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

New work

Outdoor Painting I kept up my plein air painting practice throughout the year, but for the outdoor painter there's nothing more satisfactionary then...

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Artform plein air award 2022

Artform plein air award 2022

Painting Dunmore A few weeks back I headed to Dunmore East for a bit of a painting. Two of the paintings I did while there I entered in the Dunmore...

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Painting Bluebells

Painting Bluebells

Couple of recent bluebell paintings I started this painting on location in the woodland around Kiltennel Church and finished in the studio. There is...

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East Cork

East Cork

East Cork Deciding to take advantage of the double bank holiday i loaded up my gear and headed to the beautiful coastel town of Youghal. It is a...

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2021

2021

2021 Normally at this time of the year, I give a little review of the previous year listing the highlights etc but here I sit, pen in hand...

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2020

2020

2020 I was never a fan of summing up a year like it's some sort of book I just read and I have to give a book report. New year is just a date like...

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Under September Skies

Under September Skies

Under September Skies During the month of September I decided to create a painting a day. I also made the decision to extend my plein air painting...

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Rose Petals

Rose Petals

Rose Petal Picking My mum used to make jam filled doughnuts. They were the most delicious doughnuts I ever tasted and her secret was that she would...

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#portraitsforHSEheroes

#portraitsforHSEheroes

Portraits For HSE Heroes   #portraitsforHSEheroes is an initiative started on April 22nd by artist Bernadette Doolan who adapted the idea from...

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Staying Home

Staying Home

Staying home. Here I am writing this post at the end of April, when I should be spending most of my time outdoors, creating or seeking inspiration....

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Commission Process

Commission Process

Like most everyone now i have more time on my hands, a positive aspect of this is I can take more photos and videos along the way to show you my process. It usually starts as an emotional response to a picture, looking at reference photos, to developing an idea and ending by following through to painting.. Read More

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Holiday painting

Holiday painting

Holiday painting Over the years artists have always looked for inspiration in new places and nowadays is no different. As great as it is painting...

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2019 Farewell

2019 Farewell

2019 I am a bit late in saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new!2019 was a year of ups and downs, but I think more ups than...

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Social Media

Social Media

Social Media I just found out today that over 400 hours of video content is added to YouTube every minute. That's over half a million hours per day....

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Plein Air Painting Talk

Plein Air Painting Talk

 Dunmore East Recently I had the opportunity to paint alongside other artists from South East Pleiner society in Dunmore East. This was my first...

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Studio Update

Studio Update

Studio update It's been over a month now since the official opening of my studio and it is fair to say that I am well settled in! To begin with in...

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2018 Recap

2018 Recap

2018 So a few days late but the time has come to say goodbye to the year that was 2018. How does one measure or assess a year? We all have our own...

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Studio Move

Studio Move

Studio Move It's 4 years since I decided to become a full time artist. At the time I needed to revamp my website and also design a logo. I went with...

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Watercolor v Acrylic

Watercolor v Acrylic

Golden Waves Although at this stage I'm painting with watercolor for over 10 years, and on the other hand acrylic is a relatively new adventure for...

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Herd

Herd

Deer Painting As I was finishing this picture, Paul was passing my studio and when he saw it he commented something like: -We're painting fantasy...

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Cheers to a New Year

Cheers to a New Year

2017 Here we are at the end of another year and as is the norm time to look back on the year that was or in this case reflect on my artistic year....

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ArtSource

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...

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A thousand words

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...

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Bales of Hay

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...

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The Giving

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...

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Forever Young

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...

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‘Sea breeze’

‘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'....

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Small Pleasures

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...

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Portrait bible

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...

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New work

New work

Outdoor Painting I kept up my plein air painting practice throughout the year, but for the outdoor painter there's nothing more satisfactionary then a beautiful summer. I want to share some of my new plein air paintings.

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Artform plein air award 2022

Artform plein air award 2022

Painting Dunmore A few weeks back I headed to Dunmore East for a bit of a painting. Two of the paintings I did while there I entered in the Dunmore East plein air competition. The exhibition for same was this week and myself and Sophie headed down for the opening and...

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AITO 2022

AITO 2022

Art in the open 2022 Another great outdoor painting festival is already behind us and here are my hightlights in photos!Paintings Below are paintings I created during the festival. Click on the image for the full photo.

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Painter’s FOMO

Painter’s FOMO

Waterford Trip and Painter's FOMO Ok so It's the summer, with a promise of some fine weather so thought to myself why not book a trip to Waterford same as last year? So booked myself into a hotel in Waterford, felt like it would be a good base and the views weren't...

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Painting Bluebells

Painting Bluebells

Couple of recent bluebell paintings I started this painting on location in the woodland around Kiltennel Church and finished in the studio. There is only small batch of bluebells left. I love the flowers of wild garlic, but does it have to be so invasive? Spring in...

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East Cork

East Cork

East Cork Deciding to take advantage of the double bank holiday i loaded up my gear and headed to the beautiful coastel town of Youghal. It is a truelly beatuiful area and a great place to start my painting adventure. I spent a very enjoyable Thursday there and could...

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2021

2021

2021 Normally at this time of the year, I give a little review of the previous year listing the highlights etc but here I sit, pen in hand struggling to come up with anything. It doesn't seem like I have too much to talk about when it comes to 2021. Of course, it was...

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waterford Trip

waterford Trip

Waterford Trip I made a short painting trip to Waterford last week. I stayed in the city for three days and drove around stopping to take photos and paint. Even though I work on my own I really enjoyed that extra solitude and vowed to maked trips like this more often....

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Riverchapel Mural

Riverchapel Mural

Riverchapel Mural There are times when being an artist feels that extra bit special. And every time I pass my mural in Riverchapel is one of those times. I am so proud of it and delighted how it turned out. A Couple of months ago I was asked to paint a mural in...

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