Charity Prints for the Irish Guide Dogs

You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Scully and Toby, two very beautiful Irish Guide Dogs that I have been painting to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here).

In the last blog about the Guide Dogs I promised to share with you how I painted Scully, a labrador retriever. I painted Scully in watercolour and here’s how he came to life:A watercolour painting of an Irish Guide Dog

Drum roll….here is the final painting, (of course the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark):

Watercolour painting of Guide Dog

And here is the second painting I finished for the Irish Guide Dogs, this is the adorable Toby:

Print of Toby, an Irish Guide Dog

These prints can now be ordered from me at art@siobhanduggan.ie and purchased here from my website. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints for €75 each will be made of each dog with proceeds going to the Irish Guide Dogs. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the dog-lover in your life or why not put it on your own wish list and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of art?!

There are only 50 prints of each dog available so to avoid disappointment please make sure to place your order today so it arrives in time for Christmas. Orders can be collected from the headquarters of the Irish Guide Dogs in Cork on request. If you want the print delivered, please allow €8.60 for delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Each print will carry the story of the dog and arrive in a lovely presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. You can place your order in advance by emailing your name and address directly to me at art@siobhanduggan.ie
Limited edition prints for Irish Guide Dogs

Charity Prints for the Donkey Sanctuary

You may have been following my Facebook page where I’ve been updating followers about Jimmy and Lorcan, two very special donkeys that I have been painting to raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary. (Read my last blog entry to get the full story here.)

I am delighted to announce that both paintings are now complete and I wish to share with you the final paintings. (Please note: the final prints won’t have a copyright watermark)

This is Jimmy, he’s a character, he loves posing for the camera and pulls the funniest faces, I just couldn’t resist painting him! He was only a year old when he was relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary from Ennis, Co.Clare. He was hand fed by the staff and he received expert veterinary, farrier and dental care and is one of the many much loved donkeys that can be visited at the Sanctuary.

Painting of Jimmy the Donkey

And this is Lorcan. When Lorcan was only a year old he was chased by youths into barbed wire leaving his ears badly damaged. Now at the ripe old age of 19 he is very well taken care of at The Donkey Sanctuary and is very popular with visitors. He enjoys lots of love and affection and on a wet day snuggles up in the barn.

Painting of Donkey Lorcan

Lorcan’s story was made extra special when on Friday last one of the limited edition prints of Lorcan was presented to President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina on their visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll. I’m sure Lorcan will take pride of place in the Áras!

President Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabina accepting a print of Lorcan from the Donkey Sanctuary

L/r Sabina Higgins President’s wife, Paddy Barrett Founder The Donkey Sanctuary, The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Noel Carton Head of Operations The Donkey Sanctuary.

These prints can now be ordered from me at art@siobhanduggan.ie and purchased here from my website. A limited edition run of only 50 signed and framed archival prints for €75 each will be made of each donkey with proceeds going to The Donkey Sanctuary. The prints are the perfect unique Christmas present for the animal-lover in your life or why not put it on your own wish list and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of art?!

There are only 50 prints of each donkey available so to avoid disappointment please make sure to place your order today so it arrives in time for Christmas. Orders can be collected from The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork on request. If you want the print delivered, please allow €8.60 for delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Each print will carry the story of Jimmy and Lorcan and arrive in a lovely presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. You can place your order in advance by emailing your name and address directly to me at art@siobhanduggan.ie
Prints of Donkeys from Donkey Sanctuary

Life in an Irish Cottage

Watercolour Painting of Irish Cottage

Life in an Irish Cottage

This is where we live, my husband Ben and I. It’s a small little Irish cottage with a big heart nestled in the hills near Macroom in the County of Cork. I moved in with Ben when we got engaged in November 2011. Ben is Australian and moved to Ireland over 10 years ago – it still baffles me how he found this little Irish cottage in the middle of nowhere! I’m glad he did, as I get to live and work in a very beautiful part of the world.

Our Irish cottage is close to The Gearagh (An Gaoire) (irish name for wooded river) which is known for its rare plant life and a haven for birdwatchers. Before I moved here, this part of the country was unknown to me and months later I’m still finding my way around the little byroads and boreens. Getting lost can be fun as you never know what you’ll find; a heron perched on a branch by the roadside, a fox dashing across the road or a friendly cow peering over the ditch (and me kicking myself that I didn’t bring my camera to catch it!!) Finding my way around is one thing, but settling in has been easy, it’s so tranquil and peaceful and everyone you meet is friendly (although, bumping into people out here can be rare!)

I’ve always had a grá for the Irish cottage and always dreamed one day of living in one.

It’s important that this painting of our Irish cottage marks my first blog entry. While friends and family have encouraged me for years to paint more, it was Ben and moving here that gave me the courage to show my art to the rest of the world. I painted this watercolour of the cottage for Ben in 2011 while we were going out only a short time, it was a gift from the heart and something I knew he would love. I’ve always had a grá for the Irish cottage and always dreamed one day of living in one, with a pretty garden and vegetable patch. Not only do I live my dream, I get to design and paint from here while married to an amazing man that understands the need for me to be creative. The more you get to know me, you’ll see I love the simple things in life and this blog is a way for me to appreciate the wonderful things that life can bring.

Some Irish-isms for my non Irish Friends:
Grá = love
Boreen comes from the Irish word Bóithrín which means ‘a little road’

Feel free to share or leave a comment below. I look forward to sharing more images and stories with you about life in an Irish Cottage.