Friday, December 28, 2012

Sins of the past



Just found this painting buried in my old studio, it was painted by me 23 years ago,I had only been painting a couple of years. It was hanging in a local pub for years, but when the pub was sold it was gutted and the painting ended up in the skip…obviously it didn’t appeal to either the former or latter owners. A friend saw it and rescued it and returned it to me, it has been buried ever since. It’s a bit smoke damaged and scuffed but I cleaned it and another friend fell in love with it so I gave it to her.

So be warned….your sins will come back to haunt you….lol.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reworked Kingfisher



Painted this in 2007, but was never really happy with it, being fairly new at the time to coloured pencils I found it difficult, or maybe I didn’t have the patience, to build up the colour to the extent needed. I hope I have made a better hand of it now!

When, years ago, I first started painting, it was birds that were my main interest and I spent hours in the field trying to sketch through a telescope and then making finished paintings at home. I never felt that I managed to transfer the life from the sketches to the paintings, so gradually did less and less birds.



I think I’ll give it another try, for a long time I have wanted to do a series of common Irish birds, so maybe nows the time.