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Mar 11, 2013

by LolaDonoghue

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My name is Lola Donoghue, and I’m a painter and illustrator. You can find my paintings in my shop, Lola Donoghue. I also run the shop Art by Lola, where I sell my fashion illustrations.

 

I began my creative journey at the Limerick School of Art & Design. I graduated at the top of my class with a first class honors degree (much to my very pleasant surprise!). I began teaching shortly after, and became a partner in a photography business about five years ago. With the crazy schedule of two full-time jobs, I lost touch with my own art and have only begun painting again in the last couple of years (thanks to a good kick in the behind from my boyfriend).

 

My paintings are captured moments of past experiences. However, when I begin, I never know what the finished piece will look like. The initial trigger is merely a springboard for my imagination; a vehicle for my creative urges. It is an emerging process. As the work unfolds, I may discover something by accident, which in turn dictates the direction of the piece. A representational piece usually ends up in total abstraction.

 

 

Most of my work is intuitive and instinctual. Often, to kickstart a session, I will grab the first thing that comes to hand, be it piece of chalk, a marker or some ink, if only to get rid of the blank canvas as quickly as possible. I’m usually working on at least ten paintings at the same time. I will bring a painting to a certain point, leave it, sometimes for a couple of weeks, then finish it in five minutes when I’m inspired to return. I work with both oils and acrylic. I love the depth and quality of oil, the layers and the glazes, but I equally love the instancy of acrylics. Whatever medium I choose to use very much depends on the mood of the day.

 

 

My style is quite distinctive; it has a painterly yet childlike quality with a sensitivity to aesthetics. My work is predominantly white on white palette, but I also use a mix of muted pastel colors and more recently, splashes of bright neons. I try to keep my pieces light and fresh. I like to create a delicate balance between linear/mark-making and denser, more built-up areas of paint. I love to work with glazes and also employ a scumbling technique to most of my pieces. This overlays a light color on the darker areas, which results in a hazy, opalescent feel. I love this effect!

 

 

I had always been an avid buyer on Etsy and love the whole philosophy behind it; a community where one could buy and sell handmade and vintage with a very personal touch. With so many unique and interesting shops, it was natural that I’d want to place myself next to lots of talented, like-minded people. I knew that when I started to sell my art, this would be where it would happen.

 

Since opening my shop on Etsy, I have taken a career-break from my full-time teaching job. I’ve thrown myself into my art. Before, I suppose I was institutionalized, running and racing everyday to the sound of a bell. Now my days are spent in the tranquility of my studio, painting. It has allowed me to breathe creatively. My life couldn’t be more different than before. My art is my business. I love it!

 

 

Why do I create art?  I want to connect with people. I want to express my emotions. I want to evoke reactions and emotions in others. I want to become a famous artist. I could list a hundred of these plausible answers, and yes, the truth is it could be any of these, on any given day. I’ve given up asking myself questions like these. One thing I do know is that there is a compulsion there; a need to create. Painting seems to be what fulfills this inherent need in me. I got an email this morning from a girl who just bought one of my pieces. It read, “I think looking at this painting is going to make me very happy.” There’s as good a reason as any to do what I do.
Photographs by Fotissima.

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216 comments

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I absoutely love your workroom! It seems very inspiring! Congrats on the feature! :)

  • litbylit said 6 years ago

    Love the colors and different materials!

  • litbylit said 6 years ago

    Love the colors and difference materials!

  • BloodstoneBay said 6 years ago

    Your work has both a dream-like quality and an energetic joyfulness to it, very happy-making indeed! Congratulations on your feature :)

  • SamSammie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, congrats on this feature.

  • Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love your studio, it transmits a wonderful feeling of "breathing creatively" :). I love your pastel colors combinations and how you play with different materials and textures. Congratulations on the feature and thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

  • 118jan said 6 years ago

    I love the bright colors of your art, it feels so fresh. Your studio is fantastic! Congratulations on your feature

  • treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Interesting abstracts, congrats :)

  • NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    I am in love with your work! There is something very sensitive and special about your art. Congratulations on the feature :-)

  • ArtDecoDame said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature,your work is so vibrant and fun!

  • dorothydomingo said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! It is so wonderful to see a fine artist as featured seller!

  • bedouin said 6 years ago

    Wow ~ love the blend of both feminine and masculine attributes. Congratulations on the feature and cheers to success !

  • canvaspics said 6 years ago

    Yes, Exactly. (Congratulations too )

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Bright & Cheerful! Congrats!

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work. Looks like you have great light. Congrats!

  • heatherfuture said 6 years ago

    Holy smokes! What bright and powerful paintings. I'm totally in love. One of my favourite things in the world is listening to painters go on about painting. So indulgent! Thanks you dearly for sharing so much about your process. I'm super excited to see a beautifully talented abstract artist as Etsy's featured seller. Now I'm going to spend far too long swooning at your delectable colour choices and curious shapes.

  • PippaPatchwork said 6 years ago

    I love these working images-- and what a beautiful studio!

  • IsabellaDiSclafani said 6 years ago

    Love your studio space...very inspiring!

  • AlisaDesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • LushWreathWorks said 6 years ago

    I love the beautiful, happy colors in your work. Congrats on your feature!

  • jessgreenleaf said 6 years ago

    I love how this work has a distinctive quality. It seems unique in that it is abstract, yet soft and, well, happy! There is a misconception in the world of fine art that art must be brooding or discomforting. I know from my time in art school that painting can be like ballet- when it is good it looks beautiful and appears effortless, but there is a lot of hard work and study behind it. It's inspiring to see such refreshing work!

  • valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    Lola, I really like the colorful, dreamy quality of your work, and how you mix different media. It reminds me of Cy Twombley.

  • SnowButterflies said 6 years ago

    Perhaps the greatest gift that Etsy provides is the inspiration of the beauty that comes from knowing that their are so many who care enough that they place their souls in their work, to share.

  • Azurika said 6 years ago

    Amazing room with an amazing view. Love your work and congratulations!!!

  • MayAvenue said 6 years ago

    I love your studio space! So light and bright. Congrats on being featured- your art is lovely! It feels happy and is really interesting and fun to look at the variety of marks & textures throughout your paintings. Really gorgeous work.

  • lucialaredo said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Lola !

  • LeahFittsStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature Lola, and thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve said 6 years ago

    lovely! :) congrats on the feature :)

  • auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    Wonderful use of colors! Fantastic paintings!

  • solocosmo said 6 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR WORK! Congrats on your feature. Beautiful and talented!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Love your shop!! Congratulations on the feature!!

  • JulietteJ said 6 years ago

    "My style is quite distinctive; it has a painterly yet childlike quality with a sensitivity to aesthetics."? Are you serious???? o_O

  • thesecrethermit said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and fabulous studio too!!

  • mixedmetalmimi said 6 years ago

    Very colorful. MMM

  • richardlithgow said 6 years ago

    Nice studio!!

  • lauraprilltoo said 6 years ago

    thanks for featuring fine art:)

  • LennyMud said 6 years ago

    what a great feature! Your studio looks gorgeous and I love your work! Very inspirational to read about your process. Makes me want to paint too!!!

  • LennyMud said 6 years ago

    PS pls ignore the rude comment above from someone who thinks they are an art critic obviously.

  • sometimesiswirl said 6 years ago

    How insanely beautiful and inspiring - loved reading more about your work.

  • HappyEarthTea said 6 years ago

    Very interesting works. Wonder who your inspiration, in terms of other masters, were?

  • HOomen said 6 years ago

    Great to see painters being featured. Congratulations Lola!

  • Iammie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! :)

  • HOomen said 6 years ago

    Great to see painters being featured. Congratulations Lola!

  • accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Very sweet and charming! Congrats!

  • payMeNpeonies said 6 years ago

    Inspirational, fresh and lovely! Congrats on the feature!!!! "Cheers"

  • 2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    love your work. beautiful! makes me want to go paint too. :)

  • KARozWoodworking said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature...love your studio...so much light!

  • baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, like your style too, congrats on the feature, well deserved too, your a talented and very pretty young lady as well, wish you continued success always.

  • PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago

    Wonderful to have a fine artist featured, and I'm happy for you that you're able to devote your days to painting. Your style will not appeal to everyone, nor will mine, or any other artist...when it's from the heart it will resonate with people who see it's beauty and expression and connect with it. I do think your work is fresh and modern! Art is so diverse that anyone can find art that they love. I wish you continued joy in your work and success on etsy. Best wishes from a fellow painter!

  • matildecanepagonzale said 6 years ago

    Long ago I chose one of your favorite paintings as there is some connection between your work and the way I feel the art. Creativity alive! luck!

  • TwoStylishSisters said 6 years ago

    we love your art!! so unique and so pretty : )

  • SamanthasEclectics said 6 years ago

    You look so at peace in your studio painting....I love that!

  • chikola said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Love your paintings!!! :)

  • cookiestags said 6 years ago

    Really gorgeous and refreshing art! Congrats on being featured and best wishes to you!!

  • dmtgun3 said 6 years ago

    love the color combination.. Congrats :)

  • CaseyDeeArt said 6 years ago

    Your paintings are so colorful and beautiful! Congrats on the feature!

  • AMD said 6 years ago

    This is my kind of paint! Congrats on the feature.

  • gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Your artwork is so beautiful.

  • H88255 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Harem6 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work ! Love your studio ! Congrats on the feature !

  • kiamichi7 said 6 years ago

    Thank you for inviting us into your studio - nice to see a featured painter/artist too! Best wishes!

  • CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    lovely work

  • PrincessJillian said 6 years ago

    Love the colors! Your work reminds me of happy childhood. Congrats on the feature! :)

  • MissCAlexandria said 6 years ago

    amazing, love the color usage!

  • susannaschwertner said 6 years ago

    love your art congrats on your shop feature all the best susanna

  • fineartlady said 6 years ago

    Nice work. Love the soft pastels.

  • susannaschwertner said 6 years ago

    congrats like your art all the best susanna

  • unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    wonderful congrats! I can relate to your art and how you love to create. I also know the rigid schedule of a teacher that can bind your creativity. I too have to walk away after starting and then go back and all of a sudden it just comes out and it flows! What a happy fulfilling way to live!

  • unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! congrats! I can relate having been a school teacher that the rigid schedule is so binding for an artist! I work as you do-walk away-go back and all of a sudden it all just comes out and flows! What an awesome happy life!

  • sweetsmilesbaby said 6 years ago

    I love your paintings.

  • thebaubledept said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I admire how whimsical and free your work feels. I also love the variation of texture in paintings created with mixed media. Congratulations on the feature!

  • xZOUix said 6 years ago

    yeey, i really like this shop :)

  • LaurenBauschOriginal said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! This is a refreshing and inspiring feature. I'm also a full-time freelance artist, and I understand how important creative flow is to productivity. Wishing you the best!

  • irinisklavounou said 6 years ago

    I can quite understand that you don't title your paintings; it leaves the viewer free to find their own interpretation. Nevertheless it would be an interesting challenge to title them in a way that managed to leave that freedom intact.

  • GoodEffects2 said 6 years ago

    Lovely paintings, Lola...I did not realize that your pieces were so LARGE...WOW, they would sure look great in a special home. ..Congrats on the interview!...Xo, Lina

  • ladygatsbybath said 6 years ago

    beautiful art and inspiring feature. congratulations!

  • misponko said 6 years ago

    lovely!! Congrats!

  • peshka said 6 years ago

    Lovely abstracts! congrats!

  • oneeyedgirls said 6 years ago

    Love your work!! Congrats on a great feature!! I see you work on the floor... me too:)) Continued success- you are very inspiring!!

  • Bumbleweedz said 6 years ago

    Lola you are adorable. I really find your work inspiring and I just love your work studio! The colors you use are beautiful and I the child like drawings in your paintings are simply wonderful!

