Welcome to my abstractwings BLOG pages, I will post regular work in progress updates in here

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

Decided to tackle 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