Irish Seaside Ladies are getting slightly more realistic
Miss Lehinch is the first to try on a slightly more human form. She is also the first to be painted on a new kind of support – Dibond – primed and sanded just for her by yours truly.
If you’re a Dubliner, you’ve probably seen a few painted pig sculptures lurking in the city. If not – look here! This is ‘Splashy':
‘Splashy’ is one of a herd counting 100 pigs in total, each hand-painted by a selected Irish artist (Splashy’s decoration is all my doing). She is a proud part of ‘Pigs on Parade’ initiative by Jack and Jill children’s charity . You can SPONSOR or PURCHASE this Pig by donating to Jack and Jill. For all information call +353 45 – 894538/660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack and Jill provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage up to the age of 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. They also provide end of life care to all children up to the age of 4 years. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care.
If you or your company would love to help this good cause, contact Jack and Jill now.
Have you ever been to Killiney beach, Co. Dublin? For me, it has always been a place of solitude (no matter how many people hit Killiney beach on a good day!).
In summer 2013 I suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident – I still feel it to this day – and had to spend most of the following six weeks in bed. Thankfully, that year we were blessed with a fantastic hot summer so I spent lots of time lying on Killiney beach instead of my bed! The sun heat proved therapeutic – it helped to ease my neck and back pain, which at first seemed to be resistant to painkillers. So there goes my Killiney beach impression – being alone, not wishing anyone to disturb me, not able to do anything but doze or look at the sand, the pebbles and the blue sea waves. And – have an occasional Chupa-Chups.
What comes to your mind when you remember your favorite seaside spot?… Well, here is what comes to mine:
This is my impression of Dun Laoghaire harbor in Co. Dublin, Ireland: elegant and shabby, full of fun, fish, lobsters and flowers, but also seaweed, mooring ropes and sails. Each small element of the picture is inspired by something seen in Dun Laoghaire.
Here are some progress shots: from pencil to Uni Pin, to a coloured in image:
Hmmm, which Irish seaside spot should I draw next?..
Rarely do I paint landscapes, let alone flowers! The only flowers I painted were peonies and roses from my grandparents’ garden. I was 4 or 5!
Decades later, I got presented with a lovely bunch of peonies to celebrate the completion of my first Greystones Art Class season. With my renewed interest in oils, I felt inspired to keep these flowers forever – their painted version that is! If you are into painting yourself, here is a tutorial in pictures.
Hope your summer is going great and you get inspired to paint the some amazing beauty we are blessed with this season!
All of my artwork was wind-proofed by tying all paintings and easels to the car. So if one decides to get blown off… they’ll all go!
Knowing that the artwork is secure, I could happily wander around. There were many classic beauties on show, from rusty hybrids…
to gleaming color-assorted MGs! Big thanks to all visitors who took time to browse my stand and say very kind words about the artwork. The cherry on top was to see this in my Facebook News Feed the day after the show: