Invisible World - An Exhibition of the Microscopic August 2018

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The "Invisible World" Art Exhibition August 2018
An Exhibition of Paintings by Rosemarie O'Leary
and Ceramics by Susan Zeppellini
9th August to 1st September 2018 at The Workers Gallery

Susan Zeppellini and myself were delighted that our art exhibition “The Invisible World” was received by visitors with such positive comments. 


“I’ve not seen anything like this before, beautiful!”,
“what a wonderful subject to be inspired by”,
“the ceramics and paintings really compliment one another”,
“I love the colours and shapes!”

and more, which was incredibly encouraging.

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Dissecting flowers to study under the microscope

An Exhibition Of The Microscopic Invisible World


Following months of studying pond water, flora and fauna under the microscope, The Invisible World Art Exhibition is finally coming to fruition.

A collection of my paintings will be on show at The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir in the South Wales Valleys with ceramic sculptures by Susan Zeppellini. My paintings represent the cellular structures of living plants and the invisible world I discovered in my garden birdbath, and local streams and ponds.

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Images from the microscope using lichen and rose petals

Working In Collaboration With Another Artist

pictures of microscope images for ideasImages studied for possible ideas for painting
Working in collaboration with another artist stretches the mind

It’s a good day in the art studio even when I don’t pick up a single paint brush. Working in collaboration with another artist is very rewarding.   Following on from my last blog post, Susan Zeppellini came to join me the other day for a session of exploration of nature through the lens of a microscope. There is so much to explore. So far together, we’ve looked at the cellular level of a flower, bracket fungi and lichen on trees, and the remnants of a colourful autumn leaf.

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Microscopic Life Is The Focus Of A Planned New Exhibition August 2018

Rosemarie studying samples under the microscopeStudying samples under the microscope and sketching ideas
A new art exhibition in the planning inspired by the beauty of microscopic life
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I am excited about preparing for an upcoming art exhibition this August 2018, at The Workers Art and Design Studio and Gallery, Ynyshir in the South Wales Valleys. I will be collaborating with ceramic artist, Susan Zeppellini on the theme of our natural world unseen. I’m delighted that Susan is as enthusiastic as I am about the beauty of nature that is so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye. Susan’s response will be in her main discipline of sculpture, whilst mine will be in painting, though I’m sure we will cross experiment too. 

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Do Artists Ever Retire From Doing What They Love Doing?

Doodle of me painting in between both mumsDoodle Painting in between both lovely Mums

The subject of old age has been thrust upon me this last year with both my own mum and my mum in law needing extra help and support. It’s beginning to make my own life feel more fragile as I move towards my 60s. Not being in the best of health it brings home to me the need to make sure we have things in place to be able to cope as we get older, rather than be completely unprepared as both mums are. Will my current struggles with M.E. just end up being masked by infirmity as I get older?

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Open Studio Art Trail 2017 Whatever Will Be Will Be

024 art studio entranceOutside the Art Studio is a mess
"Update - Open Studios and Art Week/Trail has been cancelled sadly"

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When A Blog Becomes An Almighty Headache

 doodle sat at computer desk with disappearing blogOh No! My Blog has disappeared!

 It is that dreaded moment when you click the button to update the system and your Blog disintegrates before your eyes! Any number of reboots, restores and re-installs continue to leave your Blog Page blank with an ugly system error pasted across it. This has been my headache. I've ranted, raved and finally resigned myself to bringing all my posts back over one by one to a simpler system, one that will hopefully withstand updates in future.

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Twitter Art Exhibition, Stratford Upon Avon 2017

Postcard painting of algae life in a drop of waterPostcard painting of algae in a drop of water for Twitter Art Exhibition
Twitter Art Exhibition Stratford Upon Avon 2017

The Twitter Art Exhibition is in the UK this year, and launches in Stratord Upon Avon on 1st April.  This will be my fourth year donating a postcard size piece of original art for a charitable cause. All the causes have been great including this one, with the proceeds of sales going this year to Molly Olly's Wishes, a charity that helps children with terminal or life threatening illnesses.

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