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Here you can find few tips about watercolor painting, exhibition news and my thoughts on life as an artist.

ArtSource

ArtSource 2017 I know its overdue but there is a good reason why I'm only writing about ArtSource now! It was such hard work and to be honest it took some time to get back to my usual rhythm and routine. Also there was a couple of commissions that I had put on hold...

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A thousand words

Ever heard the expression "you look but do not see"? This got me thinking about what we see when we look at a painting. If you asked a dozen people to look at the same painting would they all see the same thing? Naturally they'd all be looking at the same picture but...

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Bales of Hay

Summer is gone! I'm not a farming expert and don't pretend to be but at the end of each summer I see the fields of golden barley disappear to be replaced by fields of bales and they always remind me of big pillows. Like the fields are getting ready to sleep, silly I...

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The Giving

The Giving I've been thinking lately about my paintings. Thinking about how yes I enjoy painting but like giving a present is it the giving? Or the present? Or the look on the persons face when they open the gift? I know I'm not giving stuff away here, a girls got to...

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Forever Young

Forever Young I recently painted a picture called "forever young". It was part of my sea breeze exhibition, or to be more precise it was the star of the exhibition!! It was my signature piece , a beech scene with two kids playing in the water (it was my daughter and...

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sea breeze – behind the scenes

Everything about 'sea breeze' Wow!! What a great opening night! Thank you so so much to everyone who attended my "sea breeze" exhibition's preview evening. It is great and humbling to know I have so many fans and supporters and friends, again thank you all so much!! I...

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Pink Candy Wrappers

Pink Candy Wrappers They say every cloud has a silver lining, for me the dark clouds and rain means time to catch up on correspondence. For this whole day of miserable weather I was working on catching up on social media, emails, pricing commissions and wrapping a few...

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‘Sea breeze’

'Sea breeze' exhibition To all my online followers and supporters: You are invited to my solo exhibition in The Gaslamp Gallery called 'Sea breeze'. It is a collection of 13 previously unseen watercolour paintings featuring the North Wexford coastline. This selection...

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Small Pleasures

Small Pleasures   Today I thought I'd talk about my small acrylics. Over the last few weeks the weather has been a little better than the norm I've spent a lot of time at the beach. Now normally I'm a watercolour girl but recently I do indulge in acrylics and in that...

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Portrait bible

Portrait Revolution - The Portrait Bible I received this book today, and I'd like to share the story behind it. For those of you who have the book you might have noticed there is a small portrait done by me in this book, it is on page 32 (photo below) It was drawn on...

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Portrait of Rosa

White pastel portrait on black paper I haven’t done many portraits recently, as I’m trying to steer away from them. This one was done as a favour for a friend and I really enjoyed doing it. I happen to have new bright light in the studio which means that I can work...

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Dublin Plein Air Festival

A Breath of Plein Air Wow! What a week! And I'm not talking about just the weather! I am talking of the fab week that was the inaugural plein air festival organised by Paul D'Arcy and supported by Fingal County Council and many other sponsors. And how well it was...

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Free Watercolour Classes

Painting Classes in the garden Series of FREE watercolour painting classes coming up in Kimurry Nursery as a part of Wexford County Flower & Garden Festival. Classes will run daily at 10am throughout the week of festival (Monday 3rd July - Friday 7th July). This...

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Thoughts after Bloom and new exhibition news

Bloom! Bloom!!! Where do I begin? I know it's been two weeks but it feels longer and I'm only just getting back to normal!! The show itself was only 5 days but the preparation was months!! For those of you who have never heard about it, a quick recap. Bloom is the...

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Meadow Glory and Bloom 2017

Bloom 2017 This year I have the pleasure of showing my paintings at famous Bloom In The Park - Ireland's largest garden festival held as always in the center of Phoenix Park, Dublin. Avid gardeners from the four corners of Ireland will once again congregate on Phoenix...

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The Red Gallery

Painting Poppies Painting lipstick red poppies is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I think I have painted hundreds of them by now. And still love it. Somehow I cannot resist joyful display of color. It couldn't be more intensive and saturated. And in...

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Camellias – time lapse video

Camellias watercolor 42cm x 57cm Available Camellias, time-lapse video. Hope you will enjoy this time lapse video of how I painted Camellias. I had photographed these lovely blooms in Waterford and just had to paint them. I had changed composition a bit and added...

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Buzz in Purple

Watercolor workshop As some of you know I spent the last weekend in Waterford at the first, and hopefully not the last, Art on the Island festival. Among the many activities on offer yours truly here had the pleasure of leading my first watercolor workshop and I have...

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Sea, waves, boat and painting

Rhythm of the waves This painting is a commission I did recently. Now I always relish the challenge of  painting water, but this one I particularly enjoyed. A little history first, about two weeks or so before painting this I decided I'd head out for my first plein...

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Art On The Island

Waterford Castle Hotel On Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th 2017 I will have a pleasure to exhibit with fellow artists at Art On The Island event, which will be located on the beautiful grounds of Waterford Castle Hotel Golf Club. Below some links if you need...

