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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.
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