Monday, November 26, 2012

Interior wall murals

So I have been seeing these amazing wall murals online...and I am so tempted to paint one on my bedroom wall. Here are some old ones I was looking at. I think they really add another dimension to a room. A couple of these images were found through one my favourite sites Design Sponge.

I am thinking maybe an old nautical scene like these....

Monday, November 19, 2012

Vintage Victorian Christmas Cards

How beautiful are these old victorian images......I found them on this great website called

Mel Bochner

I visited the Whitechapel Gallery when in London recently.I saw the Mel Bochner: If the Colour Changes exhibition and was very inspired.

Descending from phrases such as ‘top dog’ and ‘king of the hill’ into macho mantras such as ‘rule with an iron hand’, the latest paintings of American artist Mel Bochner (b. 1940) use a thesaurus to generate word chains that are both mordantly funny and bursting with colour.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The How and Why Library, Curated by Jennette Donnelly

So I am having a Solo Show next Friday, the 16th of November. It has snuck up on me so fast....where does the time go.

It will be on at Avenue Road Gallery, 30 Avenue Road, Portobello, Dublin 8. Opening Reception is at 6pm, and all are welcome!!
Exhibition Duration 17/11/12 - 24/11/12, 12pm to 6pm

'The How and Why Library' by Eleanor McCaughey is a series of paintings created from appropriations of images found in Childcraft books of the 60's, 70's and early 80's. Childcraft was created as an encyclopedia, of sorts, for young children. With simple texts and illustrations, the volumes were designed to make learning amusing and engaging. Each volume addressed different subjects, including literature, mathematics and the sciences.

 This series began with the move, and loss, of McCaughey’s childhood home. This finality inevitably led to cataloging, preserving belongings, and filing the associated memories. The Childcraft books, a once steadfast presence on the living room bookcase, were unearthed once more. McCaughey recalls spending hours soaking in the pages filled with images and diagrams. Returning to these books years later, the clarity and freshness of the images in her mind led McCaughey to consider the printed image, it’s ability to encapsulate the past, allow the viewer to visit it, in the present.

 This series reflects McCaughey’s thoughts on the advances of modern day, focusing on morality and it’s beginnings. Allowing what she has read, learnt, seen and remembered to inform her work, McCaughey focuses on her main interests. 

“Fundamentally I am interested in people, how we communicate, how we learn and adapt to our environment.” 

Eleanor McCaughey is an Irish artist living and working in Dublin. She graduated with a certificate in Classical Animation and a HND in Graphic Design from Ballyfermot College in 2001. In 2009 she took advanced entry into third year DIT Fine Art and received an honor degree in 2011. McCaughey has exhibited both nationally and internationally including The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Royal Ulster Academy Belfast and the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin.

Avenue Road Gallery 30 Avenue Road , Portobello, Dublin 8 Tel: 01-521 8873

‘The How and Why Library’ Curated by Jennette Donnelly

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dia Al-Azzawi

For 45 years, Dia Al-Azzawi has been a painter. His style may have changed, from the gritty detail of his ink drawings, through sculpture and prints to the bold abstract paintings of today, but one puzzle still dominates his work: how best to depict the Arab experience.