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.
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.
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.
McCarthy Cup Sliotár Hurley Kilkenny Cats
Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling
What you gonna do when you grow up ???
Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling. Having done a GAA themed Fine Art Print Titled ” Birthright ” and dedicating it to the people of Kerry, it made perfect sense to turn to Kilkenny and their love for the McCarthy Cup.
Cats McCarthy Cup Kilkenny and Hurling
Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling. Kilkenny Cork and Tipperary are known as the ” Big Three ” of hurling. Kilkenny have won the Senior All Ireland Hurling Championship thirty six times. Tipperary follow with twenty seven titles. The championship has been played every year since 1887. It is played on the first Sunday in September in Croke Park. If there are five Sundays in September the match is played on the second Sunday.
” In truth, hurling is a game all on its own. At the highest levels a joyous and ferocious ballet danced on grass. ”
Hurling has been played in Ireland for more than 800 years. Regarded as the greatest field sport in the world, it is a game of great skill speed and dexterity. The small ball can travel up to 150km/hr. CNN have listed the All Ireland Hurling Final as second in “10 sporting events you have to see live ” Not to worry if you don’t know what’s going on you’ll figure it out from the cheering and anguish of the fans.
“ We have never heard sweeter music than that of the hurling field “
“A hurling match is like a city of fire, where the crackling of burning timber and the hissing of flames swell into the roar of conflagration. “
As always there are people to thank when it comes to access to the cup. Mary Whelan from the Design & Craft Council of Ireland and a big Kilkenny Hurling supporter got me access to the Liam McCarthy Cup. Denis Rackard Coady the “Keeper of The Cup ” very kindly allowed it to come to Kilkenny Castle Yard for a few hours for the photos.
A special thanks to beautiful model/hurler Tomás Fitzgerald who turned up in the Kilkenny colours with his brother Micheál and sister Caoimhe and their cousins. All the children were fabulous so I got a lot of Kilkenny GAA photos that day.
Cats in the Cradle is now available from my GAA page and The Hurley Depot in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny also known as the Marble City is a beautiful medieval town and a great place to visit. Lots to see and do here. There are beautiful parks and gardens and Kilkenny Castle is a must. Do you enjoy good food ??? Check out Kilkenny food festival on October Bank Holiday Weekend. a great time to saver the delights of this wonderful place.
Castle Yard Kilkenny Cats Girl Power Kilkenny
Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling
Can’t handle the pain Cats McCarthy Cup
Hospice Christmas Greeting Cards
GAA THEMED CHRISTMAS CARDS
Every year since my mothers death I’ve done a painting to be printed as a christmas card for Kerry Hospice. Because Kerry Group so kindly sponsor the Hospice cards each year and they also sponsor the Kerry GAA team I did a GAA themed Christmas cards titled ”A very Kerry Christmas ”
KITTY POWER ( COLLINS ) 03 AUG 1933 to 08 MARCH 2009 RIP
Eight years ago my Mom died from cancer. Having had great support from Hospice, I wanted to give something back. As an artist I decided to raised much needed funds by doing two paintings and printing Christmas cards from them. The painting was called ” Little Sisters “. My husbands grandnieces Ciara and Rachael were the beautiful models for the cards. I took photos of them in glorious red dresses. At the time they were fabulous four year old twins and were a pleasure to work with. The cards got a great reception and were included in Kerry Hospice Christmas Cards a few years running
I relied on the kindness and goodwill of many people to sell the cards. In Kildare Grainne Dunne from Maynooth sold a substantial amount. My father Larry Power sold a lot at the bridge club in Celbridge. My brothers and sisters and many friends in Dublin were kind enough to buy the cards and sell them for me too.
Half the cards were sold in Kerry again with lots of help from friends and family. A big thank you to all of them too many to mention here. Hospice is a cause people are always willing to contribute to and do so very generously. With great assistance I raised approximately €5,000.00 split evenly between Kerry and Kildare Hospice.
I can’t mention Kerry Hospice Foundation without mentioning Ted Moynihan. Ted was named Kerry Person Of The Year 2017 by the Kerry Association in Dublin in January. He has been a tireless fundraiser for Kerry Hospice Foundation for many years. In 2007 a palliative care unit was opened, and last year work begun on a €6.2 million in-patient unit at Kerry General Hospital.
If you would like to be informed when the 2017 Christmas Cards ( GAA Themed ) and otherwise come out please send me an email email@example.com and I’ll be in touch.
A Very Kerry Christmas Kerry Group Kerry GAA Christmas Cards GAA Themed Christmas Cards
Me and Cecelia Hospice Christmas Cards Kerry Hospice Christmas Card Launch 2015
A Very Kerry Christmas GAA Themed Christmas Card
Oil Paintings and Matching Cards Little Sisters A Very Kerry Christmas Frosty the Snowman
Picture Perfect Portraiture Old Masters. I Studied at the Feet of the Old Masters.
Every year in January I take a break from painting. This is usually because I’m worn out from it and also to improve my technique. So what I do is choose a few artists that I’ve discovered through social media and look through their work. To achieve ”picture perfect portraiture old masters”, I believe it is necessary to study at the feet of the Old Masters. Generally speaking the Old Masters are the most recognised artists mostly painters from the Renaissance to 1800. There is always something new to learn from their vast array of work.
To me a picture perfect portrait is one that captures at the persons essence, their spark, or inner light. While it is important to get the painting technically right, lights shadows etc its way more important the the painting speaks to you. I’m aware that this painting of Muireann is not perfect, but believe it does capture a moment in time. Happily so as upgrading my technique was the object of the study.
For christmas I got a wonderful book by Daniel F. Gerhart called ” Not Far from Home ”. Daniel’s work is light bright fresh and free. He makes skin tone appear luminous. This is the painting I did after studying his work.
Another artist that I have recently discovered on instagram is Aaron Westerberg. There is an old mastery ‘look ‘ to his paintings which I love. Also his simplicity of style. I’m studying his work to do a painting in his style soon. It won’t look like his work. It’s not meant to, the idea is to look and learn, absorb information but never ever to copy. Aaron has kindly posted a very simple visual step by step post of ”Vintage Rose ” on instagram. Thank you Aaron your work is wonderful.