  • BonTons said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces. Love your studio! Congratulations on the Feature

  • kitegirl78 said 6 years ago

    You have an amazing studio and a great body of work. Congratulations on your feature.

  • KarahAmos said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Love your work! =)

  • BELLACOSAART said 6 years ago

    pretty

  • jamesframe said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! It's amazing how your pieces evoke contemplation.

  • vintagejean said 6 years ago

    Oh Lola, what a lovely feature! I feel very proud to see all your gorgeous art as a proud owner of a piece of your gorgeous artwork myself. I too am a teacher and I laughed and can relate to the feeling of being institutionalised! How wonderful you can work in your gorgeous studio now full time and create your wonderful works. Best wishes

  • cosmiksouls said 6 years ago

    How FUN and colorful your lovely work is !!! Fantastic feature ... congrats :D

  • vitrifiedstudio said 6 years ago

    great work! i love your studio! congrats on the feature

  • mkasonen said 6 years ago

    Dreamy, playful, joyful works! Congrats!

  • MANARIJEWELRY said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats!

  • MANARIJEWELRY said 6 years ago

    Lovely works! Congrats!

  • haruaki said 6 years ago

    Yes, yes, and yes! Congrats on breaking free from teaching to do what you are so obviously meant to do! I too started teaching straight out of uni and only now do I feel that leaving the classroom might not be completely insane. Good luck to you, though with your talent I doubt you'll need it!

  • SherylSprattDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • Monicaj said 6 years ago

    Love your work!! Congratulations on the feature!!

  • ili1408 said 6 years ago

    Your colorful paintings are very happy and it is pleasant for the eye to observe them :) Also I love your studio, wish you the best of luck !!

  • MinaMinette said 6 years ago

    Your work is delightfully colored and whimsical. I love it!

  • HenrietteWhite said 6 years ago

    I so love how you play with colors!! Makes me want to go and buy paints and crayons and chalk and brushes!!

  • PinkPianos said 6 years ago

    I so love the color and style of your pieces. cool studio too!

  • thehouseofhemp said 6 years ago

    uhm, can i live in your studio? jeez. congrats ;)

  • leanimale said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Congratulations!

  • wearblvd said 6 years ago

    Pretty cool stuff!! LOVE the colors! :)

  • DUEALBERI said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

  • shaylen303 said 6 years ago

    OMG I am so jealous of your art space, your view, your style, & the way you mix medias in your work. Incredible! Congratulations!!!! :D

  • JessieArch said 6 years ago

    Awesome work! I love to see painters as the featured shop. Your paintings are both relaxing and refreshing at once :) Congratulations!

  • jeffgk said 6 years ago

    congratulations Lola-beautiful work!

  • sdrafke said 6 years ago

    SO HAPPY you broke out of the INSTITUTION! Good way of putting it for sure! We artists create art because WE HAVE TO! It's a part of us that we can suppress for a while but it's always trying to ooze out! Your work is interesting, happy & inspiring! LOVE IT!!

  • theowlshop said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story...I absolutely love your work!

  • Armalique said 6 years ago

    Uour paintings are stunning! And you are very talented!

  • lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article! Beautiful work!

  • sandrostumpo said 6 years ago

    Such soft feminine colors!

  • JeJeweled said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works of art. Congrats on being the featured seller.

  • opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    i LOVE seeing fine art artisans featured here on Etsy! wonderful work! wo colorful and lively... I am all about that! ... Well done...Congratulations on your feature!

  • thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    fantastic work. very kandinsky like :) congrats on the wonderful feature. so well deserved!!!!

  • jamieribisi said 6 years ago

    Reminds me of Brooke Wandall's paintings but more minimal. Nice!

  • FullCircleRetro said 6 years ago

    Indeed... beautiful artwork! =)

  • WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pictures of the artist at work

  • crowlee said 6 years ago

    Wow. I love her art. So inspiring. So beautiful. So happy to have seen them. :)

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    I really love your studio...I could be so happy working in a room like that, especially have access to the outdoors and sunshine...Your artwork is fun and very unique...Kudos to you!

