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Horse and Hound Pub gets a beauty treatment

A much-loved (since 1790!) Horse and Hound Pub in Delgay, Co. Wicklow, has just got a wall beauty treatment by my brush&paint:

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The horse & hound mural went up despite the rain, the bitter cold and its less-than-easy-to-reach location. Check out work-in-progress and the massive Height for Hire cherry picker I learned to operate for this job:

In addition to the mural, the pub now sports a new hand-painted double-sided sign:

To sum up, three new horses and three new hounds were added by yours truly to the centuries’ worth of art collected by this most charming pub.

To see more of this historical gem (currently for sale if you’re interest!) go to www.thehorseandhoundsale.com

Irish Seaside – Killiney

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!).

'Killiney Beach' Polychromos&UniPin on paper 30x40 cm
‘Killiney Beach’ Polychromos&UniPin on paper 30×40 cm

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.

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Irish Seaside Series

What comes to your mind when you remember your favorite seaside spot?… Well, here is what comes to mine:

'Dun Laoghaire Harbour' Polychromos&UniPin on paper 30x40 cm
‘Dun Laoghaire Harbour’ Polychromos&UniPin on paper 30×40 cm

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:

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Learn to paint flowers

Unleash your romantic side! Paint a flower 🙂

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.

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‘RACING GREEN E-TYPE JAGUAR’ Limited Edition Print

Racing Green E-Type Jaguar Limited Edition Print by Irina Kuksova…Was _URGENTLY_ asked to frame a giclee print: it is a gift and it is to be delivered ASAP.

IKEA frames are no substitute for a custom-built frame, yet, look! – the print is well protected and shamelessly exudes E-Type awesomeness :->

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