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Thursday, 29 December 2011

1536 Golden Collection

16" x 16" oil on panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

This is my last painting for this year and one I nearly gave up on before Christmas, but what it needed was for me to have a painting break and to come back with fresh enthusiasm. I'm always ready to paint after a break, chomping at the bit, so to speak!

I have some exciting things to look forward to next year, which I am hoping will come to fruition, and also that my art career progresses (the economy willing)!  well only time will tell how things will turn out!

May you all have a wonderful New Years celebration and that the coming year will fill you with new hope and enthusiasm for the future.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Break

6" x 6" oil on canvas, framed

Wishing you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS full of joy and may the New Year bring new optimism for the future.

I would like to thank you all who visit my blog and support me and my work with your comments and emails, they are so wonderful and encouraging, I do appreciate them so much. Painting is a lonely occupation and to have blogging friends means a lot to me and makes me feel I am not alone.

I have found that the artistic community whether on the Internet around the world or here in the flesh, are an exceptionally kind, helpful and supportive group of people, who readily share their knowledge and guidance with each other, it is wonderful to be able to belong to such a group.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

1535 Juice

10" x 10" = 25.4 x 25.4 cms. oil on canvas panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

A bit of a change of pace, trying to think up new ideas and shake things up a bit, thought this would be easy.. ha ..never as easy as you think!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

1534 Copper Kettle SOLD

18" x 14" = 45.7x 35.5 oil on panel  to see more of my work go to dianamarshall.fineart.com

A recent purchase from a local auction house along with 3 other copper and brass vessels was this beautifully dented and polished kettle. I liked all the left on remnants of polish in the nooks and crannies, looking like verdis gris.
My Ikea shelving unit is now groaning under the weight of all my 'finds', I started off using 1 shelf and now all 5 shelves are packed with these gems, the choice will be soon to get more shelving or get rid!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

1533 Split Level

10" x 10"= 25.4 x 25.4 cms. oil on canvas board to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I loved the rich colours of these two very different vegetables, posed together in my old wooden box.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

1532 Look at our Reflections! SOLD

10" x 18"= 25.4 x 45.7cms  oil on panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

These two rosy cheeked apples seem to be admiring their reflections in the silver suface of the jugs, I am sure they know that they are in the spotlight although the jug and coffee pot are still trying to outshine them with their glints of light!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

1531 Plum Job

10" x 10" = 25.4 x 25.4cms oil on canvas panel,          
to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

After the last painting it was great to get back to a manageable sized painting! This was a pleasure to paint, no intricate patterns to fiddle with, nice and straight forward.
I chose this combination of fruit for their lovely colours and textures that harmonise so well together.

Monday, 5 December 2011

1530 Time for Tea

20" x 24" = 51 x 61 cms oil on board to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

Phew finally finished! This is the largest still life I have ever painted and I'm so glad it's done, well I don't think I will be painting such a large one (for me) for a while, and doesn't red oil paint take forever to dry, it seems to get everywhere too.

Monday, 28 November 2011

1529 Behind Glass & Auction Sales

11" x 13" =28 x 33 cms oil on panel, framed.
to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I enjoyed painting my glass bottles recently so I thought that I should give them another outing, teamed up with my other recent purchase, my favourite bit of this painting is the distortion of the lemon edges behind the glass, funny what appeals!

 5 out of 7 paintings were sold in yesterdays auction in Dublin, unfortunately they were at the very end of a lengthy auction which is not the best place to have ones paintings, still I'm happy that they are gone as I have cupboards full of paintings, better on somebodies wall and a little cash in my pocket to pay for more frames. Tonight is another auction in which I have 2 still lifes so will be watching it live on my computer in a few minutes.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

1528 Portuguese Plate SOLD

50 x 60 centimeters (aprox. 20" x 16") oil on board to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com
Couldn't think of a better name for this one, sometimes it's easy and a title pops into my head while painting or at least at the end of it, but this time I drew a blank, nada, so if anybody thinks of a better one I'll change it! This one took me the best part of a week to finish and although I'm quite pleased with it, I think I need a change now, not quite sure what, but maybe I will be inspired more next week.

