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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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