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Monday, 21 December 2009

1301 'Justin' NFS

8" x 10" oil on Masonite
This is the last painting until sometime in January , Hubby is flying in to Seattle at 5 this evening, saw him last in the summer and then it's back to Ireland beginning of January.
Washington is a lovely State with picturesque mountains, lakes, rivers and lush country side, I will miss it and my family. Looking forward to life in Dublin and enjoying a bit of city life.
Hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and may the New Year bring us all prosperity and new beginnings.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

1300 'On the Look Out'

9" x 12" oil on masonite

This Great Blue Heron that my daughter spied while out on a trip up Stevens Pass, she was taking photos of the river when she came across him standing on the edge among the river rocks with the fast flowing river behind him and the evergreen clad mountain blurred in the background.

After doing some research, I found some information on this beautiful bird :-

Description: The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. It is a large bird, with a slate-gray body, chestnut and black accents, and very long legs and an "S"-shaped neck. Great Blue Herons are very tall and stand 38-54 inches (97-137 cm). In flight, the bird looks enormous, with a six-foot wingspan.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Kickin' Back SOLD!

Just got a nice surprise in the post, a cheque from the Six by Six Gallery in New York where I had sent this painting . They hadn't let me know that it had sold, so at first I thought that it was a bill! Well I am feeling like I've won the lottery and am really chuffed (as we say in England) here is the link to the Gallery.

Monday, 14 December 2009

1299 'Beginning of Winter' SOLD

9" x 12" oil on masonite

This is the Tye river running along side Stevens Pass Hwy in Washington, the day was overcast but still the mountains and the river looked majestic and beautiful, I really enjoyed the painting of this one.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

1298 'In Search of' NFS

12" x 12" mixed media on masonite

Back to abstract for this one, I used collage,metal foil, glass tiles and texture paste.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

1297 'My Favourite Lap' NFS

8" x 10" oil on masonite
This is my daughter's favourite cat Stony, he is enjoying his favourite lap and looking content as any cat can do.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

1296 'Moooh'

9" x 12" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed 

Here is another painting of a Washington cow, this time larger and with the farm in the background. It was an idyllic autumn day when we met these placid creatures and the kind of day that makes you glad to be alive! beautiful sunshine and lovely fall colour everywhere.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

1294 'Spotty' Sold

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted 

A week or so ago my daughter and I went for a drive to find some interesting views to snap, the weather was perfect blue skies and just a few pretty clouds. We happened upon an idyllic scene of a farm framed by trees,mountains and clouds almost too good to be true. In front of the farm was a field of cows just waiting to be photographed. One by one they came over to see what we were about, holding wonderfully still and showing their best poses to us! This one I have named 'Spotty' for obvious reasons, there will be a few more cow paintings in my future maybe a larger one with the farm in the background.

Friday, 20 November 2009


8" x 10" matt, image size 4" x 6" water colour - gouache on paper

I am really enjoying painting these small water colours they seem to take on a life of their own!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Ruby Lips 1 and 2

8" x 10" matt, image size 4" x 6" $45 water colour - gouache on paper

2 takes on the same face both quite different, can't make up my mind which one I like best

Skywards NFS

4" x 6" water colour , gouache and ink on paper
My daughter bagged this one for herself and it was confiscated immediately!

Pretty Gal

4" x 6" water colour and gouache on paper, matted to 8" x 10" will fit standard frame $45

Oh My!

8" x 10" matt, image size 4" x 6" water colour - gouache on paper $45

Just been having some fun with my water colours, want to do a series of faces, loosely I hope!

