Sunday, January 29, 2017


"Punts in Ballycotton"
Acrylic on canvas
16"x12" Unframed

I took this picture a long time ago, the punt in the back being that used by the lifeboat to ferry to the crew to and fro. Initially tried to use ink on the canvas surface but this did not work, the ink bleeding too much, so was forced to try acrylic over it which seems to have worked.
I have tried to keep it loose but have as usual got tied up in detail, but I think it has worked out alright.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

End of Autumn


The End of Autumn
Ink Pigment on Acrylic paper.

This painting came about almost by accident. One of my students was trying out ink pigment. She discarded this one and I said I might use it as a background. There was a pool of paint in the centre so I let it run and the basis of a tree appeared which I then worked up with a black fineliner pen. The leaves were an afterthought which I put in with acrylic paint.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Abandoned.
Ink Pigment on Acrylic Paper.
A4(11.5" x 8")
Photo courtesy of Deb Snelson
http://www.debsnelsonphotography.com

I couldn't resist this subject when I saw it. I worked from a photo I found online, and asked the photographer if I could use it for a painting to which, I am glad to say, she agreed.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Grey Heron


Juvenile Grey Heron
Pastel Pencils on Mi Teinte Pastel Paper
8"x12"

I love Herons, they remind me sometimes of sentries outside Buckingham Palace, they can stay so still, both when perching and fishing, when they can stab like lightning and bring out a fish which they swallow whole.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Magpie Morning
Soft pastel and pastel pencils on pastel paper.


I thought I would go back to the bird paintings for a while, so tried this one with pastels. Not a superstitious person but the old chant "one for sorrow , two for joy" came to me, so put the other one in on the ground.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Peek a Boo


Oil on Canvas Board
7"x5"

Using up oil paint left over from classes , it made a nice change from the ink pigment I have been using lately. I had a small painting on a canvas board that I had discarded, unfinished, so decided to use the board.
I have painted so many derelict cottages lately I thought a derelict car would be a nice change, still the same theme though.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Derelict farmyard

Ink pigment and acrylic paint on acrylic paper.
11.5" x 8"

Really on a roll with these ink pigments although I have used small amounts of acrylic paint on this one. Another derelict farmyard that I would love to own, but wouldn't have the energy to renovate. Looking for a name for the painting....any suggestions?