Pink Tulips – Silver Linings

By Anita Murphy / January 23, 2014 /

There is no mistaking the influence Shirley Trevena is having on the paintings I am doing at the moment. I had an argument with myself about this today – is it alright to copy a style and I came to the conclusion that it is. Learning from someone else’s process gives you tools that will…

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The Red Table

The Blue Vase

By Anita Murphy / January 21, 2014 /

After a week of throwing acrylic paint rather unsuccessfully at a large canvas, I came back to watercolour for relief. Very aware of a Shirley Trevena influence here, though the image started from an idea from a totally different artist. I often look at other artists work because I am fascinated by the process they…

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Arum Lilies

By Anita Murphy / January 13, 2014 /

These are one of my favourite flowers of all. I love their sculptural quality and the grace of the curves of the petals. Experimenting with backgrounds this week with lots of different techniques, using cling film, blowing and dribbling paints and masking fluid and splattering. I’m having to learn patience and waiting for layers of…

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Late for Christmas …….

By Anita Murphy / January 8, 2014 /

A little late for Christmas but one of my favourite birds, nevertheless. Their little red breasts brighten even the darkest winter day, adding a splash of colour. While still working predominately in watercolour, I am beginning to think more about mixed media. I’ve been studying various artists including John Lovett, Shirley Trevena and Ann Bockley…

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Christmas Break

By Anita Murphy / December 30, 2013 /

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is ready to start a new year with renewed enthusiasm. I am. I am taking my life in my hands and really going all out to fulfill my hopes and dreams of being an artist. So here is to 2014, where dreams will take flight and soar.…

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Owl

By Anita Murphy / December 3, 2013 /

Some creatures faces just speak to you, their eyes may catch your attention, their expressions, attitudes. Owls do that for me and barn owls with their lovely large eyes but seemingly blank expressions are so enigmatic.

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Kingfisher

By Anita Murphy / November 16, 2013 /

I watched a wonderful series on television which featured kingfishers and since then I have been mesmerised by these little birds. Their flashes of brilliant colour brighten riverbanks and add a irridescent magic to the leafy green world of water and trees.

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Hoopoe

By Anita Murphy / November 14, 2013 /

It’s such a pleasure and honour to be asked to do a commission for someone – an old friend asked if I could paint a hoopoe for her to give to her husband for Christmas. An easy choice to say yes on two counts; she is an old friend and I love hoopoes. I grew…

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Rosehips

By Anita Murphy / November 6, 2013 /

I recently saw an exquisite botanical painting of a single rosehip – it was perfect! You could have picked it up off the paper, it was so realistic. On my weekly foray to the florist, I found that they had sprays of rosehips. So this week’s floral paintings are inspired by one perfect rosehip.

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Landscape sketch

By Anita Murphy / November 5, 2013 /

I’ve been very lax this week, very little painting has been going on in my mini-studio. But I do have an excellent excuse. My son is getting married and I have been working hard at the sewing machine making bridemaids’ outfits and my own dress. I did manage to do this little sketch which I…

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