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shake it off

shake it off and start a new chapter..
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I have always told my artworks are my feelings but it is hard to express through commissioned work where I’m more concentrating on likeness of the subject .. so today I took a day off everything and sat down with my own thoughts.. at last you can see progress from A-Z as I never really show it..

so.. sketch it..
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then  paint over  thin layer of backgrounds colour
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then refine  edges of subject, block a little in and  paint more background
looks  messy I know..
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then  more colours in.. and refine..
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time is runnig faster than I plan it!

don’t  think I’m  lazy guys if not posting here, I’m busy, working days and nights  sorting and editing photos for my dear customers,  doing some design work and computing things.. ! well it’s pretty hard to go inside and work in pretty dark (othervice I can’t see  my screen) while it’s  beautiful sunny outside, but has to be done 🙂 next two weeks   will be tough as I have big plan to finish  most of  work I have.. very busy  August for me too.. Starting with  annual SOCK charity show, then Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Racing Weekend,  one or two days of RDS, then one week of teaching photography at  Latvian culture summer camp “3X3” for which I  have to  prepare all materials.. not to mention I have  guests
apologies to all who is waiting on their commissions and photoshoots being  finished!  doing my best !

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annual photo trip

finally dates confirmed! I am going to Dusseldorf and Malaga in June!
landing in Düsseldorf on 9th June, departing to Malaga on 13th
I have some free time  while  there and will be happy to  visit you and your horses for some photos and  chat 🙂

Great opportunity to do portraits for  painting commissions!
PM for details:

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Exhitibiton @Riga International Airpot

Exhibition “Notes of Beauty” is now open!
Huge thanks to Young Riders School & Riga International Airport for this opportunity, also many thanks to for taking care of my prints! all looks just fantastic there!

Very international models and even more international owners of horses. pictures are taken in 6 different countries 🙂  thanks to all all owners and their fabulous  animals for being you!

Welcome to RIX Airport Business Lounge!

all pictures  from Airport here FACEBOOK

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Sable Matters,story behind the painting

At last I can show this  painting to the world.
Last year while visiting  Meadowbranch  stud, I’ve spotted one absolutely  charismatic horsey face, and it was HIM, wonderful and successful stallion Sable Matters, 1991 (by Matts Scooter and Sable B)

he have been all over the world racing and producing top class racers, he definitely knows he is priceless, as most of  respectable age stallions would know.
at his age of 22  he was full of life enjoying  his retirement  in his own green field and  5* stables in  Meadowbranch.

while ago I  have  been asked to do a painting of him racing for the leading Irish  trainer  William Flanagan’s birthday, and of course it meaned to me a lot!
BUT. Sable Matters  didn’t race for many many years and  his photos and videos of racing are all archived somewhere.. so the search began..

After sending  few emails around the world I have been provided with amazing  photo of him racing in 1995 in  America, thanks to the super helpful people over there, much appreciated!

then  the main task was to paint  different  driver with different colors on. it means different position and whole silhouette.
here my reference pictures are, and the big work began…

I Idid it!

This morning got the message from  William’s  daughters, telling me  that  birthday man was speechless  receiving his  birthday present and  I must say it means the world for me as an artist!
Happy Birthday William!


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Never did this before but  now I found it so much fun watching my own  work from  the side.   didn’t ‘ notice how many layers  it takes to get a real looking  animal 🙂

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Equus Live

it took  me  few weeks to get ready after  quick decision to  take part, now it is all behind.  my first official  trade stand, but  success 🙂
this time was  shared with   Siobhan  and William and their lovely hunting stuff and   super company!
Stand was busy both days, now new commissions  flying in which is the best part of  it 🙂

in 3 days I have met so many  fantastic people, learned so much stuff and had  absolute  fun  sipping  mulled wine with our stand guests 🙂

since the decision to to this  show I have learned new stuff, I did all framing for the  stand myself yeeey!

thanks to everyone  coming and visiting us there :))
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Christmas Commissions!

Time is  flying  and  Christmas time is  sooner than it  seems to be  and  my planner says that I am almost fully booked out for this years commissions. I will accept new commissions only til the end of this week Sept 15th (paid deposit is confirmation of booking, photos can be sorted later, as I’m working on other paintings now)

those who already discussed with me  their Xmas commissions I count in so don’t panic, but hurry up!

don’t worry  if you are late, I am sure someone who you want to get painting done for will be  more than happy to get their X-mass present a bit later 😉

PS. each painting takes me different amount of hours to finish, so it means my planning is approximate. it means that if you book in, there is chance your painting will be done earlier 😉
please have a look on more info how to make commission for  prices, sizes  and sample work

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There is always story behind :)