  • WhitneyLaurenSmith said 6 years ago

    Thanks for featuring a painter! I love how coherent her work is, even if it is hard to describe why she makes art the way she does.

  • CocoroJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love your art, and also I really love your studio! It looks so peaceful. Congratulations on the feature:)

  • emilyveys said 6 years ago

    She has my dream studio space!

  • angieanything said 6 years ago

    Interesting. :)

  • MeliaArts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, very fresh! Love the colors!

  • seule771 said 6 years ago

    Beholden to the art! You paint like you are still teaching=are you teacher or artist on display? ;-)

  • ABlindCat said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. Such a talent to bring something to canvas, one piece at a time.

  • PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! And that studio space - just gorgeous. I love the soft colours and light feeling in your artwork - very inspiring!

  • yousofunny said 6 years ago

    Whole new perspective of your already beautiful work !

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! I wish I could be so free in my art. Doesn't that sounds strange? I'm so accustomed to drawing really tight and exact - loose and free is the hardest thing for me to do. That studio is unreal - amazing light!

  • 63artlove said 6 years ago

    Oh how wonderful to be living your dream................such inspiration and love your paintings.......beautiful!

  • deadsetbabes said 6 years ago

    your work is outstanding - love your style!

  • BelieveInHappy said 6 years ago

    You are holding a yellow (pastel like) crayon/stick in one pic...curious... what is it? Paint stick? Where can I find them? Soooo interested, thanks!

  • Anit3or9 said 6 years ago

    This is early Agnus Martin. Your colors are a bit more fun though. It is of course a wonderful thing to be doing what you love, but I am not a fan of faking aspects for the camera.

  • christineshmisteen said 6 years ago

    nice bright environment

  • firuzangoker said 6 years ago

    beautiful - happy art & space! congratulations

  • firuzangoker said 6 years ago

    beautiful happy art & great studio - spaces. congratulations

  • FawningInLove said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful studio, gotta love all the natural sunlight pouring in. Your paintings are easy on the eyes. I really like all the different mediums mixed together too. Congratulations on your lovely feature. ♥

  • itsmesimon said 6 years ago

    Lovin your work Lola, real nice.

  • maycily said 6 years ago

    Cute paintings! Love the shades, and your studio is uhmayzing!!

  • RivuletPhotography said 6 years ago

    Very unusual pictures! Leave the most live impression!

  • irondekor said 6 years ago

    I'm a fan!!

  • irondekor said 6 years ago

    I'm a fan !!!

  • practicallyangie said 6 years ago

    Lola, I love your use of color!...Also, it was so nice to see your STUDIO and your paintings there, in full view....TXS so much for sharing everything with us all!---Angie

  • dianamulder said 6 years ago

    Your studio is so cool! It looks so bright and happy with all your paintings there, too.! Thanks for sharing.

  • BlueberriesMilk said 6 years ago

    I would love to have one on my wall! The girl is right - it would make me happy too.

  • meropisart said 6 years ago

    Love your story, and your why.Also love your ART!!!

  • meropisart said 6 years ago

    Love your story, your why and of course your Art!!!!

  • meropisart said 6 years ago

    Love your story,love your why and of course your Art!!!

  • MizzleKids said 6 years ago

    Sooo pretty! I love your style, your colors, your story!

  • christabrenner said 6 years ago

    I love your work, your story

  • jodidew said 6 years ago

    A glorious abstract artist. Love your stuff!

  • jodidew said 6 years ago

    Great use of colour in wonderful Ireland!!

  • TracyHallArt said 6 years ago

    Lola - what fresh, intriguing art! Loved your article - hit home for me. Congrats on your feature here and much success to you in your creative career.

  • campbellstacy said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love the colors, I love the studio and I love your style! Great article!

  • shopbobbi said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • cyasarcan said 6 years ago

    Lovely paintings indeed!

  • babybaha said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Love your paintings!

  • stonesartisanjewelry said 6 years ago

    Your paintings give me a jolt of joy every time I brush by them. I'm so glad to read your interview...as fun and lovely as I expected! Congratulations.

