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Irish Art GAA Limerick v GalwayIrish Art GAA Limerick boy holding hands with a Galway Girl

Irish Art/GAA In terms of colour the green of Limerick and the Galway maroon  jerseys are visually compatible and beautiful combinations  to paint. The Limerick green is pretty opaque and doesn’t need a lot of layers. Galways  maroon is a combination of red and blue both semi transparent and needing more the one layer. A nice combination to work with . As always I love putting the white stripes in at the end, a beautiful highlight and finishing touch.

Hurling To The Core

Coming up to the All-Ireland hurling semi final I wanted to do a painting to represent the counties, hurling and the connections between them with out a hurley or a sliotar. But capturing the connections between the two counties. What always goes with country GAA is a pair of wellies and a tractor.

Fabulous Models

As always I could not do these paintings with out some fabulous children and their modelling skills.  I work with photos for reference and put my own spin on it.  Here are my lovely little neighbours Rian and Shona, holding hands and smiling at each other. In a years time I probably could not capture this image because they will be older and more self conscious.  Much better a following instruction but less spontaneous.  Because they are so young and very comfortable  with each other its easy to capture that in a photo. That’s why its easy to capture siblings you already have that comfortable vibe going on.

Smile For The Camera

Usually when a camera is produced it all ” smile for the camera”, I have plenty of little models who are always willing to pose for the camera. The trick here is not to pose just pretend the camera is not recording you. It takes a few minutes to relax…. and then the magic begins.

Lots of photos have to be taken and sometimes only a few are worthy of painting. As always so grateful to my little models and their parents.  I couldn’t do it without them.



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Maureen O’Mahony Art – It’s All About The Visual