly fruit and veg and here is the first example!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1742 Ducks and Hens

40 x 80 cm oil on canvas to be framed (16" x 32") aprox.

I'm enjoying painting in this format again, and the stretched canvas I am using is Italian, a very fine weave, which is a joy to paint on.

 When I was exhibiting my paintings last,  I realized that I have too many different sizes and shapes, it is difficult to display them properly, so I am trying to cut down on both, which is not easy.

I bought these duck eggs from our local market recently, they are slightly larger than hens eggs and aren't really white as you can see, which makes them an interesting challenge to paint.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

1741 Invader

40 x 80 cm = 12 x 24 ins oil on canvas
Back to serious still lives! This is one of those fiddly ones that I went over several times until I was satisfied with it. It does help to have uninterrupted painting time in both time and thoughts, with this one I didn't so it made hard work of it!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

1734 Made for You & Me, 1735 Three's Company and 1736 Spoilt for Choice

 1734 Made for You & Me 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

 1735 Three's Company 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

1736  Spoilt for Choice 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

I've been busy doing some unusual (for me) palette knife paintings and so large too. Used tons of paint, a different sort of still life. I had intended to paint 5 of them but ran out of steam after the third!

Monday, 7 July 2014

1733 Still Waters

60 x 60 cm = 24" x 24" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted, so framing is optional.

Another view across Lough Derg. The lake was calm and reflected the clouds above, to the right are the reed beds which are abundant at the waters edge with water lilies dispersed among them.  

Friday, 4 July 2014

New Gallery!!!


These six paintings are off to a new home in the Gallery 1608  Bushmills Co Antrim Northern Ireland

Thursday, 19 June 2014

1732 Evening Skies

40 x 50 x 4 cm, oil on box canvas, sides painted, framing optional.

A view across our lake, the evening sky was magical, reflecting the sunset on the other side. Wonderful cloud formations and dark threatening clouds above. The weather is changeable here and provides a never ending source of inspiration, such a challenge to paint, one can get lost in those puffy clouds.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

1730 Yellow Boat

50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 ins) oil on box canvas unframed, palette knife painting.

I haven't painted with a palette knife in a while, it took a bit of getting used to again it was frustrating at times and a lot messier!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

1729 Peaceful Lough Derg

24" x 24" /60 x 60 cm oil on deep sided canvas, sides painted

I needed a change from still lifes, so I thought that I would try my hand at a bit of land/sky scape painting.
This is a place that my daughter and I go to in the evenings after a hectic day with three children, to get away and find our equilibrium again. This is Lough (pronounced loch) Derg a large lake with the river Shannon running through it, that Portumna, where I live, borders on to. 

This was such a change from my usual paintings and a real challenge to figure out how to go about painting it, I didn't realize it would be so difficult to to get the colours right or the trees just right, I'm sure I learned a lot.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

1728 Lost Piece

8" x 10"/ 20 x 25cm oil on gessoed panel, available when dry!

My rustic jug was this time partnered with a little horse I've had for some time, I imagine it was part of a set of figures, maybe toy soldiers.

Friday, 23 May 2014

1727 Chilli Collection

8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm oil on panel

I bought this rustic copper jug in Spain and it has been a very useful 'prop' as it has such a nice shape and character. The colourful chillies I found at the local supermarket. Two of which went into a chilli con carne which was delicious!

Monday, 19 May 2014

1726 Playmates

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel, available

Another bunny painting, this time with a wooden pull-along toy.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

1725 Teapot for One

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

This was a labour of love, as I started by toning my board, which is something I don't often do, the result was I couldn't get the tones right. I guess it takes some getting used to, I usually paint straight onto a white  support.

My teapot is quirky and I love its shape and the primitive pattern engraved on the body. The piece of weathered slate, I found on a recent walk. Some of the roof slates had blown off an old abandoned cottage,  I thought that one or two might come in handy for a still life, also I've been wanting to incorporate some eggs into a still life for awhile so here they all are together.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

1724 Rounded Off

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

I had such a hard time finding a name for this one, some paintings are no problem to come up with a name for and others ..blank! I wonder why that is.

I'm getting ready for the first exhibition of the year on the 9th of May in Dublin, and as always praying for good weather or at least no rain. Come and visit me if you happen to be in Dublin that weekend, I'm on the South side, right at the beginning.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

1723 Lille Pige

10" x 8" / 24.5 x 20cm oil on panel

'Lille Pige' is Danish for little girl and this charming figurine originates from there as did my mother. It always  stood on the mantelpiece of our home when I was growing up and I have always loved it. Since getting back all my stuff out of storage and finding her again I felt it was time to portray the figurine, simply as it is.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

1720 Hot, Sharp and Sweet

30 x 60 cm /12 x 24 ins aprox. oil on canvas

Here is the sister piece to 1716 in the long format, a bit of a labour of love, but I'm happy with the results I think!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

1716 A Touch of Spring

30 x 60 cm (12 x 24ins) oil on canvas

I enjoyed painting on canvas again, much kinder on my brushes! Yes spring is here and very welcome too.
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