Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday morning, 21st May, it's raining, but this is Ireland, we expect it to rain, so make the most of it, at least we won't die of thirst.
Had a nice surprise yesterday evening, my wife said she heard a Cuckoo, haven't actually seen or heard a Cuckoo in the village in 40 years of birding here. Luckily it started calling again and I spotted it in a Sycamore tree in the garden next to mine.
                                                                         

I'm back working with coloured pencils on my Birds of Ireland series, Only about 400 left to do.Lol
Here's a work in progress, "Song Thrush" using coloured pencils on Bristol board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Friday, May 11, 2018

For the Birds

 "Yellowhammer"
12"x 8"
Coloured pencil on acrylic paper

"Eurasian Wren"
12" x 8"
Coloured pencil on Bristol board


Back to the birds and coloured pencil, I still have the intention of painting every bird common to Ireland, however I think my production needs a boost. 

Monday, January 8, 2018


"Thames Barge"
Ink pigment on Acrylic paper.
16" x 12"

Another painting using ink pigment, I really like using this medium, the colours are so vibrant and I find them easier than watercolours. Going through a phase of boats at the moment, which I love, although I'm a lousy sailor.

Friday, October 20, 2017


"Fishing Boats in Ballycotton "
Ink pigment on acrylic paper.
16"x12"

Whenever I am struggling for inspiration I turn to the harbour in Ballycotton. With all the different boats, most commercial fishing boats ,  others waiting for their weekend owners to take them out on a pleasure trip, I never fail to see a potential painting. For this painting I used my (at the moment) favourite medium, ink pigment, with a small amount of acrylic for some of the smaller details.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Cobh from the pier.
16"x12" Ink pigment on acrylic paper.

The colourful town of Cobh is a great inspiration to paint. Love this view from the pier. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Apple Blossom Time



Ink pigment on acrylic paper.
16" x12"

Back to the ink for this one .Took the reference photos myself in the beautifully wild garden alongside my studio.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Market Street in Kinsale
16"x12" Coloured pencil on card.

Back to the coloured pencils for a while, a view of Kinsale from an image I took a few years ago. Can't begin to count the hours that went into it but I think it was worth it. I have taken photos of the work in progress which I will post if anyone is interested.