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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

1389 Betsy SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted 

This placid moo-cow stood in a field quietly eyeing me while I took lots of snaps of her and her sisters.

Monday, 27 December 2010

1388 My Best Side SOLD


6" x 6" oil on canvas sides painted 
This is one of my daughter's cats doing what cats do best!



Hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas, I'm still groaning from all the food I ate, and we have only eaten a quarter of our turkey, looks like turkey for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

1387 Almost Christmas

8" x 10 oil on canvas panel

I photographed this by artificial light as it starts getting dark around 3.30 here, so probably not the best pic. This is a view today out my living room window onto my front privet hedge and gate, you can see what the weather is like here! I swept my front path twice today and of course it snowed again as soon as I was finished each time.... I bought this lovely Poinsettia yesterday and I thought that I would paint it in all it's glory, with a back-drop of snow to set it off nicely
My hubby arrived this morning jet lagged from Atlanta GA, fortunately the airport here was cleared of snow, good thing he didn't get a later flight! Haven't seen him since the summer which is a looong time. He's snoozing at the moment so I thought I'd grab the chance to paint a quick pic!

Monday, 20 December 2010

1386 BEHIND YOU! - OIL PAINTING

6" x 5" oil on panel
Thanks for all your comments on yesterday's post, all advice greatly appreciated!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

1385 YOUR'E NO MUG!

6" x 5" oil on panel
Another one of my practice paintings.

I have decided that in the new year I want to figure out where I want to go with my painting, of course I would love to earn my living from painting, but I am way off from that. I want to figure out the best way forward and what subjects, style and format I want to concentrate on. I think that I have been jumping around a lot this year in my style and techniques I am at the moment very unclear what to do and I'm not sure how I'm going to get this epiphany.  There are many artists who stick to one genre and style and perfect it and their art is recognizable anywhere. I guess I have to become single minded and find  my niche and stick with it, it's just finding it!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

1384 Hey Titch! Sold

7 1/2" x 7" oil on panel  
I did 3 practice pieces yesterday using these cups they were inspired by Carol Marine's book that I just got in the post featuring 100 of her paintings. Well I can tell you it ain't easy to paint as loose and beautiful as she! I'm too much of a perfectionist so I keep on correcting until all spontaneity is lost, I can't help myself gr...
I guess I should have chosen easier objects to paint without so many ellipses. Oh well I'll try some more today and try not to correct so much see if I can improve a bit.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

1383 No Room for Me? SOLD

30 cm x 30cm aprox. 12" x 12" oil on linen 

This pretty ceramic hand painted basket I found in a charity shop and knew it would feature in a still life sooner or later,   these shiny apples are competing for attention.

So have you done all your Christmas shopping and sent off all your cards well I'm just getting around to it?! I braved the crowds yesterday and came home glad to be out of it. My excuse is that I was snowed in, and supposedly theres's more to come (snow that is). What's the weather like where you are?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

1382 Captured

18" x 14" mixed media on canvas      CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Really happy with how this one turned out, I started  with a vague idea of what I wanted and then it took on a life of it's own and I went with it! There is lots of different textures on this canvas and materials from rice paper to cheese cloth and rough pumice stone texture at the bottom, structure mediums and metalic paints as well, needless to say I got paint on the walls which always seems to happen when I start flicking paint around. I had to rescue a couple of other paintings that got hit with stray paint!


This was the scene a couple of days ago taken from my painting room window! It's sunny today and makes the snow look pretty.

Monday, 6 December 2010

1381 The Flow

Yesterday I decided to paint an abstract and go with the flow! The 3 small pics are close up details of the piece. It is 14" x 12" on canvas board.
I used a lot of different materials and mediums and enjoyed the whole experience, I got pretty messy and my room too and am in the middle of the next one which hopefully will be ready to post tomorrow.
So off to slosh some more paint around... til manana.
(click on pics to enlarge)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

1380 Wintery Stream

10" x 8" acrylic palette knife painting

This is another Irish country scene near where I lived in the midlands.
It's still snowing here in Dublin and is very cold, I have been told the the weather is very unusual for Ireland and certainly for this time of the year too. It does look pretty though especially when you don't have to go out in it  ;)) brrr I've got the heating on full blast so I'm toasty!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

1379 Lily

12" x 10" oil on linen stretched canvas

I have used only two colours for this painting, cobalt blue and light red plus white, as an experiment and enjoyed the process very much. My aim was to make her sweet face the focus of the painting making all other parts secondary and only play supporting roles, I am pleased with the feel of this piece.
We have loads of snow at the moment and it's quite dismal outside which made photographing of this piece a bit of a headache as the colour and value changes are so subtle.


