Eight plus Twelve Jars

FRUSTRATION
He can see what he wants, but he can’t have it!

SEVERE FRUSTRATION
Not only can he see what he wants, but the tools he needs to break the glass and get what he wants are outside the jar.

MIND OVER MATTER
You can use your mind to escape from the jar. You can study and learn to levitate out of the jar.
You can use your mind to study, get a highly paid job and increase both your social and economic standing.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you wait long enough you will float out. Outside forces may take a hand. You could win the lottery or inherit a fortune

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
They already have four
children, she is pregnant, one more child and they can climb out. If you can’t
succeed on your own, form a union or join a co-operative.

ESCAPE THRU’ THE ARTS
Some people can learn to sing a high C and crack the glass. Or while remaining in your jar you can escape in to a good book or be transported to a desert island, complete with palms. Personally when I listen to my favourite music I could be on a different planet!

TO BE DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
Being different , whether it be your colour, handicap or simply your eccentricity, which, by the way is only being different from the norm, can make one feel imprisoned by circumstances.
It is not easy.

LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS
This is just me being the eternal romantic. But love does have no boundaries, whether it be love for another person, ones country or another way of life, if the love is strong enough then there is nothing and no one it cannot overcome. Love is eternal.

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy to be where they are, whether it be away on holidays or at home in the garden – With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home, with your family, in your home which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them, the hope that tomorrow things may change – This hope makes them keep trying – just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life is not as bad as it may sometimes seem. If it were to change, would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be, there is always one which is much bigger and much better. The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything! And yet they lock themselves away, whether it be a teenager in the family wanting ”To be left alone”, a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind, but more like us moving our jar to a different location. We have new outside pressures, but most of our possessions and our basic jar goes with us when we go.

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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Twelve Jars

WISH YOU WERE HERE
A lot of people are very happy
to be where they are,
whether it be away on holidays
or at home in the garden –
With the sun shining as it seems just for them.

HOME SWEET HOME
There is nothing nicer than to be at home,
with your family, in your home
which is just the way you want it!

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Hope in itself, is what makes al lot of people happy.
Even if things are not as you would want them,
the hope that tomorrow things may change
This hope makes them keep trying
just one more time. Maybe……………….

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW….
Perhaps your life
is not as bad as it may sometimes seem.
If it were to change,
would it then be even worse

ANOTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
It does not matter how nice your garden might be,
there is always one
which is much bigger and much better.
The more you have the more you want.
Some people are never happy.

PUTTING BACK THE PIECES
When your world falls apart it can be quite difficult
to put it back together the way it was.
Some of the pieces may no longer be there.
But with enough time and
enough glue……………..

I WANT TO BE ALONE
Some people have everything!
And yet they lock themselves away,
whether it be a teenager in the family
wanting ”To be left alone”,
a multi-millionaire becoming a total recluse
or you- just wanting some time out.

LEAVING HOME
Leaving a home
is not quite leaving ‘everything’ behind,
but more like us moving our jar to a different location.
We have new outside pressures,
but most of our possessions
and our basic jar goes with us
when we go.

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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Eight Jars

FRUSTRATION
He can see what he wants, but he can’t have it!

SEVERE FRUSTRATION
Not only can he see what he wants, but the tools he needs to break the glass and get what he wants are outside the jar.

MIND OVER MATTER
You can use your mind to escape from the jar. You can study and learn to levitate out of the jar.
You can use your mind to study, get a highly paid job and increase both your social and economic standing.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
If you wait long enough you will float out.
Outside forces may take a hand.
You could win the lottery
or inherit a fortune

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
They already have four children,
she is pregnant, one more child
and they can climb out.
If you can’t
succeed on your own,
form a union or
join a co-operative.

ESCAPE THRU’ THE ARTS
Some people can learn to sing a high C
and crack the glass.
Or while remaining in your jar
you can escape in to a good book
or be transported to a desert island,
complete with palms.
Personally when I listen to my favourite music
I could be on a different planet!

TO BE DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
Being different , whether it be your colour,
handicap or simply your eccentricity,
which, by the way
is only being different from the norm,
can make one feel imprisoned by circumstances.
It is not easy.

LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS
This is just me being the eternal romantic.
But love does have no boundaries,
whether it be love for another person,
ones country or another way of life,
if the love is strong enough then
there is nothing and no one
it cannot overcome.
Love is eternal.

