Faces in Spaces

Faces in Spaces Oil on Slate 75 cm x 28 cm

Faces in Spaces
Oil on Slate
75 cm x 28 cm

Hi, Hope everyone is having a good day.

Today is the first showing of my latest piece of work and I am very happy with the result. The original idea was to create a painting in one day by simple colour blending.

This type of work is ideal for me to do as it allows great freedom regarding brush strokes and the application of of paint. The method disregards the limitation that fibromyalgia strives to impose on me.

The painting on slate turned into a week long process using only oil paint, linseed oil and a fan brush.  I have found  dozen different faces and figures emerge as the finished piece is looked at, click the image and see how many appear for you!

I sincerely hopes that this  inspires you to try this method of colour blending. It’s great fun and you never know what may happen!

Hope you like 🙂

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A Shore Thing!

Shell Pastels



Thank You to everyone for all your support and well wishes over the last while, it all helps 🙂

Today it’s raining in the Irish Midlands. I love where I live but sometimes I do miss living beside the ocean and the beach where I did when I was growing up.

The last time I was at the beach was when I brought my partner to a very beautiful place on the East Coast of Ireland.It is the place from my youth & close to my heart. Now one of my fondest memories is of my sweetheart and I doing Tai Chi on the beach then being very childlike, running around taking silly photos!

So here’s a little reminder of that day, a picture of a conch shell I picked up , created by using pastels. I have only used pastels a few times & I really enjoy the freedom of colour blending.

Hope you like this piece and  where ever you are, I hope the Sun is shining outside. If not, try to remember regardless of the weather, the Sun can always shine in you!

Thanks again  🙂 

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A Tiger’s Tale




After a fierce bout of chronic pain, once on an even keel physically it can still take time for mental and emotional balance to return. When the pain is at its worst, I can not paint. Sometimes once it has passed, it is easy to pick up the brushes and start again, sometimes my confidence  is shaken.

Yesterday, instead of giving myself a hard time for not painting, I treated myself to some time out to look back over my early portfolio.

It was great to look back and see my journey from the start.  I found this sketch from 7 years ago when I was struggling to find my identity, searching for my favourite medium.

I still love drawing and sketching although the fibromyalgia makes detailed drawings very tough. In fact I hardly ever sketch any more as I have found my favourite medium,  Oils.

I always advise people never to throw out their work. It is surprising how after putting a picture to one side for a time , it can be then seen much more objectively.

The good points of each piece are more obvious, the mistakes are viewed more kindly, the progress of artist skills can be mapped plus a multitude of memories of life and inspiration are revived.

It is like spending time with old friends!

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Sunshine Awards


The “Sunshine Award” is awarded to bloggers who “light up the dark corners of our minds” and “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogoshphere”

Many thanks to Agata’s Arts Corner for nominating me for this award. It really did cheer me up  especially as my health has not been the best. So I am delighted for the opportunity to nominate other bloggers who richly deserve this award for making me smile.

Here is what is asked upon receiving this award:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award in one of your blog posts.
2. Fill out the Question & Answers below.
3. Choose up to 12 bloggers to pass this award on to.

The Questions:

What is your favorite color?  Black

What is your favorite number?  0

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Tea

What is your favorite alcoholic drink?  None

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What is your passion? Art

Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts? Equal

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Egg on My Face!

Eggs- Playing Pollock

Eggs- Playing Pollock

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been off line for a while as the fibromyalgia has been brutal – even the very thought of blogging has been overwhelming.

I am coming around a bit today so to keep things simple I decided to make a page of my abstract work blogged so far.

Creating the gallery was easy but for the life of me I couldn’t work out how get the page appear on my blog. I searched the forums and felt so confused by the answers, I submitted a question myself.

Once it was posted, I clicked on one more forum and there was the answer in the simple terms that even I could understand – issue resolved in seconds!

For anyone out there who may be having similar trouble the link to this wondrous piece knowledge is http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/pages-not-showing-up-for-menu-insertion?replies=15

So the Abstract Gallery page is now up and running. Feel free to have a browse, just click the link under the header!

Hoping you are having a good day 🙂

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Hands of Stone

Hands of Stone Hand Carved Slate 71 cm x 40.5 cm

Hands of Stone
Hand Carved Slate
71 cm x 40.5 cm


I am a big fan of boxing and a good amateur during my teenage years. My three favorite champions are Mohammad Ali, Roberto DuranSugar Ray Leonard.

Today’s piece is called “Hands of Stone” after Roberto Duran, his nickname being “Hands of Stone”. I know he was a controversial character but one of his most famous quotes “I would rather be a hammer than a nail” – I think is brilliant.

There is a movie coming out soon of his life story & I am looking forward to seeing it.

I can tell you that to carve these slates I needed “Hands of Stone” myself !

Hope you like, Thanks  🙂

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Galaxy of Love

Interpretation of a Spiral Rose Shaped Galaxy Oil on Slate 76.5 cm x 49.5 cm

Interpretation of a Spiral Rose Shaped Galaxy
Oil on Slate
76.5 cm x 49.5 cm


This is my latest piece and my second painting of Deep Space. It has taken 3 weeks work and I am very happy with it.

On the other hand I am slightly disappointed because the best photo I could take does not do it the justice it deserves, there is so much detail not apparent.

That said I have a beautiful painting and the photo does give a good basic representation of the work.

I have always been fascinated by the wonderful array of forms and dazzling colours found in deep space. This is an interpretation of a Spiral Rose Shaped Galaxy.  Being self taught I am having to learn techniques  as I go, so all  advice or feedback is most welcome.

Thank You 🙂

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Oil on Slate

Oil on Slate


Today’s painting brings back memories of living the dream. It is one of three painted on a beautiful summer’s day in a riverside garden out in the wilds of Co. Galway.

It came about when my partner’s daughter complained of being bored. We hauled out the easels with the idea that I could show them how in a few hours using the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique they could easily paint something to be proud of, that all it takes is practice. As the enjoyable afternoon passed, we  completed our efforts and we each had a nice painting.

My partner and her daughter were happy with their pictures – especially my step-daughter. She now has it hanging proudly on her wall, the trouble is to her annoyance, nobody believes she painted it as she forgot to put her signature to it!

It’s O.K. Ceire, we know you did it and did it well!



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Go with the flow

Winding River- Oil on Slate 67 cm x 38 cm

Winding River-
Oil on Slate
67 cm x 38 cm


Today’s painting is a Bob Ross technique of wet-on-wet oil on slate.  Although I started painting on slate through necessity  I now find thatI prefer it. Canvas is a relatively smooth surface, the slate is a little more unpredictable.

I don’t spend hours sanding the slate. I am prepared for the uneven surface with its bumps and holes. I do spend time sanding the edges as they can be very sharp and I wouldn’t want anyone getting a nasty cut. Once this is done, the slate is washed off and away I go!

I like this slate the smooth oval contrasting with the shape of the slate. I hope you like it too.

I have just finished my latest piece of work, I have it drying and can’t wait to show it to you

Wishing you a great day 🙂

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If You Go Down to the Woods Today…..

Wild Woods Oil on Canvas

Wild Woods
Oil on Canvas
60 cm x 51 cm

Hi Everyone,

Today, a walk in the forest!

The idea of wandering off into the woods on some great adventure with a hint of danger, brings me back to the world of childhood memories. I grew up in an area where there were plenty of places to head out an explore, a paradise for a group of young lads!

We would take off in the morning with sandwiches and juice into the countryside around the town. I remember a gang of us walking for hours trying to find a crow’s nest between the horns of a cow of which we had heard about…. innocent times!

I hope you like the painting, it was created using the  Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique.

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