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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

'Apple Reflections' SOLD

6" x 6" Oil on canvas board
This is one of the apples from yesterday cut in half laying up against a ruby red glass bowl, I painted this while I ate the other half, the best apple I have ever eaten.

'Crispy Red' (available)

6" x 6" oil on canvas board


Here's my painting for today, these are perhaps the reddest apples I have ever bought I am looking forward to finding out whether they are as good to eat, as to look at.

'More Mandarins' SOLD

6 1/2" x 4 1/2" oil on canvas board SOLD


More lovely mandarins today I had a bit of trouble with the background so I didn't post this yesterday until I had got it right today, so now I have to go and paint todays offering.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

'Mandarin Reflection' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas board


This is one of the first Mandarins of the season that I bought on the market, complete with stalk and leaves. As the season progresses they get cheaper and cheaper which is great for us - plenty of natural vitamin C. I got out my favourite vase again for this one as it so interesting painting reflections.

Friday, 26 October 2007

'Lapices' SOLD

6" x 7 1/2" oil on canvas board


This hand painted container for pencils I bought at a local store and the flowers are from my patio I can't remember what they are called. It's fun trying to find new things to paint and different lighting setups. I am posting 2 today as I hadn't finished this to my satisfaction yesterday.

'Regal' (available)

4.6" x 7.5" oil on gessoed board
This is one of the artichokes from yesterday I thought it looked very regal in this vase and cut a board to fit it! I am pleased with this one.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

'Artichoke Season' SOLD

6" x 7 1/2" ins. oil on canvas board
As the name suggests it's artichoke season, these were grown locally and bought at the local store. I just had time to paint this before starting a commissioned portrait which I will post in a couple of weeks when it's finished.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

'La Mancha' SOLD

8" x 10" ins. Acrylic on canvas
I haven't had time to paint anything yesterday as I was taking my old man to the airport - up, up and away again. So today I fancied doing another typical Spanish scene, these are in La Mancha, they have been restored. I passed a lot of ruined molinos yesterday travelling back from Murcia some were still with their sails intact others just the towers. These look pretty impressive against that lovely blue sky.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

'They're Mugs' (available)

7.5 " x 6" oil on canvas board €29
This is the last posting for the day these two mugs I thought would be easy to paint but getting them symetrical seemed to elude me so in the end I had a look at them in the mirror which helped to get them right at last.

'Just Laying Around' SOLD

6" x 6" Oil on canvas board
This is my first mushroom painting, it was an interesting subject many shades of white on a light background, you never stop learning. The more I paint the more I realize that I have a long way to go!

'Lovely Oranges' SOLD

7.5" x 6" Oil on canvas board
I am trying to paint more impressionistic which I find hard as I have this perfectionistic part of me that doesn't like it! But saying that I really like this painting and I'm pleased how the plate turned out, (it was another find down at 'Paws' charity shop)

'High Up Here'

8"x 10" acrylic on canvas 
Well blogger picture upload has been on the blink most of this week, it's finally working today so I will have to post all my paintings in one day. I have posted this painting before but after looking at it for a while I knew it needed some adjustments so I'm re-posting the new version. This is a typical Spanish roof top and rustic chimney stack with a little kitty braving the heights.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

'Before I Broke It'

4.5" x 6.5" inches oil on canvasboard 
As the name implies this little bottle no longer exists I have had a smashing time, this is the third glass container I have broken in two days, they say everything comes in 3's so I'm hoping that's the last breakage for a while. Glass has no chance on my tiled floors and such a mess to clean up.
Well I'm not really back in the swing of things I'm finding painting not so easy the last couple of days - yesterday was a disaster. Maybe tomorrow will be better. The flower in the bottle is a
Crossandra if anybodies interested!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007


13" x 9.5" inches acrylic on canvas 
This is one I did earlier! I painted this one a couple of months ago and I am quite pleased with it, I have been painting all afternoon and can't manage to paint anything I am satisfied with so I've given up for the day and will start afresh tomorrow, with new elan and hopefully I'll manage to produce something passable. Hence the posting of a reserve painting!

Monday, 8 October 2007

'Spanish Gold' SOLD

6" x 6" Oil on canvas board

Spanish oranges are so sweet and juicy and when in season you can buy 3 kilos for €3 that's a whole plastic shopping bag full from the local street market, so freshly squeezed orange juice is on the menu for breakfast everyday. These segments were backlit from a window and are on a stainless steel plate.

Friday, 5 October 2007

'Spanish Church' SOLD

8" x 10" acylic on stretched canvas
Here's a change of pace for you, I have been wanting to paint this scene for ages, it was a church we found on a day out. It was located on it's own, high up on a hill with only a few houses dotted around in the countryside. Whether it's still used I don't know. I used acrylics instead of oils for this one though I think I prefer painting with oils.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

'I See You' SOLD

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas board


This portrait of a cat took a while to paint but I think I've captured her reasonably well. Well got to get back to my easel for my next one.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

'Something to Crow About' SOLD

7.5" x 9.5" Oil on canvas board
A hand-painted ornament that I found on a flea market, I like the colour and it's quirkiness, I have been painting a cat all day and it's taking me forever to get it's fur right, I hope I can post it tomorrow, I am waiting for it to dry as I want to put a glaze on it. So I felt like painting something that wasn't so complicated.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

'Three in Green' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas board

Well I changed my focus from fruit to vegetables and its green on green, challenging to paint but there's a first time for everything.

Monday, 1 October 2007

'Crispy Green' SOLD

6" x 6" Oil on canvas board

I'm on a roll where fruit are concerned, got to get some more from the market for tomorrow's painting.

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