Creative Journal

Welcome to my creative journal where I share authentic insights from my studio about my painting practice & life as an artist.

March 2024: 5 Unique Defining Moments in Abstract Art

Don’t you agree that abstract art is a term that often brings images of swirling colours, geometric shapes, and perhaps a sense of mystery? Do…..

February 2024: Creative Profile with Irelands Homes, Interiors and Living Magazine

This month Irelands Homes, Interiors and Living Magazine did a creative profile on my career to date. It’s always a real compliment when interviewers want…..

Jan 2024: New Year, New Website!

A big job on my to-do list for 2024 is finishing my new website. I’m not a natural tech person and building out, formatting and…..

Dec 2023: It’s been a great year!

2023 has been a great year for my art practice and professional growth. When the year began I made a list of intentions of how…..

Nov 2023: Contemporary Artist

As my creative journal is receiving more online attention I would like to introduce myself again and share some background on how I became a…..

October 2023: 7 Tips on How to Care and Keep Your Artwork: A Buyer’s Guide

Flaxen, 2023, oil paint, oil bar and charcoal on board…..

September 2023: Abstract landscape paintings

In 2019 I began making abstract landscape paintings. I never thought I would make work in response to a landscape as it had not appealed…..

August 2023: Abstract Artist Interview with The Career Relaunch Podcast

Suspension 2, 2023, oil paint and oil bar on paper, 43x53cm I was recently invited to do an abstract artist interview with Joseph Liu from…..

July 2023: Open Art Studio, London

An open art studio is a space where artists can create work while also allowing the public to visit and observe their process and meet…..

June 2023: Are Art Fairs Worth It?

Are art fairs worth it? Participating in art fairs is a relatively new experience for me. If I’m honest it took me a while to…..

May 2023: Irish Abstract Art

For as long as I have been a practitioner of painting I have been making abstract work. Over the last 4 years, I have been…..

April 2023: How to buy original art online

How to buy original art online has peaked with the rise of artists selling work through their websites. Here’s how I began selling my paintings…..

April 2023: Contemporary Artist in London Interview

This month I was invited to chat about being a contemporary artist in London with Stan from the Art by Artists YouTube channel. What We…..

April 2023: Behind the Artist- Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Interview

Recently Sophie Skelton from Behind the Artist invited me to chat with her about my work as a contemporary abstract landscape painter and how I…..

March 2023: The Other Art Fair London

Delighted to share that I have been selected for stand #140 at The Other Art Fair London 2023 in the renowned Truman Brewery in Shoreditch……

February 2023: Artist and Mother

This is my first creative journal entry since having baby Caolán. Now as an artist and mother, I’d like to share what’s been happening with…..

Dec 2021: Live Studio Update/ Making more than paintings this year!

I’ve been making more than paintings this year, I’ve also been making a baby! This is my final 2021 live studio update & I sign…..

April 2022: Exhibition in New York City!

Thrilled to have one of my paintings accepted for an exhibition in New York City. “In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of….”…..

April 2022: Contemporary Irish Abstract Painter

Recently I was asked to do an interview with ‘The Life of Stuff’ blog about being a contemporary Irish abstract painter. Read the full article…..

April 2022: Art and Motherhood

How does art and motherhood work together?  I’m about to have my first baby & I’ve been thinking about this over for the last nine…..

March 2022: Large Abstract Paintings for Sale

New large abstract paintings for sale are now available from my website or please book a studio appointment if you are in the London area……

March 2022: Large modern oil paintings

In this week’s live studio chat I share my newest large modern oil paintings Hello, hello! This week’s live studio chat from my studio at…..

March 2022: Abstract Artist 2022

Hello & welcome to my creative journal where I document my work and life as an abstract artist 2022. On my website, you will find…..

March 2022: Large Abstract Yellow Paintings

New large abstract yellow paintings will soon be available from my website. Watch the finishing video of these works in my studio update here. Hello,…..

Feb 22: Large Abstract Oil Paintings on Canvas

This week I chat through developments on my new large abstract oil paintings on canvas. My in-progress large abstract oil paintings on canvas have behaved…..

