Saturday, September 30, 2006

Passing Storm Côte Sauvage

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Passing Storm Côte Sauvage
20 cm x 15 cm. 7.9 in x 5.9 in.
Watercolour
“Just to the south of where I live is a wonderfully wild bit of coast line called “The Savage Coast.” This time of year the beaches are covered with a rich layer of kelp thrown up by the storms. Some times I go down there, wrapped up well against the wind, with a bottle of wine and a few oysters for lunch. Do some painting and drawing, then make my way home. All in a days work!”
Now for my sales pitch:
This little painting is for sale, it will arrive, signed and dated with a mount, in a protective envelope. The prices are inclusive of shipping and to be seen at the side.
You can also buy it as a limited edition print, in a print run of only 25 and printed on 190g Bockingford Inkjet Watercolour paper.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Grey Shutters

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Grey Shutters
15 cm x 20 cm. 5.9 in x 7.9 in.
Watercolour
“This house stands deserted and forgotten on the road to Inzinzac. When the sun shines on its dilapidated plasterwork it becomes a riot of subtle colours and interesting textures. When it rains it is hard to imagine a more forsaken little building.”

This is also available as a limited edition of 25 prints

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Parasol Mushrooms

Parasol Mushrooms
19 cm x 20 cm. 7.5 in x 7.9 in.
Watercolour
“The first mushrooms that I have found this year. These are parasol mushrooms, or lepiota. They were clean and fresh, growing beneath some old hazel trees on the edge of the field. Standing up over the dew soaked grass like sentinels of autumn, their soft earthy smell quietly heralding the change in the seasons. I have enough for supper for they make splendid eating. I suppose I should add that they cause upset tummies in some people and you should check very carefully before eating fungi. I have foraged for fungus for many a year, tried a lot of them and have a few favourites. You have to make your own mind up on the fungi as free food fing!”
This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Night Mist


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Night Mist
13 cm x 20 cm. 5.1 in x 7.9 in.
Watercolour
“I am often awake and working in the middle of the night. Last night, with the light of a faint waxing crescent moon, the night mist made soft and ethereal shapes across the garden towards the field. Surprisingly this painting took just as long as the others have although at first glance it is just a bunch of blues and greys! I think it worked, for me it did anyway. This is what it looked and felt like. As a painting it is not perhaps the most colourful or uplifting but then this painting a day game is all about practise and keeping fit as an artist, so maybe after a while it is important to try out some new moves. This is one, painting the night!”
Check out a bigger watercolour that I finished today over on my other blog Muddy Red Shoes
I would love to know what you think.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Evening Sun


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Evening Sun
14 cm x 19 cm. 5.5 in x 7.5 in.
Watercolour

“The early evening sun backlights the trees, a last burst of green glory before the leaves begin to turn. It has been raining so everything is clean and bright, I loose count of the number of greens.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Monday, September 25, 2006

Apples and Acorns


Apples and Acorns
15 cm x 17 cm. 6 in x 6.7 in.
Watercolour

“At this time of year the window sills in my house start to resemble a kids nature table. Every walk results in little collections of brightly coloured fruits, leaves and nuts. Soon wonderful mushrooms will be appearing in the forest and pumpkins and squashes on the market stalls. All rich sources for drawing and painting.”
This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Rainy Night in Hennebont

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(that was quick! print still available)
Rainy Night in Hennebont
15 cm x 20 cm. 6 in x 8 in.
Watercolour

“It is still warm but the rain is quite heavy, people run from their cars into bars and cafes. The wet cobbled streets shine with the reflections of street lights, familiar objects take on the abstraction of the night.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Blues

Blues
15 cm x 10 cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Watercolour

“This is a papier-mâché bowl that I made sixteen years ago. The night that I was putting on the blues I found that water splashed onto the dry paint then sponged off made great patterns. So I sneaked into the kid’s rooms and while they were sleeping, I put their little baby hands onto the bowl and dabbed away with the sponge and the paint. They woke up the next day with strange blue-hand-itus but that washed off. I, on the other hand, have a bowl that, sixteen years later I can use to evoke the blues just by looking at those tiny handprints. It does no harm, every once in a while to enjoy a little reflection.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Friday, September 22, 2006

Field Track

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Field Track

22 cm x 15 cm. 8.7 in x 6 in.
Watercolour

“Another misty morning, it has been such a dry summer that autumn seems to have arrived quickly. The hedge rows and field edges are rich with burnt oranges and a thousand different browns.”


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Painting 100


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Self Portrait With Shaved Head

22 cm x 28 cm. 8.7 in x 11 in.
Watercolour

“ This is the 100th painting a day. Which I think calls for a celebration. So here is a self-portrait. Portraits in watercolour are difficult and this took a little longer than the maximum two hours that I normally allow. But doing it for 100 days is an achievement and its not every day that I get the opportunity to paint a woman with a shaved head, even if it is me! Setting myself the task of doing one painting a day has been a challenge, sometimes having to get up early in the morning to be able to do it as well as illustration and commissions… but it is a practice that I would recommend to anyone. It has made me realise that I need to paint my own stuff as well as what I am asked to do by other people and so the spin off has been a huge increase in work on my part, more paintings than I show here. Soon I shall be looking for a gallery, or two, to take my work, so if anyone out there is interested get in touch.”

