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)


Posted in Art, Irish, Nature, Painting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments


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…




Posted in Art, Fibromyalgia, Health, Irish, Landscape, Nature, Painting, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

WordPress Family Award

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.

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged | 39 Comments

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 🙂

Posted in Abstract, Art, Painting, Slate | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

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  🙂 

Posted in Art, Irish | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

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!

Posted in Art, Irish | Tagged , | 19 Comments

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

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.  McsIrish Art -Check it out!

What is your passion? Art

Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts? Equal

Buffalo Tom Peabody at

Eight Legged Gemini at

Elephant at

Hello Fig at

Hobo Hippie at

Iarxiv at

 Jon Petruschke at

Net Dog at

Off the Wall at

Stuff I Find at

The Ptero Card at

White Rabbit’s Gallery at

Posted in Awards | Tagged | 8 Comments