Tuesday 30 June 2015

A little bit of fun for Castletown Tidy Towns

This horse was painted using Acrylics on plywood for Castletown Tidy Towns.

Detail - 80cm X 76cm

New resident settling in at the mill stables Castletown

Now to paint a companion or two for Dobbin.

Wednesday 17 June 2015


Sometimes it is difficult to make an image particularly if it has an emotional effect on you. This ink drawing is from a time when I remember my Mam most vividly. It's nine years since her passing and I grieve still.

Gay Rafter - Ink on A4 paper

Tuesday 2 June 2015

Acrylic commission of Shergar

Painting with acrylic paints makes an interesting change from using oils. I like the way you don't have to worry about light over dark though keeping the acrylics fluid can present something of a problem. Mediums can extend drying times but have issues such as causing the paint to sink. Even using a stay wet palette doesn't prevent the formation of a skin on the paint when the palette is exposed to air so you tend to chuck away more paint than you use to make the picture.

This is a commissioned work is of the great horse Shergar and his jockey Walter Swinburn completed using acrylic paints.

Shergar - Acrylic on canvas - 50cm X 70cm