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”

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Growing up in Northern Ireland, one of the first things that you learn in school and in life is that there’s more to this world than meets the eye. Ladies and gentlemen, there’s enchantment all around – the landscape has been etched by fairies and folklore (don’t cut down a hawthorn tree or the fairiesContinue reading “Standing on the shoulders of giants”

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….”

Trumpet fanfare!!

Finally it’s here! The VIRTUAL PANDEMIC EXHIBITION of 2020 by the Pastel Society of Ireland. It’s been a challenging year. Across the whole world we are agreed on that. Its been full of tears and fears and loss and loneliness. But it’s also shown us unexpected joys and love and new friendships and hopes. ThroughoutContinue reading “Trumpet fanfare!!”