Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Christmas everyone!

My art exhibition at Skerries Mills was very successful and most enjoyable. I had plenty of comments, messages, chats, and enquiries from followers - and I sold three paintings for which I was so happy. :-) As the Mills is booked up from around November every year for the following year, I was asked would I like to book an exhibition for 2017 now before the last two slots were gone and I went ahead and booked for end of September/beginning October 2017 for another exhibition.
The paintings that were sold were the ones below. Roll on getting down to start new work once the Christmas is over. I have already ordered new materials which are being delivered today.
It looks like its going to be a stormy Christmas - here in Ireland anyway and no sign of snow, just wet and windy! But sure hey - we are used to it. We have had one of the mildest Winters on record so far.
I will put up a pic of the sold items from the Mills and I just want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and great New Year 2017 and I will talk to you again in the new year. :-) xx

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hi everyone,
I haven't been on for a while, lots happening.  I have been getting work together for my upcoming art exhibition at Skerries Mills, Skerries, Co. Dublin which starts on the 28th Nov and is on until the 4th December so if you happen to be in the area or have an interest in seeing my work, why don't you pop along to the exhibition - all welcome. :-)

I will have over 30 works on display at the Mills, almost all are new works done this year.
Every year at this time, I look back on the year just gone at where I am at in my art and where I would like to go with it for next year - a sort-of appraisal of what I have done up to present day.
I still love colours, textures, shapes in what I do but also want to branch out from that to other works.
With my art, it comes from within, hard to explain at times but it is my best way of expressing myself as it all comes out on to the canvas with my use of colour and materials. Its my way of having my true voice of who I am.
Being a self taught artist, I have had to find my own way to where I am today, and at times I was not very confident and unsure in myself, but through trial and error, I have achieved lots and learned so much along the way and it was so enjoyable yet frustrating at times. I will never give up my art - always learning and with my deep love of nature, I will always be inspired to keep going.
I am rambling on here but you know what I mean I'm sure.

I am putting up these two paintings that I did recently for you to enjoy. And in case I am not on for a while, I am wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and great New Year 2017.  Sending love to you all from me! :-)

The first one is:        "By the waters edge",  Acrylic on board,  25.4cm x 20.32cm
The second is:          "Poppy field",  Acrylic on board,   25.4cm x 20.32cm

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer is slipping away from us and already it feels autumnal. It lashed rain all night after we were spoiled with two beautiful days of sunshine. So it's back to the norm once more and much cooler too.
I got a few Golden acrylic paints to try out for a change and I must say, the colours are beautiful and I believe they are completely stay fast and won't change in sunlight over the years. I had some fun trying them out and below are some of my experiments with them. :-) I hope you are all well and enjoying painting!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hi everyone! :-)
Summer is slipping away from us fast with the rain back once more after a beautiful few days with amazing heat - it was so good and we all got into holiday mode with the beaches packed, people out walking, cycling etc., but sure it's Ireland, and we know what to expect and that it never lasts too long. The garden needed the water anyway so happy days!
I have been working away in the art studio and enjoying myself. Trying out new things too. Natures pattern, textures,  and colour is what I enjoy most and between patterns in beach stones, beautiful patterns in the sea cliffs as it erodes from the sea and opens up new colours, the beauty in our woodlands in Kenure and St. Cath's, wild flowers in the fields and the gorgeous flowers in everyones gardens - natures beauty is everywhere for inspiration.
I am putting up a few of my latest works for you. xx

Friday, July 8, 2016

Busy busy bee.....

I will be putting 4 paintings into the Rush Harbour Festival at end of this month and I am having a solo exhibition at Skerries Mills end of November/beginning of Dec. :-)

Just putting up two of my recent paintings for you all.....

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hi everyone,

Well I got the large commission piece finished and it is now on my client's wall in her new home having delivered it on Monday last.  I am delighted that she is happy with it and it looks so well on her light grey wall of her living-room. :-)
It was the biggest one I have done so far (not that big for others but for me it was a challenge) and it was 100cm x 70cm which is quite a good size.
Entitled "Sunburst" and done in acrylic paint and acrylic inks and varnish coating for protection as a final finish.
I am putting up a photo of the piece here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hi everyone.

Hope all is ok with everybody in your world.  Raining here this morning and we were all set to go to visit Newbridge House and Gardens but it will have to be another day now. :-(
Haven't been on for a while, was so busy. My son Glenn was chosen as one of the five garden designers for the Rte 1 tv show "Super Garden" and it has been all go, go, go with helping him on site for about five weeks. His lovely girlfriend, Aiva, came over from Latvia to help too and the garden owners are so happy with the result. You can watch it here in Ireland every Tuesday night for the series. Two have been shown so far and three to go with Glenn's being the last one.  It was hectic for Glenn but so much fun and he is happy with what he achieved in his first ever attempt at designing a garden and he hopes to do this for the future! :-)
Other than that, I am not going ahead with the exhibition at Ardgillan after all - complications with setting it up. So I will set another exhibition date at a future time, maybe before end of year or next year.
I have been commissioned to do a large painting for a new house build and I am so happy with that and it will be a challenge as I have never done one this size before - it is 100cm x 70cm. I will put up a pic when completed.  I have also entered two pieces to the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival an waiting to see if I am accepted. So that's it for the mo.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. :-) x

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hi everyone,

I haven't been on for a while - a lot happening with different things going on here. Haven't had a chance to get much work done . My son is home from Latvia and when things settle I should be on here more often.
Weather has taken up and is lovely and giving it to be settled for a while thank God. It felt like a very long Winter and its great to see all the Spring flowers coming up - hopeful, positive and energetic. 
My last work that I painted was this one below in acrylic ink called "Spring Tulip" and is due for framing soon. Also, I will be exhibiting at Ardgillan Castle this year in July so if you are in the area, keep note of that date in your diary if you would like to see my work. :-)

Monday, January 25, 2016

I also got these three back from the framer and I think they look nice in their frames. See what you think. The cellophane is still around the edges to protect them in case you are wondering what it is. :-)

Hi everyone,

I haven't been on for a while - since Christmas I think. Wishing you a happy new year for 2016.
I am not sure if I will continue with this blog though for much longer but for the moment I am still here.
I have been working on several pieces and trying out different material etc., and I will just show you what I have done so far. I bought some new alcohol inks which are so different from my ordinary inks, they are very quick drying and very colourful but not every support will take them. I used inkjet paper to try them out and gesso panels which are quite good. Got some heavy texture paste too and tried that out and yes, I like it - gives a rougher quality but I like that for using as a background for stone walls, nature paintings etc.,
Here are a few of these works here - some finished, others more to do yet...... Eileen. x :-)