Monday, November 30, 2009

Purdy in the Pink

As I post I am defrosting my feet after standing outside supporting my daughter's school play hockey in 3 degree's from freezing. Thankfully I managed to finish this one before hand as I don't think my fingers could hold a brush for the rest of the evening!

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On the Prowl

This is the one I did late yesterday evening. Purdy on the prowl!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

In the Pink

Ok. This is more me. Much of what I'm doing here is an excerise in learning. Brushwork, technique, practice etc. This painting feels like what I'd be doing if it was just for me, without the shoulda, woulda, coulda's.

It's been a long day and once again it was dark by the time I finished. So I'll wait to photograph the final painting in the morning daylight.

It's been a busy weekend. I spent from 9.30am to about 6pm yesterday, first at the doctor's and then at Crumlin Children's hospital with Aoife. She may have a scarphoid fracture
 in her wrist. I say "may" because after nine hours, three doctors and 5 xrays, they couldn't be sure! They gave her a temporarty cast and said "let's redo the xray's in 4 days".  Sure, I said, what else have I to be doing!


River Scene - Powerscourt

I had another go at this river scene. This is essentially the same painting as the December River one but I am learning that if it doesn't work the first time I should leave it and move on to something else. No point in going back over it. My daughter and critic tells me it's "way better" than the first atempt. All in the eye......

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

November River - Powerscourt

I had photograghed this painting last night after dark so I took another photo today. Quite a difference isn't there?
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Friday, November 27, 2009

November River - Powerscourt

Time has run out but I did get this one done. So it's egg and chips for the kids and I want to pop down to Nuala O'Toole's exhibition in Greystones. Wasn't going to go but my friend Claire shamed me into it - supporting local Artists and the like.

December River - Powerscourt

I went for a walk this morning up at powerscourt. The river was very high and it was damp, mucky and very cold but occasional the sun would pick out a piece of grass or tree bark and it was like "spotlight on nature". I took some photos but they are generally very winter like and dreary. All the same I'm going to play around this afternoon and see what comes out of them. 

What can one expect for november in Ireland. I should be just greatful it wasn't raining really! Oh, and it's just occured to me I should have called it November River. Not December just yet!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Don't Jump

Maybe I should change my blog name to "nothing for ages, then 3 in a row". No paintings since last Tuesday, then three in the same day. It's dark now and I usually wait to photograph the paintings until the morning but as I had a few minutes I thought I'd do it now and see how they come out. I guess there's some shine and also a little distortion of colour so I'll do my best to re take them tommorrow if I get the chance.

Lady Marmalade

I did get some time as it happens! I've just spent a couple of happy hours listening to music and painting. The two it seems go hand in hand for me.  In the same way as certain old songs can remind people of happy childhood summers, when I listen to certain songs, I remember how my painting was going. Whether I was full of torment and self crititisim or elated from some bit of work I thought went well.

the sum of it's parts

Well I have to laugh (at myself that is). I finished the last post saying I'd paint on regardless of my mood... Well this week I just didn't feel like painting much and didn't feel like forcing myself ! I missed my class yesterday too, due to the teacher's strike and having no childcare. So this week is the first week since September that I have only done one painting. (and I didn't post it as it was a doozy) I did the one above very quickly and I've left the still life up as, you never know, I may get a chance the paint again later. Off to do other things conected to life generally now.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Heather landscapes

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It never rains but it pours. That's four paintings in three days. I did both of these little landscapes from a photo, at a class today. The image was quite dark and moody but I also wanted to use lots of colour.

It's funny how it goes. I came to last week's class feeling very tired and not in good form and I knew that anything I did was going to be dragged out of me. Today's class, on the other hand, was a joy. Not sure if the difference shows in the results but the expeirience was completely different. I guess for the time being my plan is to paint regardless of my mood. I can always wipe over anyway right!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Can See You

This is last nights offering. It was a busy day yesterday but after visiting the Art Fair in the RDS I was itching to get back to the paint. I thought I would try a glass for a change and more of an eye level view. I'm off to look for a better spot light today. The one I have simply doesn't do the job and can't easily be moved around.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I painted this a little while ago after returning from a quick visit to good friends who now live in Wales. It was a little adventure for me and the girls (my two daughters & our pound hound) which included being very sick on the ferry! We had a ball and they are the kind of friends that are terriffic hosts and I came back feeling refreshed and minded.

The painting is of their dog Jessie

I've been away for the weekend and now I'm heading into The Ireland Art Fair in the city. I hope to check out some friends including, Kieran Brennan, Deborah Donnelly, Kevin McSherry and Darragh Maldowney.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You're either in or you're out

I've painted five or so little paintings this week., none of which have made the cut to the blog. I think I'm working through something! Can artists get a form of writers block? But I'm happy to continue and not to worry too much about it as I know I'm learning through the process and discipline on each one.

This is a photo of my daughter & my dog on top of the hill we walked just after my last post on Sunday.

I have a busy day today and bookclub tonight so I hope to paint again tommorrow.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What the big lemon said to the small

It's Sunday morning and I painted this one yesterday afternoon. I usually wait till the next morning to photograph in the day light and I take the photo in the same place each time. I choose a spot on the floor by two full lenght windows, flat and not in direct sunshine.

I'm not too happy with this one though as it's too discriptive for my liking and I didn't quite get it. I might try to repeat the same composition with a freeer style. It can only get better right?

I need to walk the dog and kids first though! The sun is shining and the hills are calling me!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pink Stick

Finally... This is today's offering.

Bitter Sweet

Ok so we're almost up to date now. I'm quite happy with this one, in fact I think it's my favorite todate.



You may have guessed by now that I didn't all of these today. I'm just catching up on the last week or so. I paint about every other day and I hope to post 3 paintings a week. That's my goal anyway...

Two pink ladies

I take tuition from an artist called Kevin McSherry. He is an illustrator and more recently a teacher. Check out his blogg on my blog list. He mow does Art Classes at

Green and Red

I probably should have used some creative licence here as that apple slice looks like it's been hanging around under a lamp for the hour or so that it has.

Garlic Delight

More of an impasso treatment here. Already doubting the wisdom of this blog. Could be painting now!


Blue Vase and Cherry Tomatoes

So here we are. My first post and one of my first paintings in oil. I'm using water mixable oils as I piant in my kitchen and the turps was killing us all.