Diamond hill, Connemara, Galway in watercol

Diamond Hill, Connemara


This landscape is for me a step outside my comfort zone. I tend to do landscapes in black and white using a pen – rarely in watercolour. One of my workmate Aoife was on this lovely hill and took some amazing photos which I was surprised to hear were with a phone. I wanted to try painting them and to be h,onest I don’t do them any justice. But as you know for this site I post all the bad and the good, as it’s all about what we learn on the journey not just the end result.

I have to admit, I am not done justice myself in my photo of the sketch – this was taken with my own phone in artificial light. I’ll add a better quality photo to this post at some stage when I get some time in daylight. Ahead of painting it I was thinking greens and browns, with a little blue for the further back bits, but I was surprised as I get into it the whole range of colours in the Irish landscape. Everything from red to yellow to blue and pretty much everything in between. I’m blessed living is such a wonderfully vibrant country.

Cloughanover Castle – First of 2014

Stage 1- Cloughanover CastleMy first drawing of 2014 was of a local castle ruin, just outside Headford in County Galway (where I live). It is Cloughanover Castle which is just beside the wonderful Campbell’s Tavern. I am showing three stages in the drawing, following my usual aim of showing the process as well as the piece.


Stage 2 - Cloughanover CastleThe image above is about halfway through. I have the whole structure defined, and am just working it in.


Finished - Cloughanover Castle

This is the final image. As you can see I added the wall which was just impossible to avoid. It is actually worth focusing on the wall for a minute as it is what I see as wrong with the picture – I was happy with the castle and just wanted to be finished, so rushed it. I feel it takes from the overall image, as the fine detail I added to the castle is muted a little with the wall. I guess I am my own worst critic, but there ye go.

Greenfield in acrylic

Greenfield in acrylic

This painting looks a lot better in real life, but still not a super painting. It has a real vibrancy which didn’t come through in this photo (taken with a phone, so surprise, surprise!).


It is a painting of a few fishing boats moored on the shore of Lough Corrib at  Greenfield, not far from Headford in County Galway, Ireland. I live just up the road. I really should re-paint this as this piece doesn’t do it credit at all. Keep visiting and you may see that happen…