Thursday, 12 December 2013
14" x 18" oil on panel to be framed
Back to lemons they must be my favourite fruit for painting, I've painted so many. I like the attitude of the left hand leaning lemon, wanting to be more in the limelight than the others except of course the champagne cork who thinks that he comes from royalty!
Friday, 6 December 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
There were many aspiring artists and art groups visiting on the Friday and everybody seemed to want to know how long it takes me to paint a painting and whether I give lessons!
There were many talented artists exhibiting their paintings, sculptures, glass work and ceramics, something for every taste. A number of my paintings found new homes and I am hoping for commissions and further sales in the future from this event. I shall definitely be exhibiting there again next year.
I'm exhausted now and am recovering slowly, at least now I have time to paint a number of paintings promised to friends which I haven't had time for through this busy year. I have lots of ideas to further my art career which need some mulling over and putting into action in the coming months, all exciting stuff!
Saturday, 26 October 2013
The last of the paintings for the exhibition phew! They are all at the framers and I will have a big bill for all the framing, I have a brilliant framer who does a great job and is very reasonable with his prices too so I shouldn't complain!
Wine, cheese and grapes always seem to be popular with the buyers and I've painted a fair few grapes over the last year or two! I'm not sure where I'm heading next, change of style or genre, maybe back to small ones I haven't decided yet.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
I will be exhibiting at the Art Source Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin from the 8th to the 10th with a preview evening on the 7th I am on stand A83. If you would like free tickets to either the preview or the other three days do let me know and I will send you some.
I am looking forward to and am excited about exhibiting there, my first time, and as far as I'm aware this is the largest art exhibition in Ireland. So much to do before hand and think about, I'm sure next year will be easier!
Monday, 21 October 2013
Saturday, 12 October 2013
I loved painting this one but photographing it was another matter! The colours are not quite accurate but the nearest I could get to it.
I bought a box of blue and white porcelain in auction recently without seeing it in the flesh, always a mistake, when we picked it up most of it had either cracks or chips or both! Well I can paint a few of the pieces, this little clog was one of 5 from the box.
Saturday, 5 October 2013
14" x 18" = 35.5 x 46cm oil on panel to be framed, available
Finally finished! I love roses but find them hard to paint, all those petals and subtle colour changes, difficult to mix exactly the right shade of pink. I was so frustrated that I painted myself a colour chart of all my reds mixed with varying amounts of white, which was helpful.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
14" x 18" = 35.5 x 46cm oil on panel
Finally finished! I have been working on a couple of paintings simultaneously and re-working some others hence the long pause in posting.
These two jugs bought at different times from auctions have a similar colour palette but are from different eras, the dahlia I plucked from my garden and placed it on a couple of sprigs of sage on a dark blue cloth and the stage was set!
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Sunday, 8 September 2013
The largest one I have done for a long while and took me almost 2 weeks to complete, but I learned a lot in the process. The next one is going to be a close up of 3 roses from a beautiful bunch that are adorning my kitchen table at the moment.
I've noticed that the price of oil paints seems to have crept up a lot, especially the cadmiums. I'm thinking of investing in larger tubes as they are more economical but the outlay on purchase is rather daunting, maybe I'll just buy one at a time. I'd like to know what they put in the student grade paints to make them cheaper, I know that they often use cheaper pigments, but what else! I use mainly Winsor and Newton artist grade oil paint and a few tubes in their 'Winton' range (student)
Thursday, 5 September 2013
18" x 14" oil on canvas panel
Another classic one, I have had two on the go over the last 2 weeks and have finally finished both today, the other I will post tomorrow.
I have also taken the plunge and have booked a stand at the next Art Source Exhibition at the RDS, Dublin in November, a large indoor venue, all exciting stuff, I'm painting like mad so I have some really good work to show.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
A simple one or so I thought, why do I always think that?!! When you forget the patterns there are the highlights, reflections and so many subtle colour changes and reflected light and colours that slowly appear as one paints and one stares at the objects, things one wouldn't normally, consciously register, but make the painting.
The next one is a large-ish one for me, already set up, a copper pan full of oranges and a sprig of Rosemary, so back to work I go .....
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Here's a quirky one for you- brown sauce and little individual pork pies it was requested by one of the Art Auction houses I sell through. It is painted in the style of a small series I painted a while back, I may paint a few more in this vein. Next one on my easel is an oil still life, I must say I prefer painting with oils.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
The strawberries grown here in Ireland are small and often heart shaped and have the sweetest and best flavour I have ever eaten, and I have sampled a few, for example - Spanish, English and German, and some from Washington but they are not a patch on these beauties.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
This is the second of a pair of paintings with a similar set up, I enjoyed the challenge although it's easy to get lost in all the reflections. Now to figure out what I want to paint next!
Saturday, 3 August 2013
8" x 6" oil on panel, framed,
I have painted two still lifes with this set up, each slightly different from the other, fun to do but fiddly as you can imagine.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
This is my youngest grandson at a recent trip to the beach, he just loved the water and the sandy beach and waded in with no prompting, the water was full of tiny shoals of fish, hermit crabs and other sea creatures that would make themselves scarce when anyone came near.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Slightly larger than my last several paintings, again one of my favourite cheeses (Cheese Grommit!) along with other culinary necessities.
Saturday, 27 July 2013
6" x 8" oil on panel
Another lemon painting with my favourite Denby jug
Looking after my grandsons while my daughter takes a well-earned week-end break, so not much time to paint. The youngest, just turned two is a real climber he climbs up everywhere, he knows no fear, I'm sure he will be a mountain climber when he's older!
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
DRAWING STRAIGHT ONTO THE CANVAS
PART OF THE FIRST LAYER
UNDER PAINTING FINISHED
NEED TO LEAVE FOR ANOTHER DAY TO DRY
FINISHED! (TOOK ME BEST PART OF A WEEK TO COMPLETE)
Friday, 19 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
My little Ted gets another outing in paint as he was bored just sitting on my shelf, he told me that this was his best side!
Monday, 15 July 2013
8" x 6" oil on panel, framed
Grommit is sitting thinking, while the vase is just chillin' and the mandarin is cut up about something!
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Thursday, 4 July 2013
6"/15cm x 8"/20cm oil on panel
Such a simple one and it took me ages!
I took this pic just before the lense on my camera decided to make an aweful noise and stop working,
Funny how things seem to happen in three's, just that day my hairdrier stopped working after giving off a very nasty smell and then a couple of days later our car had a split in the fuel line on the motorway that cost us a half a tank of gas and a long wait for the repair man to get to us!
Monday, 1 July 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
I painted two small still lifes this week for the People's Art Exhibition in Dublin this week-end and framed them up and then realized that I hadn't taken any pics of them, taking a pic of a framed painting isn't easy because of the shadow thrown by the frame onto the painting so the lesser of two evils was to photograph it full on and then get glare on the surface.