  • meanjeanarts said 6 years ago

    Lola, I'm so glad to see a fine artist featured. You have amazing talent and I love the ethereal/substantial qualities you use on the same canvas. You are obviously doing just what you should be doing in an inspiring space--I don't think you'll need luck.

  • JuliaWine said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and such unique work! Congrats on the feature! :)

  • BaanButterfly said 6 years ago

    Very interesting ! :)

  • BaanButterfly said 6 years ago

    Very interesting :)

  • WildSeaDesign said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! So delighted to see you featured, many many congrats from Galway:-)

  • ginew said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats :)

  • mfrawley said 6 years ago

    Lola congratulations from Ballina via Jersey, Clapham and Hitchin. I love your use of colour. Go go go girl and may you enjoy many many years of commission fueled work coming your way. xx

  • mfrawley said 6 years ago

    Hi Lola greeting from Ballina via Jersey, Channel Islands, Clapham in London and Hitchin. I love your use of colour. Go go go girl and may you live a long and happy creative life fueled and funded by plenty of commissions. xx

  • shantyirish said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring Lola - this one really hit home for me. Makes me want to paint again. I love your work - it's so vibrant and full of positive energy. Congrats and all the best.

  • wearlovenow said 6 years ago

    Beautiful feature on your heartfelt art! Congrats!

  • NoraQuinonez said 6 years ago

    Lola, your work is fantastic! love your story and LOVE your studio space...best of luck with your art. NQ

  • divinecartomancy said 6 years ago

    Wow, I wish I had that much room to work in....Very inspiring.

  • FantasticaIdea said 6 years ago

    love your studio! I wish I could have that space! I like to paint too but sometimes gets difficult! congrats!

  • TheMicroMaker said 6 years ago

    Yeah, that studio is a piece of art within itself!

  • LolaDonoghue said 6 years ago

    I'm totally overwhelmed with all the lovely comments and emails i've received. It's just unbelievable, THANK YOU EVERYONE:-) Lola xxx

  • WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    I admire the dreamlike quality of your work--thank you for sharing!

  • BeaconMills said 6 years ago

    By the looks of your paintings, I don't pretend to know what the heck is going in your mind. However, each painting does present itself as a bowl full of contemplation and that's very admirable. Congrats to you for being able to cast off your former life for (a more proper) life as an artist. (Love those workspace images - thanks).

  • kpoklemba said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Your studio is a stunning space, I can see why it is so inspiring. Thank you for letting us in!

  • honeypixels said 6 years ago

    Just lovely Lola!

  • shesavegetarian said 6 years ago

    In your studio, it looks like you have several backdrops hung above your french doors. Would you mind sharing how you have hung them? I do a lot of videography and would like to have a more permanent set up for hanging backdrops.

  • DianeBishopDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. It's always lovely to see artists being recognized. I want your studio!

  • rosi3 said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • LittleBriarRose said 6 years ago

    What beautiful, beautiful work! The colour palette, the layers, the shapes all just mesmerize me. I really admire your ethos, Lola and for leaving behind the 'rat race' to put your energies into what really makes you happy. It's all too easy to get caught up in the humdrum of day to day life, but when you take a leap of faith and go with what your heart tells you, beautiful things can happen! I can see myself purchasing a Lola Donoghue piece in the not too distant future!

  • robynmuller said 6 years ago

    Her name was Lola she was an artist she wore pretty ribbons in her hair lovely paintings she did bear. Color and passion is always the fashion... They fell in LOVE..;) Congrats on the great feature. Loved your illustrations also.

  • andreamwl said 6 years ago

    Amazing work! I am so jealous of your beautiful studio too!! Congratulations :)

  • CrystalDawnDavis said 6 years ago

    Love this post! Showing artists in their everyday practice surround by their colors and tools is the most illuminating way to really see their art as a living moment and expression of self! Great visual storytelling!