 

©
Open Edition Print
1/500
1994
Signed by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
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Leadership

Raw power exists in untold abundance
within the elements of our world
One of Mankind’s greatest powers is imagination
The ability to take a jump into the unknown
To have faith and trust in ourselves
To seek and find out what lies
beyond the end of knowledge
Harnessing these powers
Unifying and leading them
in an inspired direction –
has been and still is the road to our futures
Leadership is essential to progress

©
Limited Edition Print
1/500
2000
Signed & Numbered by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the picture
Also available with single mount
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Getting to the top

This drawing is a light-hearted look at getting to the ”top”
which to most of us means happiness
or at least the wherewithal to be happy
Work is usually needed but
there are many ways of getting up
You could get a job in a large organisation
as represented here
by a pyramid of people
lots of rising levels but
only room for one at the top
Or join an organisation
where duration of employment
allows access to the top – one step at a time
represented here by ladders
Why not create a Partnership
Two or more can join together
and help each other up
represented here by three people
and a pulley system
Perhaps a son following a father to the next level
pulled up by workers
Invent something and let “It”
take you to the top!
Or start your own business
represented here by the person wearing suction cups
(Not just a good idea but lots of hard work as well)
Be catapulted to the top
Win the lottery or become a Film/Pop Star
Fight your way up with hard work and dedication
be a sports person represented here as a rock climber
some even carry hangers-on
family/Coach get a free ride!
Others fight alone
Some are born at the top represented here
by the helicopter of a self-made man
depositing his children at the top
or by a pregnant woman
representing Family Wealth/Royalty
Inevitably some fall by the wayside
thru’ tiredness or accident
Bribery is not uncommon,
jumping the queue, blackmail,
extortion even murders do happen!
But break the law and you will get caught
– eventually –
as is the person with his back to the wall
people asking questions
and waving papers at him!
Others stay on the ground always only
planning what to do……..some day……soon
Often when a comfortable level is found
people stop and stay there
Some people even decide that the top
is not where they want to be
There are more important things in life
than success or wealth
Remember
If you spend your life working to attain
or maintain wealth/success and fail
or even if you succeed
When do you enjoy life?
Was it worth it?
Don’t forget – work does not stop
when you get to the top
Staying up there
becomes the problem
Of course for some it is the “climb”
which makes them happy!!!
550mm x 450mm – Large – 1997
Limited Edition Print 1/500
Signed and numbered
The original pen and ink drawing is also available
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The Four Seasons set of 4

Spring
In spring everyone wakes up those in the topsoil uncurl themselves and move down to the subsoil and join others there who are waking up from their winter sleep.
Together they start moving up through the roots – into the trunk and steadily up through the branches
to form tiny new baby leaves
Momentum is building up
for the rush of summer

Summer
In Summer activity is frantic – Everyone is awake and full of energy
The new leaves made in spring grow quickly
Movement from the topsoil to the subsoil is hurried
as they join long queues waiting impatiently to get into the roots
movement up though the trunk and the branches is fast and excited
The leaves on the branches quickly reach maturity

Autumn
In Autumn the mature leaves of summer turn colour and begin to fall
They join those already in the topsoil and begin settling themselves into place for winter
Movement from the topsoilis slow – almost stopped
Nearly all energy is spent.
Most of those in the subsoil
are getting ready to sleep
while the few entering the roots and those already in the trunk and the branches are preparing for winter
There is little movement
except for leaves falling…..

Winter
Winter – All the branches are bare
The leaves which fell in Autumn have settled into the topsoil
the subsoil is asleep
All movement has stopped
Those in the roots, trunk and branches prepare for the long cold winter
by wrapping their arms around themselves and huddling together
Everyone waits for Spring

Set of 4 – 45x64cm Large – Limited Editions 1/250
1996
Limited Edition Print 1/250
Signed and numbered –
Matching Edition Numbers – 14 Sets left
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Come on Ireland

If you haven’t entered the gates
as one of forty five thousand!!
If you haven’t climbed the terraces
with huge excitement and expectation
If you haven’t swayed as one with the crowd
each time Ireland, again, win the ball
or roared in utter jubilation
as they score once more!
If you haven’t shouted “Come on Ireland”
when your team could actually hear you
If you haven’t filed down the steps
again brimming over with pride
at your country’s finest performance
whether win or draw or even loose!
If you haven’t
Then you can’t imagine what it feels like
to be a part of a crowd – like this!!

