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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

1896 You and Me


50 x 70 cm oil on deep sided canvas, ready to hang

This is my last equine painting before the horse show and one which took the longest time to finish. This is one of my favourites!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

1895 Sea Horse oil deep sided canvas


61 x 91 cm oil on deep sided canvas, ready to hang (needs no frame)

A bit unusual for me this style of painting, but was enjoyable to go a bit fantasy!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

1895 Perfectly Constructed


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

1894 Mane Attraction


20 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed, available

Last of three small paintings of horses, and then on to a large one, always a frightening challenge!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

1893 Secrets


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

I wonder what secrets they are sharing or just a friendly chat.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

1892 Snowflake


20 x 20cm oil on panel, framed available

This colt and his mum with their winter coats on, don't seem to mind the cold and snow,

Saturday, 11 June 2016

1891 'Looking' - with WIP photos


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.


drawing and provisional background



Blocking in

Blocking in done


The second layer of paint


Add the mane and change colour of background and refine tones, signed and finished!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

1890 Not Alone


50 x 40 cm = 20" x 16"oil on canvas, available when framed

After my last horse, it has been hard to paint one that is as beautiful as that one, so I went for another mood and a dark horse this time.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

1889 Free at Last


20" x 24"/ 51 x 61 cm oil on canvas on panel, available when framed

I took some work in process (WIP) photos of this painting that I thought you might like to see.....








Saturday, 21 May 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

1887 Vanguard No 4A


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

1886 Lemon & Bay


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

1885 Spong 702


40 x 40 cm = 16" x 16" oil on panel

Interesting vintage design from the 70's a mincer, grater, slicer. I was drawn to the colour and shape of this kitchen gadget when I bought it to paint, I might even use it too!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

1883 'Refreshments'


40 x 40 cm =16" x 16" oil on canvas board

Back to still lifes, thought I'd try a different composition and I'm liking the result  I will probably paint a few more like this one.

Friday, 15 April 2016

1882 'Free'


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

1881 By Candle Light


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

1880 Little Lick


14" x 18" / 35 x 45 cm oil on canvas,

I'm really enjoying painting horses at the moment especially this young one, who's giving his hind quarters a little lick!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

1879 Meandering


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

1878 Mouse?


30 x 40 cm oil on canvas

Fluffy black and white kitten not recognizing this 'mouse'
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