I have 3 auction sales coming up one after the other, starting Sunday in Dublin. The recession is really making it's presence felt even more this year so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a few of my paintings will sell. My hubby is going along to watch the proceedings but I don't think I could stand the agony of it, so I'm staying home!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

1527 Orange Appeal SOLD

14" x 7" oil on panel, to be framed, to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

More citrus fruit! this time in an ancient sauce boat that was donated to me by a friend, unfortunately I had to glue the handle back on as it didn't survive the rigours of the baggage handlers on route from England.
The sun is shining and the sky is blue and I think I should emerge from my painting room and get out into the light, I'm beginning to feel like a mole in a hole! I think that I will down brushes and do just that.

Friday, 18 November 2011

1526 Zesty Lemons

12" x 6" oil on board, to be framed, to see more of my work go to :- dianamarshallfineart.com

Back to lemons again, one of my favourite fruit to paint, they are expensive here I don't know why as they should be plentiful at this time of year.
 When I lived in Spain, during the winter months, you could get a big plastic shopping bag full of lemons for 1 or 2 euros and oranges, a box for €3 from the local fruit and veg. market. These I used to juice or make marmalade or lemon and orange curd from, I miss those lovely sweet and juicy treats and of course all the other lovely produce that was bountiful and so cheap.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

1524 Cherry Jubilee SOLD

8" x 8" oil on panel, to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

My little brown jug has featured a lot in my still lifes, it always manages to sneak itself in without me realizing it! I have just bought a very large brown pitcher in a job lot of ceramics from a local auction, so it might be feeling a bit small against this grandaddy of jugs, and it's making sure it gets immortalized  one more time before I turn to it's competition!

Friday, 11 November 2011

1523 Bottled Up SOLD

10" x 8" oil on panel, to be framed. to see more of my work go to :- dianamarshallfineart.com

I found these interesting bottles among a cabinet of such bottles at a local indoor flea market,  I was excited to find such a great source of interesting bottles, there were so many different shapes, colours and sizes I was spoilt for choice, I think that these are old medicine bottles at least the smaller ones were. I enjoyed the challenge of painting glass and the lettering on the left one, teamed up with a few blooms a perfect pairing I think.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

1522 Daisy Shadow SOLD

12" x 6" oil on panel,  framed  to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

Back to smaller paintings and my little brushes as I had a request for one, I will paint some interspersed with larger ones,  all my others have been distributed among galleries and auction houses and I need a bit of stock. I have two large ones on the go as well and they are both intricate and time consuming, fortunately I have got quite a bit of patience although occasionally I love to paint one where I can slap on the paint and not get too finicky about it!

The financial news is all doom and gloom here in Europe, just when you think it can't get any worse it does!! Where and when will it end, it's hard not to worry about it..

Thursday, 3 November 2011

1521 Best Pals SOLD

18" x 14" oil on panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

Here's a playful one! Thought I needed a change from the norm and these two sitting on my wine box made me smile so I thought 'why not?!!' might not to be to everybodies taste but it was a fun one to paint.

Monday, 31 October 2011

1520 Balancing Act

18" x 14" = 45.7 x 35.5 cms oil on board to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I combined this sprig of pretty, variegated leaved Fuschia, cut from my garden, with this quirky yellow glass vase. I liked the combination of shapes, textures and colours, every painting is a new challenge and I learn something new every time that's the joy of painting.

Friday, 28 October 2011

1519 Strawberry Reflection ( & some process photos)

18" x 14" oil on panel to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

It's been a funny week some how, I started two paintings at the same time and I think I've come to the conclusion that I prefer just to concentrate on painting one picture at a time. I get into a zone when I'm painting, I just paint without consciously thinking too much, although I'm making decisions all the time as I go along. When I change to paint a second one it's like breaking the spell and I have to find my way into the other painting which is hard, and I don't like the switching back and forth.

 Anyway this is a little glass jug I found at a flea market the other Saturday, I fell in love with the Art Deco shape so I bought it. I thought that I would perch it on the fruit box my hubby acquired for me, and the strawberry decided to keep it company and revel in it's own reflection!.

