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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

1205 'Portrait Challenge'

12" x 14" oil on canvas panel

This is the year end challenge from the blog 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' painting a portrait of another artist taking part. This woman has a lovely face and was a pleasure to paint, will she like it... ?

Monday, 22 December 2008

1204 'Pink Delicious' gifted

6" x 8 " oil on canvas board
Here is another Hibiscus, this time a pale pink one, looking stunning all by itself.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Short Break

Well hubbies back after a couple of months away working so haven't had much time or inclination to paint, but saying that I have just started painting a portrait for the blog - 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' . We each got a photo of another artist taking part, to interpret as we like.
I was told recently by a relative that I paint very conservatively, I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean but I have a feeling that it was a criticism, well I guess that's just my style and the way I like to paint! So check out my blog soon I should have the painting done before Christmas.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

1203 'Connemara Lakes' SOLD

12" x 14" oil on canvas panel

The myriad of lakes in the area of Connemara in Galway, each more picturesque than the other seemed to shine against the the rough surroundings, reflecting the Autumn skies. Such a rich place for artists to capture beautiful scenery. Maybe not as imposing as the alps, but these gentle Irish mountains were none-the-less pleasing to the eyes and senses.

Monday, 15 December 2008

1202 'Last of the Sun's Rays' (available)

8" x 10" oil on gessoed board, framed
This painting I have been working on for a while and I think I should have painted it larger, it was an exercise in perspective although what attracted me to the scene was the setting sun and the last light bouncing off the brickwork of the houses. Will I have the patience to paint this one again I dont know! The row of cottages is just around the corner from where I live in Ireland.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

1201 'Yellow Glory' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas panel 

Another hibiscus bloom from a shrub that grows abundantly around the Mediterranean, the bushes sometimes growing into small trees covered in blooms all through the summer and some of the winter.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

1200 'Single Beauty' (available)

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cm oil on canvas panel 
I have been working on a street scene all week on an 8 x 10 board and it has been driving me crazy because of the perspective, so I've put it aside until I get a bit more patience and painted this one and it just flowed off my brush and it revived my spirit after labouring on the other one for so long!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

1199 'Made For Walking' SOLD

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

Another entry for the blog 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' although when I saw this weeks photo, I was rather dissapointed I still decided to go ahead and paint them anyway. I have to say I really enjoyed doing this painting and decided to try and do a fairly loose painting which I find very difficult to do, I managed halfway to be loose and am happy with the results.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

'DORIA' (commission)

10" x 12" oil on canvas
Another pretty little girl I had to paint for a proud Grandmother. There she stands with her halo of Black Eyed Susans, pretty as a picture!

Monday, 1 December 2008

'FROSTY MORNING' (available)

8" x 10" oil on gessoed panel $130+ p&p
This was the cold and frosty view I had on Saturday morning the fields looked beautiful all laden heavily with frost, while the last of the autumn leaves clung to the branches of this old tree.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

'Buddha Morning' (available)

11" x 15 3/4" = 28 x 40 cms oil on canvas panel $225 + p&p

This is another painting for 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' I just loved painting this one and is a personal favourite at this time. I cut a panel longer than I normally would to accommodate the reflections, maybe I will keep this one.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


8" x 10" oil on canvas board
This little cutie is eight months old and was commissioned by her grandmother as a Christmas present for her daughter. I started 2 new paintings this week and have just finished off this one started last week so it has been strange working on so many paintings at once. I should have another finished tomorrow.

Friday, 21 November 2008

'Captured Beauty' (available)

8" x 8" = 203 x 203mms. oil on canvas panel $85 + p&p

This beautiful bird passed by me in the annual Moros y Christianos fiesta parade in Spain and I just managed to capture him for my camera, I was on the hunt for reference photos and managed to get quite a few.
This one is dedicated to my daughter Katy.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

' Elegance' SOLD

6" x 8" = 15 x 20.3 cms oil on canvas panel 

Here's something different I fancied something tranquil and reflective! I am working on a small portrait commission of an 8 month old baby, when I'm half way through I always wonder whether the poor child will recognizable to the parents! the painting looks awful at this stage. It will take me at least 2 more painting sessions to put her right.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

'Long Shadows' (available)

This is this weeks painting for 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' It was painted mostly upside down, a very weird experience. This was a much more challenging exercise than I had expected but I learned a lot which was the whole idea of it. To see more takes on this painting go to the blog listed under my favourite artists.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

'Dance Little Ballerina' SOLD

6" x 8" = 150 X 203 mms. oil on canvas panel 

This was a 'fiddly' one but I got there in the end, just had trouble photographing it so there was no glare on it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

'Shadow Patterns' (available)

8" x 10" = 203 x 254 mms. oil on canvas panel $105+ p&p

A really busy painting I know I should have simplified it more I just could n't help myself! I painted this from a reference photo I shot in Spain in my friends beautiful tropical garden. When I took the photo, it was the striking shadows that caught my eye of the fronds of the palm tree.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

'Mudeford Harbour' (available)

12" x 16" = 30 x 40 cms oil on canvas $250 +p&p

This is technically not a daily painting but a larger one that I have been working on for a while and today I thought that it was time to finish it. I prefer to paint a picture in 1 or 2 sittings otherwise I tend to lose momentum and somehow it becomes tedious, but there we are finished at last. This is a scene from my recent visit back to England to the part of it, that I used to live in. I have to say I am quite homesick for there.