I never do paintings randomly, my arts are my feelings and nothing more.. glad my feelings  bringing me some income too 🙂

in 2009 in  famous Latvian stud farm Burtnieki, where  Olympic Dressage  horse Rusty was born, we had photographic workshop with  super great team of camerafriends.
I took a picture of little foal and put that picture in  folder of ToDo something later (I have many gigs of this kind of material 🙂
now 4 years later I open that folder and  straight away I knew this is what I’m  going to paint today 🙂
I did, and in 30 minutes after finished painting’s photo was published it was sold to  my greatest  customer friend and collector Christine in America 🙂

I called it  Amber Afternoon as  amber is very Latvian stone, but also horses eyes sometimes are like real amber 🙂

Interesting what that  cute  chestnut baby  (I believe it’s real beauty now) would think about it ? 🙂
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Back to Easel!

I did I did I did it!!!! first survived painting in 2 months! 🙂

as some of you might  have noticed I didn’t paint for almost all summer, I did few sketches alright but it was and still not easy to concentrate on creative stuff, there is  one serious  reason for it connected to my past  spinal and brain injuries … terrific migraines and back pain are following me day by day.. I am a bit colorblind due to it and this is one of the reasons I didn’t take brushes for so long.. well… I did but all was in bin in minutes.. and I gave up for while..
being and artist and having problems with  vision is not  big fun.. maybe I become famous one day and my special seeing will to it’s job lol
Also this summer is very busy with shows, trips, guests and at last this was first summer in 4 years since I live in Ireland so I had to enjoy it too!

now huge amount of work is sitting and waiting for me and I will do my best not to give up with painting!!
paintings to do:

  1. 20×16 commission Liding Light (almost  finished)
  2. 20×16 commission Airisa & Ravels (half done)
  3. 20×16 commission  Regina Rapida
  4. 20×16 commission black pacer Sarah
  5. 12×16 commission Dutch customer
  6. 10×14 commission/ will do it as a part of challenge – Dutch customer
  7. 12×16 commission doggy for Lisa
  8. 27×20 inches project with  Jennifer O’Sullivan
    3 or 4 nameplates..

as one of the upcoming commissions is black black beauty I had to do some exercise
8×10 inches “Gipsy Cob”
70/100 lol I know my challenge is neverending!
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The Doorway Gallery.. I’m in!

wind of changes and life is going up 🙂
Ironia Art now will be represented by The Doorway Gallery
Yippeee! It feels like I’m doing something right, as this invitation was a little unexpected for me, thanks to my fans spreading the word! 10 paintings now gone to the framers and soon will be displayed at the gallery.

the other thing is that my prices will also grow pretty soon! so if you are thinking to make a commission, you have chance to get if for old price til the end of this month (of course securing it with deposit)
more info here :

Nadina is over the moon 🙂 Love doorwayyou all and even more I love your horses!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Equifestival of Ireland 2013

Equifestival of Ireland 2013 is over!!!

Huge thanks to team of photographers:  Siobhan, Art, Alex and  Lauris for all hard work at the very busy event!

you are stars and special thanks for your patience Lauris and Alex 🙂

70GB  and over 10 000 photos

Saturday  was  extremely  long day which  for some of us last  over 20 hours
personally my alarm was  set up  for 5am and I finished  shooting  last  championship at 1am and was in bed around  2am.. not to mention that Sunday  for  some of us was hard day due to sleepless hours and overall tiredness.
even  if Sunday show  finished around 6, we were at home at midnight.

Despite dizzy brain of tiredness  I have enjoyed the show and met  new, wonderful people and some  very impressive horses!
loved to  have a chat with fans of  my arts and hear compliments.  hopefully   over  200 cards  taken  will bring me  good  few   customers 🙂

All photographs will be available on website

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….and summer at last!

every time I am  planning to do something more I realize I don’t have time  for all my plans  go live 🙂 Yes I do complain about lack of time and at the same  time I am  bad workaholic trying to use every single minute  to paint, to sketch, to  edit, to  email  and reply.. since I  have customers from all over the world things  are getting  more exciting as  no matter if I have early morning or  insomnia at 3am I always have  somebody online to chat 🙂
Now summer has arrived  and it means  I live from show to show. no much time for painting, but I wish I had a bit more as I have  so many beautiful reference pictures sitting in folders.. also  photoshoot files are sitting  unedited.  thank you dear customers  being so patient! 🙂
my  personal challenge is going extremely slow too..  40 pieces to go and it seems it will take me forever 🙂  I have  two commissions in progress, one big piece sketched out and something else I can’t even count all the amount of things in ToDo folder 🙂 latest painting for 100 paintings  is  12×12 inches
double Derrochon 🙂 from  my Spanish trip in back in March
even if my  challenge  didn’t  go  one painting a day in 100 days in row, I am absolutely happy with  what I have learned  so far and learned to  start and finish piece in  few hours.
I love  acrylics for  that!

