Palm Tree Painting, Watercolour and Ink, oval

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I’ve been inspired by both folk art and victorian drawings into trying oval borders made of ferns to add a more finished feeling to my oval compositions.This Palm tree painting was inspired by some of my photos from Abu Dhabi of the pretty palm trees there, like this one:

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We do have palm trees in Ireland, but somehow they just look wrong with all the rain about.

Looking into the history of Palm Trees, of course they have the strongest association with dry climates, but some can also survive flooding and poor drainage. The palm branch was a symbol of victory in Roman Times. To Christians, they meant the victory of the spirit over flesh, while in Judaism, they were a sign of peace and abundance. The best for me though is that they are a traditional symbol of a tropical island paradise- nice to think of on a dreary Dublin afternoon.

This is part of a new series on trees, I also painted a Handkerchief tree and will post it soon.

 

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New York City Cat

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This drawing was inspired by two of my favourite things- Cats and New York!

I have a trip planned for this summer which includes taking in NYC, Boston, Vermont, Montreal, and finally Niagara Falls (Canadian side). I am really excited. New York is a bit of an old haunt for me at this stage, but it will be my first time in all these other places.

A friend just let me know that Pearl Paint is closing.

This is such sad news for me! I was looking forward to revisiting this treasure trove. Perhaps it was not pristine, but every time I went there I picked up something fun- on my first visit I got some fold and stick Nancy Drew stationery to send letters home- and more recently fantastically shaped buttons- owls, pirate style (maps, treasures, pirate hat, boats), crayons… Their colored masking tape was a revelation. I don’t think I know of anywhere else in New York as good for art supplies, but I suppose I will have to be on the prowl for somewhere new. I’m sorry for all the staff too, I remember one especially nice man directing me gently away from the insanely expensive paintbrushes I was pouring over, oblivious to the hundred plus dollar price tags, to the ones more in my price range.

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Red Southwestern Mountains- Abstract

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Red Southwestern Mountain Landscape.

This painting was inspired by looking at mountains with Indian Paintbrush flowers on them, which create the sense of red and yellow brush strokes across the landscape. I have taken a contemporary take on this kind of landscape, and incorporated some vein-like rivers and streams into the landscape. Painted in my favourite medium, watercolor and ink.

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