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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

1866 Four and a Half


40 x 40 cm (16" x 16") oil on canvas

I thought that I would never get this one finished! The bowl is possibly not painted as perfectly as I would have liked. I have been diagnosed with cataracts the worst one in my right eye, should be getting operated on in March. Can't say I'm looking forward to it as I'm having it done under a local anesthetic,and I have to keep really still...

Friday, 5 February 2016

1865 String of Beads


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

I'm finally happy with this one, a real labour of love! I was very tempted to paint out the beads but I persevered and I'm really pleased it's finished at last.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

1864 Connemara


6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm oil on panel available
The Connemara region of Ireland is dotted with lakes, islands and mountains. Sheep and ponies graze this area and sometimes can be seen trotting down the road like giant mushrooms from behind!.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

1863 St Kevins Church, Glendalough


6" x 8"/ 15 x 20cm oil on panel available

This is St Kevin's Church found in Glendalough Co. Wicklow Ireland. I'm enjoying creating some small landscapes, sometimes a bit difficult to fit everything in on a small surface.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

1862 'Blue to You'


45 x 35 cm oil on canvas, available

This one has been finished since last week and it has taken me this long to get around to posting it!
I quite like the effect of the plain border, I will see how they are received before painting anymore like this. At the moment I am in the middle of quite a complicated one, which of course is taking ages  I think it will be worth the effort in the end though.

Friday, 15 January 2016

1861 We're Behind You


18" x 14" =45 x 35 cm oil on canvas

Playing around with new ideas, modernizing a classic subject matter. I must say I did get the idea from another artist I admire, but I have put my own twist on it.

The sun is shining today makes such a wonderful change from all this dreary weather we have been having lately

Monday, 11 January 2016

1860 Limey Gathering


5" x 7" 13 x 18 cm oil on panel, available

Number two small painting, these small ones help me get back into the flow and don't take too much time, I have a larger one ready to be finished today.
I primed the boards with black gesso and sanded them smooth, which was a mistake as the paint slid right off it! I had to paint several layers just to get a bit of 'tooth' on the panel and cover the black, I made the back ground a very dark green to complement the fruit.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

1859 Three Companions


5" x 7"= 13 x 18 cm oil on panel available

It has been so long since I last blogged, I took a break from painting in December after a very busy painting year. Since Christmas I have been trying to invent a new style to go along with my realistic paintings, so far I haven't come up with anything that I'm happy  with, I've tried painting on textured grounds, blurry landscapes, poured acrylic abstracts, collaging all without hitting the jackpot.So I thought that I would go back to what I know and love for awhile and get centred again as I was feeling a bit discombobulated! Torn hither and thither and not knowing where I was going, I'm sure something will develop in time if I stop trying so hard.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and is enjoying the new year   with lots of resolutions!
Many thanks to all my readers for following me, you faithful ones!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

4 Small Paintings

1855 All Shapes and Sizes 5"x 7 " 


1856 Yellow and Green 5"x 7"  


1857 Me and My Shadow 5"x 7" 


1858 Out of the Shadows 5" x 7"


My last four small paintings finished and framed, the car is packed and we are ready to roll. Two stops along the way, the first is to visit some dear friends and then on to Dungarvan to pick up some paintings, hope they will fit in the car!

 We will be staying while in Wexford, at Killurin Lodge B&B,(highly recommended) for the duration where we will enjoy the hospitality of Clare and Collin and some gorgeous breakfasts!

The set up day is tomorrow and will probably take us all day to hang the show, and then Thursday will be the first day of the Exhibition. YAY!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Friday, 16 October 2015

1853 Doubles SOLD


5" x 7"=13 x 18 cm oil on panel, framed,

Sometimes it's hard to come up with an original title, and I rack my brains, sometimes nothing comes forth other times I'm inspired :)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

1854 Autumnal Colour


6" x 8" oil on panel, framed, available

Red seems to be the predominant thread running through a lot of my small paintings, the colour seems to be more zingy with a dark background.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

1851 Garlic Medley


7" x 5" oil on panel available
Another small one, painting like mad to get them all finished.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

1849 Picked Fresh SOLD


6" x 8" oil on panel, available

Just some small ones to paint before the 20th and the exhibition. Here is the first one a lovely pair of mandarin oranges complete with leaves on a reflective surface.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

1847 Many Reflections


40 x 80cm / 16" x 32" oil on canvas
Finally finished! This one took me ages as you can probably imagine. Somebody suggested that some of my still life paintings need a more interesting background, (I tend to keep them plain) hence the Persian rug behind the set up. I love the results,but the pattern of the carpet nearly drove me crazy, but I persevered nevertheless.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

1846 Three Cheeses


40 x 50 cm oil on panel
A classic subject matter and popular with the male population! I bought the cheeses at a glorious cheese shop in Galway that stocked every conceivable cheese known. The round cheese is called Reblochon  a French mountain cheese, a bit smelly but had a wonderful nutty,creamy taste, the orange coloured cheese at the back was a mature Gouda and tasted almost like Parmesan cheese and had to be shaved off the wedge. Lastly a lovely wedge of Stilton, all gone now of course!

Friday, 25 September 2015

1845 Interloper SOLD!


40 x 40cm = 16" x 16" oil on canvas 

The second of my square paintings, was going to paint a third but that might have to wait a bit as I've got a list of paintings I want to paint and time is marching on! 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

1844 Omelette SOLD


40 x 40cm / 16 x 16 ins oil on canvas available

Here is the first of my square paintings which seemed to take me ages to paint, getting the colours and the tones just right and don't talk to be about the edge of the glass bowl!!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

1843 Eggs and Roses


7" x 14" oil on panel, available

Another oblong one, now onto some square paintings. Got a tight schedule of painting and the time is rushing by unfortunately. Everything takes longer than you think.
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