Friday, August 26, 2011

Second posting


After much deliberation decided to put a spider and web and a snail into the picture. I used a pen and nib dipped into acrylic paint for the web but some parts came out to thick, so I am not very happy with it, but I think it adds a bit of life to the painting

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More runners

Just finished this, acrylic  and black fineliner on acrylic paper, quite please with the overall effect but made a bit of a mess of the right hand front runners face. The background was painted using a matt glazing medium, but I don’t think I am getting it right. I keep practising glazes but I never seem to achieve quite what I want.
I have started a version of this one in coloured pencil ,will post it when finished.
Just a reminder that if you are in the Midleton area between 5th and 10th September, call into INA McCARTHY for FLOWERS in the Main St, where 20 something of my art class members are exhibiting.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coloured Pencil



For the last couple of weeks I have been practising   with coloured pencils. I really  like the feel of them, but you do need infinite patience with all the layering you have to do compared to using paint. I got the original image for this on the internet, Wet Canvas I think, which was the watering can, box and the flower pots inside the box, I added a couple of flower pots and the foreground and background flowers from my own references and imagination.Looking at it again, I have decided it needs a spider in a spiders web, maybe strung from the spout to one of the pots. I will have to use Goauche or Acrylic for this as the background is too dark to add a web with pencil.


I have another coloured pencil work nearly finished, based on this photo from the Ballycotton 10 road race this year.I will post it in the next week or so.

September 5th sees the opening an exhibition   of paintings  by  a group of artists  from my classes at INA McCARTHY for FLOWERS, Midleton Co Cork. This is their first exhibition and over 20 artists are involved,  everyone has a style of their own, so if you are anywhere near the area it’s worth a look.

Monday, August 15, 2011



Just to let anyone in the area know.I am currently exhibiting with the Old Road Painters group, in the gallery at INA McCARTHY for FLOWERS, Main Street Midleton.Call in if you’re close.

Friday, August 5, 2011



Having taken loads of photo’s of the Ballycotton 10 Road race, in March, I thought maybe I should do something with them. I am constantly trying to change my style and I have a couple of ideas about the background , rather than using what’s in the photo, but I would be interested in ideas from others.


This is the photo I used as a reference, as you can see I have not tried to include all the runners and not tried to do recognizable faces.