Creative Journal

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

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 Savoy hotel with his new restaurant 'The River Restaurant' and has selected two of my large paintings ‘Slow Time’ and...

Nov 2021: Original art for sale London, UK

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 sale London- welcome to my website! I sell my work via my website, my Instagram and from my at Delta House Studios, South-West...

Oct 2021: Irish Abstract Painter

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 Covid & life stuff it’s almost two years since I was last at home but finally, I’m back again!  Every time I’m home I...

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

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 is what to do with a large empty wall? What to do with a large empty wall? Big question but there are lots of ways to fill a large...

Sept 2021: Amazing Art that Inspires Me

Sept 2021: Amazing Art that Inspires Me

As an artist, I regularly get asked about my work, which artists have influenced me and what is the art that inspires me? It’s hard to give a straight answer to this as I’ve had influences since childhood as my mother Doreen Drennan is an artist. Growing up mom took...

Sept 2021: New Small Abstract Paintings

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 have a real lightness to them that I enjoyed playing with because finding 'lightness' in painting is an element I've...

Aug 2021: Studio Update/ Van Gogh Alive London

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 Van Gogh Alive London show. This is a very different way to view artwork and I fully appreciate a lot of amazing tech work has been...

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

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 exhibiting at Roy’s art fair (12-15 Aug)  in the barge house at the Oxo Tower on London’s beautiful South-Bank (sweet location!).  At my...

May 2021: Understanding Abstract Art

May 2021: Understanding Abstract Art

Understanding abstract art can be tricky for many because it is diverse, multifaceted & can be considered inaccessible. Over the years I've had people ask me why did I select this particular genre of art? Let's have a chat about it... There's a few reasons why...

April 2021: How to start buying art?

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 get in touch online about how to start buying art. Now, perhaps more than ever, people are looking to fill their homes with points of...

April 2021: Blank Canvas Paralysis

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 ‘What's the most difficult part of starting a painting?’ Me, ‘The white square I know I have to fill and make...

March 2021: Artist Photoshoot

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 with Nina Simone #cutenessoverload! As an artist, I think it’s really important to not only document my work but also document myself in my...

March 2021: Painting with Masking Tape

March 2021: Painting with Masking Tape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poQaQbmL7Nc 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 studies in 2007 which seems like a very long time ago now! Not only is it an essential...

March 2021: Knowing when to stop painting.

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 to stop painting is something you learn over time but to give you an idea see the below image. It's from early 2019 & I'm working...

Feb 2021: Virtual Studio tour with Cass Art

Feb 2021: Virtual Studio tour with Cass Art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgxqltqRnuU 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 chatting about my painting practice as an abstract artist including my paint process, my painting story and...

Dec 2020: Practical Materials used in Art

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 paintings made on Fabriano which prompted a question via my Instagram ‘What is Fabriano?’ Fabriano is a type of paper that I...

Dec 2020: Bespoke Christmas Present

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 things to consider if you think an original painting might be something someone close to you would enjoy receiving.     ...

Nov 2020: Preparatory paintings

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 colours for final work. I've worked like this for years, its a big part of my painting process that I really enjoy...

Sept 2020: Selected for the Royal Ulster Academy of Art

Sept 2020: Selected for the Royal Ulster Academy of Art

Twice I’ve been shortlisted for the Royal Ulster Academy’s annual exhibition but finally I’ve had a painting accepted! ‘Leap’, 2019  will be part of this much respected exhibition now in it’s 139th year. Sometimes when I’m reapplying for shows year to year without...

August 2020: The Things You Forget

August 2020: The Things You Forget

So @cassart1984 recently invited me to do a blog interview with them. What a compliment as I’ve been trotting in and out of their stores and buying their products since I moved to London almost 8 years ago. You can read the interview here:...

July 2020: Arts Bursary Award Winner!

July 2020: Arts Bursary Award Winner!

  You know when you get some good news, like really good news? Well I had one of those days today!   I am thrilled to be a 2020 Arts Bursary Award recipient from the Women's Irish Network (WIN) in conjunction with the UK Irish Embassy. This news has just...

June 2020: Green and Me

June 2020: Green and Me

Last month I did a live IGTV interview with @artfullysorted discussing my painting practice. It was the first time I had done an instagram interview and what I really liked is that you could see other users joining and asking questions. One asked 'Why is blue so...

April 2020: #ArtistSupportPledge

April 2020: #ArtistSupportPledge

I wanted to let you know that I am participating in #artistsupportpledge. If you are not aware of this it's a simple concept that is happening internationally to support the creative industry. Artists commit to selling work at a reduced rate of £200 (plus p&p)....

March 2020: The Importance of Doodling!

March 2020: The Importance of Doodling!

In my practice it's important to take time to sit and doodle in my visual diary. When I do this I allow my mind to wander and new ideas start to emerge. Doodling is play-full and its this element of playfulness that helps my work develop. It also warms up my hand and...

Jan 2020: Then & Now…. 2010-2020!

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 at this time of year. To jog my memory I flicked through my visual diary from 2010 when I was in the final year of my undergrad. in fine art in...

Nov 2019: Chester Art Fair November 15-17 2019

Nov 2019: Chester Art Fair November 15-17 2019

I’m dipping a curious paintbrush in to the world of art fairs and exhibiting at the 2019 Chester art fair in the north of England. It's something I have being considering for a while and thought would be fun to do outside of London. I’ll be in stand 7, block 4. All...

Oct 2019: London Artists Open studios

Oct 2019: London Artists Open studios

It's October which means its Open Studio time at Delta House Studios! I have had a studio at Delta House since Sept 2018 and this will be my second open studio here. It’s a great event where you can meet the makers in our studio, chat and have any questions you have...

This is a first!

This is a first!

Last year I was really pleased to be selected for a residency at Cill Rialaig arts centre in Co.Kerry, Ireland. Since receiving the notification email offering me a place I’ve been making notes on how I want to spend my time there because this is my first residency...

Painting commissions

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. It's a great compliment to be commissioned for a private collection and I really enjoyed making this painting. How do...

New website!

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! I'm not the most technically minded person so getting it done was a task I need help with. I was very lucky to be put in contact with...

Jan 2019: Art at the Shard, London

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 curated by ArtCan an art organisation that has a big focus on empowering artists #handsup!