Monday, 9 November 2009

1293 'Life Imitating Art"

9" x 12" oil on stretched canvas

These sculptures we came across in Seattle while visiting the science fiction museum, they were a magnet to children to play on, climb on or just relax on.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

1292 'Flight Crew' DSFDF challenge SOLD

12" x 12" oil on masonite

I thought that this was the most difficult challenge yet, the drawing of the figures drove me crazy, I got there in the end without giving up though!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

1291 'Curly' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas 

Curly is such a wooly creature he must have his winter coat on, I love his eye patches and placid stare and remnants of a disturbed meal still in his mouth.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

1290 'Buttercup'

9" x 12" oil on Masonite

This sweet filly came to inspect us and see if we had any treats for her when we were photographing the barn behind her. The weather was beautiful, blue skies and warm, pleasant temperatures. The field she was grazing in, was full of bright buttercups hence her name. The barn I have already painted see The Red Barn from a previous post.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

1289 'Fluffy' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas (sides painted)

Another Irish cow, one of a bunch of steers grazing in a lusciously green pasture enjoying the cud. This one had such lovely fluffy, soft ears hence his name.
I realized after living in Ireland for a few months why it is called the Emerald Isle... it rains a lot!! The rain comes off the Atlantic Ocean to the west and then carries on to England if there's any left.
I will be back in Ireland in the new year and hope to get more cow pics to paint.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

1288 'Patch' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on cavas (sides painted)

Another cow, this time with a curly forehead and a brown patch on his head. He is also wearing some interesting spectacles.

Monday, 26 October 2009

1287 'Freckles' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas (sides are painted)

Here's an Irish cow or rather a young steer who placidly watched us taking pictures of him and his field companions. I love his cool hair-do and the freckles on his nose not to mention those eye lashes.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

1286 'By Candle Light'

8" x 10" oil on masonite
+ shipping
As you all probably know that dark paintings are hard to photograph, this is my best shot!
My daughter had taken some interesting pics of herself with her cell phone, by candle light, which I thought would make a different kind of painting experience for me. It was quite different to paint monochromatic and I learnt a lot. I realized that I need to hone my drawing skills as I often use a grid to help transfer an image and without it I have difficulties getting the proportions right.
I am re-posting this painting as I wasn't happy with it and have fiddled with it no end and have got to a point where enough is enough!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

1285 'Chimneys'

12" x 12" mixed media on board

I enjoyed painting the DSFDF challenge so much I decided to paint some more rooftops, this time London rooftops with all the varied chimneys and chimney pots. I used again some textured molding paste as a base and painted with acrylics onto that.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

1284 'Hot Momma' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Dominique Eichi sent me some ref photos of her cute new shoes, they still look pristine. Thankyou Dominique! Well I am sure you can imagine they were quite a bit of work to paint , I kept getting lost in the pattern, I think I might take a break from shoes for a bit.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

1283 'Untied' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Another set of shoes, this time there looks like there's a story behind them.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

1282 'Cross Tied' SOLD

6" x 6" on gallery wrapped canvas

The title is one suggested for my last shoe painting by Gwen Bell and I thought that I would use it for this one, thanks Gwen!
Another set of shoes on my daughter's feet, I'm really enjoying painting these and they are nice in the 6 x 6 format, I am looking for some new shoes and feet to paint, if you happen to have some cute shoes or boots could anybody let me have a ref photo to paint from a similar pose to these, I would be very grateful!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

1281 'City Rooftops'

12" x 12" mixed media on board

This is this months painting for DSFDF of San Francisco rooftops.

I painted this with acrylics on a board that I had first prepared with molding paste to give it some texture. I decided to heighten the colours as the original ref. photo was rather bland. I played around with the photo, cropping it in loads of different ways until I came up with this composition. I enjoyed (for once) how quickly acrylic paint dries so that I could put layer upon layer until I had the effect that I liked.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

1280 'Kickin' Back' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
These tootsies belong to Katy my daughter and I have been searching for a subject to paint for The Six by Six Gallery in New York, I bought a submission package and since then have been quite daunted as to what to paint. I am really happy with the painting whew!
Thanks for all the suggestions.. picked one although it was a hard choice!

Friday, 9 October 2009

1279 'Kayak Point'

9" x 12" acrylic on masonite

Kayak point in Washington is where we went for a days outing at the beginning of the school holidays, and although overcast and slightly drizzley, we enjoyed a pleasant day wandering along the beach. The beach was strewn with drift wood, beautiful shapes and silvery colours, seaweedy rocks and little pools where crabs hid.

