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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

1775 Frosty Morning Walk

8" x 10" / 25 x 20cm acrylic on canvas panel

I dug out my acrylics for this one, so different to oils - pros and cons....  I ventured out first thing Monday morning to take a walk down my favourite country lane.  A hard frost had covered everything in ice crystals especially the grass on the verges and in the middle of the little used tarmacked road.  I walked past small farms and fields, a few houses some abandoned and falling to pieces, makes me wonder who had lived there and why they left.This cottage too, named Home Port Cottage, is uninhabited although there seems signs that somebody might be renovating it. We shall see the progress hopefully, in the coming year.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

1773 Hop In! Available

20 x 25cm = 8" x 10" oil on panel  framed and is available through my web site

Back to good 'ol lemons they always insinuate themselves into my paintings, just can't seem to get away from them!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

1772 Newly Laid (available)

8" x 10" oil on panel, framed available through my web-site

Oh those ellipses, they drove me crazy, every time I thought I had got them right and photographed the finished painting, out would jump a flaw in the painting, so back on the easel it went for corrections!

 I think that I'm going paint a series of 8 x 10's next, as most have sold at the last exhibition, although I'm really itching to paint some more landscapes, maybe I'll just do both, who knows, I may change my mind again and see what really excites me most.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

1771 With a Silver Spoon SOLD

9" x 12" oil on panel, framed  

I am keeping to a limited palette for the next couple of paintings and painting smaller too.

Monday, 24 November 2014

1770 Arrangement in White

14" x 18" oil on panel to be framed

Here we have a smaller painting with a similar theme to the last one, but different format. I think I'm done with these white paintings for a while. The next ones will be also in subdued colours and limited palette.

Friday, 21 November 2014

1769 Shells

40 x 80 cm 16" x 32" oil on canvas

My latest 'white' painting  turned out to be a difficult painting to photograph, to get the tones and the colours correct still not really quite right. I'm also painting a small 'white' painting at the moment and then on to more colourful subjects.

 The short days of winter really cuts down my painting time, especially on gloomy rainy days such as today. I have lots to do to make up for all the ones that have sold, what a terrible problem!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

1765 Full Moon Over the Lough & 1766 Scudding Clouds

Two oil paintings on canvas 13" x 9 1/2" / 33 x 24cm (at the framers)
These were painted shortly before I went down to Wexford for the exhibition and I didn't get a chance to post them as so many other things had precedence.

There was a beautiful full moon late October, I had noticed, when my daughter came back from her Yoga class, she suggested we   take some pics of it down at our local lake, Lough Derg, which turned out to be quite an adventure in itself as it was so windy. Finding a good vantage point and trying to adjust my camera in the dark was fun, I got a lot of fuzzy shots, under exposed and overexposed and the like but managed to take a couple that were worth painting. I really enjoyed painting them and have a few more ideas for moonlit scenes, just got to wait for the right night and weather! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was honored to be asked to participate in the "Around the World Blog Hop" by my  talented artist blogger friend Carol Flatt, here are a few of her pastel paintings to whet your appetite.

Love the use of colour in her work scrumptious!

My best subjects at school were art, needlework and cookery. I decided, after seeing another students work, that I was no good at painting and gave it up, what decisions we make at such tender ages decide our future. I am so glad that later in my life I reversed that decision after not questioning it for so long. 

What Am I working On?

I am working on a still life painting using mainly white objects, I painted one similar and exhibited it among 75 others at a recent exhibition during the Opera and Art Festival in Wexford, Ireland. It received so much positive attention that I knew that I would be painting more with that theme.
Here are some WIP photos (work in Progress)

  The composition is sketched in and the shadows and darker areas painted with thin paint.

This is the first layer and has now been left to dry, more layers will follow to refine colours and shapes, final layer will be the highlights.

How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?

That's a tough question! My style has crystallized over time painting loosely was my goal but realizing that by my very nature I am a perfectionist. I thought then that I would give in to my natural tendencies and paint tightly and realistically. Everyone has their own style and unique take on their craft and I think that ultimately, we must be true to ourselves.

Why Do I Create What I Do?

I have had many jobs in my life that I have not enjoyed doing, a creative person needs to create, it is an urge and makes us happy and fulfilled. I have found my ultimate 'job' and I love it, maybe I saved the best for last!

 How Does My Creative Process Work?

First I have an idea, when it comes to still lifes,
I set up objects until I have what I want, the positions, the composition and lighting are very important. For a set up with perishable items or complicated patterns I will also photograph the set-up. I work from life and also my computer screen. As shown above with my WIPS you can see first hand my process.

I will be followed by Eithna Joyce a multi -talented Irish artist from the West of Ireland, please also visit her web-site to see her hauntingly beautiful drawings and paintings of Irish rural scenes both abstract and realistic.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wexford Art Festival at Whites Hotel

3 more days to go and twenty six paintings have found new homes! As you can imagine I'm delighted.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wexford Opera and Art Festival 23rd October - 2nd November

I am almost ready and packed for our trip down south and am excited and nervous at the same time!

 I was originally invited to exhibit from the 28th until the 2nd (see flyer!), but after a cancellation of another artist I was offered the entire 12 days, which needless to say I snapped up!

