Friday, 29 April 2011

The Royal Wedding

I am going to watch The Wedding on t.v. from the comfort of my home. 
Some people have been camping outside Westminster Abbey for days in order to secure a good vantage point, I cannot understand why anybody would do that? 
And when the "moment" happens they will be busy clicking their cameras and so experience it through a lens! 
 These are my wedding souvenir photographs,  
 can you spot the odd one?

I hope that Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a a wonderful wedding day even if they have to share it with billions of on-lookers, 
I wish them a fairytale ending of
 "living happily ever after".

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

On my easel this week.

I have had uninterrupted time in my studio for the past few days, but unfortunately the Muse was not in attendance! Do you ever have those days when nothing turns out right? I work on many pieces at a time, they  are all at different stages of completion. Sometimes paintings will just work out first go, and they give me the most satisfaction, I hardly notice myself making them, and then there are other pieces that I work and rework and it all comes to nothing. Here is such a piece, a work in progress, it originally had two figures in the foreground and the trees I made with a fern, then I lost the people,  I have no idea where it is going! so usually at this point I put it facing the wall to rest. I will return to it some day but not until I have forgotten about it, and then I will be all excited to have a half painted picture to work on rather than a daunting blank canvas.
Here is another work in progress that I am happier with. I like that the village on the horizon line has almost missed being in the picture.

Apologies for the quality of photographs in todays post,
 I think I must have had the camera at the wrong setting!
So back to the studio tomorrow and I hope my Muse turns up.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Hand-Made Cards

I am passionate about paper.

I don't discriminate, I love it all
  So I make Hand-made cards and collage.
Each one I make is unique  
so I consider them little works of art
and I put that on the back.

I use collage in my bigger Art work too, 
but I will post about that later.
And Yes, they are all for sale.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Illustration Friday, Journey

  No matter how far I travel
 my favorite journey is always coming home.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


I am just back from a lovely week-end in London. I live close to Ireland west airport so I can get from my home to the center of  London in under 4 hours, the same time it takes me to drive to Dublin. I have the best of both worlds as I can easily take a city break, I don't think city people can enjoy a rural experience as easily.

 My daughter lives in London and she has an insiders knowledge of the most interesting things to see and do and when you are with someone that knows their way around you don't waste any time getting lost or going around in circles.

Our first stop on Saturday morning was at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton, a perfect place for people watching, which is one of my favorite occupations. The White Cube Gallery is just across the road and this was my first time visiting that Gallery. Anselm Kiefer is currently showing there, I love how a visit to London gives me the opportunity to see exhibitions by such internationally acclaimed artists, I usually only get to read the reviews.
We walked everywhere and did not go on the tube once, you get a better feel for a place if you walk. We had glorious sunshine and stopped every now and then for refreshments.
We sat outside at The Albion 

We sauntered through Shoreditch visiting lots of interesting independent shops, no where does new design trends as well as London. The 50's and 60's are now vintage (a sobering thought for someone my age) and that period is being reinvented in a whole new way and is the "in" thing.  I regret I did not keep everything from my childhood as now it would all be so collectable

We went to the Syd Barrett exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery 
 It was crowded by Pink Floyd fans and just before we arrived a painting had been stolen.What an nightmare for the organizers.
and that was only Saturday!

Sunday started with a terrific breakfast at The Wilton Way Cafe
It is decorated in the most ingenious way with lots of corrugated sheeting and these rolling crates that wheel out from under the benches and can double as extra seating or tables

The walls feature the art of  Camille Walala 

Then onto Columbia Road Flower Market 

The street is full of vintage shops and Galleries, 
Treacle a food shop had a dresser just like one I discarded 30 years ago!

 is a treasure trove and it took all my will power not to buy the makings of a patch-work quilt, 
I have an unfinished one thats been a work in progress for years. 

We stopped at StART which must be the most intimate coffee shop in London.

At Columbia Road Gallery I loved the beautiful hand painted porcelain by Alice Garland.
Image of Mixture of cups

That's it on my weekend, 

Monday, 11 April 2011

Illustration Friday, Bottled

I bottled a little bit of blue for Illustration Fridays topic this week!

Thursday, 7 April 2011


On a recent visit to Kilkenny I  visited Thomastown. It is a sleepy village but it has some interesting artisan shops. It must have been a vibrant place in former times and there are remains of that around every corner. I was especially taken with this building and its grand georgian doorway, It would be interesting to know about the people that lived there and the lives they lived. Although sometimes I just prefer to let my imagination fill in the blanks and make up my own story.

And beside it was this gate way, An eclectic mix of architecture.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

On my easel this week.

At the moment I am working on a series of paintings for an exhibition in June. This is the painting currently on my easel.  I have had a couple of busy weeks and have had little time to spend in my studio. I hope to get allot more time in April so that I won't be under pressure at the eleventh hour, although pressure sometimes brings on my best work.

This picture is almost complete, it has a recurring theme of mine, a homestead with the shelter belt of conifers protecting it from the elements, a typical west of Ireland farm holding. In the foreground is a gorse bush, they usually have a vivid yellow flower but this one has no blooms as it was burnt/scorched last autumn. Much bog-land was burnt last year due to very dry weather, ruining many acres of the wildlife habitat.
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