Monday, November 28, 2016

Ink Pigment on Acrylic Paper.
A4(11.5" x 8")
Photo courtesy of Deb Snelson

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

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

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?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ink pigment on watercolour paper.
Image size 12"x 8"
Framed size 16"x 12"
I found this beautiful old wooden house in the middle of the forest on a birdwatching trip to Poland a few years ago. It seemed abandoned but had a satellite dish, so maybe it was lived in.Would have loved to own it , in such an idyllic spot.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Derelict Cottage 2. Ink pigment on watercolour paper. Image size 295 x 210 mm.

Another in the series, "Derelict Cottages", 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Another in the "Derelict Cottage" series, although this one looks as though it could be lived in, didn't make it derelict enough

Monday, May 30, 2016

Derelict Cottage.
Ink Pigment on watercolour paper.
Framed size 18"x 14"
For Sale €200

Another derelict cottage believe it or not. Would buy it tomorrow if I had the money for the restoration. Oh well, have to be satisfied with painting it.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Derelict Cottages, Gap of Dunloe.
Ink pigment on watercolour paper. Framed size 18”x14”
For Sale €200.00

Couldn’t resist trying this one. These derelict cottages must have been photographed by just about everyone who visited the Gap, including me. Not sure what it is about dereliction that attracts me, maybe it’s the history of the place, who lived there, how many generations started their life there? Must have been a tough life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Another ink pigment

Ink pigment on paper. 210x295mm
Framed image 13"x17"
For Sale €195

Reference for this painting was a photo I took a few years ago in Ardmore, Co Waterford of the Protestant Church. It was the light that attracted me and I hope I have achieved this in the picture.                      

Thursday, March 31, 2016

First effort with ink pigment

Ink on acrylic paper. 210x295mm.

Recently found an ad  online for ink pigments , I have been looking for something new to try so ordered a selection of colours. Evidently these have been around for years, but I had never heard of them. To use, they are very similar to watercolour except you can shake pigment onto the paper and then spray with water. There seems to be many ways to paint with them and the colours are very intense.
Above is my first effort, still have a lot to learn but fairly pleased with the outcome!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

First work of 2016

“Coloured pencil on cartridge paper”

For this painting I used a reference photo from the site “Paint my photo”  .Many thanks to Christine for her fabulous picture.

I was reminded so much of my own trip to India, many years ago, where some people lived on the street and passed their everyday lives on the pavement , eating , sleeping, and washing their kids. while I would not like to live on the streets but, with the weather we are having ,I wouldn’t mind being in India at the moment!