Monday, 15 December 2014

Near and Far

Thinking of someone faraway? A friend on the other side of the world? A loved one ten thousand or just 10 kilometres away? My illustration, "We're Always Connected By Underground Wires" now available as an A4 print in my little on-line shop.  

Early evening very near - sunset at 4.07pm. Summer and sunlight a faraway memory, the closeness now of a candle and some twinkly lights.

Addressing envelopes with faraway addresses, a moment of nearness.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Remember the birds

Hello first day of December. Mild and misty you are this first morning. Milder on the western seaboard, the weatherman says on the radio, and rain on the way for the afternoon, spreading from the west. The afternoon will be for painting so.

My 94 year old Grand-uncle farmer sits by his window, also in the west of Ireland, observing the weather and the birds - he cannot walk out and about as much these days - but he always feeds the birds and he says they come back and sing for him. They are good company those little friends.  The painting above is inspired by him (available as an A4 print in my little shop). Don't forget to feed the birds this winter - it will be like a song investment!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Open. On a Monday in November.


After many weeks hammering and sawing and constructing and arranging, my little on-line shop is officially open! On a soft Monday afternoon in November, the footpaths a little wet and slippy with leaves but the air mild and the light infused with a gentle ray of sunlight. You are very welcome to take a peek!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Grey greetings November

A November weekend unfolding in many tones of grey. Paynes grey mixed with tiniest splash of Ultramarine blue and an even tinier splash of pale yellow for a wash of sky. River reflecting that grey but darkened with burnt umber. Greys that are 5000 thousand years in this landscape; stones carried by many hands to make a monument of light. How did they know the course of the sun so well. A silvery grey the moment a mist descended. Crows cawing, the perfect sound accompaniment for the greying afternoon.

Happy new week with scents of fresh wet leaves and misty morning walks.

Friday, 31 October 2014


October is leaving with a smile (sun shining) and a hug (warm breezes). So mild the window is open. No need to have the radio on with sounds coming through the window from outside; wind rattling leaves, a neighbour over the wall raking his garden. They are in tune with my paintbrush rattling in a jar of water.

Happy last day of October - thank you for your colours and fruits and berries and your leaves that accompanied me everywhere - swirling down into my hair, crunching underfoot, sticking to tyres, whooshing in the door.

PS. Above: a painting that hopefully soon will be available as a print.
PPS. More Octobering 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Animation Art Show

Above: my submission, "We're always connected by underground wires", for this years Animation Art Show . Happening 17-19th October in the Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Lots of art to be auctioned and all the proceeds going to two children's charities.

Also: some music for a rainy Friday evening :)
Time to clean my paint palette and brushes and empty the jar of water.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Three islands and Summery Autumn

These September days holding onto Summer's warmth a bit. In the daytime anyway. Sunny walks and outdoor cups of tea, decorated with many colours now; dots of orange and red berries,  yellow leaf speckles underfoot, trees brushed with rust and gold. In the evening though, Autumn is at the door, the light retiring sooner and chill, smoky scents in the air.

Three islands. One with an ancient ring fort edging a 100 metre high cliff, the one in the middle with the smallest population, and the smallest one with a lighthouse and a dolphin visitor. Boats instead of buses - stay on til the last stop!