I’m famous .. well kind of.

By now readers, you will all be aware of my recent exhibition Naked Truths, (I may have mentioned it in a post or two!). On the night the very talented Shane from Crooked Line Films (link to his youtube channel here) made a video of the opening night. The video shows interviews from myself and Valerie Masters (blog here) about our collaboration. It also features words from curator Niamh Brown, Counsellor Larry Bannon, Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy and writer Lorne Patterson, who opened the show.

I hope you all enjoy seeing this little documentary about the show. I’m quite nervous posting it. I guess noone likes seeing themselves on film – and I am quite a shy soul after all! But here goes nothing.


“The End is the Beginning”

My work will be featured in group exhibition The End is the Beginning, which opens this Thursday at 7 and will run until Sunday, December 8th.The show is curated by Louise Marlborough and will be held at Unit H, The Market Studios, Dublin. Please drop in if you are around!


The Naked Truths

Hello there readers – have you missed me??!

It has been quite a while since my last post. Every spare second of time was spent working, sleeping and painting in preparation for my solo show Naked Truths. I remember little of the run up except there was paint everywhere. I even managed to get some on my white work shirts which weren’t even in the room with the paintings.

The show was a great success. It was a collaboration with poet Valerie Masters (blog here). She wrote some very beautiful words based upon the images. The text was handwritten onto MDF and shown with the paintings. Of course I have some images for those of you who are interested:


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The show was held in the Atrium Gallery in the Backstage Theatre & Centre for the Arts in Longford Town. Images and more details are available on my website.

Hello readers, did you miss me?

I have not blogged in far too long – my apologies! Real life got in the way with its full time job and bills to pay. But I’m back!

This post is about photography. Surely you have all wondered where I get my reference material from? It’s something I often wonder when I look at other artists work. Did they take a photograph? Appropriate an image from the internet/books/magazines etc? Is it just off the top of their heads? While I would love to be the kind of artist who just pulls things from thin air, I’m just not. I need physical references so I have a base for proportion and colour.

Usually I start off taking photographs of the kind of mood/theme I want to convey. For example this image was the starter for my current series “Naked Truths”


But alas, though it captured the direction of the theme it just wasn’t a painting. Don’t ask me how I know that, I just do. I know by looking at an image if it is going to work, it needs to just fit. Like this. This image translated well (I think) into a painting.


Don’t ask me where the colours came from. I am fully aware that those images are not the same colours. I think the shades get lost as the image travels from my brain to my hand. Perhaps my hand is colour blind? Can that happen? Anyway, I digress.

Reference material is very important to me. It needs to represent exactly how I feel about the project. I might take fifty images and only paint five. They have to be just perfect.

Well as perfect as it can be when half will get lost in translation.

Being A Grown Up Sucks.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to stay an artist once we grow up”. – Pablo Picasso

Being a grown up kind of sucks. Most children/teenagers long to grow up. After all, it seems amazing. You can go to bed whenever you want, eat ice cream for breakfast and generally just rule yourself. But then it actually happens and real life kicks in. You have to earn a living, pay bills and clean up after yourself. Your life does become centered around what you have to do, as opposed to what you want to do.

I know that when I was a child, all I did was colour. I drew in notebooks, on my homework and on the walls of our house. I informed my mother at age seven I was going to be an artist, because what else could I ever be. I supposed I was thinking that it would be the same as it was then. I would still shut myself in my bedroom and paint all day. I never factored in the job to pay for the studio, the house work and all of the responsibilities that hit in once you grow up. It is ironic, that as a child all I wanted to do was grow up and as an adult (well..ish) all I want to do is shut myself in my room and colour.

I am currently working towards my solo show and it is so difficult to find the time to paint. I have neglected it (and my blog – sorry readers) over the last few weeks. Work and the gym (yep, I work out now) have gotten in the way. But I do promise all of you, and seven year old Rainey, that today I am shutting myself in and colouring. So, expect my next post to be full of news and far more interesting than this one.

Real world, see ya later.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

A big thank you to Dear Kitty. Some blog (do check out this awesome blog) for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂 It’s my first time being nominated for anything and I’m very excited that someone would think of my blog!


The rules are to thank and link back to the blogger who has nominated you, post the award logo to your blog, write a post on the nomination and nominate 10 other very inspiring bloggers. Notify them; and tell 7 things about yourself.

So here are seven things about me:

1. I am still a little scared of blogging. I am so new to this – raineylovescolouring is barely a month old! It makes me nervous every time I post and I plague people for opinions! I adore it though and love how wordpress can be like a little community. It is nice to be able to share my artwork with a wider community.

2. My most popular post:

*drum roll* It’s “Nice clothes? No, thank you I’m an artist”.

3. I adore penguins.

4. My favorite quote is “This too shall pass” and I have it tattoed on my foot.

5. I have a website and a facebook page as well as a blog:



6. Art wise, I am loving Lisa Yuksavage right now. How beautiful are her works? The colours are just stunning.

7. Wow, thinking of 7 things is hard.. um.. I love colouring? Though you may have guessed that from the title 😀

My nominees are listed below. Some of these are great friends and truly inspirational. They have inspired me to blog and to feel like what I have to say is worth talking about. So check them all out please!

  1. http://fatsandbird.wordpress.com
  2.  http://sfoxwriting.com/
  3. http://andthisiswhyiwilldiealonesurroundedbycats.com/
  4. http://annacull.com/
  5. http://littlebeautybuddha.wordpress.com/
  6. http://joannaloves.com/
  7. http://aperfectmasquerade.wordpress.com/
  8. http://aldoinwonderland.com/
  9. http://houseofherby.com/
  10. http://thebunfight.com/

Thank you once again Dear Kitty for the nomination and thank you to everyone who reads and follows 🙂

It’s the little things.

So readers, after months of struggling I have finally hit my decisive moment. (Reference here). I finally got to the stage where my over excited brain shut the hell up and just let me do my thing.

As some of you may know, I have my first solo art exhibition in November and I am more than a little terrified. As an over thinker of the highest degree ,this concept has been plaguing me for months. Just me. No-one else. No other paintings. THERE IS NOWHERE TO HIDE. Needless to say, this led to a major art blockage. Overthinking each brush stroke is never good – art should be natural, instinctive. For me I need to get to the stage where I feel like my hand is just painting away and my brain has nothing to do with it.

But here readers, just for you is a little peak at my “Naked Truths” series. It will be coupled with some amazing poetry by Valerie Masters (check her out here) and it will be just my paintings. Did I mention that? THERE IS NOWHERE TO HIDE.