Sam Maguire Mayo Dublin
Dublin v Mayo Mighty Clash
It’s nearly September and time for the mighty clash for the ultimate GAA prize the Sam Maguire. Who will it be this year ??? For Dublin it would be three in a row, they won’t hand the cup over too easily. For Mayo it would be an awesome victory, having last won it in 1951. As with First Blood, these images are subjective . I say ” To the Victor the Spoils of War. ” This Fine Art Print will be available from my website from next week on.
Kerry GAA Sam Maguire
Best of luck today Kerry. Enjoy the match where ever you are. Hope the weather holds up in Croke Park.
A Farewell to Arms Churchill Arms. Thanks so much to Jerry and Margaret Cronin for this commission of their friend Gerry O’Brien. This charming gentleman was the manager of The Churchill Arms in Kensington London for over thirty years. Apparently loved by all. I’m looking forward to meeting Gerry and presenting him with this painting. Special thank you to Thomas Skovsende and Fullers Smith & Turner for allowing me to use photos by Thomas. As it was a surprise gift was wonderful to work with professional photos. A great commission to get, taking me a little outside my comfort zone. A change from GAA themed images and little children.
Six Interesting Twin Facts
Six interesting Twin Facts. Of all the artistic work I do, commissions I get of children are my favourite. Paintings twins in particular are very special. They share a unique bond and communicate in a very special way. Visually they are very appealing, a beautiful little human by two. So here are six interesting twin facts.
1. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints
When twin are conceived they start out with the same fingerprints. But as they move about the womb unique lines and ridges begin to form on each finger giving them a little piece of individuality.
2. Twins touch each other in the womb
From about 14 weeks gestation twins can be seen reaching for each other. At 18 weeks they touch each other more than they touch themselves. A University of Padova study shows that they were gentle and made distinct gestures towards each other.
3. Spot the difference
Because belly buttons are scars from the detachment of the umbilical cord and not caused by genetics each one is unique to the individual.
4. Mirror Image
Identical twins that develop directly facing each other are exact reflections of each other. This happens 25% of the time. So one is right-handed while the other is left handed. They can also have birthmarks on the opposite sides of their bodies.
5. Long live Mom
Generally speaking women who give birth to twins live longer than single birth Moms’ They are healthier and stronger to begin with, have a longer reproductive life spans and needed less time to recover between pregnancies.
6. The Dairy Connection
Women who eat dairy are more prone to conceiving twins. Both cows and humans produce IGF in response to growth hormone and release it into the bloodstream.
Sam and Stories GAA image Sam Maguire
Raised on Sam and Stories…..hero’s of renoun….of battles fought and Hill 16 and dear auld Dublin town.
Good luck today Dublin in the All Ireland Quarter Final against Monaghan. Stephen Cluxton will make history today for the most championship appearances in the history of the game. Enjoy the match wherever you watch it.
I’ve always loved the Van Morrision song Into the Mystic. It reminds me of being pregnant with my daughter and playing it over and over to her after she was born. I was painting this as a little seascape during the week and heard Fenagh ( now twenty six ) sing this while cooking lunch for us. I’m not sure if I made it mystical so I could use the title or if it just happened. But I’m happy with the result.
GAA Themed Christmas Cards……the lovely Ben Reynolds at a photo shoot in Croke Park last year.
Fabulous model lovely chubby cheeks and arms and of course the Dublin Jersey. Its only July but best to do the Christmas Cards early. There will be three. A Dublin one. A Kerry one, and a Dublin Kerry one. Watch this space.
On the shoreline……
On the shoreline. Work in progress…..back in the studio painting away. Little girl on the beach plenty of waves. Will put finishing touches to this during the week, but so far I’m very pleased. This is Banna Beach in Co Kerry Trip Advisor’s number 1 beach in their top ten beaches in Ireland for 2017
Dublin v Kerry
These fabulous models Rian and Eoin had a great time modelling for GAA themed Christmas Cards. The battle continues. The idea was that they would look like they were fighting over Santa Claus. Clearly that didn’t work out as they kept laughing and having the Craic. Looking forward to painting them next week.
Little Girl and her Teddy.
I’ve always been lucky to have such wonderful nieces and nephews.
Over the years they have appeared in many of my paintings.
Here is little Grace just strolling along.
Oil on Board.