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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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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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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By Anita Murphy / October 27, 2013 /

While I was shopping for Lisianthus at the florist, I was seduced by the most gorgeous hydrangeas. I love these flowers with their big blousy heads in a range of colours from white through pinks to bright turquoise blue – my favourites! After painting the first couple of petals, I began to think that madness…

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By Anita Murphy / October 21, 2013 /

Lisianthus – such a delicate flower, unfurling it’s petals like a twirling skirt. Walking to an appointment with my physio, it struck me that these upright flowers might lend themselves to a different format …….. After receiving several enquiries, I am working on having my artwork produced as prints and cards – more info coming…

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Cymbidia Orchids

By Anita Murphy / October 13, 2013 /

Continuing with the floral theme this week, I’ve had a flush of pink in my palette from painting a commission of cymbidia orchids. It’s such a joy when someone reaches out and asks you to paint a picture for them. This is the first of two commissions I have lined up. A couple of warm-up…

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By Anita Murphy / October 6, 2013 /

There is something about these plants that I love – but I can’t decide if it is the colour of spiky blue flowers or the silvery grey and green foliage.

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Sand dunes

By Anita Murphy / October 4, 2013 /

While we were in Denmark a few years ago, I was struck by the beauty of the sand dunes. I have found few landscapes more peaceful than the undulating sand with whispy grasses blowing gently in the sea breeze, shadows playing on the pale sand. I took a number of photos and then forgot about…

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Botanical influence

By Anita Murphy / September 30, 2013 /

While I am happy to admit that landscape is still my passion, I have been tempted to dabble in a few botanical subjects of late.  Not really the best subjects for someone wanting to loosen up, especially when they have a tendency to go for teensy weensy details given the slightest provocation. I love the…

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