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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

1991 Cape Gooseberries


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

1990 Autumn Fruit


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

1989 End of the Day


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

1988 Autumn Abundance


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

1987 Swan Lake


40 x 50 oil on canvas, available

A change from still lifes ! Our town in Galway borders on Lake Derg, the River Shannon flows through it and  is bordered by forest, a lovely place to visit, full of wild life, flora and fauna.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

1986 A Pile of Plums


20 x 20 cm / 8" x 8" framed and ready to hang

Another dark one! The plums this year were lovely, sweet and juicy probably imported from Spain

Monday, 25 September 2017

1985 Surrounded


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

1984 Forest Finds


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

1983 Wintry Frost


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

1982 Vintage Tureen


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

1981 Kitchen Essentials (available)


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

My copper jug is getting another portrait done, it is such a nice shape, with plenty of dings and character.

Friday, 25 August 2017

1980 Dark Rose (available)


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

1979 Reflections in Blue SOLD!!


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

Last of my small square paintings, got to get packing for the week-end exhibition tomorrow in Galway, Connections Art Fair. Looking forward to the new venue, hope it is well visited!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

1978 Pondering SOLD!


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

My little clay Gromit has featured in one other still life a while back and he always makes me smile when I see him. I wonder what he is pondering or maybe dreaming of cheese!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

1977 Pitcher Reflections


20 x 20 cm = 8" x 8" oil on panel, framed

Painting the last few small paintings before the Connections Art Fair next week-end, looking forward to this new to Galway exhibition.

Friday, 4 August 2017

1976 Garlic From the Garden



8" x 10" 20 x 25 cm oil on panel framed, ready to hang

A garlic bulb from our local organic garden, I plan to plant the cloves in my garden come Autumn so I will have my own supply. 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

1975 Three and a Bit (available)



8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm  framed and ready to hang

Love painting shadows and reflections, again another blue and yellow!

Friday, 28 July 2017

1974 Citrus Curl (available)



20 x 25 cm / 8" x 10" oil on canvas board, framed, ready to hang!

Getting ready for the next exhibition and painting a batch of small paintings.


Monday, 24 July 2017

1973 Irish Moss (available)


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

1972 Little Man


6" x 8" oil on panel framed,  available through The Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan


Sunday, 16 July 2017

1971 Really Juicy (available)


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

This is the time of year for nectarines and peaches, both delicious, this is a nectarine before it became my afternoon snack!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

1970 Teapot and Ted (available)


6" x 8" /  15 x 25 cm oi on panel, framed and ready to hang

This little teddy has popped up in many a still life and he always wants to have another one painted of  himself!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

1968 Peach Split (available)


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

1966 Left and Forgotten (available)


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

1967 Old School House


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

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 SOLD!


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!
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