Feb 2022: Small Original Abstract Paintings for Sale

New small original abstract paintings for sale are now available from my website! I’ve started a new body of work for 2022 & when beginning…..

Feb 2022: Large abstract canvas art UK

On this weeks studio update, I have scaled up to make some large paintings and talk through their early stages of making- they are not…..

Feb 2022: Original Small Abstract Art

I’ve finished my original small abstract art paintings and they will soon be available via my newsletter. Here is the final video on the making…..

Feb 2022: How to Explain Abstract Art

How to explain abstract art can be intricate as some people find it inaccessible or hard to relate to. In this studio update I explain…..

Feb 2022: Yellow Abstract Paintings

I now have yellow abstract paintings available as part of my painting portfolio. It’s taken me a while to get used to the colour yellow…..

Jan 2022: How to begin a painting

How to begin a painting is a question that initiates a lot of curiosity particularly when it comes to abstract painting. In this weeks live…..

Jan 2022: Contemporary abstract artist UK 2022

As a contemporary abstract artist uk 2022 and it been the start of a new year I thought it would be a good opportunity to…..

Jan 2022: Creating Abstract Paintings

I’ve just begun a new body of work. Creating abstract paintings requires various paint processes and techniques which I explain and share in this video……

Dec 2021: Live Studio Update/ / Brian Vallely, art exhibition tour

This week I’m giving you an art exhibition tour of the fabulous work of Brian Vallely live from Armagh Market Place Theatre. I first became…..

Dec 2021: Live Studio Update/ Painting Inspiration

This week I’m back in Ireland for a break from London which gives me the perfect opportunity to share my painting inspiration with you. If…..

Nov 2021: Live Studio Update/ Open Art Studios London at Delta House Studios

This week I’m sharing how I’ve set up my studio for Delta House’s Open Art Studios event. This is our second open art studios event…..

Nov 2021: Me and Gordan Ramsay at the Savoy Hotel!

When Gordan Ramsay and his creative team come knocking on your studio door, you know something fun is about to happen! Gordan Ramsay at the…..

Nov 2021: Live Studio Update/ Open art studios near me

Open art studios near me? Come and check out Delta House Studios open art studio event! Delighted we are able to have our annual open…..

Nov 2021: Original art for sale London, UK

Hello, my name is Aisling and if you are new to my website you must be interested in contemporary abstract paintings & original art for…..

Oct 2021: Live Studio Update/ Abstract Painting Techniques & Abstract Art Paintings for Sale

This week I share some paintings techniques I use and show some abstract art paintings for sale via my newletter. The paintings that will be…..

Oct 2021: Live Studio Update/ How to start an abstract painting & contemporary abstract art for sale

How to start an abstract painting? Sometimes I still get a bit stuck when beginning a new painting so in this video I show you…..

Oct 2021: Irish Abstract Painter

I am an Irish abstract painter based outside of my home country, why? I’m originally from Co. Clare off the west coast of Ireland. Between…..

Oct 2021: Live Studio Update from The Burren, Co. Clare/ What Inspires Artists?

What inspires artists? This of course varies from artist to artist but I wanted to share with you what has inspired my body of work…..

Oct 2021: Live Studio Update/ How to overcome creative block

How to overcome creative block? As an artist creative block is something I’ve had to learn to deal with and in this post I share…..

Oct 2021: What to do with a large empty wall?

I love getting DM’s and emails from people who are interested in having my paintings for their homes. The number one thing I get asked…..

Sept 2021: Live Studio Update/ Invited to do an interesting podcast to listen to ‘Creative Souls of Clare’

This week I’m delighted to share that I have been invited on to ‘Creative Souls of Clare’ which is a really interesting podcast to listen…..

Sept 2021: Live Studio Update/ NFT Digital Art & British Abstraction

This week Nina (my brussels griffon pooch) took ourselves into central London to see NFT digital art and British Abstraction exhibitions NFT (non fungible token)…..

Sept 2021: Amazing Art that Inspires Me

Sept 2021: Live studio update 15 Sept 21/ New framed abstract oil paintings

Delighted to finally have my new collection of framed abstract oil paintings up on my website! In this video, I chat about my new framed…..

