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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

1486 Tasty Marriage SOLD

9" x 12" oil on panel

I thought that I would paint another one using my wedge of cheese and this one took a lot longer to paint on account of all those grapes, easy to get lost among them. I've one more on the go thats at the block in stage and will be a challenge as it has a red wine bottle against a dark background and then I think I will be done with cheese,  grapes etc for awhile at least!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

1485 Classic Partners SOLD & a hectic weekend

6" x 12" oil on panel  due to be framed when dry.

I recently painted a similar composition of Stilton and grapes which I enjoyed painting very much it sold quite rapidly after framing. I've a few ideas of what I want to paint this week keeping them really classic and realistic. I'm looking forward to eating this yummy cheese tonight with hubby after dinner.


Did another outdoor exhibition last week-end after getting drenched on Friday, which was no fun,
the rest of the week-end went well though, with a mix of weather conditions. Forgot to take my camera along so no pics of it I'm afraid. Sold well, top sellers were still life and cats, no suprise there then!
 It's quite a social event and you get to meet some really nice people and make contacts with other artists and garner lots of tips and info relating to art, galleries etc My experience of artists whether in person or on-line is that artists are a friendly, helpful and generous bunch all-in-all lovely people.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

1484 'Break Away' and almost ready

40 x 30 centimeters - 15.7" x 11.8" inches  mixed media on beech plywood

I incorporated many layers and materials including copper nails and copper strips, loads of texture and pieces of loosely woven material, acrylic paint, texture mediums and metallic paints to finish.
I think all paintings look better in person and abstracts are no exception!

I'm almost finished putting picture cord on the back of my recent paintings ready to display the lot this week-end at an outdoor art exhibition, I'm praying for good weather and lots of customers!
Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

1483 Tumult

60 x 60 cms = 24" x 24" aprox.   mixed media on deep, gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted

This is the largest canvas I have worked on and I realized, that my painting room needed to be a lot larger if I'm going to do a lot of these!

I collaged on several heart shapes diagonally onto the canvas and some texture around them and then went from there, because of the size and the vibrant colours it looks quite stunning, even if I say so myself!
So this is my new favourite!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

1481 Together

40 x 40cm - 15.7" x 15.7" mixed media on deep gallery wrapped canvas,sides painted

An abstract that came together really well and evolved into this painting, it is at the moment a favourite. I have another in the works which might be a favourite too, (or is always the last painting you do that is a favourite?)

At the moment my hubby and I are suffering from a touch of flu and I think he has it worse than me, (or is it a man thing ;)) hopefully I will fight it off as we have another 3 day art exhibition at the week-end, which is quite energy draining so I've got to be fighting fit for that, gonna dose myself up with plenty of hot toddies that might not cure anything but if you drink enough of 'em well...lol

Saturday, 18 June 2011

1482 Curtain Call SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted  and framed in an off white wood floater frame 
 Another little kitty to finish up the week or should I say green eyed monster, no just kidding!
I have been painting some large abstracts this week on 24 x 24 canvases which is enormous compared with the small paintings that I am used to painting. When I have taken some pics I will post them here for your appraisal.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

1480 Gentle Rose SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted

This beauty was a challenge to paint, so easy to get lost in the labyrinth of it's petals and the subtle colour changes, but at last I am pleased with it, and then it's on to the next painting.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

1479 Cat Stack NFS

6" x 6" oil on canvas, sides painted   

I wonder whether ginger is comfy under his brother, you can see who is the top cat here!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

1478 Oh Butterfly

6" x 6" acrylics on canvas  to bid on this painting click   HERE

This is the last of 3 floral paintings I did at the week-end. Now it's back to oils once again and I have to say that's my first love. I like the consistency of oils, much stiffer and stickier than acrylics although it was nice to use acrylics once again and believe me I have a drawer full of them begging to be used!
The butterfly adorned one of my flowers in the garden, I can't think of the flower's name at the moment, one of my favourites though.

Monday, 13 June 2011

1477 Yawn of Fire

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas, sides painted black, can be hung framed or unframed
To bid on this painting click  HERE

The Poppy

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
and left the flushed print in a poppy there.
Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came,
and the fanning wind puffed it to a flapping flame.

Francis Thompson

Sunday, 12 June 2011

1476 A Flock of Phlox

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas, sides painted black ready to hang  to bid on this artwork click   HERE

lavender phlox
has spent itself uproariously
having attracted myriad admirers
summer looms
fall and winter unimaginable
to be ordinary
Hanque O . . .

Friday, 10 June 2011

1475 Daisy Chat SOLD

12" x 9" oil on panel
Reserved for Dolans Art Auction House

I'm slowly painting larger still lifes of course they are more time consuming and I can't finish one in a day, I have a stack of larger boards waiting to be tackled, I'm just building up to them veery slowly (:O)

Thursday, 9 June 2011

1474 Pearfection SOLD

7" x 5" oil on panel

Back to still lifes and a relatively simple one after the puddie-tats to ease me back into them, my hubby came up with the title when he saw it, which saved me scratching my head and stressing my creative name finding brain cells ;)

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

'1473 Having a Nibble' and cat in the cupboard

30 x 30 cms = 12" x 12" oil on linen canvas

These three lovelies took me a lot longer to paint that I thought that they would, I guess 3 little faces take longer than one! I'm alternating now between still lifes, abstracts and animals, quite a mind shift each time.

This is a pic of my daughter's cat Tigger among the freshly washed baby clothes, which are ready for the new arrival, complete with cat hair!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

1472 With Cherries on Top SOLD

12" x 9" oil on gessoed panel,framed

I just bought some more oil paint from my favourite art store I always seem to come out with more stuff than is on my list, I guess I'm like a kid in a sweet shop, I just can't resist! I bought a tube of Winsor & Newton Vandyke brown a colour I have never used before and I tried it out this morning on a new still life, it's a rich purply brown that is translucent, I know you are supposed to mix your own browns but it's nice to have one ready and I like this one a lot, do you have any favourite colours?

Sunday, 5 June 2011

1471 My Marguerite SOLD

8" x 6" oil on panel,framed

I picked this daisy from my garden from among a bunch of plants that had gone wild and taken over a lot of the bed in which I had planted them, the thugs! Anyway I popped it in this little blue and white jug and set it up inside my old oak box and off I went.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

1470 From the Point and butterfly in my garden

40 x 40 cms = 16" x 16"  mixed media on deep gallery wrapped canvas,sides painted ready to hang.

Another abstract that I created last week-end using many different materials, click image to enlarge (twice) to see detail, photographs never manage to show texture and metallic surfaces well. I will probably be painting a sister piece to this one in the same format, got to clear the decks for that one and cover my table well with plastic sheets as its gonna get rough!


a pretty visitor to my Marguerite's

Friday, 3 June 2011

1469 Wild Thing

20" x 16" mixed media on canvas, sides painted, click on image to enlarge

Here's one of the paintings I did at the week-end, the title probably refers to me as I painted ;O !!
For some reason I couldn't get this painting squared to crop the photo properly so I gave up in the end.

Photo of the Wicklow Mountains
The weather has turned warm and sunny at last, just in time for the bank holiday week-end. Although the garden could do with some rain, I'm sure everybody will be out enjoying themselves  in the parks and the countryside.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

1468 Tea-time SOLD

12" x 9" oil on panel Reserved for Dolans Art Auction House

My hubby found this unusual tea pot in our favourite charity shop, parts were silvered and the rest painted with line painting which is raised from the surface. The body is made of red clay which is quite soft so it has a few minor chips which isn't bad for a pot that is at least 50 years old and could be older, I researched the stamp on the base which dates it from 1909 + and was made in Staffordshire in England.
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