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Thursday, 23 June 2016

1895 Perfectly Constructed


20 x 25 cm oil on panel, framed, available

I love composing still lifes and finding unusual objects for them.

The tiny abandoned nest I found attached to a garden fence post in a friends wild garden. It is beautifully constructed from moss, that grows abundantly here in Ireland, sheep's wool from her sheep and the course hairs from her horses tails, who graze in the adjacent field.

I placed the nest on an old slate roof tile, found on a walk when passing several ruined cottages, and the old copper jug acquired at a recent auction and a couple of hens' eggs to finish off the arrangement.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

1894 Mane Attraction


20 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed, available

Last of three small paintings of horses, and then on to a large one, always a frightening challenge!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

1893 Secrets


20 x 20 /8" x 8" oil on panel, framed, available

I wonder what secrets they are sharing or just a friendly chat.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

1892 Snowflake


20 x 20cm oil on panel, framed available

This colt and his mum with their winter coats on, don't seem to mind the cold and snow,

Saturday, 11 June 2016

1891 'Looking' - with WIP photos


60 x 60 cm (24 x 24ins) oil on canvas

This one has taken me quite awhile to finish, I had to call it 'done' otherwise I wouldn't have stopped fiddling with it! I took a few wip (work in progress) shots so you can see some of my process.


drawing and provisional background



Blocking in

Blocking in done


The second layer of paint


Add the mane and change colour of background and refine tones, signed and finished!
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