Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Painting



Just starting a new picture and I am going to try to remember to post pictures as the painting progresses. This is the drawing,for which I used the grid system to transfer the image from a smaller photo. You can see the remains of the grid after erasing as much as possible, the paint should cover the rest.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


"Mr & Mrs"
Oil on board
15"x 8"

After a very long break I am back to using oil paint, I had forgotten how vivid the colours can be and the ease of blending  colours together. This is the first in a series of three and I will post the other 2 in a few days.This painting will be for sale soon on this blog as well as my website www.artbyphildavis.com, and also on my facebook page www.facebook.com/artbyphildavis/

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Ink pigment on watercolour paper. 16"x12"

Another painting of one of my favourite subjects and medium.

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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.

Monday, March 20, 2017


A view of Cork City
Ink Pigment on Acrylic Paper
16"x7.5"

The first painting of Cork City for a long time. Tried to keep it loose but was very hard not to get bogged down in detail.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Miniatures



More miniatures showing Ballycotton Lighthouse. Available to buy on www.artbyphildavis.com or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/artbyphildavis/

Friday, March 17, 2017

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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.