Another year is drawing to a close. The dark days are upon us, but… the light is just around the corner. The days will soon lengthen and and the promise of warm summer days will soon erase all winter greyness from our minds. Ah, warm summer days…maybe I am losing the run of myself!… warm summer days indeed!
Noelle Graham from Laois is the lucky winner of my Christmas draw. Her prize is a print of her choice from my current selection. Well done Noelle!
I wish all of you a very merry Christmas and look forward to hearing from ye in the new year.
Finished Commission Framed
Coal Tit &n Alder
Long Tailed Tit & Haws
Great Tit & Sloes
Blue Tit & Rowan Berries
I am posting some images of a commission I finished for a client where I was requested to paint some titmice. I was given full freedom to chose the perches on which the birds would perch on, so I decided to portray them with a variety of autumnal fruits.
Titmice are a dapper family of birds anyways but the addition of colourful fruits adds pop to the artwork.
The birds painted were Blue Tit & Rowan Berries, Great Tit & Sloe Berries, Long Tailed Tit & Haws, and Coal Tit & Alder.
I have safely returned to my sister’s house from day two of the RDS Horse Show. It was another marathon day, busier than yesterday. Today was ladies day and the style was great.
I forgot to mention in my last blog that there is an exhibition in Furbo, Co Galway this coming Saturday the 23 rd running a fortnight until 6th of August. Seventeen artists will be partaking in it and it promises to be a great event. TD Hildegarde Naughton opens the preview night on Friday.
Among the artists will be painters, wood sculptors, a metal sculptor, artists who work with glass, textiles and even an artist who works with peat!
I have two paintings in the exhibition, a peregrine falcon perched on a cliff and a seascape.
The venue is the Baptist meeting place about five miles west of Galway city and will be open from 10 am to 6 pm each day bar Sundays.
I recently paid another visit to one of the best birding sites in the country, Bull Island on the north side of Dublin city. The day was cold but bright and high tide was due at about one. I was excited as I drove over the causeway to see rafts of ducks and geese on both sides of the road. I was aiming to get some good painting reference of pintail and therefore concentrated on taking photos and sketching them most of the afternoon. The pintail were very obliging staying close to the causeway most of the day. Most of the afternoon they were in the company of teal.
The shoveler and shelduck were to be found further out on the mud flats accompanied by scores of waders. I did not see a single mallard all afternoon though. I found this surprising.
The highlight of the afternoon came when I saw a peregrine chase a redshank from the clouds to sea level. The redshank managed to take evasive action and the peregrine in his annoyance swooped low over the mudflats and vented his frustration on anything that moved. The marsh came to life as flocks of waders took to the sky and ducks ducked low in the marsh cover!
The falcon flew off into the distance and I finally lost him.
I returned home with a headful of exciting ideas for paintings. I began a painting today which depicts pintail and teal. I shall try to keep you all posted with its progress.
New Pintail and Teal Painting
I am lying here on the couch feeling extremely full after a late Christmas dinner watching Sherlock on the tv. It is hard to believe that the year has nearly slipped by and we creep ever closer to 2020.
I would like to thank all my blog followers and customers for their interest and support in my work. It has been a busier year than last for me so am I very pleased with that. I had two prize draws during the year at the various shows I exhibited at and I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners…Sam Barry from Terenure and Mary Turtle from Garvagh. They received a print of their choice from my current four.
Well folks I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and and a prosperous new year.
I have had quite a few enquiries as to whether I will be showing my work in Limerick city in the run up to Christmas. Unfortunately the Xmas Bazaar is not being held this year in the city so I have decided to attend the Killaloe Antique Fair held in Lakeside Hotel on the 29th of this month. This is a short drive from the city and was a very well attended event when I last exhibited at it in 2013.
The Galway Fly Fair was a great event again this year and I did manage to sneak away from my stand for an hour on the Sunday thanks to some obliging friends of mine. The weather was terrible and fly casting was difficult to say the least with strong gale force winds blowing in from the bay.
Sales were good on the Sunday and I got a few commissions so was quite pleased. It was great to meet old customers and some new ones!
I will be exhibiting my art at the Irish Fly Fair in Galway this weekend (5th-6th). The venue is the same as last year, the Galway bay Hotel in Salthill. I will have a good selection of paintings on display including some new works. Might see you there.
I have decided to exhibit at the upcoming Dublin Horse Show. It will run from the Thursday the 5th of August until the 9th of August.This is a huge event in the Irish equestrian calendar and draws a large crowd from both home and abroad.
As well as the horse events the show offers the public great shopping in the various halls. I myself will be showing my artwork in Hall 3.
I have posted a few images of some works I painted both recently and last summer.
Pinkfeet Geese flying to roost