Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Summer pears

While I don't have as much as time as I used to, I am really enjoying the splashy wet washes! Maybe because time is so precious that I allow myself to have more fun with painting and not get too tied up with painting a whole picture...

Initial wash with quinacridone gold and turquoise on Arches 140lb paper.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Primroses in June..

This spring, the primroses seemed to put on a fantastic display of  bigger plants with explosions of flowers, even more than usual. In Connemara, it's a harbinger of spring, like a small mound of scrambled eggs springing up in the hedgerows. The yellow petals facing towards the sun lift our hearts after a long winter.

This year, I have not had as much time to paint as I used to, but I manage to grab a few hours here and there, even if just to sketch. That's why it has taken a few months to finish a painting that was started in the spring!

Initial wash of quinacridone gold and turquoise. i have tried out Sennelier watercolour paints and they're just gorgeous. I then worked into the dry wash picking out the negative spaces and using a wet brush to pick out the veins in the leaves.

Watercolour on Arches 140lb paper.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April wash

...more blood oranges! The wild flowers are only coming into their own now, so for the moment another blood orange wash. The daffodils have put on a gorgeous display, but for some reason I am not drawn to paint them, I have no idea why!

This wash was done using quinacridone gold, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna all added in various layers and wet into wet. I used candle wax to resist a final layer of the aliz crimson + quin gold wash to get a little more texture into the oranges. On Bockingford 140lb not paper

Monday, March 17, 2014


..and Spring is definitely in the air! The mornings & evenings are brighter, the birds are singing and tiny buds are bursting out all over the hedgerows. We got the most gorgeous blood oranges so I've used those for my march wash.

Quinacridone gold, alizarin crimson initial wash, then worked over with the same colours when dry. Lastly Quinn gold and Windsor violet for the darkest bits. Some splashes with a Quinn gold & aliz crimson wash with some watercolour pencil shavings using rough sandpaper. On Bockingford Not 200lb paper.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February wash

Although it's still very cold and winter storms are still battering the west Atlantic Coast, I sense a small shift in the air..... The evenings are brighter for so much longer, there are tiny green shoots where the montbresia grows....so you never know, Spring might just be coming!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

This past year brought great changes in my life: membership to the Ulster Watercolour Society and the Ulster Society of Women Artists. I was thrilled to become members of both art organisations.

In July, I was offered a job that changed our lives around and set us on course for a new adventure. This job offered the opportunity to work about 15km from our holiday home in Connemara, so on August 26th, we packed our belongings and set sail for the west. As you know this has been our spiritual home for so long and the place I love to paint in most. We were scared and excited and looking forward to our new adventure.

It's now 3 months later, and although I haven't had time to paint or draw, i have been absorbing the stunning surroundings which do the soul good. We have settled in well into our community and slowed down so as to enjoy those chats at the garden gate to pass some time with a neighbour or passerby. We have survived the full-on Atlantic storms, the complete darkness of mid-winter and look forward to Spring. The seasons are so amplified here than in the cities, I'm excited to see what the year brings.

Happy painting and health and happiness for 2014!   P.s I still haven't worked out how to post a pic from my iPad....grrrr,

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