The painting below  has just been shortlisted then selected  for International Artists' magazine as a Finalist in "Flowers and Gardens " latest   competition , being published in the new edition which comes out in  October/November 2017.
Art by elaine o'donnell
My name is  ElaineO'Donnell
Hello
 I am a self-taught painter from lincolnshire and have drawn and painted all my life, winning my first painting  prize at age 9 years old, progressing in recent years to winner of still life art category in the SAA National competition 2001 with "10 to 1 it's an Iris" , watercolour, and then the overall prize for both amateurs and professionals. In 2003 watercolour" Bramley Basket " gained Highly Commended at Patchings open, then won best in show at Bullyard  Gallery , Southwell. In 2004 the same painting won' Best Sill Life' at Sheffield's" Art in the Gardens" exhibition. I also had two paintings featured in International Artists books"How did you paint that" Still Life and Flowers, and "Flowers and Gardens", published in 2004 by North Light books.  They are "Recolte de Provence" and "Iced Gems" respectively. I became featured artist in the Arts section of Lincolnshire Pride magazine in 2004 along with some of my paintings. More recently I gained "Highly Commended" for painting "Black, White and Red all over,"again at Patchings 2011 open.  I have also exhibited my work in many local venue's around lincolnshire and yorkshire, notably the Carre Gallery, Sleaford, the Ferens in Hull, Patchings in Nottinghamshire, and at London's Olympia.  I also had  solo shows at spire gallery, Louth, Alford Manor house, grimsby library and twice at utterby parish rooms near where I live.  Over the years I have turned my hand to painting on silk and then to watercolours and oils, setting me on the road to being known as a colourist.  I am now in the throes of further learning having made two trips to "Florence Studio's" in Florence, Italy, under the wonderful tutelage of Florence Academy alumni Laura Thompson - oil painter and her husband Frank Rekrut, a sculptor.  Also, having had three learning curves at the Norfolk Painting School taught by master painter and owner/director Martin Kinnear, I am now in the throes of further experimentation in oils by layering colour glazes and also mixing white into colour using a limited palette to paint skin tones in portraits and all that entails.  I also try to develop and include pattern and texture in my paintings.  With a keen eye and desire to paint what I believe to be beautiful, you will see emerging from my art collection those special people, my favourite flowers, fruit and china, my love for cats, and anything else that may catch my eye along my artistic journey.........












My name is elaine o'donnell

Chiara.

Chiara - Italian name, means 'light' in english.

Opposite is my oil portrait of Chiara who is a 'Life' model at the Florence Studio in Florence, Italy where I learned the craft of painting skin tones as taught by Florence Academy alumni Laura Thompson.  This was a very enlightening  experience for me and something which I hope to continue with into the future by further experimentation in my studio at home, using any person who is willing to sit for me (always a difficult thing to get people to do in this country) or by using photographs which I take of interesting looking people whilst on my travels. Of course, the skin tones on a photograph are never going to equal the beautiful tones we see on real skin in natural light if we are lucky enough to have a model to sit for us.
Here is my first portrait painted back at the studio, titled" Gemma - waiting".  I was lucky enough to be asked to do the wedding photography for a friends wedding a year or so ago and thought this particular pose a good one to start my foray into portrait painting.I was particularly pleased with the way the eye's turned out, they give the feeling she is looking right back at you and overall she looks at home within the setting.  ( watch this space!)
©2017 Elaine O'Donnell
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 i am a self-taught painter from lincolnshire and have drawn and painted all my life,winning my prize at age 9 years old, progressing in recent years to winner of still life art category in the SAA National competition 2001 with "10 to 1 it's an Iris" , watercolour, and then the overall prize for both amateurs and profe