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Venice Virtual Paint-out 3

A little Venetian back water, my final one for this challenge, although I could go on painting Venice forever. Have no idea of the name of the canal/street, but just couldn't resist photographing the washing line. 

Added by Kevin Lewis on May 23, 2020 at 22:32 — 2 Comments

Venice Virtual Paint-out 2

Whilst in Venice a couple of years ago, I was fascinated by the various shapes of some of the windows. In a small street to the left of the entrance to La Fenice opera house, I came across this balcony over a shop which I thought  would make a good subject. Thanks to Norah's challenge I have finally gotten around to completing it. …

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Added by Kevin Lewis on May 22, 2020 at 21:33 — 5 Comments

Venice Virtual Paint-out 1

Spent the last few days looking through my photos of Venice from our wonderful time there a couple of years ago. So much to choose from, so I hope you'll forgive me Norah if I end up doing more than one. Here's one to start, from a photo taken from the ferry as we arrived before rounding the building on the extreme right to enter the Canal Grande. More later.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on May 22, 2020 at 18:40 — 3 Comments

St. Peter's Church, Repps-with-Bastwick, Norfolk

W/C on Saunders Waterford 140lb rough.

A view of the local church in the beautifully named village of Repps-with-Bastwick in Norfolk, England. Homeplace of Linda one of my artist friends whom I met during the AITO festival 2017.

Added by Kevin Lewis on May 20, 2020 at 11:52 — 3 Comments

The Window Cleaner - Sheila Spring Cleaning

Paid a long overdue visit to my beloved Goddaughter Sheila the other morning and discovered her doing a spot of lockdown Spring cleaning. Needless to say she was happy to abort and have a chat and a coffee whilst maintaining our social distancing. Her in the garden, me on the wall. Lovely.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on May 16, 2020 at 22:36 — 1 Comment

Covid -19 Studio Works 4. North Main St. from White's Hotel

W/C Saunders Waterford rough 11 x 7 ins. Done from a photo taken from the top storey of White's Hotel earlier in the year. Another Roofscape.

Added by Kevin Lewis on May 2, 2020 at 11:42 — 6 Comments

Howth Challenge - Bailey Lighthouse

Well, I suppose someone has to post first so it may as well be me.  This is the subject I chose for Sean's Howth Challenge, the Bailey Lighthouse on Howth Head. My usual Saunders Waterford rough 11ins.x7.5ins.

Really enjoyed doing it particularly as I have never been there. It was nice to try something new. Thank you for the challenge Sean, maybe we'll do more before the end of this dreadful time. Won't make Noel's Zoom meeting tomorrow, but best regards to you all and keep those…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on May 1, 2020 at 15:09 — 5 Comments

Wexford Panorama Commission

Watercolour on SW rough 200lb. 30x11ins. Was commissioned earlier this year to do this for a local businessman. It's one of the biggest paintings I've ever tackled, certainly one of the widest.  It took me two days and have to say I was very pleased with the result, and extra delighted when the recipient was happy too.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on April 12, 2020 at 18:33 — 1 Comment

Beethoven Portrait

As this is the year that celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of arguably the greatest composer that ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), I thought I would try doing a portrait of him as I am a fan of classical music. For this I decided to return to my original working media of pen and ink. It took a while but am quite satisfied with the result.

Portraits and life drawing not my usual forte, but have to say I enjoyed doing this. …

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Added by Kevin Lewis on April 4, 2020 at 21:10 — 3 Comments

Covid-19 Studio Works 3

Never painted so often! Another one from the studio, with a change of atmosphere. 'Rainy Day at Selskar Street'. Again my favourite paper Saunders Waterford rough, 10x7.

Added by Kevin Lewis on April 4, 2020 at 13:25 — 2 Comments

Covid-19 Studio Works 2

'All Moored Up' at Wexford Quays. Another studio effort on Saunders Waterford rough 10x7.

Spent best part of the afternoon on this one from a photo. Three of Wexford's fleet of mussel-dredgers, featuring 'Ede Cunze', 'Cecilia' and 'Noordster', moored alongside at Common Quay.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on April 3, 2020 at 21:49 — 2 Comments

Covid-19 Studio Works

Well, as we are all doing our best to self isolate at the current time, it is nice to relieve some of the trying hours by indulging in some painting. Because of the 'lockdown' restrictions it is a great excuse to catch up on some work in the studio, spare room or on the kitchen table. Staying safe now is our main priority, and staying indoors is our best way of helping those health care workers on the front-line to cope with their daunting and dangerous work. Here are two I did recently from…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on March 29, 2020 at 18:50 — 6 Comments

'The Schoolgoers'

Bringing my two little nephews Bobby and Jamie to school the other morning, couldn't resist this photo which I thought would make a nice painting.  Happy with the result.

Added by Kevin Lewis on June 3, 2019 at 19:44 — 4 Comments

2019 Lion's Club Art Exhibition Entry

Well, it's that time of the year for the annual Lion's Club Art exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre.  Was honoured last year when my entry won a merit award so felt obliged to put one in again for this year. The result - 'Friary Stained Glass Windows' - took eight days to complete and is a watercolour pen and wash on an 18x14 watercolour board. Exhibition starts tomorrow 25th and runs for a month.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on February 24, 2019 at 15:20 — 5 Comments

Mary Street, Commission

Now that Autumn has passed and we enter Winter, haven't been outside much doing many paintings.  However I was lucky enough to be given a couple of commissions lately and the one posted here is my favourite of the pair.  It is of my favourite building in Wexford - the Franciscan Friary, which I have painted many times from various angles, but this is the iconic view from the bottom of Mary Street: and I believe is on its way to someone for Christmas.  I was very happy with the result as it…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on December 1, 2018 at 22:10 — 2 Comments


Following up on a request from Sally Downey to have a go at more portraits here's one of my God daughter Sheila, rendered today. Happy enough with it, but sadly doesn't really do such a gorgeous girl justice. Still will keep trying.

Added by Kevin Lewis on August 29, 2018 at 18:45 — 9 Comments

Thank you

Just want to say a big 'Thank you' to my good friend Denis Collins for inviting me and giving me the space to exhibit my work as part of his summer 'Outside the Gallery' series of exhibitions last Sunday at his Rosslare Gallery. Thank you Denis.

Also a grateful thanks to my friends and fellow artists who came to support me and to those you sent their good wishes, including, Dick, Marja, Michael, Helen, Barry, Neil, George, Tony, Trish…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on June 25, 2018 at 17:02 — 1 Comment

"DUNBRODY" Commission

Recently a friend of mine commissioned a watercolour painting of the Famine replica ship "Dunbrody" moored alongside at New Ross.  Here is the result, painted on Saunders Waterford rough paper it measures 20"x13". Posting as a blog post as it was not rendered en plein air. Happy to say he liked…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on September 11, 2017 at 18:42 — 6 Comments

Bobby and 'Doogles' / Sheila

Two recent studio works a bit out of my comfort zone as I am not the greatest for portraits.

(Top) A little watercolour of my Godson Bobby with his favourite little comfort toy. 

(Bottom) Pencil portrait of my Goddaughter, Bobby's mother Sheila.…

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Added by Kevin Lewis on August 29, 2016 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

"Telly Brothers". Not strictly plein air.

Although not really 'plein air' as such, it was painted outside of my own house. My little Godson and his younger brother enjoying an episode of 'Fireman Sam'.

Added by Kevin Lewis on August 1, 2016 at 15:32 — 4 Comments

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