Spring Flowers Painting

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I was at the art supply shop this week and picked up some new paper. The paper is a hot-pressed fabriano, which is much smoother than the cold-pressed paper I have been using up until now. I was really pleased with the way the paper takes the ink. It’s a very different experience to working with the rougher paper, as not so much of the ink or watercolour is absorbed, and drying times seemed a little slower.

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You can see above that I worked in a number of colours for this piece. The blue of the vase is almost cerulean, the flowers have a combination of magenta, flame red, indian yellow and ultramarine, to create various tones of purples, pinks, golds and reds. The sunny weather these past few days very much inspired me to make a floral work. I hope anyone reading is enjoying the first signs of spring too.

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New Pendant Design- Lighthouse

lighthouse necklace 4I’ve been working on yet more wooden pendant ideas. I started off inspired to make a lighthouse design. For some reason, this pendant takes me back to a childhood of devouring Enid Blyton books, especially The Adventurous Four. There seemed to be a lot of sneaking onto islands at night. I’m loving working with ink and wood. I have also been trying to work with branch slices, which have a totally different effect.

This is one of my first examples:

Dandelion Pendant

Arrow Wreath Ink Drawing

Arrow Wreath Ink Drawing

Arrow Wreath Ink Drawing

I have always enjoyed drawing arrows, but I had the idea I wanted to try a more interesting composition. For some reason I love making circular or oval compositions, so the wreath was a natural choice.

One of the ink pens I used in this was a new one I got in Sennelier in Paris over New Year. I love it because it has a brush tip and takes refillable cartridges. In my view, that is just the perfect ink pen. I hate when a pen I love runs dry, especially if it has been discontinued. The very nice man at the counter told me that the cartridges were favoured by artists due to the very black and permanent carbon ink, which is also waterproof. I love watercolour painting over ink, too, so I will be experimenting with that soon. It’s also nice to have a drawing instrument that reminds me of being in such an inspiring place.

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Storytelling Pendants

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with making jewellery! It started with my birdhouse pendants, and now I’ve gotten a little more artistic with these mini drawings. I got some really sweet little oval birch pieces, which inspired me to look back at my oval paintings, which proved popular in my shop last year. To start with, I’ve tried a quill design, a small house and hills, and of course an owl.

Little House Pendant

Little House Pendant

I decided to design a little card insert to go with the boxes for these, so I went with a simple black and white tree illustration. I feel like it helps place the pendant in the world of my drawing, which is of course where they are coming from.

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I went with silver plated chains and findings for these pendants, as for me it compliments the birch wood and the rich black ink. I finished them with a rich glaze which has an almost glassy appearance. I think it makes them that bit more modern and contemporary, in contrast with my illustration style which is a little retro. The house in particular owes something to a 1950s style book cover.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a nice new year.

Etsy links here to the Owl Pendant, Little House Pendant and Quill Pendant

Red Cardinal Bird Art Pendant

Red Cardinal Art Pendant by Emily Boylan

Red Cardinal Art Pendant by Emily Boylan

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Happy 2015 everyone!

I have been working on some jewellery over the holidays. I had wanted to make jewellery for some time, but was quite nervous to take my first steps until I had the right idea. First, I had to select the right materials, and then think of the right designs. I have opted for birch wood, painted, and brass chains with an antique copper effect.

I made this pendant by screwing in a copper hook into shaped birch wood, painting in acrylics, adding detail with ink, then sealing with several coats of gloss sealer. I like the contrast of the colour against the wood, as well as the black ink over the bright red.

I have been very much enjoying the world of jewellery design, and also experimenting with gold leaf and silver findings too. I hope to feature more updates in the future weeks.

The design I am sharing today is the Red Cardinal Bird Pendant, available here on etsy.

River Liffey, Dublin, Watercolor Painting

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River Liffey, Dublin

I have been working on some jewellery designs inspired by cities, and in my research I made a few drawings of those cities in ink and watercolor. The piece above is one such finished painting. Dublin is my home city, and this painting shows the River Liffey, as viewed from O’Connell Bridge in the evening. Along the river you can see three bridges including the well-known Ha’penny bridge, which lately people are locking padlocks to as a symbol of love. It all seems very romantic, apart from the fact that apparently it is rusting the bridge, which was old enough to start with!

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Gothic Stag at Night Painting

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I hope everyone out there is enjoying the season! I have made this new painting, which I wanted to share on my blog. It is a totally new style for me. Not only is it very gothic and darker than my usual painting style, but I started by painting the negative space first. I love photographing the deer in Phoenix Park, and while I never take photos of them at night, I did use some of my trips there at the basis of this painting. It’s interesting to think what they get up to in the park in the dark, and very inspiring too. I see this as part of a further series of gothic works featuring animals, woodland and garden settings and night blooming flowers.

Etsy link for Stag at Night

Winter Paintings… Ski Lifts and Old Fashioned Wooden Trains on Snowy Hills

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

The colder weather is finally biting here in Dublin! In between some home improvements I have been continuing to paint when I have the chance. I have set up a new desk area by my window, so I’m all set to look out at the snowy balcony should the occasion come. We already have a robin who likes to visit, and appreciates some nuts to help him brave the winter.

After a more realistic winter painting last time, I’m back into a little bit of fantasy with this Ski Lifts in the Snow painting. I have ridden in cable cars up into the Swiss Alps, (an amazing experience) so it is not 100% fictional. However, I had a hot chicken dinner and a tasty Swiss beer at the top and then rode the cable car back down, so no skiing for me I’m afraid!

I do love the romance of the idea of a skiing holiday. Christmas movies in general are an absolute favourite for me. I loved ‘The Christmas Shepherd’ with Teri Polo, which I just watched recently (Christmas cheer plus a gorgeous German Shepherd Dog for good measure). Anyway, I hope everyone else out there is getting into the spirit of the season too!

Emily

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Original Painting on Etsy

Winter River Painting on Canvas

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This is my new snow landscape. I’m still working from a set of photographs that I took in upstate New York. This particular one was taken from the window of a train. It’s a weird experience trying to get that photo as you speed by a beautiful landscape, and a lot of it comes down to luck. It’s easier to place together several partly blurry photos, and make them into a coherent painting.

No snow yet in Ireland, I’m hoping it stays that way until the holidays!

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Ice Princess Illustration

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Original Watercolour
This is a fairytale ink drawing. As a child, I loved reading about snow queens and Narnia. The idea of lands where winter reigns all year round was magical. Of course, it’s a bit different as an adult after your first year trying to cope with getting to work in a snow storm!
Still, I wanted to capture some of that magic with this illustration. I started off with dip pen and ink, then added the painting element with watercolours, and then finished with white pen and ink.

I’m using fabriano pittura paper. I don’t know if you can see the ridges too well in the picture, but I really love the way they take ink. I discovered it in college and I still love working with it now from time to time.

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