Tuesday, 17 October 2017
15 x 20 cm / 6" x 8" oil on panel framed
Last painting before Wexford, we are packed and almost ready to go, always takes ages and you are always sure you have forgotten something vital! Hope to figure out how to post pics to blogger or at least facebook from my tablet.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed
While on a walk down my favourite country lane, picking autumn leaves and blackberries, I found a wild rose bush and loved these bright red hips and thought that they would make a great subject to paint.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
8" x 6" 25 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed
Just finished 3 small paintings to add to my collection of larger. I am off to Wexford for the 11 day long Opera and Arts Festival. I will be exhibiting in Whites hotel Wexford, along with many other Artists, this will be the fourth year exhibiting there. It will be great catching up with the regulars, like a working holiday!
Sunday, 1 October 2017
30 x 60 cm oil on canvas
A collection of autumn fruits, the walnuts are fresh off the tree and the Brambley apples too. These apples are grown mainly in the UK and Ireland, perfect for cooking as they are crisp, juicy and very tart, giving an apple pie lots of flavour and zing that you don't get with a sweet apple.
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
30 x 60 cm / 12" x 24" oil on canvas
This is my latest favourite painting! loved painting it too, but photographing it was another matter altogether! Photographing dark backgrounds is so problematic as the light reflects off the surface and makes it look gray and washed out, so after taking dozens of pics and with a lot of editing I've got a fairly accurate photo.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
30 x 40 cm oil on canvas
Finds that my daughter brought back from an Island in our local Lough Derg. Eagles had nested there and the feather is probably one of theirs. The skull we think is from a Cormorant and the shell a water snail. An unusual subject matter for me, but made an interesting change from fruit!
Friday, 15 September 2017
21 x 30 cm acrylics on canvas panel.
A palette knife painting in acrylics. A scene I often pass by on my occasional morning walk. The field was thick with frost on that day, the cattle that normally grazes there were probably safe and warm in a nearby barn.
Monday, 4 September 2017
50 x 70 cm = 20" x 28" oil on canvas, available when framed.
I haven't painted a still life this large before and it was quite daunting and a very time consuming feat, I'm hoping to find a large dark ornate moulding for the frame to make it look quite grand.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Friday, 25 August 2017
20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed
I have dug up a border in my front garden that was more weeds than grass and planted it up with a variety of bushes and annuals including this rose, it has such beautiful velvety petals but was not an easy subject to paint.
Friday, 11 August 2017
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Friday, 4 August 2017
Sunday, 30 July 2017
Friday, 28 July 2017
Monday, 24 July 2017
50 x 50 cm / 20 " x 20" oil on canvas
The moss in this painting came from our roof, very kindly picked out of the gutters by the noisy Jackdaws at 6 in the morning and deposited around the house!! It was lovely and green and soft so I thought just the thing to incorporate in a Still Life painting. The eggs came from our local organic gardens, overseen by retired nuns, who also keep an interesting assortment of chickens, hence the array of colours. A couple of spotty Quail eggs some English Lavender from our garden and some leaves from a neighbours shrubs complete the picture.
Friday, 21 July 2017
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm, oil on panel framed
As Ireland doesn't grow any peaches or nectarines, all those fruit that need warmer climes, we normally get very hard and unripe fruit with not much flavour, not to mention expensive. These were a lovely surprise as they were very juicy sweet and aromatic and to honour this loveliness I chose to paint it before devouring it!
Monday, 3 July 2017
9" x 10 1/2" / 23 x 26.6 cm oil on panel framed and ready to hang
There are so many derelict rural buildings dotting the countryside here, that I don't have to go far to find subjects to paint! This one has an old corrugated roof which adds colour to the scene.
Friday, 30 June 2017
8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm, oil on canvas panel, framed and ready to hang, available €275
Painted a couple of landscapes between still lives. This is an old school house in the Connemara area of Co, Galway. It probably hasn't heard the sounds of children's voices for many a year. This part of west Ireland is rocky and windswept and very beautiful.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" oil on canvas
Number three in my short series. This heavy vintage soda syphon I bought in auction and then sold again and managed to paint this in-between, paired with a cocktail shaker that I had and rarely if ever use.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" oil on canvas
Number two of three. I chose my favourite pewter teapot, in the shape of a pumpkin, paired with a beat-up vintage copper pitcher for this painting. I take a lot of time setting up a still life, finding the right objects, position and lighting, mostly using natural day light. I am pleased with how this turned out, though photographing it was another challenge!
Friday, 16 June 2017
40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" oil on canvas
First of three paintings with this size and format. Will be framed when dry and varnished. Trying to get a good stock of paintings ready for the Art Fair in Galway in August. Wish I could paint as fast as I get new ideas!
Monday, 12 June 2017
40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" SOLD
I finished this several weeks ago as a commission, a surprise present for a clients husband. I must say this really was a complex one as I'm sure you can see, but it was worth the effort I'm sure!
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
12" x 24" / 30 x 60 cm oil on canvas
I like this long format and it has proven to be quite popular with collectors too. A striking bunch of fruit, veg and flora, chosen for their colours, and shapes, I really enjoyed painting this one.
Monday, 29 May 2017
35 x 45 cm / 14" x 18" oil on panel, available when dry and framed!
These lovely bluebells were blooming in part of our local Forest Park which surrounds Lough Derg. They bloom among a beech grove hidden off the beaten track, so you can only find them if you know where to look.
35 x 45
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
50 x 50 cm / 20" x 20" oil on canvas
Well here we have another labour of love! a rather pretty one I think. I'm enjoying interspersing my still lifes with a few landscapes very different method of painting.
Monday, 15 May 2017
35 x 45 cm / 14" x 18" oil on panel
This is a scene from our local forest park, it surrounds Lough Derg (Co. Galway) and is a great place on our doorstep, to enjoy nature. We have had some lovely weather this past few weeks, though it has turned rainy now, so my family and I went to see the bluebells that cover another part of the woods. I took loads of photos of the carpet of blue, although this scene is without bluebells, I was attracted to it because of the shadows crossing my path. I will be painting a scene next which will feature those blue lovelies!
Thursday, 11 May 2017
6" x 8" / 20 x 25 cm oil on panel framed
It is strawberry time again, although it is possible to buy these lovelies all year around, there is nothing like eating fresh fruit in their right season. These didn't make it out of my painting room or the rest in the punnet either!
Monday, 8 May 2017
8" x 6" / 25 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed
My grandson having a lovely day out at the beach on one of those rare sunny and warm days here in Ireland! When we see its sunny we have to grab every ray and get out of doors tomorrow it could be cold and wet.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Friday, 28 April 2017
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm oil on panel framed.
Another small one finished and framed, ready for the next exhibition. These plums were lovely sweet, and juicy, which made a change from the usual rock hard, never ripening sort we normally get from our local super market!