Friday, 7 November 2008


8" X 10" = 20.3 X 25.4 cms oil on canvas panel $ 130 + shipping

This is this weeks challenge from Karin Jurick's blog 'Different Strokes from Different Folks' (link to that blog is under my favourite artists list)

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

'Connemara Sheep'

12" X 10"= 30 x 25.5 cms oil on canvas $ 155 + p&p

I enjoyed painting the single sheep from my trip to Co Galway that I decided to paint on a larger canvas and a pair this time. They have interesting checkered markings on the legs and some of their faces (black & white) I'm sure their wool would knit up into a great sweater.

Monday, 3 November 2008

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC (available)

8" x 10" = 20.3 x 25.4 cms oil on canvas board $105 + p&p

Here is this weeks challenge from Karin Jurick's blog 'Different Strokes from Different Folks'
an unusual subject for me, but interesting none the less. (the link to this web site is found under favourite artists in the list on the right.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

'Safe in Mama´s Arms' SOLD

6" x 8" = 15 x 20.3 cms

This little sweetie with her big round eyes was lovely to paint and a new challenge for me.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

'Connemara Ram' SOLD

8" x 10" = 20.3 x 25.4 cms oil on canvas board

Last week-end we took a trip up to Co. Galway and to the beautiful Connemara area. We were lucky with the weather and we only experienced a few showers of rain. This ram was among a bunch of very woolly black-faced sheep we encountered tripping down the road and looking like wooly toadstools from the back. This one posed for me by the side of the road against the trees bracken and granite rocks. The Connemara is full of lakes mountains and boggy areas, heather and gorse, really wild and full of scenes to paint. There are many artisans living in the area and is a place I am considering moving to.

Friday, 24 October 2008

'Cow-Boy' SOLD

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms oil on gessoed panel
I just loved painting the cow from yesterday and thought that I would portrait an Irish cow! I had a load of reference photos already, that I had taken on a walk up the road from my house, its cow country around here. He is not technically a cow but I think they call them steers or as in England - bullocks.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

'Cow-Girl' SOLD

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms. oil on canvas panel
Here's another challenge from Karin Jurick's blog 'different strokes from different folks' To view her blog go click on her name in my favourite artist list.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

'Nick in Black & White' NFS

11" x 14" acrylic on gessoed panel

This is another monochrome painting like the last one I painted of my daughter. I enjoyed painting that so much , I did another one of my nephew Nick on stage in his act as the great Elvis. It was a very hot night in Mojacar, Spain, a couple of summers ago and he had just done 2 costume changes and was coming to the end of his act.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

'Liza in Black & White' NFS

11" X 14" acrylic on gessoed panel
I started a larger painting on Thursday which needed to dry before I could carry on so on Friday I started this one and finished it after midnight then it was too late to photograph.
Well this one is very different to what I have done before, I thought that I needed a change, and I had such fun painting it and I am really pleased with the end result. The challenge for me was judging value, and as acrylics dry darker it wasn't always easy, but after a lot of squinting I got there.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

'Ginger' NFS

6" X 8" = 15 X 20 cms. (aprox.)
This is my friend Lindas' other ginger cat - aptly named 'Ginger'! I caught him in the garden near a fuchsia bush sunning himself and surveying his territory.

Monday, 13 October 2008

'Beach Girl' SOLD

10"x 12" oil on linen canvas

This painting was done using a photo from Susan Carlins blog, and as children are one of my favorite subjects I thought that I would give this one a go. It was a good one to get back into the swing of painting after my short holiday and I really enjoyed doing it.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008


Going away for a few weeks to the land of lovely art supply shops - England where it will be like visiting a sweety shop- I will have to hold myself back! and of course to visit friends.