I am always looking for new directions and subjects maybe I jump around too much, but I get excited by so many ideas that I want to try out I just can't keep to one theme or style for long. I guess that's the joy of  being creative.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

1378 Christmas Kitty

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms oil on canvas

Here I am trying on my Santa outfit for Christmas and you caught me at it, won't be a surprise anymore!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

1377 Bray Head SOLD

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

A very recognizable view of the headland along the east coast of Ireland at Bray. The head is graced with a large cross looking out over the Irish Sea, the railway winds it's way along cuttings on and through the cliffs next to the sea, all down this coastline.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

1376 Rustic Beauty

10" x 8" = 25.4 x 20.3 cms acrylic palette knife painting

This lovely old Irish stone barn covered in ivy and frost looked particularly beautiful one early morning in the sunlight with the frost laden grass in the foreground.

Friday, 19 November 2010

1375 The Inside Story SOLD

7" x 5" = 17.8 x 12.7 cms oil on panel  
This shiny red apple is all cut up about this still life I painted of it, still I enjoyed the fruits of my labour when I was done.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

1374 First Frost

10" x 8" = 25.4 x 20.3 cms acrylic on canvas panel

There has been heavy frosts this last week which looks pretty when you are looking at it through the window of a cosy room! It looks especially magical when the sun hits the crystals making them sparkle.

I dug out my acrylic paints that have been languishing in a drawer for ages, and they were perfect for this palette knife painting and less messy than oils. They were easier to work with because of the fast drying time which means that you can add many layers and do alterations fairly quickly without the risk of smudging the lower layers. I really had fun painting this one.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

1373 Sweet Sensation SOLD

7" x 5" oil on panel
I found this lovely red pear at the local market along with his three brothers in a packet and the name on the label I used as the title, no scratching my head to think of a title, its probably cheating, but what the heck!

Do any of you procrastinate like me? I seem to be great at doing that, I can spend my time putzing around, not doing an aweful lot, thinking I'd like to be painting, but I find it so hard to start for reasons I can't figure out! Oh well I guess I get there in the end though.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

1372 Girl with a Red Necklace


14" x 10" oil on linen 

Painted for this months DPIAG challenge, I have posted a couple of photos of this painting as I worked, but of course I got so involved, I forgot to snap anymore!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

1371 Baby Shoes (Commission)

35 x 24 cms oil on hard board

This is a commissioned painting, painted for a fellow artist that I met at a recent art exhibition, who was very helpful and informative to me. He liked my shoe paintings and remembered that he had a baby shoe from his grown up daughter in his tool box that he had brought with him. I had to be a bit creative painting a pair only having the right shoe, also I have left room for him to attach the real shoe on the bottom of the painting.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

1370 November Kitty SOLD

6" x 6" = 15.2 x 15.2 cms  oil on canvas,sides painted
What you want, disturbing my peace! this kitty seems to be saying

Friday, 5 November 2010

1369 Three's Company SOLD

14" x 10" oil on linen 

This is one of those paintings I am particularly pleased with, it was a labour of love painting the artichokes but I think worth the effort. The still life set-up I found in my kitchen on a counter top with the sunlight streaming in  through my patio doors onto the side of the vegetables (or is that fruit and thistles) and thought ' that would make an interesting painting'
Hope you like it, always pleased to get comments and feedback from you lovely folk out there. Thanks.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

1368 Lucky SOLD

 10" x 12" = 25.5 x 30.5cms. oil on canvas 
Another cat painting this time a sleek black cat looking really very regal against his rustic backdrop, will he bring you luck when he crosses your path?

Friday, 29 October 2010

1367 Puss in Boot


10" x 12" oil on linen canvas


Yeh I know it's an obvious title but what else could I call it! As my kitty cat paintings are selling really well I thought that I had better paint some more to replenish my stock.

At the moment I have so many ideas that I want to try out and maybe get back to a spot of abstract painting, I am always itching to do some after looking at the wonderful paintings of Carol Nelson, and maybe dig out my watercolours too, I seem to be pulled in all sorts of directions, do I stick with one medium and style, is that better than to get side tracked, is a question I often ask myself.

Monday, 25 October 2010

1366 Shadow Play SOLD

8" x 10" = 20.3 x 25.4cms oil on canvas panel 
Another still life featuring this brass and copper jug that I found in a junk shop and gave a bit of polish to. This one has taken quite a long while to finish and get right so I think I need to paint something loose next and slap on a bit of paint and get messy I've had enough of precise and fiddly for a while I think!