Carol DeMumbrum asked if she could see my process, I remembered to take pics to about 1/2 way through then forgot all about taking more so here are a few to give you a bit of an idea.
I start with a rough sketch , then block in with thinned down paint. Next stage  another layer of thicker paint, and then the final layer finishing with highlights.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

1518 My Garden Roses SOLD

18" x 10" oil on panel,   available through Dolans Fine Art Auctions,  to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

I cut these two soft, pink roses from my lone rose bush the other morning, the last two buds of the season. I put them in these two vases and waited for them to open. The sun came streaming in through my window early in the morning making wonderful reflections and shadows, they looked so pretty looking at one another, there it was, an instant composition.

Friday, 21 October 2011

1517 Sweet and Sour SOLD

24" x 12" oil on panel   available through Dolans Fine Art Auctions,  to see more of my work go to dianamarshallfineart.com

This one took a week of hard work and a lot of layers of paint until it was perfect, and those lines on the plate made me see checks before my eyes when I went to sleep!  I'm finally happy with it after a lot of fine tuning.
As you can see my paintings are getting bigger and bigger and of course they take a lot longer to paint than small ones and they are not as easy to photograph either. I think it is probably harder to go from painting small paintings to larger ones, rather than vice versa, problems show up bigger too:))

Thursday, 13 October 2011

1516 Centre Stage SOLD

10" x 18" oil on panel  to see more of my work go to

Another classic, thought I would paint a pair, same format, with traditional still life subjects that seem to be still popular with collectors. 
Not too much exciting happening here just painting, painting and more painting, well I love it so who cares !
Sent my hubby out to find a wooden fruit box to feature in my next still life, he found one at the local fruit and veg market,  a nice freebee, all I need now is a few good props to put on it and I'm away.

Monday, 10 October 2011

1515 Fromage SOLD

10" x 18" oil on panel to see more of my work go to
dianamarshallfineart.comI really enjoyed painting this one especially the camembert in it's paper wrapping, I bought some red grapes for this set-up, makes a change from the usual black ones although they have less bloom on them they are a lovely colour. Mmmm looking forward to sampling this lot, bang goes my diet!

Friday, 7 October 2011

1514 Into the Light

11" x 14" oil on panel

I fancied painting some simple shapes with no patterns just interesting shadows and reflections. I find setting up and experimenting with set-ups is half the fun of creating still lifes. Now that most of my recent still life paintings have been distributed between various venues, I've got to get cracking and start building up a new body of work, no rest for the wicked ;)) well don't have time to be wicked anyway!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Auction Sales

These three paintings sold in Limerick on
Sunday at the live auction held by Dolans Fine Art Auction House. One sold at the lower estimate, one top estimate and the third above estimate, a very gratifying result. Next Auction will be in Dublin at the end of October.

I am still occupied with a complex and large commission which will take up another few days until I can get back to painting some more still lifes. I am off to Skibbereen near Cork quite a long drive from Dublin, to deliver more paintings to a new auction house that I have not dealt with before, all exciting stuff!

Friday, 30 September 2011

1513 Bearly Light & Sweet Babe! SOLD

12" x 9" = 30.4 x 23 cms. oil on panel, unframed

The hardest part about this painting was finding a title for it that I liked! I have been wanting to incorporate some unusual objects into my still lifes and have a few more ideas I want to put onto canvas soon.
I have a large commission that is beckoning me which I must finish, and will  take up a good few days yet.
My goal for the future is to paint larger paintings, which is quite daunting, very apropo this week was the subject of painting larger in the bi-weekly letter from   Robert Genn (click on name to read article)
which I have subscribed to.

A bit young for all these candy treats although he does look delighted!

This is my grandson Kai surrounded by sweeties sent by his Aunty to his mum (her childhood favourites from Germany)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

1512 Elegant Collection SOLD

40 x 50 Cm's = 15.7" x 19.7"inches oil on panel

This one has been finished for a couple of days and for some reason I forgot to photograph and post it, don't know why ;)
Some of these lovely objects I found in England, a treasure trove for still life objects. The cup is fine bone china, in an unusual shape with a very classic pattern, the pretty plate with the gold edge I found in a charity shop, I just love rummaging in said shops, bric-a-brac shops, flea markets and the like, I don't think I will ever run out of things to paint.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