Monday, 29 September 2008

'Karins' Pumpkins' SOLD

6" X 6" oil on canvas panel 

This painting was done from a photo posted weekly, on Karin Juricks blog ' Different Strokes From Different Folks'
She has invited anybody to paint a rendition of it and send it to her, to be posted along with many other artists version of this subject. To check out her blogs go to the link posted under 'My Favourite Artists.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

'Here's Your Ball Sis' (available)

8" X 8" oil on gessoed panel $85 + p&p

Such a sweet pair playing on the beach. One of my favourite subjects - kids at play or portraits.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

'This is Fun' (available)

6" X 8" oil on gessoed panel $75 + p&p

Don't you just love him, that look of playful innocence. There's something about loo-paper that is universally appealing to both dogs and kids and sometimes even cats.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

'Beach Babe' SOLD

8" X 8" oil on gessoed panel 

I started this one yesterday but didn't get her finished, I was trying to stay loose which is a hard thing for me to do. Babies are so cute at this age all round and kissable!

Monday, 22 September 2008

'Just Grazing' SOLD

8" X 8" oil on gessoed board

This one was hard to photograph for some reason loads of glare off the paint. This lovely working horse Liza and I passed one Sunday on his lonesome in a field munching the grass, looking very handsome, very well built, looks like he might pull a cart or a plough.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

'Pals' SOLD

6" X 8" oil on gessoed board 

Such a sweet dog and so patient, I just love these two.
I miss my dog he's in quasi quarantine because he needed a booster on his rabies shots so I won't get him back until February.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

'The Cat's Whiskers'

6" X 8" oil on gesseod panel

My friend Linda's pride and joy - her lovely soft and fluffy ginger cat Moritz.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

'Bubble Reflections' (available)

6" x 8" oil on gessoed panel $65 + p&p

I have decided that I prefer to paint on canvas because the gessoed boards are so slick and don't hold on to the oil paint as well as canvas, but as I have a large supply of boards I guess I am going to have to use them up. Got fed up today with a larger painting so I painted over it in my frustration! and started something totally different with this little painting which didn't turn out too bad.

Monday, 15 September 2008

'Bathing Beauty' (available)

8" x 10" oil on gessoed board $105 + p&p
This Spanish girl is bathing in the Mediterranean and looks is if she is enjoying the cooling waters.

Friday, 12 September 2008

'Hannah and Haley' (commission)

24 x 30 cms oil on linen

This portrait of two beautiful young girls was commissioned by a proud Grandmother. They were a pleasure to paint.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

' View thru Two Windows' SOLD

8" x 10" oil on board

While we were visiting the beautiful village if Dalkey on the East coast of Ireland, I walked past this house overlooking the bay and I could see right through the house to the sea. The window was framed by shutters and a large shrub of Buddleah.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

'Fiesta Fun' SOLD

8" x 8" oil on gessoed panel 

These two Spanish children all dressed up and enjoying the fun of the fiesta parade finished off with the inevitable firework display and lots of music and dancing.

Monday, 8 September 2008

'Annies Lillies' NFS

24 x 30 cms = 9.5"x 12"inches oil on linen stretched canvas
These are lilies growing in my friends' lovely garden with a tiny visitor stopping by for a moment
The scent was wonderful as I took my close up reference shots. I have painted this subject before probably because I think that lillies are among the most beautiful flowers.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

'The Rock of Dunamaise'

11" x 14" =28 x 35.5cms oil on gessoed panel

We went sight-seeing one Sunday afternoon and were blessed by a rare bit of sunshine, so armed with my camera we went to visit this old picturesque castle ruin set on the top of a hill, and I got a bunch of lovely photos. The views from the top of the hill were pretty too. The castle was surrounded by lots of wild flowers which made it look even more romantik.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

'Beach Faerie' SOLD

6" x 8" oil on gessoed panel
This is one of my favourite paintings, it's so rewarding when you feel that you have captured what you want in a painting, which of course doesn't always happen.

Monday, 1 September 2008

'Daniel & Nana'

9 1/2 x 12" oil on linen canvas
Another painting of Daniel this time with his Grandmother giving him a helping hand.

Thursday, 28 August 2008


8" x 10" oil on gessoed panel
This is a portrait of my friend Anne's grandson who has just turned one year old an ernest little boy but the apple of his grandparents eye.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Sebastian & Alexander

12" x 9.5" = 30 x 24 cms oil on linen canvas
Unfortunately this is not a very good photo as there is a lot of glare off the varnish. This a double portrait of my friend Christel's 2 boys, I am particularly pleased with this one and it took me quite a while to get their likenesses perfect.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Victoria and Christel

8" x 10" oil on gessoed panel
Here's another painting of this darling baby girl along with her mum Christel.

Sunday, 24 August 2008


6" x 8" oil on gessoed panel
This little girl is just 6 months old and is a real sweetheart, the new addition to my friends family I visited with in France on my way to Ireland.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Tired Faerie SOLD

6" x 8" oil on gessoed panel
This little faerie is resting after a long day playing on the sands nestling in a beach chair padded with beach towels
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