Journal

In memory of my friend, John Quinn

In memory of my friend, John Quinn
who died tragically on Sunday 11 July 2010. John was a kind, soft-spoken and generous man and I am so sorry that he will never get to see this painting that was done from one of his beautiful photographs.

John was a talented photographer and his passing is a great loss, not only to his friends and family but also to County Clare. We will always remember you, John and your photographs will live forever as testiment to your talent as photographer and love of Ireland.

Rest in peace, dear friend. Thank you for allowing me to use your photographs as references for my paintings. I will miss our chats, the rhubarb pie you always brought with you, endless cups of coffee and tea and your patience in trying to teach me to use my camera.

I miss you.

Exhibition of oil paintings by my students!!

“Art is for Everyone”
Exhibition of Oil Paintings by County Clare Artists
18th February to 12th March 2010
Kilrush Library

Opening night: 18th February at 8pm
All Welcome!

This is will the second exhibition of oil paintings by my students and I am so proud of each and every one! There will be approximately 82 paintings done on course during 2009. This year we will also have beautiful portraits which were produced during a special portrait course in August last year. The very FIRST portraits in oils attempted by my students and really brilliant.

There will also be a variety of landscapes and seascapes as well as beautiful still life paintings.
If you are visiting county Clare, Kilrush, please go the the library to take a look! You will be amazed!

There are also wonderful prizes to b…

Why I have neglected you all so much....

It’s been a while since I could add new works and visit RB… and I really miss my friends here.

Truth is, I have been a bit ill… and very worried too. I don’t exactly know how to say this as I did not want to explain but I decided perhaps I need to tell you why I have been away for so long…

Well… besides being busy with teaching and painting – which helped to keep me sane, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in July last year and had to have several operations, etc, back and forth to hospital and needless to say, quite worried.

When you are suddenly confronted with the big ‘C’, you realise how short life can be. I am so thankful for my wonderful family and friends and through them all I was able to keep a positive attitude and the f…

We must appreciate each day

My heart breaks for my dearest friend who lost her beloved so tragically. I will never find the words to say how much I feel her sadness but can only be there for her whenever she needs me. Death does not always give us the chance to say goodbye.

An Irish Prayer

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken withou…

Really sorry for the neglect!

Dear Bubble Friends!!

I am really very sorry for neglecting you all so much. So much has happened over the last months and I just had so little time for myself. Unfortunately, I neglected everything and everyone else in order to get things in order. I feel most terrible about my groups as I am not usually one to disregard my responsibilities.

I just cannot keep up with everything nowadays and the only thing I can do is to leave my groups up to those wonderful friends who carried on, regardless, despite my neglect.

Love and hugs to all
Your very humble friend
Avril

South Africa - land of splendour

Dear Bubble Friends

And so we are home again after the most wonderful holiday in South Africa. There are so many stories to tell and I took tonnes of photo’s which I must still work through. My new camera worked like crazy!!

To make a very long story really short:

We landed in Cape Town in the midst of a heat wave!!! From light snowfall in Ireland to 40 degrees – well, it was quite a shock to the system!

Absolutely wonderful to see the family again after 6 years and we had so much to share and talk about.

After the first few days, we took to the road and traveled up route 62!! I had almost forgotten just how beautiful the majestic mountains, countryside, orchards and vineyards are. Our eyes were like sponges, soaking in every detail.

From Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay, George, Nysn…

What's happening!

Dear friends, you may have noticed my absence over the last days and I do apologise for not being able to keep up with everything here. I have been so busy lately with the exhibition and art courses.

The exhibition opening on Thurs 12 was a great success. Approximately 100 people turned up and it was absolutely wonderful for my students to see all the interest. Their paintings were gorgeous and I am bursting with pride. On the opening night, 8 paintings were sold and up to now, 11 paintings are marked with the little red dot (meaning ‘sold’).

What an incredible boost for all these wonderful new artists!!!

My ‘Dolphin Wave’ painting was raffled and the end amount came to 678 euro – which was handed over to the Kilrush Lifeboat Station. I wish them all the best…

"Art is for Everyone" Exhibition

The “Art is for Everyone” concept was born one evening when I was showing a few friends some of my oil painting techniques that I taught myself over several years. They suggested that I should offer oil painting art courses as they learnt so much in a short time and had lots of fun as well.

At first I only did one day courses but gradually the course evolved into weekend and six week courses where I taught different oil painting techniques, from wet on wet to more classical glazing and monotone techniques.

The courses are now so popular and my students are painting amazing works of art. From animals to portraits, landscapes and seascapes. The majority of them have NEVER painted before!!!!

I never would have thought that I could enjoy teaching so much. The groups have also beco…

Meet my Hubby!!

I just helped Gerhard my husband, upload his first paintings to Redbubble.

He only recently started to paint (with my help, which proves that women CAN teach men… ROFL!)

I am very proud of what he has done so far and I think he has great talent. Although he does not have a lot of time, he has found great joy painting whenever he can.

Please visit him whenever you have the time… thank you my dear RB friends!!

Love
Avril

Hello and a belated Happy New Year

Dear Bubble Friends

I am just able to pop in and out nowadays as my art courses are starting and I have so much work to do and finish.

I am also organising an exhibition for my art students and my old head is spinning, days just slipping by.

So, with all my heart, I wish you a very belated but Happy New Year and may all your dreams and wishes come true….

Lots and lots of love
Avril