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Monday, 30 August 2010

1346 Resting Amidst the Reeds SOLD

8" x 10" oil on panel

To get myself warmed up and loose, I decided to get out my trusty palette knives and have a go at another boat painting, I chose a larger panel and that helped a lot getting around the painting surface with a knife, having more room to work on really made things easier.

Friday, 27 August 2010

1345 Garden Posy

10" x 8" oil on panel  

I picked a few flowers from my front garden, daisies, lavatera and petunias for this painting, I was going to paint this loosely but failed, need some lessons in that art, might enrol in a few art classes in town!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

1344 Miss Cookie Towelhead SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas
I bet she is thinking that nobody will find her there and she can get a bit of peace and quiet.
Who's that there with the camera drat!!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

1343 'Snoozing' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted
Here is a small painting taken from a photo that a collector of mine kindly sent me of  her cute kitties, this is just one of many cats that she owns. Black cats are hard to paint as I found out when I painted my daughter's all black cat, named aptly 'Blackie'!  hard to get shades of black, and just as hard to photograph.

My daughters computer died on Friday, mine croaked 6 months ago so we had no option but to visit the computer store and get a new one, everythings new about it and will take me ages to get used to it, just when I thought that I knew what I was doing I have relearn a new system, not to mention the expence, the salesman always wants to sell you all the extras like insurance, and anti virus systems etc the price kept going up. Yikes!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

1342 Contentment SOLD

30 x 30 cms = aprox 12" x 12" oil on linen 
This is the third new cat painting and I thought looking at her, that she looked at peace with the world and very contented.

Monday, 16 August 2010

1341 Innocence SOLD

30 x 30 cms aprox. 12" x 12" oil on linen , sides painted 

Two little kittens looking as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, a picture of innocence, for now anyway!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

1340 Hello, A New Plaything

12" x 12" oil on linen 
Yes it's another puddy tat painting and he is creeping up on this little moth, will it fly away do you think?

Thursday, 12 August 2010

1339 Changing Mood SOLD

16" x 20" on gallery wrapped, deep canvas, sides painted 

Another Connemara scene from the west of Ireland this time looking out at the Atlantic Ocean. This was also hard to photograph as the previous large painting was, as there are passages of dark paint that are quite shiny  and reflect the light, so when  photographing I used a longer exposure time and I managed to get a reasonable pic, though paintings always look better in person, as this one does.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

1338 Cloud Reflections

16" x 20" oil on gallery wrapped canvas , sides painted

It has taken me 2 days to photograph this one to get the colours right and the light and darks, so this is as good as it's going to get!
The scene is from one of my many pics I shot in Connemara area in Co Galway, which is in the west of Ireland, a beautiful place full of wild scenery and ever changing vistas, a place that draws many visitors both from home and abroad.

Friday, 6 August 2010

1337 Against the Harbour Wall SOLD

6" x 8" oil on panel 

Another palette knife painting this time a small boat tied up in Bray Harbour with a ladder to climb up the wall on, rather them than me!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

1336 Ready to Sail

6" x 8" oil on panel

I have been working on a larger one, a landscape which I started using acrylic paint, got so fed up with the paint that I switched back to oils with relief. You can paint over acrylics with oils but not vice versa. It was so nice to be able to blend the paint and not have colour shifts, acrylics dry darker in hue, which is really irritating plus they dry really fast too.
I have just bought some Griffen Alkyd oil paints from Winsor & Newton  to try out and they dry really fast too but not as fast as acrylic paint and I have to say I am liking them a lot.
So I did this small one yesterday and gave the landscape a rest, but was too late to photograph it. The painting was a bit fiddly probably too complicated a subject for such a small format and a palette knife, still I persevered!
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