Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Character for The Wren

My design for a character for Jason Connor's The Wren.  She's either a Mab or a Meabh, what do you think?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Underwater again

This is a sketch I did a little while ago. Notice any recurring themes? 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Work in Progress

I'm painting this lass on a medium sized canvas. As you can see it's in the very early stages, I plan to darken the darks and lighten the lights. Oh yes, and also paint midtones while I'm at it. Lots to do.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


My painting of tigers and other big cats continues unabated. I like adding a tiger here and there 'cause they add a big splash of orange to a piece. I used to hate orange, but I think I might love it now. This is quite a small painting, 7 x 5".

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dublin City

Here's a painting I did of Dublin. I'm really happy with how the clouds came out.

Monday, July 5, 2010


It's probably a bit late to be recording my dissatisfaction with the new Trek film, but I may have been expecting too much to begin with.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

My New Website

My new website is up:

The opening for the Mill Theatre Summer Group Show was yesterday. We had a lovely time thanks to Aoife, who did a brilliant job organising it.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sketch Overload

These ladies were sketched a little while back. They were a lot of fun to draw. I was originally going to sell them and I still might on Etsy or something, now there's commitment.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bear in a hat

This is an illustration for a story I wrote myself. I do like to ink now, but when I first tried it I was trying to be all neat and precise and it wasn't really working for little ol' clumsy me, but after looking at people's work like Dave McKean and Bill Sienkiewicz, you know the greats, I realised inking didn't have to be slick to be good. This is just an initial illustration, the story's half written, so I haven't submitted it to anyone yet. I'm working on other things at the moment, but hopefully I'll get round to completing it one day.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Warrior Fields

I've submitted this and one other painting to the RHA annual exhibition. My grandmother and aunt both had work exhibited at the annual exhibition years ago. If I get accepted I'll be continuing a family tradition and thus have to force my offspring to take part.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Medusa Sleeps

I'm currently approaching galleries and showing them my work. This is one of the paintings I'm showing. I borrowed my Dad's digital SLR and took some proper photos of my paintings finally. It took an age to set everything up and they looked all grainy, then I realised I had it on the wrong ISO and had to take the photos all over again, sigh!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Doll Face

Ah, spring light, it makes me so happy. Maybe I have season effective disorder or something. I'm just so strongly effected by the light quality. There's a cute little cafe at the top of Waterstones, but I always avoid it because the lighting in the place is intensely blue.

Above is a close up of a painting I was working a couple of days ago. Her figure takes up all of the canvas. I gave myself seasons as a theme and she was supposed to be summer, but I'd rather not tie the painting down to it's theme, just let it grow in a subconscious sort of way.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ghosts in the Temple

This had been sitting round for a while being almost complete. I finally put the finishing touches on it today, and I've just got to sign it now. I'm very fond of this painting, it just came together so nicely and so easily. It was done over a painting that just wasn't working, but the old painting did help to shape the composition, so it wasn't wasted in a way.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Painting in Progress

This painting's still in progress. There are a lot of stages it went through already, which helps add to the texture. The lighting's is bleaching the photo in the top right corner, but that's kinda nice, maybe I'll lighten it.

The big face on the left was based a little on the Curio robot, but it's starting to look a bit like Eve from Wall-E.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy Snow Days!

Watch out, I'm going to get you with a snowball!

There hasn't been snow like this in Ireland since I was a little kid. I'm remembering what it was like to play in the snow 'til your gloves get soaked through and your fingers go numb.

Yesterday Stephen and I made a snowman out the back of the local Starbucks (and the back of Subway too. Okay, maybe we're not in Ireland, this could be anywhere). I scrounged around in the rubbish and came up with two Volvic bottle tops for the eyes, which couldn't have been better. Stephen called him Paul Newman since they are blue.

We got some photos of the two of us holding Paul Newman's hands, thanks to a couple who were passing, but only some of the photos would work on my femputer. Well, Stephen has them, let's see what he posts.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Near Death Comic

Stephen's started something magical and I'm very proud, like peacocks. It's his first graphic novel and you can follow the creation process on his blog. It's deadly!

We're currently enjoying the snow, sleet, hail, lightning and thunder from our warm apartment. You can usually see the city past this victim of the economic downturn pictured below.