Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Portrait painting

Sometimes I like to paint portraits with oil paints and big brushes. It makes a change from painting teeny flowers with tiny brushes ;)

One of my favourite portraits is The Fisherman's Mother (1893) by Irish Artist, Helen Mabel Trevor.
It hangs in the National Gallery in Dublin.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Wedding bouquet

Flowers for a friend's wedding. Her favourite flowers, she told me, are Peonies and Daffodils. They do not bloom together in July - but on my painting desk they grow at the same time ;) Oak tree leaves (the tree for July, (13th June-10th July in Irish folklore), symbolises protection, keeper of the woods and all that dwell therein like deer). Ginny-joes: blow and make a wish. Many Ginny-joes: blow to make many happy wishes for her and her husband.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

She "introduced" me to cloudberries

July sunshine and Morning were smiling to each other this morning and I went out and made a third. Sitting on a wooden bench under the dappled shade of two apple trees. With a coffee. And my camera and a letter to read.  The leafy trees put on a show, thrilling blissfully as the breezes rushed through them.

Above, a painting for a girl who introduced me to cloudberries (they are the little flowers painted around her feet). She is a talented knitter and a tea connoisseur!