Sept 2021: New Small Abstract Paintings

This summer I downscaled and made a collection of small abstract paintings which has prooved to be a great painting experience! These works on paper…..

Sept 2021: Live Studio Update Sept 2 Sept 2021/ Creative Process Steps

This week I had a question about my creative process steps and how I make a painting. Process is a big part of my painting…..

Aug 2021: Live Studio Update 25 Aug 2021/ contemporary abstract art for sale

Hello, this is my weekly live studio update and this week I have some contemporary abstract art for sale! In this weeks video, I share…..

Aug 2021: Studio Update/ Van Gogh Alive London

Hello from beautiful Kensington Gardens! It’s time for my weekly live studio update & for a change, I’m out of my studio to see the…..

August 2021: London Art fair / Roy’s Art fair

Sooo I’m not new to the London art fair calendar but I am new to showing at an artist-led art fair.  This month I am…..

July 2021: Live Studio Update/ Good News! Small Abstract Paintings for Sale

This week I’m sharing a collection of recently finished small abstract paintings for sale. These paintings are £200 each and will be available through my…..

July 2021: Live Studio update/ London Exhibitions 2021-The Loneliness of the Soul with Tracy Emin and Edvard Munch

The Loneliness of the Soul Welcome to my weekly studio update except for this time I’m not in my studio. Instead, I’m at the Royal…..

July 2021: On being a Contemporary Irish Artist in London

How did I become a contemporary Irish artist in London? Recently I had a zoom interview in my studio with Mathew from London Irish Stories…..

July 2021: Live Studio Update/ Painting Processes & Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2021

This week I chat about the –Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2021 for which I have paintings on show with The Graham Hunter Gallery, – getting…..

July 2021: Live update from my London, UK art studio/ Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2021

This week I share work that has been selected for exhibition with the Graham Hunter Gallery during the Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2021 next week……

June 2021: New series of original abstract paintings!

Three months ago I began a new series of original abstract paintings that I’ve virtually shared as lockdown had cancelled open studio visits and exhibitions-…..

June 2021: How I began selling original abstract art online

June 2021: Interview with Clare Champion Newspaper/ Up and Coming Visual Artist

As an up and coming visual artist living outside of my home country, it’s always a pleasure to receive support and recognition from home. Last…..

May 2021: Gifting art- What to buy an art lover?

Sometimes finding an unusual gift can be daunting particularly if it’s for someone close to you and you want to really surprise them with something…..

May 2021: Understanding Abstract Art

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Understanding abstract art can be tricky for many because it is diverse, multifaceted & can be considered inaccessible……

April 2021: How to start buying art?

What got me thinking about this? Over the last two years, I’ve had many new art buyers come to my studio (in between lockdowns) or…..

April 2021: Artist Interview with the Irish Times/ When art is just a click away

This post is about a recent interview I did with the Irish Times discussing life as an artist during Covid and how this has had…..

April 2021: Blank Canvas Paralysis

Blank Canvas Paralysis is referenced as the inability to start something because of self-doubt- I can relate! A while back a blog interviewer asked me…..

March 2021: Life of an artist- Art student to Full Time Artist, my story… an insight so far!

March 2021: Artist Photoshoot

Last week I did a studio artist photoshoot with the lovely Jane Looker. I just got my images back and had to share this one…..

March 2021: Listed as one of eight Female Irish Contemporary Artists to watch 2021!

Wow, I’ve been listed as one of “Eight Contemporary Irish Female artists to fall in love with” by @mayday.mag. What a compliment and I’m in great…..

March 2021: Painting with Masking Tape

One of the consistent tools in my painting practice is masking tape. I have been painting with masking tape since I began my fine art…..

March 2021: Knowing when to stop painting.

I often get asked about knowing when to stop painting as it is an element of creating that plagues many artists. I think knowing when…..

Feb 2021: Virtual Studio tour with Cass Art

Cass Art very kindly invited me to do a virtual studio tour for them, which was a first for me! Here you can see me…..

