Sunshine on a cloudy day

I’ve been racing the onset of winter with this latest project to transform a wooden gazebo… …into a perpetually sunny, coastal themed summer-house, and finally finished last weekend. I’m pleased with the results which combine traditional postcard scenes on the outside panels with a more ethereal internal vibe of airy sky- blue walls and ceilingsContinue reading “Sunshine on a cloudy day”

Swan Lake (finished)

I’m happy to finally lay the pastels down on this painting of the swans at Lough Neagh. It’s been challenging to paint but i just find the light so mesmerising and the swans so dramatic against the evening sky. It’s also been a bit of a learning curve – working towards what o thought wasContinue reading “Swan Lake (finished)”

Swan Lake

August was busy. I only managed to get one painting done (see my previous post about standing on the shoulders of giants for my painting of Northern Ireland’s beautiful Giant’s Causeway – better still, come visit the Causeway itself!) – I’m a bit disappointed in myself The good news is I think I’m now startingContinue reading “Swan Lake”

Seabirds at Dundrum

I have to admit, when I started this set of seabirds in late February I didn’t expect to still be painting them in mid May. But they’ve seen through the end of winter to the start of the warm weather. I usually feel a mix of elation, excitement and sadness when I come to theContinue reading “Seabirds at Dundrum”

The home strait….

Those of you who have been following will know that I’ve been working (slowly and with multiple interruptions and distractions) on a commissioned series of four seabirds, based on the local seabirds of Dundrum Bay, County Down in Northern Ireland (which you’ll also have picked up is my favourite place – and for good reason).Continue reading “The home strait….”

Wading in…

I feel like a naughty school child waiting outside the principal’s office to give an account of myself. It’s been at least 6 weeks where painting sadly has been abandoned whilst I have focused on transforming the bottom of my garden from jungle to fairy-lit patio. I’m so pleased with the results, but now it’sContinue reading “Wading in…”

Taking flight – Work in progress

As I mentioned before I’m working on a series of sea birds that will all share space together – two large paintings of a heron and an egret that will bracket two smaller (but still pretty substantial) paintings of a cormorant and an avocet. These are all birds that you can see in Dundrum Bay,Continue reading “Taking flight – Work in progress”

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. 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 reallyContinue reading “Paint what you love”