For this painting I used only a painting knife and although sometimes I was itching to use a brush, I managed to accomplish it without. The far distant Island is not as blue as in the photograph but I couldn't seem to adjust the colour without turning the rest of the painting either pink or green!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

1278 'No Frills'

5 3/4" x 11" mixed media on Masonite

Lots of texture, copper and tin foil, studs and tiles and experiments and definitely no frills!

1277 'Coming Unravelled"

8" x 5" mixed media on Masonite

This is composed of burlap threads and a small piece on the left hand corner and a mixture of black acrylic paint and various metalic paints a rather experimental piece as have been most of my abstracts thus far!

Monday, 5 October 2009

1276 'Colour Play'

12" x 16" mixed media on 3/4" thick birch plywood

I had a sheet of birch ply cut for me to use for abstracts a surface to which I can hammer in nails and generally abuse! After sanding and 4 coats of gesso they were ready, it was a really nice surface to work on and apart from the weight an excellent substitute for boards and canvas.
I have painted the sides black so it will be optional to frame, I have used many different metalic paints and inks on a textured surface, using different techniques from dripping to dry brushing I finished it off with 3 small mosaic tiles towards the center, it was fun to do if very messy!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

1275 'Camouflage'

8" x 8" mixed media on canvas board

Another painting similar to the last one, this time using different colours and slightly more textured. The collage in the middle is a moth that Katy took a pic of in the Seattle Science Museum last week end along with a bunch of other beautiful butterfly and moth pics. I used a number of metalic paints, which don't really show up on this photo, to enhance the painting.

Seattle Art Museum

Katy and I went to the Seattle Art Museum yesterday to see a rememberance exhibition of the work of Andrew Wyeth. His paintings were either in water color or tempera and the detail was breathtaking, they were painted mainly in subtle shades of browns and greys. Unfortunately there were many people viewing the exhibition so that it was impossible to take our time to really take them in. None the less his paintings were worth seeing as they were so beautiful and brilliantly executed.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

1274 'From the Depths'

8" x 8" mixed media on canvas board

Another painting I started not knowing whence it would take me... all I knew was the colours I wanted to use and that I would incorporate metal objects and use plenty of texture. It really gets ones creative juices working when you let a painting just happen.
I was asked to teach abstract painting to some of my fellow painting ladies when I lived in Spain. Well I thought 'that should be easy' but it wasn't, because apart from showing them how to achieve certain effects you can't really teach abstract painting because it stems from one's own creativity and ideas.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

1273 'Beginnings'

6" x 8" acrylics on canvas board

Hows zat for a change of direction! I spent all yesterday experimenting (playing) with my acrylics trying out different techniques on acrylic paper, only to remember why I don't much like working on paper for acrylics, (it tends to buckle and take ages to dry) so I got out a board and let loose not knowing what would come out of it. The painting took shape by itself and this is the result, I used hints of silver, gold and metalic green, not too much so it wouldn't look gaudy.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

1272 'Home Sweet Home' SOLD

8" x 10" oil on panel

This is number 3 in my door series, I think I might take a break and paint something else less detailed. It is funny, some paintings, I have loads of ideas for titles and others I can't think of one. For this one I had loads such as 'Just One Kiss' and 'Relaxin at Home' etc but went for the simple one 'Home Sweet Home.'

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

1271 'Gardener's House'

8" x 10" oil on masonite

No 2 of my door series, this has been quite time consuming, so much detail on such a small board. This is such a pretty doorway, I love the lavender colours and the little trowel hanging by the door, giving me the idea for the title.
For some reason it was very difficult to photograph I just couldn't get it square and get the colours right but I got there in the end.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

Thank you to Lyn O'Neal for honouring me with this award, it is really great and I feel special!
I will pass this award on to seven other artists whose blogs I enjoy and are inspirational.