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Mum’s Garden

Painting Roses I decided to name this new painting 'Mum's Garden' . I didn't have any recent pictures of her garden and my memories of our garden from my childhood is of vegetables and fruits rather than flowers. Different days friends. Anyway I used multiple...

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All about green

St Patrick's Day I've been in Ireland now 13 years and each year I'm still amazed at the excitement and atmosphere on st "paddys" day, this year even more so as it's on a Friday so we have a long weekend thrown in as well!!! So in the spirit of the day Happy st...

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How to name a painting

Naming a painting I have always struggled when it came to naming a painting And until recently, I have always felt bad about it like it was a flaw or my fault in some way, I painted it, why can't I name it? Somehow I was always lacking the words when it came to naming...

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Gaura and a lovely day

International Women's Day Yesterday was an International Women's Day and for that occasion I have planed to paint and post a photo of a new floral painting. What better to share on that day then a painting of very delicate and feminine flowers. I had started painting...

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‘With Love’ time-lapse video

Time lapse video (2 min) showing creation of 'With Love' watercolor painting. What better way to extend the life of your valentine's bouquet then painting it? “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”...

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Demonstration in the Pigyard Gallery

Last Saturday in the Pigyard Gallery I had the pleasure of giving a full demonstration on floral watercolor painting. I painted harebells, which (as I found out from one of the attendees) are native to west of Ireland. You can find more information about those lovely...

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‘Waterside’

Great to see an article written by Maria Pepper in the local paper about myself and my upcoming exhibition 'Waterside' Exhibition opening night is tomorrow at 6pm in Pigyard Gallery, 13 Selskar Street, Wexford. All welcome! 'Waterside' is a selection of floral...

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Why do I paint flowers?

Why I do paint flowers? This is a question I got asked good few times and recently I even asked myself: Why do I love flowers? Why do I love painting them? My adventure with flowers and plants has started when I was a kid. My mum loved her garden and house was filled...

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Watercolor in your living room

I got a request recently from one of my followers to borrow my painting home and to sort of 'try it on' and see if it would look good in their living room. I did agree as the painting in question was already framed. It made me think about how difficult it is to...

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Exhibition News

I'm really excited to finally be able to share this news with you. 'Waterside' Is the name for my upcoming exhibition in Pigyard Gallery in Wexford, Ireland. It is a selection of 11 previously unseen watercolours. It opens on February 9th with reception at 6pm....

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Glendalough painting

So honoured that my painting of Glendalough was presented to outgoing US Ambassador Kevin F. O Malley at last night's gala in RDS Dublin. It was presented by Manging Director of BT Ireland Shay Walsh for ambassador's contribiution to Ireland. The painting was...

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Lillies

Lillies It's 9th of January  and I like the way things has started for me this year! I have been very busy painting for my new exhibition in The Pigyard Gallery in Wexford which will start in February. There will be few landscapes of Wexford and couple of my favourite...

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New Year!

Hi all and firstly can I wish everyone a happy New year! And seeing it is the time of year for new starts and resultions I thought I might share some of mine with you. Blog more First I plan to blog more, keep you more up to date with what I'm up to or planning to do....

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‘Serenity’ exhibition

Hi guys, I'm happy to finaly be able to show you 12 original pieces from my 'Serenity' exhibition in The Gaslamp Gallery in Gorey, Ireland. The idea was not to show the pieces before, so they were not published on the website or social media before. Not even on my...

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Watercolour paint along classes

This summer I'm back in Killmurry Nursery for a 3rd year of Paint Along in Watercolour Lessons. Each day is a stand alone lesson and no previous experience is necessary. For those interested please book in advance here. I will be there each Wednesday and Thursday...

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Art in The Open 2015

I am really excited that I got to bring home Silver Award for participation in Art in the Open exhibition, over 140 artists took part in this biggest in Europe plein air painting festival over 7 days. The award is for the painting of Lake in The National Heritage Park...

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Watercolour painting – what do you need to start?

Here is the list of watercolor materials that I recommend for beginners:   Paper: For sketches and learning how to paint and use brushes i recommend very basic watercolor paper, you can buy  it in bulk in many art supplies shops, here is the link to  50 pack that...

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‘twenty14’ exhibition in Wells House

  'twenty14'   it is a collection of my very recent paintings, all of them painted in 2014, most of them in second half of the year. It is my first solo exhibition! Opening and wine reception on Thursday October 16th at 6pm Exhibition continues until Sunday November...

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Sunflowers

Late summer, gardens filled with yellow, red and orange flowers. My favorite is old-fashioned sunflower. And it happens to be the only flower that I find hard to paint! I took few references photos and decided to give them a go one more time! I painted this first in...

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September

September came so I started walking my daughter to school again. This is the view we get on a cold but sunny September morning. Sorry for blurred photo but it shows true colors. watercolor...

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