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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Creative Painting Classes begin for the year ...

Creative Painting Classes begin again on Wednesday 9 January 2013.

Please either call or text me to let me know whether you'll be there or not.  See The Painter's Palette dot ie website for contact mobile.

Many thanks!

I can't put up a message without an image!!! So here's my latest completed commission -

(who is the mother of my Parson's Terrier Pixie)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh happy days!

Yay! Yay! Yay! Thanks to a good pal I'm going on an artist's retreat for two weeks from this Sunday/Monday coming. I'll still be in Galway, so not too far from a quick nip home, but far away enough to give me total painting-time. Sheer bliss! I'm so excited.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Art Classes starting again .....

Why the chickens? Well, why not!


MORNINGS 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

EVENINGS 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Call 086 348 9888 for details

I'm back from a month away in the UK at the end of this week (2 November 2012) and have found very suitable premises to teach again in the An Fueran Centre in Moycullen. If you walk around the corner from Centra, you'll see the Evergreen Health Shop. The very next entrance takes you up the stairs to the studio.

I'm emailing or texting all former students and wonder if you would mind letting me know if you are coming please? It would help me plan ahead and know how much equipment to bring. Big thanks!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Closing the gallery and coffee shop... at least for a while

At the end of August we closed the gallery and coffee shop at The Painter's Palette with very mixed feelings. It's great to say cheerio to the stress of making ends meet each month, and just scraping by, but I loved the gallery ... I loved chatting to the folk who came in; I loved baking scrummy carrot cake, scones and fun cup cakes; I loved the faces on the kids (both young and old) while they were choosing sweets and ice creams in an atmosphere of fun, colour and joy; and of course my special kick was to share the pleasure many folk felt looking at the sunny and bright paintings. We never did allow anything negative an inch past the front door, and folk loved that too!

Thank you to all our loyal customers ... we miss you and your chatter!

I'll be continuing to teach oil painting, maybe watercolour painting, and also maybe glass painting so have the pleasure of reacquainting myself with my students quite soon - in the Dance Studio above Evergreen in Moycullen. And Alan will be continuing to frame from his workshop in Maam, so don't think we're sinking away somewhere! Our website will still be continuing as well so please keep checking in there.

Alan and I are in Cornwall right now (in a manor commissioned by Garibaldi of The Red Shirts fame) reminding ourselves what it's like to be normal humans without work pressure 24/7. We've just spent two weeks babysitting our two granddaughters, Holly and Evie (pics below) aka The Two Adorables, have a few days here in Fowey, and on Thursday we drive up to Pentonhook Marina from where we'll be traversing the Thames on a barge for two weeks. Yippee ... that sounds like loads of fun for us two oldies who love to not grow up!

What's so very nice is that I have more time to paint now and to develop my style. I have an idea how I want it to go, how I want it to develop, but we'll just have to wait and see how it all pans out. I've so far not hauled out the oil paints - I'm saving that for the two weeks on the barge - but have sketched and masked four potential watercolours of birds.

It's a bit of a challenge I'm setting for myself to see if I can get to a stage where watercolour excites me as much as oil painting. Hmmm, it ain't workin' so far ... but let's see once we (I) get past the sketching and masking stage to the applying paint stage. I do believe that the more you do something the more able you become at doing it - but that doesn't at all mean that you become wholly good at it or enjoy it any the more! The fact that I love to capture energy in my paintings is the most important thing to me and something which I find I can do rather enthusiastically with oils ... but with watercolour?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The following Flowers, Horses and Ballet Shoes are paintings presently available for sale


Arranged Passion

A Step Up


Falling Flowers

Looking Out

Gwen's Sunflowers

Holly's Bouquet

It's Raining Outside


 Lilies in New York


Lily Abstract

Loud Ladies

Meghan's Sunflowers

My Rainbow Roots

 Petal Drops

Racy Reds

Romance and Passion

Rossleague Manor Gardens

Single Red Rose

Summer Mischief

Sunflowers and Irises

Velvet Elegance

Warm Friendship

Welcome Basket



Galloping East


High Obstacle

Beating the Blizzard

Mother Love


Desert Rush


Ballet Shoes

 Blue Pumps

Sophia's Pointes

Can't Wait To Dance