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Sunday, 25 June 2017

1964 Cocktails (Available)

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

1965 A Perfect Pair (available)

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

1963 Coffee With You (available)

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

Red breast

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

Mainly Magenta

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

1961 Bluebell Spring

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

1960 Ducks and Roses

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

1959 If You Go Down to the Woods Today

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

1958 Potted Strawberries SOLD!

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

1957 Bucket & Spade (available)

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

1956 Burning Bright

10" x 8" / 25 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed

This is one of those paintings I nearly gave up on, I left it for a couple of days and came back to it when I was in a better frame of mind and had more patience.

Friday, 28 April 2017

1955 Up - Standing (available)

10" x 8" / 25 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed 

I have a collection of these stoneware jars, so rustic and simple forms, ideal for a still life! 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

1954 Slip Stream

6" x 8" /15 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed and available

I'm trying to get a bunch of small paintings finished, for up coming shows, but I keep getting pulled in other directions.Got to focus some how!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

1953 Line Up (available)

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!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

1951 Slice, framed, (available)

6" x 8" / 15 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed

'Paint a few small ones', is on my to do list, along with a bunch of other things waiting to get done.
Now that spring is here I've created a couple of raised beds on my weedy lawn where I'm growing a bit of veg, nothing too exotic as the weather in Ireland can't be relied on and is none too warm in the summer.

Friday, 14 April 2017

1950 Visitor (available)

40 x 40 cm / 16" x 16" oil on canvas

I have been busy with a commission, but managed to paint this one along side it. I'm looking to get new ideas into my still lifes and find I get ideas about four in the morning when I seem to wake after a busy night 'sleep thinking' not all ideas are that great in the cold light of day though!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

1949 Parked Up

40 x 50 cm / 16 x 20 ins oil on panel

Another rural scene, on a favourite walk near where I live. This old tractor has been inviting me to paint it for quite awhile. Although rusty and probably quite a few years on the clock, it's still used to cut the verges and maybe a a field or two.

Friday, 31 March 2017

1946 Spring Flood

20" x 24" /50 x 60 cm oil on panel €895 available via my web-site

It always seems to rain here in Ireland, especially heavy rains in spring time, flood many low lying fields that are already sodden with the winter down pours. Some flooded fields almost look like lakes and I have even seen swans gliding around on them!

Friday, 24 March 2017

1948 Sand Play

6" x 8" / 15 x 20cm framed and available via my web site
Soft sand, an endless sand box to play in. So many possibilities to be creative and have fun.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

1947 White Dress SOLD!

8" x 6" 20 x 15 cm oil on panel, framed

This little girl, in her simple white summer dress, is testing the waters. Her skin is tanned after a summer of beautiful weather and fun filled beach days.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

1944 Silver Bowl SOLD!

40 x 50 cm oil on canvas, framed

Back to still life, another one for my upcoming solo show in Co. Kildare.

Monday, 27 February 2017

1945 Flip Flops

8" x 6" /25 x 15 cm oil on panel framed, available via my web-site €125

   This young lad has been playing footie on the beach, now taking a rest sitting on his favourite ball, he has become mesmerized by the coming and going of the waves.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

1942 Oranges and Bay

40 x 40 cm /16" x 16" oil on canvas panel soon to be framed

One of my favourite angles for a still life, the bay sprig cut from a small bay tree in my garden.

Monday, 20 February 2017

1943 Connemara Cottage

11" x 14" / 28 x 35.5cm oil on board

behind this lone building was a back-drop of mountains, the weather was changing so rapidly as it does here in the West of Ireland, a bank of low clouds shrouded them, I took the ref photo quickly, a few minutes later the scene was gone.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

1940 Tin Roofs

35 x 45 cm / 14" x 18" oil on panel, framed and available via my web site

Old stone farm buildings near where I live, I really like the colour of their corrugated iron roofs (rooves) The doors taken off and replaced by more corrugated iron leaving the old doors propped up against the wall.

1941Sandy Bottom!

8" x 6" / 25 x 20 cm oil on panel, framed and available

Another small beach painting, this time a cutey that must have sat in the sand playing with her bucket and spade.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

1939 Still Lake

11" x 14" / 28 x 35.5 cm oil on panel, at the framers, available

A small brightly painted rowing boat is tied up on a placid lough Atorick in Co. Clare, Summer sunshine and puffy white clouds above and a myriad of wild flowers and grasses surround this lake that is largely isolated and unspoiled.

Friday, 20 January 2017

1938 Red Doors

11" x 14" / 28 x 35.5 cm oil on panel, to be framed, available via my web-site

My daughter and I like to explore the area around where we live, here in Ireland, and on one of these walks we came across these interesting farm buildings. The days are short in the winter here, with the sun lowering in mid-afternoon, causing the long shadows on the grass and building.  This was what drew me to paint this scene, along with the bright red doors and windows.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

1937 Sunny day

30 x 40 cm oil on canvas (12" x 16")
 This country lane near where I live, is dotted with interesting buildings some no longer lived in. Farm buildings, some used some not and fields of cows and a pony or two.

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