Monday, July 28, 2014

Shelf and newt


Am very pleased to show this great shelf Dolf put up for me in the room, to store my paintings. Will make some box shelf additions, the plan is to go look for them over the next few days. That way I can store even MORE STUFF .... 


Had a little surprise the other day while clearing away weeds in the back garden, we have some more newts! Beautiful little creatures. I will keep an eye out for more of them, and keep the camera at the ready. What with all the plants out there, and flies and spiders and things, we probably have an entire colony. I should weed more. Or maybe weed less so we have more newts. The jury is out on that one. 





Friday, July 11, 2014

The garden this July, 2014.

For two months I worked on my garden almost every day, and then what with the wonderful weather in June, everything just blossomed ... Here are some shots.


I've no idea what this yellow stuff is called, it only blooms in the summer, and it takes over entire areas. I'm going to move some of it to the very back of the garden.





When we moved here, my mother gave me a poppy head with a few seeds in it. I keep finding poppies in the oddest of places!


I threw down a few seeds about ten years ago, and now get borage every year. Great for pollinators, the flowers are great for salads, and come the autumn the plants are great for composting.


I keep hoping the flowers on this will change to blue - they were pinkish last year, now they are white, so maybe .... 


Got a lot of iris flowers this year, due to the great weather in June. 


The staple of Irish hedgerows, the fuchsia. I have a few large bushes, all of which grew from cuttings I took from wild hedgerows. They are an incredibly prolific plant, and so pretty.


I have a couple of fruit trees out the back, so far this year I see apples only. 


Garlic grows very well in Ireland, which is great because I love it. You can't beat fresh garlic. And it is nice to draw and paint too - so versatile!


Onions going to seed. Last year I collected some seeds and got plants from them, which was nice. 


Technically a weed, but pretty and colourful all the same. I love clover flowers, and once I mow the lawn, these will be gone. Most of the lawn has white clover flowers, but there are several patches of purple.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Not related to art, more a community type of posting - for all you runners out there.

My lovely neighbour Bridget, who is one of Life's Great Organisers, has asked me to share this following, which will also be on the www.ILoveLimerick.ie website.

This is something for those who enjoy running, walking or just being active, and/or like vintage cars. Should be a nice day out!

 THE GREAT BALLINGARRY 10K RUN
and
VINTAGE ROAD RUN
IN AID OF
THE MID-WESTERN MATERNITY NEO-NATAL UNIT
SUNDAY 15TH JUNE 2014 (FATHER'S DAY),
BALLINGARRY, COUNTY LIMERICK


REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 18970                          REGISTRATION FROM 11 AM 

RUN/WALKERS RACE STARTS AT 1 PM AT BALLINGARRY HALL

VINTAGE ROAD RUN STARTS AT 12.30 AM             
                                    SPONSORSHIP CARDS AVAILABLE                                              

CONTACT: 
BRIDGET: 086-0577224           NORA: 087-9516719
 GERRARD: 087-2920204         RICHARD: 087-2565393

          MARY: 087-1333443


Bridget, if you're seeing this, apologies for not including the pictures, for some reason they wouldn't copy, and I'm not enough of a computer wizard to figure out why.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New work: one of the last of the Street Party series.

The reason why it's 'one' of the last is because I keep seeing things in them that I want to tweak.




I originally called it the Spraoi series because the Spraoi festival of Waterford was why inspired it, but later changed it simply to Street Festival. The painting spent a few days in Carlow, but now it's back home with the rest of the family. Am very pleased with it. I like it the best of all 19 or so Street Party paintings I've made.

I think that I will take stuff outdoors today, and work on that. I have a couple of acrylics I want to work on, but I'm also rather keen on drawing again. And maybe adding watercolour.

Such beautiful weather we've been having lately .... 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Prices up on Saatchi page

Am feeling rather psyched, because most of them are now priced there - two of the oil ones aren't yet simply because there seemed to be technical issues at the Saatchi end, but no matter, it's only a few minutes to enter those details another time when those issues are sorted.

So, here are the ones I have posted on my Saatchi page, the links below lead you to where I posted them in this blog:

Backpacker Venus
Cigarette Smoking Man
Campo Dei Miracoli III
Carrier of This Reality
Sailing to Ischia I
Rendez-vous at the Trevi Fountain
Caloptric Chamber
Aventine Wedding (also available as prints)
Ten Minutes
All Time, Everywhere, Anyone
Campo Dei Miracoli IV

Prices are on the Saatchi page, as is other information. Now I must get back to the day job. Cheerio folks!