Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sneak Peak!

There's a real autumn air around at the moment - heating oil has been delivered, wood burning stoves are being set up, chutneys and preserves are being made with the last of the harvest and we're bracing ourselves for another cold winter! I love it - the low sun and it's special light, unique to Ireland. I've so much planned for the Winter, but first....'s a quick sneak peak of a new piece for the show in Meubles Kilkenny! Am loving these - have two ready to roll and hoping to get a few more done in time :-) Only a few days to go eek!  Don't forget the opening reception is at 6pm - (Wine from the Wine Centre, Kilkenny - Thank You!) Exhibition runs for the month of September.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Exhibition for September!

I've been offered an exhibition for the month of September at the beautiful Meubles Cafe in Kilkenny! I'm very excited about this as they stock great furniture, have funky wallpaper AND lovely coffee! Ohh lala!

I'm excited about sharing some of my new work, making new and lovely connections and offering it all up to be viewed and enjoyed At the mo I'm up to my eyes in frames, press releases (God I hate doing that!) invites and paint (last!) IT's a busy time but great - it's all affirming and positive

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Oh and I nearly forgot! - Exhibition runs from 1st SEpt - 30th Sept 2011 - Meubles Cafe, Kilkenny, Ireland - link to their site with contact details here

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I heart notebooks!!

In 2009 I treated myself to a concertina notebook, and challenged myself to fill it. Each page spilled onto the next so no picture actually finished and none started.

I found at the time that I couldn't work with colour - i wanted to concentrate on line, concept and focus on draftsmanship, so I limited myself to graphite, pen and ink. I completed it and the entire notebook stretched to around 12ft long. I always wanted to do the other side in a coloured story - it may be my next project!

Inside this notebook was one of the first drawings I did of my lady - Inspired by a good friends heartache..... she turned out to be a keeper!! Below is a larger piece based on the drawing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Home Angels

I made these a little while ago based on the characters in my paintings. They are hand carved and hand painted angels, embellished with vintage buttons (I've a slight button fetish!) and vintage papers - These were so much fun to make, playing with hearts and shapes on the body. I'm thrilled to say that most have sold! Only two left.


This week I'm making some fabric dolls - beginning to really enjoy these ladies and the inspiration, strength and possibilities they hold :-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

IF - Imperfect

Imperfect Love, imperfect painting, imperfect life. Such a great theme this week. This painting was based on a lyric 'no more dreaming like a girl so in love with the wrong one' Florence and the Machine

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


It was himself's birthday recently and to celebrate I painted him a picture. It's been a big year with lots of changes, new house, new baby, new dog et all. When we got married we had Kahlil Gibran's readings at the ceremony - I adore his writings and incorporated his piece on marriage in this picture, along with two love birds and the wings are made from 70's fashion illustrations (the men are sporting some awesome looking tashes!!) . The centre of the heart has three flowers representing our family unit, all together now... ahhhhhh

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

prospects are good - update!

Never did give an update on our veggie delights - most of the veg is beginning to come in and thanks to some shrewd swapsies with a fisher man, along with the hens still producing, we've been pretty much eating for free the past while. It's been a dream to be self sufficient and a meal you've produced yourself tastes soooo good!

Here's a quick pic of an earlier crop - we've got around 20/30 tomatoes a day now so we've to come up with some creative ways of preserving and storing. Himself made some ketchup last night - mmmmmm :-)