Monday, 27 December 2010

Kierans Pumpkins...

All my students will sigh when they see this - for they know how I love pumpkins, and moreso, gourds. Gourds must be nature's little joke - so garish and funny, and purely decorative. Just to make us smile. I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but I've loved doing it. It has a calmness about it. As I post it here, its not quite finished, but near enough to share. 8in x 10in, Oils on board.

(Tip of the day - if you place your laptop onto what you thought was a dry painting, you will be delighted to discover a near-perfect imprint, firstly on the laptop and then on every other surface you move it to. Ahem. Thats not the tip btw, the tip is - tidy up after each little job before starting the next.... And no, it wasn't the pumpkins, it was a tonal version of the next painting, phew, which is some cheesey cheeses..)

Workshops coming up - mini Portfolio preparation all through January 2011
Water Colours in Dublin
Oils in Belfast
Weekly Drawing and Painting resuming in Belfast....
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Thursday, 23 December 2010

finally finished...Gennie's apples

Gennie's tree had so many apples this year that the weight of the crop pulled the tree right over. This painting was hard work, I wondered if I'd bitten off more than I could chew. But at the same time, there's nothing like a challenge, yikes.  I used liquin as thinner in some places but decided half way through that I don't like it, as it gives an unhelpful sheen. Though I expect I'll change my mind on that the next time...  Don't know if the painting is finished, but I know I'm not doing any more on it, moving on, moving on... it was 8in x 8in, oils on board.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Todays painting... Holly, 10in x 11in

Today I completed a water colour painting that I started at last weeks Monthly Monday class in Killaloe, in the west of Ireland. I try to keep all workshop subjects seasonal (apart from one very dreary January when the dark days were under-inspiring, so I splashed on a gigantic bunch of sunflowers. Sometimes, the seasons need a kick-start!) But this time, the red berries and shiny leaves of holly were just right. Its rare that I complete a water colour, and every time I do, I wonder why I don't do it more often. Quick, clean, fresh pigments - what's not to like? All around me right now are Christmas wreathes, oranges and cloves, a feast of colour against the snow.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Chillies 7 x 10 Oil on Canvas
This painting is the first that I did in a series for local shops - small paintings to reflect the shop they are displayed in. This is in Coffees Butcher, I think they may be my biggest fans. And their sausages are wonderful..