about photozz..
since  1st of  January this year I did not have any free weekend, it means  every  single weekend I  work.  lol  I work 7 days a week, but I chose it myself, so shame to complain!
next free weekend  seems  will be only at the end of  July if  nobody books their show in.
well  few shows I have attended were not my  shows I am booked for, went only as press photographer but enjoyed every single moment of spending time shooting  world’s  best  eventing riders.
Badminton  Horse Trials was just WOW! I had chance to try  this  beautifuyl brand new car for having a  look at  Cross country course:

and weather was  amazing too!
here is  London Olympic games  winner Michael Jung (Germany)
I was cheering  up he wins, but another great rider won  the show 🙂
his dressage test was  test of the tests! he got all highest marks  for riding! <3

it was pleasure to meet  many  interesting people, most of them are photographers and journalists  with huge experience, having  in their pockets Olympic games etc. was nice to  get some advice from them too!

at Badminton I took some photos for  our local Irish company Waterboy. they produce  such a thing, which you can use in the middle of field  to wash your horse and even have hot water!!

after returned back home I had  amazing photoshoot for riding  clothing advertisement, but it has to sit in secret folder until all things are done! 🙂

Pity one  of Riding clubs had to cancel their annual summerfest, but luckily  I have got another  show to do and we spent  fabulous day  shooting and printing on-site in Kilronan  Equestrian Centre. (must scan newspaper with article and my picture in it)



now just finished article about Tatts and  even if my  PC crashed at lest 10 times  this week somehow managed to  finish photos too 🙂 all photos in event galleries!

now  I’m getting ready  for  hopefully sunny weekend. planning to visit   kennels, bring  my PC to fix and two  days of harness racing ahead too!  yiihaaa!!
now I’m off to  garden to catch sunshine 🙂

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March (reading piece)

It’s  been a long  time since I posted any  news here. my apologies  to  followers, just  busy!

First of all there is  still no spring in Ireland ..  same cold as in December and  loads of shows are  being cancelled due to  bad  ground and weather  conditions.

At least  local  P2P wasn’t  cancelled and  I was lucky enough about weather and some  good shots.
Antler challenge  I always wanted to  attend  was  postponed first and then cancelled at all, then  some Hunter trials   are  cancelled too.  I really hope  this  year   some big shows  will not be cancelled as I  have planned  to attend  good  few.

I  am just back  from sunny Spain  where I  had  lovely  road trip, and met  my  friends  PRE horse breeders.  My plan was to visit some more stables, but weather wasn’t  good and also  I didn’t realize that  Spain is  bigger than  I thought 🙂  next time I will plan better, also  6 days is not enough at all!  I  still visited  three  farms, and once again I  say I love Spanish horses and  one  day I will own one!

Also  there I had meet up with my  good friends  at  Sunshine Tour.  It supposed to be   5 weeks  of sun, but it  was 5  weeks of rain for them and many shows there  have been cancelled too, and the one I  had to take photos at  of  course  was cancelled too because of  heavy  rain and  thunders.

I was glad to  stay  at my  friend’s   in  absolutely stunning place,  I met  her  beautiful   warmblood horses in front of my  camera.  It was  good  fun! I also  ate loads of  oranges from trees in their yard  🙂 yumm!
I hope to visit   Spain  again  this year, will see how  my  calendar will   appear with bookings etc etc.

One week before  trip  I  took part in photographic exhibition at Dublin Pearse Street library, where I  had on display  hunting and  other random  equine stuff. I can really  see how much   my photos  improved since last show and I am  almost proud  of myself 🙂

Also  did  appearance at  Sport Horse Ireland stallion inspections in Cavan, which about I’m thankful to Siobhan English for the opportunity, I hope  we have more  shows and events to  work  at together! Last time I saw  so many  beautiful  boys   five-six years ago  where I worked at Baltic stallion inspections  in Audruvis. I love stallions a lot! they are special!

Bad thing is that I  don’t understand where my  time is  running and who is stealing it?  I wake up every morning with a list of To Do , but  then it’s  already  evening and   seems like nothing is done.. well I  try to manage  all on my  own  which is not very  helpful to  my  arts, as  paperwork and  networking is taking too much time, so  this  has really affected my  personal challenge..  my  great plan  of  finishing  by  Xmas  has   failed, next was to  finish in April and again…. I am still  less than in the middle! bad! I tell you I am  not lazy!! I am proper workaholic and my  family  is not  happy about it either.

now I am  working on  one  commission  of   great show-jumper, I have  few  gigabytes of   photos to  work on,   some  shows  coming up,  of course  challenge paintings to  do and much more on my  list 🙂 I don’t complain about being  busy I love  what I do!
I can do it!

