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 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!


REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 18970                          REGISTRATION FROM 11 AM 


VINTAGE ROAD RUN STARTS AT 12.30 AM             
                                    SPONSORSHIP CARDS AVAILABLE                                              

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!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Interesting article from the Huffington Post, and an update

And if you weren't sure what certain art terms mean, you might find them in the link.

Even though I've been making art since I was a child, I learned a few things from this. Goes to show that you can learn stuff from anyone, anytime. And yes, I too am a post-modernist.

The update: I've weighed and measured some paintings for the Saatchi Online Gallery, so now it's just a question of entering in that information, finding the link to the appropriate tax form again - can't find it where the link was, but I'm sure I will eventually - and getting that sorted, and figuring out the cost of packaging the works, as some will be more expensive than others, and ultimately figuring out what I want to charge for said works too.

I do have another project I want to finish, a front page for an e-book. Luckily it's my own project, so I needn't worry about irate authors; but still, I want it done and out there. When the book is up and available, I'll post a link to it. Any day now!

But here in County Limerick it's not raining, the dandelions on the back lawn are getting very big and cheeky, and I do have plants to move, flowerbeds to weed, flowerpots to wash, seeds to plant, daffodils to dead-head and manure to collect. All to be done over the next few days - it's a big garden. I like working in the garden. It's great exercise, and it's given me some ideas about stories and paintings and pictures .... I find that when I focus on doing something with my hands, the mind is at liberty to wander down lost pathways and discover interesting things. Or something.

See? I'm a post-modernist.