Feb 2021: How to buy art, where to buy art and how to learn about the artist?

How to buy art? Recently I was chatting with a collector of my work who wanted to learn more about buying art direct from the…..

Feb 2021: Contemporary abstract art prints for sale

Contemporary abstract art prints for sale from my website! Buying a print over an original painting is a great way to begin or add to…..

Jan 2021: Simple Qualities of a Good Artist

It’s January, it’s baltic outside and the UK has just gone into Lockdown for the third time since March. I’m thinking about the year ahead,…..

Dec 2020: Practical Materials used in Art

Fabriano is one of those great practical materials used in art that has become a mainstay in my painting practice. Recently I was posting some…..

Dec 2020: Bespoke Christmas Present

Being the time of year it is I’ve received inquiries about buying paintings as a bespoke Christmas present- what a gift to receive! Here are a few…..

Nov 2020: Preparatory paintings

This month I have been making lots of preparatory painting studies. They’re like little experiments to work out new paint marks and test out varying…..

Oct 2020: New Website!

Sept 2020: Selected for the Royal Ulster Academy of Art

August 2020: The Things You Forget

July 2020: Arts Bursary Award Winner!

June 2020: Green and Me

May 2020: Back in my studio after Covid lockdown

April 2020: #ArtistSupportPledge

April 2020: Home Art Studio during Covid_19

March 2020: The Importance of Doodling!

March 2020: Interview with ‘Crow of Minerva’ Blog

A couple of months back I did an interview with ‘Crow of Minerva’ which is a blog that highlights women in the contemporary art world……

Feb 2020: Solo Art Exhibition titled ‘Skellig’ at the Graham Hunter Gallery

Jan 2020: Then & Now…. 2010-2020!

It’s the 3rd of January and I’m sat in my studio thinking over the last decade- that then and now chat most of us have…..

Nov 2019: Chester Art Fair November 15-17 2019

Oct 2019: London Artists Open studios

June 2019: Residency complete- what an experience!

This is a first!

Painting commissions

I’m regularly asked if I do commissions and yes, I do! The above painting ‘Steadied Thinking’ was my first 2019 commission for an American collector……

New website!

Yae, a new website has been on my ‘to do’ list for a ridiculously long time- it’s been most satisfying to finally cross it off!…..

Shortlisted for the 2018 Jacksons Open Painting Prize!! (April 2018)

Delighted to have my painting Trading Time for Eternity, 2017 short listed for the over all prize at the Jacksons Open Painting Prize. Only 38…..

2018 Solo show Paint Tangling (June 2018)

I am very pleased to have a solo show ‘Paint Tangling’ with the Graham Hunter gallery on Baker Street 3-17 June. PV on the 10…..

June 2019 Art Residency (June 2018)

Very pleased to have been awarded a residency next year with the established and well respected Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Co.Kerry, Ireland. It’s just…..

Shortlisted for the Royal Ulster Academy (July 2018)

Delighted to have two paintings shortlisted for this years Royal Ulster Academy exhibition- fingers crossed!


Moving on Regardless featured on the cover of Risk UK magazine Sept issue

Second time round being featured on the cover of Risk financial magazine. They first featured ‘Look Outside Me’ in 2015. A few years on and…..

Shortlisted for It’s Art Call 2018

Wonderful to be shortlisted for this new but engaging art competition in Mayfair.


New Studio

Really excited for my new studio at Delta House Studios in Earlsfield #newchapter !!


Wandsworth Artists Open House at Delta Art Studio’s

Really successful weekend at Delta studios as part of Wandsworth open house weekend- thanks for all the thought provoking chats about my work!


Jan 2019: Art at the Shard, London

What fun to be exhibiting in one of London’s landmark buildings with Elevate exhibition Feb-Apr 2019. This insightful art exhibition in central London has been…..

Jan 2019: Selected for ‘Elevate’ exhibition at the Shard, London

Starting 2019 on a high exhibiting in one of London’s landmark buildings! Feb-Aug 2019


Aisling Drennan is an award-winning abstract artist with a London, UK-based art studio.

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