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

September morning

September morning
15 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour

“If you scroll back through the blog archives to July 20th you will find this same view, another early morning. This was a coincidence; it must be something to do with the 20th of the month. Two months on the light is very different, the barley has been cut and the seasons have moved on.
I like the continuity of this idea, and might repeat it later through the year.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Guinness


Guinness
10 cm x 15 cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Watercolour

“It’s the light and the dark again, in a slightly different form. I thought it was time to come inside, out of the wind, and enjoy another of Irelands treasures!”

This is only available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25 (23 remaining)
Printed on heavyweight 100% cotton rag paper, signed and numbered.
The price for a print is:£15.00 UK. $30.00 USA. €22.00 Europe

Monday, September 18, 2006

Four Paintings of Church Island

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Four Paintings of Church Island
Each one is 15 cm x 25 cm. 9.8 in x 5.9 in.
Watercolour

“Lough Currane is like a bowl of the purest water sitting in a cradle of mountains in County Kerry. In the middle of the Lough is Church Island, a small windswept place with the remains of a tiny 6th century monastery and a burial ground. It is a place of stillness where the voices of long ago sing on the wind.”

The price for the original set of four painting:
£300.00 UK. $560.00 USA. €440.00 Europe
This is also available as a set of giclee prints in a strictly limited edition of 25
Printed on heavyweight 100% cotton rag paper, signed and numbered.
The price for the set of four prints:£60.00 UK. $120.00 USA. €88.00 Europe

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Church Island Two

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Church Island Two
15 cm x 25 cm. 9.8 in x 5.9 in.
Watercolour

“This is the second in a set of four making up a panorama of Church Island. More tomorrow or maybe late tonight."

Church Island One

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Church Island One
15 cm x 25 cm. 9.8 in x 5.9 in.
Watercolour

“This is the first in a set of four making up a panorama of Church Island. I wanted to convey the feeling of the mountains all around. I probably should do about 26 paintings but for now I am doing 4. There may well be another one before the day is out.”

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Church Island

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Church Island
37 cm x 33 cm. 14.6 in x 13 in.
Watercolour
“This is where St Finian is reputed to have founded a monastery in the 6th century. Here the remains of a tiny church and burial ground sit peacefully beside the waters of Lough Currane, gazing on the forever changing face of the mountain Coomcallee. A windswept resting place, full of ancient voices.”

The price for the original painting is:
£75.00 UK. $140.00 USA. €110.00 Europe

Sunday, September 10, 2006

White Sheets

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White Sheets
22 cm x 18 cm. 8.7 in x 7.1 in.
Watercolour
“Very simple today. A sunny Sunday morning, I hung the washing on the line and the patterns made by the sun shining through the leaves onto the sheets were lovely. I wanted to try to capture all the blues in the white sheets, and the play of light on them. I wish I could add the smell of clean washing!”


This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Garden Chair

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Garden Chair
22 cm x 22 cm. 8 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in.
Watercolour

“In this painting I have been trying to paint the spaces, looking at the shapes they make rather than the objects themselves. As well as the play of light and dark it is important to try and infuse the feeling of the place. It is the afternoon, work has gone on in the late summer flower borders and now it is time for tea. A chance to sit a while in an old chair, to enjoy the colours and smells of the garden and watch as summer turns into autumn.”


This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Friday, September 08, 2006

Table in The Shade


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Table in The Shade
22 cm x 22 cm. 8 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in.
Watercolour
“In my Mothers English garden, the autumn is heralded by the fiery colours of the Virginia creeper. The table in the shade, where summer meals were eaten, now holds harvested carrots and baskets hang ready to be filled with apples.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25 (22 remaining)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

While I Was Away


Trying to do a painting a day while attending a family wedding was very difficult, to be honest it was quite nice to have a couple of "days off". I did however use my sketchbook a lot and so here are a few pages from it.

Sketchbook pages





Playing

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Playing
10 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour
“Two little people who spent ages absorbed in their game of digging a hole in the sand. Every now and then the older one trotted off to get some water. I love people watching on the beach.”
This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Friday, September 01, 2006

Morning Mist

Morning Mist
18 cm x 15 cm. 7 in x 6 in.
Watercolour
“Mist rising from the fields turns the world into a watercolour! Very slight variations in the greens and ghostly trees with the silage bales framing the field like rows of milk teeth. There is a touch of pink in the sky but I doubt that the screen can show that.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25

Up The Lane


Up The Lane
18 cm x 14 cm. 7 in x 5 1/2 in.
Watercolour
“Looking up the lane into the sunrise. The light seems to have been thrown around like a bucket of paint, glorious splashes of red and orange.”

This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25 (24 remaining)

Apples


Apples
17 cm x 16 cm. 7 in x 6 1/4 in.
Watercolour
“The birds have started to gather and the apple trees that line the lane are heavy with fruit that catches the early sun like jewels. A rich harvest.”
This is also available as a giclee print in a strictly limited edition of 25 (24 remaining)