7 things about me:-

1) I was born in London, England.
2) I have lived in Germany, Spain, Ireland and now the U.S. for awhile.
3) I have owned my own restaurant
4) I speak fluent German
5) I have 2 grown daughters 33 & 37
6) I love chocolate
7) I miss my dog Mickey who is with friends in Germany

Susan Carlin - for being such a generous and kind spirit and of course her artistic talent
Gary Keimig - for his beautiful daily landscapes.
Sam Dolman - for his wonderful, full of character animal paintings.
Teresa Madsen - her wonderful artistic talent
Kate Evans - for her budding artistic talent and cos she's my daughter
Greg Larock - for his generosity with his knowledge and informative blog
Keith Proctor - for his superb paintings of his son

List 7 things about you and pass it along to 7 Kreative Bloggers. Go visit these artist's supreme blogs!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

1270 'Invited Home'

8" x10" oil on panel

I was wandering round the suburbs of Seattle, waiting for my daughter, I had my camera with me, it was a beautiful sunny day and the houses were so interesting, so many different colours and shapes and interesting doorways. I was attracted to the play of sunlight and shadows on the steps and house on this one.I decided to paint a series of doors and houses so this is the first one.

I got some strange looks from passerbys, maybe they thought I was casing the joints for my next burglary. There was even a bloke in a car who went around the block a few times watching me.

Friday, 18 September 2009

1269 'Pike Place Market'

12" x 15" oil on board

When I was half way through this one, I wondered why I had chosen such a complicated subject and painted it so tightly, although I had cropped it quite a bit. It ended up being quite a labour of love so I have sworn that the next painting will be much looser if I can manage it!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

1268 'Beach at Tulalip 2' SOLD

7 1/4" x 10" acrylic on gessoed board

1267 Pier at Tulalip

7 1/4" x 10" acrylic on gessoed board

This painting I painted using a palette knife, my perfectionist self had a hard time with this!
The scene is from a recent visit to Tulalip the weather was warm but overcast with a persistant light rain drizzling down on our heads, despite that, we enjoyed beach combing along with a few other folk and found an abundance of crab, even though most were very small and a few other interesting objects not to mention plenty of ref. pics.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

1266 'Tranquility'

9" x 12' oil on masonite

This is a scene from my visit to the Japanese gardens near Seattle where we fed the beautiful Koi carp with their many colours, they will probably get a painting done of them sooner or later.
We entered the garden in the rain and before we were half way through the clouds parted and the sun came out and made the garden even more beautiful. Not only did the sun come out but also the turtles came out of the water to sunbathe, like this little fella on the rock in the foreground.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

1265 'Sweet Things" SOLD

12" x 16" acrylic on board

This was a lot harder to paint than I thought it would be, I chose to paint it in acrylics instead of oils which I don't think was a wise choice. I tried out a new wet palett which turned my paint very liquid in a short while which was annoying. I almost didn't finish it as I got more and more frustrated. I guess I have got so used to my lovely oil paints it is hard to go back to a previous medium.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

1264 'Singing for his Supper'

9" x 12" oil on gessoed board

This man was singing at the entrance of Pike Place Market in Seattle the famous indoor market that sells everything from fruit & veg to magic tricks and a great place to get some interesting ref photos, like this gentleman..I have a few more that I will tackle sooner or later.
This was a tricky subject with a lot of shapes to get right and angles. I had to photograph it 3 times as every time on looking at the resulting photo, I found things that needed correcting.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

1263 'Taking in the View'

11" x 14" oil on canvas

This young rider, high up in the mountains with a back drop of evergreens, has stopped to admire the view, which I am sure is breathtaking. How wonderful to be both riding and enjoying the country around you.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

1262 ' Showing Their Best'

12" x 16" oil on Masonite

This the first painting after a short break while my hubby was visiting us (I haven't seen him since Christmas)
I had rather a weird painting experience as the paint seemed to be absorbed by the board, although it had 3 layers of gesso on it, I used bristle brushes instead of flat synthetic ones and I also used a new brand of white paint. I didn't dilute my paint with any OMS as I usually do either so maybe one of these factors or maybe all contributed to the paint drying so quickly.

Anyway the Dahlias I painted were at a show in a local park, 1000's of them on display in every color and shape, I took loads of pics and decided to paint these beauties.

Post Script:
I have just figured out the problem it was the gesso so in the future I will use acrylic paint over the primer to seal it.
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