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Little Hoofs session

Sunday  I was doing advertising session for Little Hoofs Ireland mobile parties, and I was how  clever  Falabella  horses are! This little poser Flash  has got a patience of a big  horse! half day of grooming, then  loads of  kids … Continue reading

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2012 Summary

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I must say  big thank you to all my customers, fans and friends for amazing support this year and I wish you all prosperous NEW 2013 YEAR! This was a BIG year  for Ironia Art! In 2012 we started to … Continue reading

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Just before it’s Christmas

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it seems I’m booked   with  different  things till the end of year.  some  commissions to paint, some nameplates to paint either, and loads of photographs to do. 18th of November my  work will be displayed at Christmas market  in Drogheda, … Continue reading

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squirrel :)

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I know it’s funny  but I feel like  crazy squirrel in a wheel 🙂 I  go to bed early mornings and I start  work  when lazy  winter sun is up in my window. these days I did some painting work, … Continue reading

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days 16 &17

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Can’t believe I did  drawing, I found I didn’t  to  graphite  for  many years .. probably it’s really  now time to return it to my list of ToDo’s 🙂 unbelievably hard to  scan  graphite  with no reflection of light.. this … Continue reading

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Logo design

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I’m quiet  happy  with this simple logo for colleague  in Cork Denisa. she does brilliant photography and also  she does paint horses.  

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Day 11 (mare and foal)

another  quick painting  on canvas panel 10×14 inches. I called it Lunchtime.. loved shiny  bums on reference picture from  Lynn (USA)

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Day 10

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with some delay but I’m finished my  day 10 painting 🙂 Quarter horse 12×12 inches  on stretched canvas

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Day 8 (Schnauzer)

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Day 8 and here doggie comes.. this is my own the best and the most loved pup Dinamunde Only Orlanda posing for me in stubble field few weeks ago. what I must say as I didn’t practice dogs, I say … Continue reading

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Day 7 (updated)

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12×16 inches “chestnut summer” today’s work is done, I love it.  and need to update picture  tomorrow, as need to  do it in daylight tho 🙂 morning sometimes give us fresh  view on things..  didn’t like eye, and got  few … Continue reading

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Day 6

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so here is  day 6  of my  personal challenge. quick monochrome painting, spent around one hour doing  this. 8×8 inches on canvas panel. PRE Andalusian

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Day 5

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what to say today? I just did it 🙂 quick  few hour painting of warmblood foal 9.5 x 12  inches on  canvas  panel

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Christmas time?

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Only  few month till Christmas.  I am now taking commissions for Christmas presents. Original paintings  for sale, nameplates for your or friend’s  horses’ stable doors,  fine art prints  on canvas and  paper, mounted and  framed …and more and more all  … Continue reading

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Ballynahowen Eamon

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so it’s finished 🙂 Sponsored painting for Performance Connemara show in East, reserve champion  Ballynahowen Eamon (owner   Rebecca O’Connel) I love to  hang  paintings on the wall and take fresh look at them before they  go to  their new … Continue reading

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Busy time

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from show to show, prints, designs, paintings, all computer and  outdoor  works summer  is almost at the end..  where it’s  gone?  ah  forgot  we live in Ireland, but can’t complain, I got my  shoulders brown this year 🙂 had brilliant   … Continue reading

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Prize for connemara

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Spent brilliant day at  Performance Connemara show in East  last Saturday. Sunny  day  with some  heavy  showers and storms  were brilliant  for photography, atmosphere was great and horses   did well. as I mentioned   earlier I offered   prize – painting of  … Continue reading

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painting update

at last I’m done   with  portrait  of  gorgeous  Wiggy – Dutch  warmblood.  such an elegant  man!

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new life to old things 🙂 this logo I did few years ago, now stables moved to new place, so name of it is changed.  interesting is that   for logo I used  portrait of    one flashy mare I used to … Continue reading

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life goes on

things  happen every single day.. last week  we moved into  new family  house with lovely garden and new  sunny  place for  my studio.. after  few days of happiness  I got sore fracture of my  left hand  finger.. yes I’m left … Continue reading

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some people keep asking  if   nameplates I do are  available  with their  own  horse. ofcoure my  friends 🙂  here is one of recent   nameplates I did for  beautiful gray lad Butler. I was   sponsoring   Best Turnout competition at  Coilog Int. … Continue reading

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Proud to announce  I’m going to be sponsor of  Performance Connemara Show in East on July  28th I will be presenting fantastic prize – original painting! Show Page Also I will be doing  sponsorship  at Royal Trim Show I did   … Continue reading

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