Welcome to my abstractwings IN PROGRESS  pages

October 2021  Oystercatchers over Garryvoe  - Work in Progress   Acrylic Gouache

Decided to tackle a bird / seascape combination this time featuring a gaggle of Oystercatchers as they skim over the Atlantic breakers pounding onto Garryvoe Beach.

The base image is from a mobile phone shot taken during a walk along the beach following a big atlantic storm and the oystercatchers were created as a composite of several (blurry) mobile phone shots taken on various days which werepasted together to create the desired formation.   I think the challenge with this painting will be the backlighting of the waves and the complementary lighting of the birds' wings   I will add images here and to my Facebook pages as this painting progresses 

September 2021  Curlews over Ballycotton  - COMPLETED   Acrylic Gouache

Inspired by a recent evening walk along Garryvoe Beach and hearing the mesmerising and distinctive call of the Curlew

Chelsea Football Ground

Commission for an avid fan   a challange for sure, but it was fun to do 

Acrylics on Canvas 

July 2021

Spitfire!     Commission to paint Spitfire ML407   now a 2 seater giving flights to very lucky customers   Acrylics on Canvas

June 2021

Plein Air, pencil sketches

Far Left = Roaches Point, Co Cork Ireland

Left = Oak Tree, Gortroe, Co Cork Ireland


May 2021

Plein Air, Gouache & coloured pencil sketch

Knoppage Copse, Bartlemy Co Cork, Ireland

April 2021

St Augusta 

Acrylics on Box Canvas  30" x 24"

December 2020

Car 44 Lewis Hamilton - 2020 Formula 1 World Champion, 7 Times World Champion

Commission - Acrylics on Canvas   


March 2020

Gouache painting inspired by the beautiful winters evening light highlighting the beech trees around Gortroe Cemetery.   To try out a more painterly approach I painted a quick (for me) layout painting to try out the basic composition, shades, tones and lighting, I also limited myself to no more than 4 hours to complete the image seen on the right.   Quite pleased with the exercise & results I decided rather than enhance this painting with more details I would start an entirely new painting, to see that painting in high res click the image below.  

1st November 2019

Decided to tackle a seascape in gouache after a trip to  Ballycotton, a beautiful sunny evening and a huge Atlantic swell made for some dramatic lighting and sea effects.

Work in progress shot here >>


1st September 2019

"Fresh from the garden" small watercolour sketch, painted as a birthday card cover for my wfie, Ann  ...Happy Birthday!

August 2019

Another watercolour of the very beautiful and tranquil Lady's Cove.   This location was one we used on my recent 3 day painting course in Dumore.  I tried painting the scene in the field using oils, with mixed success, time was a bit limited as it always is when painting in the field, so I wasn't really that happy with my partially finished artwork, however as usual I took plenty of photographs on my tablet to use when I had time later, in the comfort of my 'studio'

Thought I would have a go at another watercolour using a mix of translucent wash and opaque 'gouache' styles, think I am rather pleased with the end result

Watercolour on A2 Bockingford paper 

July 2019

A few days visiting friends in Saintes, Bordeaux, France

Managed to do a bit of in the field watercolour painting of the cathedral across the river Charente.

Watercolour & pencil, on A2 Bockingford paper 

June 2019

Wonderful 3 day painting course at ARTFORM, in Dunmore East, County Waterford, Ireland 

Painting still life & some of the local scenery in oils

 August 2017

2nd Abstract commission , Work In Progress 

24" x 30"  Mixed media on canvas

Foam sheet and jesmonite ready for initial colour application

August 2017

Water colour sketch, villa view,south of France

February 2017

Abstract painting commission now completed and ready for handover to the client.

The client liked one of my existing abstracts but wanted a slightly larger canvas, this one is 24" x 30" using mixed media, foam, jesmonite & 2 part clear resin