550mm x 450mm – Large – Limited Edition 1/500 – 2004
Limited Edition Print 1/500
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If I only had time

Not only would I save the Whale (27)
Recycle everything (33)
and grow my own vegetables (15)
But it always seems to be “Time”
or the lack of it which prevents me
from doing these worthwhile things
which make a difference to my
environment and that of my children.
My “Quality of life”
and that of others around me
is neglected because
I do not have enough time
To begin with for myself:
I would learn Yoga  (34)
take better care of my body (17)
and learn to play the piano (35)
For those around us – How often do we say?
“I’ll call in and see you soon”
“We must get together next week” (22)
or
“The children don’t know their own cousins!”
We are free, we can choose
Perhaps it  is time to look differently
at how we spend our “Time”
and to make conscious decisions about
how to spend it
instead of constantly saying
“If I only had time………………..

Please see Full words image for the rest…:-)

550mm x 450mm – Large – Limited Edition 1/500 – 1998
Limited Edition Print 1/500
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The Party

All your best friends
a selection of strangers for variety
loads of good food, drink and powerful music
Put them all in a large house
and
you should have a Great Party

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The Maze

The walls of the maze represent
the restrictions we as a society put on ourselves
You could pick up a knife and kill the next person you meet
– there is no actual barrier – yet you do not
The centre of the maze represents “happiness”
as we move through life we strive for happiness
Our requirements are different and
can be as simple as not to be hungry tomorrow
or as complex as the need to own
one more conglomerate
The four entrances to the maze:-
only one of which leads to the centre
represent the different opportunities
and choices available to us
Some people are born to happiness –
They start at the correct entrance and proceed with ease to the centre
Some work for it
They start at one of the dead ends
and have to work their way through one or all
of the dead ends before finally arriving at the centre
Some have it and loose it – They reach the centre
but turn back and end up in a dead end
Some never attain happiness but spend their lives
going from one dead end to the next
So strive to realise your dreams
whatever they may be
and always remember Life is for living
and the real secret is
to know when you are happy

©
Limited Edition Print
1/500
2002 
Signed & Numbered by the artist
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15 minutes of fame

That at least is what
we are all supposed to have in our lifetime
But what is it that is so fascinating about fame
the state of being wildly known or recognised
It can be catching the biggest conger eel
off Wicklow harbour
which gets your name in the book of records
It can be,
being the first local golfer to reach one handicap
which gets your name in the newspaper
It can be finding buried treasure
or surviving against the elements
which gets your face on the telly
but I think I know what it is
We all like to be praised
To be special, to be told “You done good”
(was it Tony in “Saturday night Fever” who said that?)
Perhaps the time has come to clap everyone,
who deserves it, on the back.
So hop in – have your allotted 15 minutes
and hopefully it will be good enough
to keep you in after dinner speaking for life!
Or at least supply the anecdote which begins
“… Have I told you about the time I……………….”
On the way to being famous in the drawing
I have tried to include a variety of reasons
for possible fame
my favourite is the lad on stilts and
the guy about to step on the priceless spider!
The one throwing up is not going to make it
Nor is the one being carried off by stretcher

©
Limited Edition Print
1/500
2002 
Signed & Numbered by the artist
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Life is amazing

In this drawing
the first archway is creation
a new baby is born
The ‘Free Personal Choice Umbrella’
is to allow parents to choose
what they teach their child
The next four archers
represent what a child learns
while growing up:-
Morals and Manners
Religion or way of Life
Formal Education
Survival skills
The changing Weather conditions represent
the the trials and tribulations of living
The ‘Parents letting go area’ is next
and then…….
The Self-sufficient Stamp proves
readiness to go on alone
Where the platform stops
is our place in ‘Life’
What is amazing is that each of us is unique,
each one of us is special and
there is a place in ‘Life’
for every one of us
The ‘Stork Special Bus’
which brought our parents here
now returns them to their own
place in ‘Life’
and
We start the adventure that is ‘Life’
………. amazing!

©
Limited Edition Print
1/500
2004
Signed & Numbered by the artist
The words are also written on the back of the pict
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