Friday, 22 October 2010

1365 Precious SOLD

Oil on stretched linen canvas  30 x 30 centimeters  =11.8" x 11.8"  

I have been working on this one for a while but got caught up in painting small still lifes. I find it hard to switch back and forth, prefering to paint one picture at a time, anyway its finished at last. I find those expressions on those little faces just precious and they do make me smile so.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

1364 In the Limelight

 7" x 5" = 17.8 x 12.7cms oil on panel, unframed 

This is another still life, can't seem to get enough of them!
Thanks so much to everybody for your positive comments on this series, it has been so encouraging and to know I am on the right track. I have for so long tried to paint loosely and now I am heading in the other direction completely, funny that! I guess everybody develops their own style that they are comfortable with, in the long run.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

1363 I'll Scratch Your Back If...SOLD

6" x 8" oil on panel 
Still in still life mode although I did go back to my kitty painting which was a bit confusing as I painted that in a totally different way, had to switch thinking and then to come back to still life again and switch back.  Love these two shiny red examples of pepperhood, had fun with the reflections!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

1362 Nice to Meet You SOLD

8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

A lovely orange pepper with his plum companions having a get together.

Monday, 11 October 2010

1361 Well Balanced SOLD

8" x 6" oil on gessoed panel 

Well you could say I'm on a still life roll, I'm loving painting these fruity pics, my kitten painting keeps looking at me from a shelf above my desk and they seem to be asking why I won't finish them weellll... I will, I promise, but I have to wait until I get over my enthusiasm for painting these still lifes as I am enjoying painting them so much.

Friday, 8 October 2010

1360 Move Over SOLD


8" x 6" oil on gessoed panel   

Well I thought that I would try out my newly aquired skills, I remembered that I had a couple of likely subjects in my fridge, set em up and away I went, the trick I have discovered is not to use much paint and blend a lot almost like dry brushing, it is amazing how far a little paint goes. I am quite pleased with this but painting like this is much slower and I'm a bit impatient, still if the result is good I guess it's worth it.

1359 Pear Revised SOLD

7" x 5" oil on panel 
This is the revised version of my pear from yesterday after the critique from Jonathan.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

A Practice Pear

7" x 5" oil on gessoed panel
I have spent the day painting this pear, I purchased an on line alla prima painting course by Jonathan Aller and this is the resulting painting. A very different way of painting than I normally use and much cleaner, me I mean!!  I am usually covered in paint and have to suit up before I start lol ! I can recommend this short course if you are interested in painting like he does. You watch him paint every part of the painting on videos on youtube with commentary, really easy to follow instructions. Check out his blog .
and see for yourselves.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Talking Art

8" x 10" oil on panel
I was in the middle of painting two kittens when I suddenly needed a kitty break and paint something else. I had a hankering to paint some figures and looked through the photos that I took on the last exhibition and found one of my artist neighbour chatting to a prospective client  who was standing with his wife, but all you could see of her was a hand and a foot which looked rather odd, so well was she blocked out by her husband. I decided to leave her out of the picture, everything went well until I got to the face in profile and that took me the longest time to get it to resemble Liam half way.
It is late and the light is almost gone so this isn't the best photo of the painting, I might re-photograph it tomorrow and then its back to the kitteehs...

Sunday, 3 October 2010

1358 October Kitty

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted

I have finally stopped procrastinating and have recovered from the previous week-end and started to paint again. It is strange that although I want to paint it is hard to get started again even after a short break, I am not sure why, anybody the same as me?
Well anyway here is a sweet little kitty amongst the autumn leaves a small one to warm up. If anybody out there in blogger land has any nice pics of their feline friends that they could send me I would be eternally grateful!
I started a larger one of two kittens that have faces that make me smile when I look at them.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Bumper Week-end!!


You were probably thinking that I had been slacking off in the painting department! well I had a good reason.
Once again I took part in the open air art exhibition held three times a year around St Stephens Green, a tree filled park in the center of Dublin. Hundreds of artists took part, and the weather, after a number of weeks of rain decided to be sunny and dry, which brought the people out to in force.

Well I am a happy bunny now as I sold 12 paintings and one commission (Liam)  and then I sold 3 more on-line over the weekend too. So I'm grinning from ear to ear : )  My cat paintings drew a lot of comments and I sold three of them also cows seem to be popular too ..... so I can see more cat and cow paintings in my future and I don't have to be a clarevoyant to see that lol!!!

I am still recovering as I found the 3 days quite exhausting as I had no help and it was a lot of work, I haven't
finished unpacking and sorting out my paintings yet and there's a huge stack of ironing glaring at me in the corner. Well when I get back in the painting groove you guys will be the first to know xxxxx

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

1357 Miss Daisy- framed oil painting

 7" x 5" = 9.5" x 7.5" oil on panel, framed

More little shoes in the grass, this time definately a little girls shoes in among the daisies, but where is she? Must be picking daisies somewhere close by.

Monday, 20 September 2010

1356 Rainy Day Reflections

14" x 10" oil on stretched linen canvas 

What drew me to this subject was the reflections in the puddle,  the sky and the clouds and of course of the  little boy.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

1355 Sneakers in the Grass - 7 x 5 oil painting,framed

 7" x 5" = 9.5" x 7.5" oil on panel, framed 

Can't get away from those sneakers!

This little pair left in the grass, belonged to a cute little boy and taken off so that he could feel the soft blades of grass between his toes and run free.
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