1511 Spheres

24" x 13.5" oil on panel

This is a painting I have been labouring on for weeks and weeks, everything about it was a challenge, then the photographing was another challenge, and last of all I couldn't come up with a title so I plumped for this unimaginative one. I am so glad to see it finished at last, these decorative balls were in a blue glass bowl on the dining table of my friend Ingrid in Germany, the overhead Tiffany style lamp made for interesting reflections on the glass and the balls themselves. It was a complicated subject to tackle and half way through I almost abandoned it but I persevered after ignoring it for a while.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

1510 Rustic Charm SOLD

11" x 14" = 27.9 x 35.5 cms. oil on panel (available through Gormleys Auction House click on link in right bar)

Another one finished!  This set up is in an old oak drawer I found in a local junk shop, the back or rather the bottom of it is slowly disintergrating and I think it has a touch of woodworm as well. I find it very versatile as I can line it with different coloured paper to make an ever changing back drop for my still lifes and was a useful find for a €1.
  The weather has been blowing a gale here the last couple of days, it came in off the Atlantic and blew all my flowerpots over and broke many a flower stem and caused quite a lot of havoc, although nothing like the devastation that occured on the East coast of America, probably quite tame in comparison!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

1509 Cornered SOLD

8" x 10" oil on panel
I have two large and one medium size paintings on the go, one the background is driving me crazy, one the paint won't dry and the other is half dry, so I thought I would paint a less complex one while I wait.!
I have been painting from sunup to sundown lately to get enough inventory for my next display on St Stephens Green, I all but sold out of still lifes on the last one, I will probably ease up a bit in October and get a bit of fresh air and exercise, I'm beginning to feel like a an obsessed hermit !!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

1508 Blue for You SOLD

18" x 10" = 45.7 x 25.4 centimeters

I love this little teapot, another find from my recent trip (many more to come) matched it up with a tiny jug and a pretty hand thrown vase, love the colours too.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

1507 Family Heirlooms & Auction Sale

7" x 14" oil on panel
This pair of pretty frosted green glass vases, rather art deco probably from the 30's, belonged to a friend's mum and are precious to her. I placed them on this sunny window sill so that the sun could illuminate them and show them off to their best paired with this pot of blooms.

Last night 3 of my paintings went under the hammer in a live art auction in N. Ireland , Collectors could also bid via the Internet) we followed the action on-line and it was quite nerve wracking when it came to my lots, I had one sell in the early lots, but the other two were placed almost at the end of the auction, which took the best part of 4 hours, I think by then most people were exhausted but I managed to sell another one, with the last one falling just short of the reserve. So all in all quite a successful night.. a bit more funds to pay for more frames!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

1506 Lemon delight SOLD and SOFA Exhibition

10" x 12" oil on panel   available through Dolans Fine Art Auctions,

Those lovely lemons again, I couldn't resist painting another one with them! Blue and yellow is such a great colour combination looks fresh and appealing.

Here are my 4 paintings (top four white framed square paintings) in the exhibition, unfortunately I couldn't make the opening as I was back in Ireland by then.
The society has had an annual exhibition of cat paintings at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London for several years, featuring over 100 artists, some of whom exhibit internationally and showing more than 300 paintings in a range of media, making it the largest exhibition of cat art in the country.(England)

Saturday, 3 September 2011

1505 Luscious Lemons SOLD

9" x 12" oil on panel
This pretty green glass bowl was another car boot find and I chose the perfect partners for it, to set it off a treat!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

1504 Antique Roses

14" x 7" oil on panel

Three treasures I found on my England trip, a delicate china tea cup, a pretty pink glass with a gold foot and an embroidered linen serviette combined together for this nostalgic still life.

Monday, 29 August 2011

1503 Gossip

8" x 10" oil on panel  (click on photo to enlarge)
Well I never... two plums having a good gossip maybe about the chinese bowl who knows?!

Friday, 26 August 2011

1502 Speeding along SOLD!

11" x 14" oil on panel (click on photo to enlarge)

This is a set up with my friend Linda's teapot, inherited from an auntie and probably dates to the 40's or 50's. A lot were made at that time and some of the earlier ones with silvered parts are rarer than this one and can fetch quite a bit in auction.

I thought that I would include this cute cartoon, it makes me smile!
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