Looking forward to it and hoping for a successful exhibition.

1764 With a Lemon On Top

20" x 24" oil on panel, unframed
A challenge to paint and to photograph!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

1763 Waiting SOLD !

6" x 6" / 15 x 15 cm oil on canvas, available on Artfinder (click on link)

Another kitty from the shelter, I'm sure by now he has found a new home

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

1762 Kittens with Mittens SOLD

15 x 15 cm oil on canvas framed, available

This kitty was one of many cats at a Cat Protection kennels that a friend helps out at. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to get some good ref photos while I was visiting her. So many cute kitties I was sorely tempted to take one home with me! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

1760 Early Morning Inspection

25 x 27cm oil on canvas unframed

This I painted from a pic that my daughter took on an early morning jog, I loved it so much I just had to paint it. It was one of those effortless paintings that just rolls off the brush. I didn't bother much with a sketch, just brief outlines with a brush and diluted paint and then I dived right in. The dry stone wall in front of the ponies are typical here in the west of Ireland, covered with lichen, moss and wild flowers and of course ivy.

Monday, 29 September 2014

1759 Fifty Shades of White SOLD

40 x 80 cm / 16" x 32" oil on canvas

I'm sure you can guess why I chose that title! Not the easiest painting I have ever attempted either. It's off to the framers today with it and four others, I have three others in various states of finish too.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

1755 Keeps the Doctor Away SOLD

15 x 15 cm / 6 x 6 ins oil on canvas framed

I haven't posted for a while got lot's more to go, my time seems to run out so fast during the day, so much to do and so little time to do it in! I'm afraid my blog posting has suffered.

Friday, 12 September 2014

1754 Singleton SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas framed

Another small painting destined for next week-ends art fair in Dublin.

Monday, 8 September 2014

1753 Criss Cross

6" x 6" / 15 x 15 cm framed in a limewashed wood, floater frame.

I was given a bunch of huge tomatoes, cucumbers and these chillies from a friends greenhouse and I thought that I would paint them before they turned colour. So nice to have home grown veg, they taste so much better than store bought ones.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

1752 Laying Around

5" x 7" oil on panel, framed

I have just finished framing these 10 small paintings and it was a very time consuming experience, yes I saved a bit of money but was it worth it in the long run? I think that I would rather be painting!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

1751 Lemons in the Light SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed

I'm enjoying this series, but it's time to get back to larger ones soon!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

1750 Either Side SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel
Mandarins seem always to be in season and make handy subjects for a still life, together with this half glazed terracotta pot.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

1749 Hello Down There! SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two seem to be having a chat or is it the red one chatting the green one up!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1748 Hanging Out SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
These two lovelies hanging out together, wonder what they are thinking?!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

1747 Lonely

5" x 7" oil on board to be framed
Number 5 small still life. Peppers are great to paint, lovely shapes and shiny reflective skin  and can be popped in a salad or stew when done! Very versatile ;)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

1746 Gooseberry Fools SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed.

These three fellows were red, ripe and sweet bought from our local farmers market and were made into, can you guess? Yummy!

Monday, 18 August 2014

1745 Big Brother! SOLD

Number 3  5" x 7" oil on panel

Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of colours too, this little one is a 'Gardeners Delight' probably feeling a little intimidated by the 'giant'

Saturday, 16 August 2014

1743 Summer Strawberries SOLD

5" x 7" oil on panel to be framed
I'm back to painting a series of small paintings, mostly fruit and veg and here is the first example!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

1742 Ducks and Hens SOLD

40 x 80 cm oil on canvas to be framed (16" x 32") aprox.

I'm enjoying painting in this format again, and the stretched canvas I am using is Italian, a very fine weave, which is a joy to paint on.

 When I was exhibiting my paintings last,  I realized that I have too many different sizes and shapes, it is difficult to display them properly, so I am trying to cut down on both, which is not easy.

I bought these duck eggs from our local market recently, they are slightly larger than hens eggs and aren't really white as you can see, which makes them an interesting challenge to paint.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

1741 Invader SOLD!

40 x 80 cm = 12 x 24 ins oil on canvas

Back to serious still lives! This is one of those fiddly ones that I went over several times until I was satisfied with it. It does help to have uninterrupted painting time in both time and thoughts, with this one I didn't so it made hard work of it!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

1734 Made for You & Me, 1735 Three's Company and 1736 Spoilt for Choice

 1734 Made for You & Me 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

 1735 Three's Company 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

1736  Spoilt for Choice 24" x 36"acrylic on box canvas

I've been busy doing some unusual (for me) palette knife paintings and so large too. Used tons of paint, a different sort of still life. I had intended to paint 5 of them but ran out of steam after the third!

Monday, 7 July 2014

1733 Still Waters

60 x 60 cm = 24" x 24" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted, so framing is optional.

Another view across Lough Derg. The lake was calm and reflected the clouds above, to the right are the reed beds which are abundant at the waters edge with water lilies dispersed among them.  

Friday, 4 July 2014

New Gallery!!!


These six paintings are off to a new home in the Gallery 1608  Bushmills Co Antrim Northern Ireland
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