  • zdrop said 6 years ago

    I love your work!!! clap clap! :))

  • PomLove said 6 years ago

    You are doing what you love, and that's amazing. Your workshop is perfection! Congrats, and thank you for sharing your talents. xx

  • kcparade said 6 years ago

    In awe of your whole feature, from your work (in both shops - delightful), your work space - as someone who doesn't have too many windows or much sun in Erie to shine through them, I am laughingly jealous! Mostly for your closing remarks of why anyone does what they do, I firmly believe every person needs to reach the place you have, when we stop trying to fill in the becauses with rational answers and accept ourselves for all our unique beauty. Kudo's to you Lola and thank you for sharing.

  • kauaiartist said 6 years ago

    Lola, I just love your creative process and the bright and colorful studio!!! As a visual artist, I really admire your bold use of color and mixed media. The best wishes for continued success!!! Aloha from Kauai, Marionette

  • artfulresponse said 6 years ago

    Um. Yes and Yes!

  • northboundsalvage said 6 years ago

    Amazing feature! Its inspiring to see you doing what you truly love and knowing that its never too late to pick back up again. Kudos!

  • julysupply said 6 years ago

    this is my favorite feature ever. Lola, you write beautifully about your art and the paintings are incredible. so inspiring!

  • twitchandwhiskers said 6 years ago

    Your colors are gorgeous and I adore your style! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world!

  • sergklim said 6 years ago

    Great studio! Good work!

  • shellypsoulcircles said 6 years ago

    So happy Lola to see a painter as a featured seller! I have admired your work since I discovered it not long ago. Shape and color are very important aspects in my own work and I love what you do with yours...it IS intuitive and the colors are very uplifting. Congratulations to a well deserved artist!!!

  • gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    gorgeous work! and i love your studio. congrats on the feature.

  • marcgounard said 6 years ago

    Inspiring, thanks for sharing...

  • aanttila said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Love your color themes and fresh and airy touch of your art.

  • colorsplashes said 6 years ago

    LOve the playfulness of your work!! Beautiful paintings....enjoy and have fun!

  • paintmydog said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, my goodness you put my studio to shame, I have every surface covered in paint - yours is immaculate!

  • janicewd said 6 years ago

    Your paintings give me a feeling of lightness and air. Nice. Love the place in which you create too. Looks like a great space with nice sunlight.

  • NicoleNicoletta said 6 years ago

    great work! congrats

  • lmouer said 6 years ago

    Love your work! You have a great studio too! Congrats on the feature!

  • ionesAttic said 6 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration Lola... decades worth of markers, paints and pastels in my studio are finding their way to tiny canvases and vintage frames.

  • LORADECOR said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Lola !

  • ShootingMoonstar said 6 years ago

    Love your work

  • loosepetals said 6 years ago

    love reading articles like these, but what's even better is the photos on this on.e

  • fionazakka said 6 years ago

    Thank you for featuring an painter! It is always a joy to look into fellow painters studios and read what makes them tick. I really enjoyed this interview and the photos. @Lola, I am so glad to read that you too start from one thought and then a structured idea - painting becomes a total abstraction. I do this all the time involuntarily and always berated myself for it. How do you keep your space and self so clean? ;-) I am such a slob compared to this wonderful space in the photos... congrats

  • rlkataja said 6 years ago

    One of my FAVORITE fashion illustrators on etsy! I love her paintings too!

  • Laboiteabijoux said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous and inspiring! I'm happy I found you!

  • meowthepanther said 6 years ago

    I like the colors, make me think of marshmallows

  • eshannon12 said 6 years ago

    Love the workspace too. What an awesome window.

  • knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful.

  • amirbanay said 6 years ago

    Nice Style

  • LindoRon said 6 years ago

    i like your paintings!! great work

  • susanaredding9 said 6 years ago

    I love the child-like quality of your work and the fact that it appears as though you are having such a wonderful time. This is how work should be! Susan

  • Hinasayani said 6 years ago

    I just loved your studio and your work. Your paintings are very appealing and colorful.. . Congratulations on the feature!!.

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    Maria Navarro from Malachi13 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, all of it!!!!!!

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