My Birthday Painting


Hi to everyone ,
Thank you all for the good wishes.
Just finished this & each time I look at it, it makes me feel happy! 🙂

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Hi all,I made the monster in the centre brighter, so just an update, thanks.


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This is my latest painting, inspired by my love of gaming.
I have created a scene using a few nurses from Silent Hill ,
One of the creatures from Dark Souls tripled & a little 2000 AD.
Mostly acrylics & a far cry from my usual work!
I know it’s on the dark side but I love it. It may never
be 100% finished. I’ve been a busy bee battling the fibro &
have more to show you soon . There is also a double meaning
in the title …. is it Scar City or Scarcity you decide

Thanks for your time &


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Crystal Cup




Hi to everyone , a little bit of whimsical fun today.
Hope you enjoy.

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Here’s  an unusual portrait of my Son.

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An Plateau Oilithrigh ( The Pilgrims Plateau ) 23 × 17 inches

The inspiration for this piece came from the tales of the Native American People.
In particular the story of the elders going to the mountain to die & with great accuracy
be able to predict the exact day of passing away.

Thus the saying “Today is a good day to die”
The belief behind this came from the close connection with
Nature & spiritual cleansing ritual. 
I wanted the piece to have a Celtic twist.
After climbing a steep set of steps the first sight is a Dolmen ( Celtic burial tomb ).
After walking under the Dolmen there is a simple bench, to sit & reflect for a while before
a short walk through a very simple Celtic doorway, the gateway between
this & the otherworld.
Hope you enjoy, bye for now .

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Frog Blog

Hi Everybody,

Hope this Valentine’s Day finds you all well.

Today’s piece is my first attempt to paint a creature. I was attracted to painting this from the wonderful varieties of colour on these tiny  tree frogs.

Little Prince Oil & Acrylic on Slate 16" X 14"

Little Prince
Oil & Acrylic on Slate
16″ X 14″

This little guy took approximately a month to complete. Using a slate, I  first painted the background with acrylics and washes and the frog himself by using oils.  The original background had been Indian Red colours which I changed to a mix of Cadmium Yellow  Indian Yellow and a touch of Sienna.

I believe it is quite fitting on this special day to post him for all the folks out there in our world who may wish they had a frog to kiss … just in case!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone !

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Double Delight

Hi Everyone,

I would like to start today by saying thank you to all the people who welcomed me back. The warmth of well wishes truly surprised me.

Today’s piece I began in early November. The thinking was to give it to a much loved family member for Christmas.

Blossom on a Branch Oil on Canvas  10" X 8"

Blossom on a Branch
Oil on Canvas
10″ X 8″

I spent 3 or 4  hours everyday on it for weeks and then had to revert to Plan B for the gift idea.

The painting is only 10″ x 8″ and I found it extremely challenging as the flowers are lit from behind. I knew very little in the techniques to capture this so the process  was a learning curve.

The painting is now complete and I have to travel about 200 miles to deliver it.

Whilst photographing it for the blog, I decided to try the negative mode on the camera…

Blossom on a Branch Oil on Canvas  10" X 8"

Blossom on a Branch
Oil on Canvas
10″ X 8″

I have displayed them both so you can decide which  you prefer!

Hope you have  enjoyed today’s small offering.

Go Raibh Maith Agat

(Thank you)


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Hi Everyone,  Hope you are all well and enjoying life.

I have been off line for a while and have some serious catching up to do with  you all!

The Return Oil on Canvas

The Return
Oil on Canvas

This is my first landscape using the Bob Ross Wet-on-wet technique in a while. It’s called “The Return” because it reflects the feelings of  getting my life back!

The last few months have been so busy for me what with one thing and another . Thankfully I have turned a corner for now with my health. This has given me the chance to do things that a while ago would have seemed impossible…

…being able to travel and spend time with family, getting to grips with my new camera with a crash course in photography and setting up a separate studio space for  the wet-on-wet and of course being creative!

It’s great to be back blogging and aim to do so twice a week  I want to thank everybody for the brilliant comments and support. You have done my confidence as an artist a power of good and helped me through some tough times.

So from the grey mists of the Midlands of the Emerald Isle

Slán Leat!

 And Watch this Space…




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wpfaI have been really lucky to have been nominated for awards. It has taken me some time to put together the lists from them. If I have been feeling any way well at all recently I have been putting my energy in to painting.  I am really grateful for the nominations so here goes.

I want to say a big thank you to Eight Legged Gemini for nominating me for this award from her blog I must say I am delighted!

My nominations to those who have made me feel valued and that I value as part of the World Press Family are:

Agata at   a wonderful artist, her posts a bright breath of fresh air!

Carpe Bootium at who gave me my first ping back and continues to make me smile

Darsworld at – an inspiration who despite chronic pain produces amazing wealth of informative and interesting articles. Really hard worker who still manages the time to give support and encouragement

Hanno Phenn at   What can I say about Hanno? He’s a fabulous digital artist and a real friend!

Her Tree House Blog at  A truely remarkable woman who writes about her experiences with fibromyalgia in a way I can really relate and sends me good karma!

Jean Turbridy at  a wonderful writer and Irish sociologist who combines her talents very well.

 John Heatz  at  a blogger who’s work is a must for all gaming fanatics with the latest news and great reviews.

Klara at  an entertaining writer, who has given me great support and encouragement

Replicant Core at   fabulous photographer who’s likes have consistently encouraged me from the start.

Zypcryk with  a writer with chronic pain who’s interest inspired me  inspired me to write St. Anger – The Artist’s Pain Chronicles

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.( Sis)
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them
5. That is it!

A  special mention Brenda at and Ed Mooney at both of whom I’d love to nominate but already have the awards, well done guys doubly deserved!

And thank you to Sean at for creating this award.

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