Paint what you love

I’m very excited to be about to start a new themed series of paintings of local #seabirds for a client.

original pastel painting of #greyheron #waterfowl #heron #seabirds #waterfowl #bird #nature #wildlifeart #wildlife #spring #woodland #irishartist pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat card 30cm x 30cm

I’ve just finished an architectural commission of an old family home which i know has meant so much and brings so many memories back for that client. Seeing how my paintings impact on clients really means a lot to me and I feel a huge responsibility when i am trying to capture other people’s memories.

However i am excited for this new series.

Birds are some of my favourite subjects to paint – I love the challenge of trying to capture their lightness and “flightness” and the luminescence of light on feathers.

original pastel painting of #bluetit #bird #nature #wildlifeart #wildlife #winter #woodland #irishartist pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat card 20cm x 20cm

Better still, this series will feature all  the birds i can see in my beloved Dundrum (County Down, Northern Ireland), where i spend my #summerholidays every year with family.

Large original #seascape painting of #DundrumBay with #Mournes and dramatic #sky and #sea in soft pastels on Clairefontaine pastelmat board. 100cm x 70cm. #seascape #clouds #sea #ocean #NorthernIreland #CountyDown #Mournes #Dundrum #Newcastle #SlieveDonard #Donard #Murlough #summer

Dundrum is definitely my happy place – a peaceful, beautiful and back-to-basics-sand-in- your-toes-in-tune-with-nature haven. I LOVE IT

Anyway,  I’m just on the brink of starting the series,  so watch this space and in the meantime here are some of my favourites from the birds I’ve already painted – you can see more on my portfolio page, with limited edition prints available to buy in my online shop. I hope you enjoy.

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