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?..[facebook_like_button][feather_share skin=”wheel” size=”24″]
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![facebook_like_button][feather_share skin=”wheel” size=”24″]
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:
Thanks from me, one very grateful artist :-)[facebook_like_button][feather_share skin=”wheel” size=”24″]
Every so often I get asked whether I exhibit my artwork at Art Shows or Classic & Vintage Car Shows.
Well, I have pocketed a few shows…
Merrion Square ‘Sunday Art’ and Stephen’s Green ‘People’s Art’ throughout 2010… Mosney, Terenure and Dunboyne Vintage & Classic Car shows in 2011… The mecca of Vintage Car lovers – Goodwood Revival in the UK in 2012…
Took a break in 2013 – was injured in a car accident and had to take almost a year off all work… Yet, I still had my first Solo Show in Ireland in Ocotber 2013 (click to see photos and the TV3 feature on my artwork):
If you are one of the lovely visitors who chatted to me during Mosney show, you’d recognize this straight away: Yep, that’s my random humble set up for the day! Was planning to have a beautiful tent, hang all the paintings and Limited Edition Prints properly, have a table for the cards and a chair to catch the rays in… create a small Car Art Gallery for the day!.. Yet, so strong was the wind that i HAD to take the tent down. And then keep covering the paintings with plastic/tent fabric to save them from getting drenched… Life seemed pretty tough for the first couple of hours :-/
Thankfully, the weather picked up and the afternoon was absolutely fantastic (that’s Ireland for you in case you are a faraway reader). Sounds like more commissions are coming my way… Even got a request to paint a rare breed doggie?!..
Big thanks to all the lovely folks who helped me with the tent, the rain cover and the overall support. Classic Car Show crowd is par none!
Got some fresh air at GRAPE in Greystones, Co. Wicklow… Thanks to all the folks who came over.
I was only 98% ready (1% accounting for the missing wind&rain protection, another 1% – for the missing painting fixtures). A trip to Woodies is in order before the next GRAPE art show. Being an artist is so much more than just painting!
There will be some of my new paintings on show at GRAPE on 15th of June 2014… Come over to say hi and get yourself some beautiful artwork!