I recently did another version of the rocking horse I painted for Múscailt Arts Festival a few years ago and got it framed for the exhibition in August. It is currently on the wall of the hallway in our new house. Prints of this and other paintings will be available soon (not-so-gentle reminder to myself).
A portrait that is also a sweet memento of all the cups of tea Kathleen and I had in the chalet. I lived there for almost seven years, and I met Kathleen the day after I moved in. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. She entered her ninth decade this year, but the painting isn't lying; she looks younger every time I see her and seems to have more energy than I do.
(The second photo shows the painting in its temporary home in our new house before Kathleen collected it. )
Dagmar and I have another joint exhibition, this time in the Clifden Arts Festival. It's about the relationship between image and text. We are beside the tourist office, where Gannon Sports used to be. The exhibition will run until September 27. Opening times: 3-7pm weekends; Monday & Wednesday 2-5pm, Tuesday 2-4.30pm; Thursday: closed. Huge thanks to John Durning for having us, Paul Callanan for the great design, and to both of them for all their help!
We had a great night at our exhibition opening last week. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. Special thanks to Margaret Nolan, Fionnuala Gallagher and Paul Callanan!
Metaphorica is an exhibition of paintings by the wonderful Dagmar Drabent and me and runs until September 15th upstairs in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
I am putting the finishing touches to the illustrations for the children's book by Amie Nolan Ryan. This has been such a lovely project to work on. The book will be hardcover, so we are playing around with ideas for the endpaper, a detail I am obsessed with. We cannot wait to see the end result!
A new Long Walk mini canvas (10 x 10cm) commission - same picture, but different each time. The new minis are on deeper canvas, so instead of extending the painting onto the sides I paint the sides in one colour (this person wanted lilac, and it worked beautifully). More to follow!
Some of my original pencil drawings for the Jumbo books are now for sale in our Etsy shop!
Four works-in-progress, featuring people and animals I know and actual places (1,2 and 4; 3 is an exception).