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Saturday, 30 July 2011

1499 Hidden Treasure

24" x 8.5" oil on panel
(available through Gormleys Auction House click on link in right bar)
I am enjoying the challenge of painting these sea shells they are so beautiful, varied in their colours, textures and shapes.
I only have a few more days to paint and then I'm off to London to deliver my feline paintings for the exhibition. Of course there's always lots of mundane problems before hand, of what to pack (limited weight allowance) and who will water my plants, that I have to think of too, mustn't forget my camera etc etc, I think I had better write myself a list!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

1498 Beautiful Trio

11" x 14" = 28 x 35.5 cms. oil on panel

I was half way through this and I realized what a task I had set myself, so many different textures, shapes and shadows, but I struggled on and am pleased with the finished painting, I will look at it again tomorrow and see if anything needs 'fixing' !

Monday, 25 July 2011

1497 When the Cat's Asleep...SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas  

...the mice will play
Sammy is sleeping peacefully while a cheeky mouse thinks that it's safe to come out and play and she's just checking to be sure!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

1496 Treasure of the Sea SOLD & rain,rain,rain..

7" x 14" oil on panel

Another two objects I'm using that are on loan, this was very hard to photograph because of glare and stark contrasts. This is one of my recent favourites, I like a bit of drama in a painting!

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The weather here is gloomy, rainy and cold, boy I sure could use a bit of Spanish sunshine right about now! How's the weather where you are?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

1495 Cocktail Apples SOLD

8" x 10" oil on panel,  framed,  sold

I'm into interesting shadows at the moment and seeing which colours are reflected within these shadows, I think that they can be just as interesting as the objects that cast them.
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I will be selling some of my paintings through fine art auction houses here in Ireland this coming autumn, I am starting with one and will see how well  my work sells and then I may approach others. My other aim is to find some more galleries that that would be willing to represent me. It is an uphill battle in this economy and according to the news the outlook doesn't look rosy either, but I guess you have to look on the bright side of life and carry on carrying on!

Monday, 18 July 2011

1494 Pink Lady SOLD & new family member

8" x 10" oil on panel  SOLD

We visited friends at the week-end at their beautiful house in the Midlands of Ireland and Annie has a wealth of gorgeous ornaments and interesting objects some of which she kindly lent me for my still lifes. Here is the first piece, a lovely cranberry coloured wine glass, casting beautiful shadows on the back cloth which I paired with a Pink Lady apple. There will be many more to come, I'm now spoilt for choice with things to paint, it's now just finding the right set up for them

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. Introducing my brand new grandson Kai Andreas 
Born 7/16/11 at 4:05am
8lbs3oz and 20 3/4" long
Born in Washington USA to my daughter Katy and partner Justin

Thursday, 14 July 2011

1493 Five Green Apples SOLD

11" x 14" oil on panel, framed


I have been wanting to paint a still life on a piece of cloth for ages and I have often seen wonderful paintings of cloth by Suzanne Berry click  HERE  to see a brilliant one of hers. Finally I have got around to painting one, easy to get lost in all those folds and things and it can drive you crazy if you let it!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

1492 Summer Sweetness SOLD

9" x 12" oil on panel,
I'm back in the swing of things now, after a few weeks of not feeling well and other stresses, got loads of ideas and can't paint fast enough!

Found this lovely shiny sauce boat at of course my favourite shop and had to incorporate it right away in a still life, love painting reflections which is handy as this weeks challenge at DPW is to paint just that, so it will be posted there in a min. !! (The sauce boat came in handy too, for the gravy with our Sunday roast, got my monies worth! )

Saturday, 9 July 2011

1491 Felix SOLD


6" x 6" oil on canvas
Felix is looking intently at a bag of treats being opened up of his favourite nibbles, 'Hurry up Mom  I can taste them already, soo good, and I promise not to climb up the net curtains again and I promise not to bring any more presents home  and I promise... just hurry up!'

Friday, 8 July 2011

Tools of my Trade


5" x 7" oil on panel 
This is my submission for this weeks DPW challenge, which really was a challenge as I switched from tight realism to loose and it was hard!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

1489 Orange Time SOLD


9" x 12" oil on panel, framed    
Another find from my fave shop, this silver platter and creamer, set the stage to show off these orange wedges nicely.
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It has been a difficult week, this week, due to a bereavement and I find I just can't paint when I'm sad,  also it's my hubby's big birthday this week and neither of us are in the mood to celebrate it, I know that this feeling will eventually pass, it's just getting through it.

Monday, 4 July 2011

1488 'Boxed' SOLD

6" x 12" oil on panel,framed in a contemporary white wood box frame with glass

These three lovely hand thrown pots have been collected here and there, I especially like hand made pieces with their beautiful glazes and uniqueness. In the box that I posed them in, once held 2 special bottles of French wine given to me as a thank you for a portrait commission I completed a little while ago.  I love to collect items I think I might be able to use in a still life set up.

The weather has turned warm here and hubby has gone lobster red after a day out yesterday, he has a fair Irish skin and once upon a time a head of red curly hair, that has since turned to snow! Poor love he's suffering today.

Friday, 1 July 2011

1487 A Good Year SOLD

14" x 7" oil on panel  

The last of the grape and cheese paintings, on to new subjects now. My hubby has been aching to open this bottle and keeps asking me if I'm done with it yet!
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