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Artists who paints in oil en plein aire. Member of the three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists. Members: Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston

Saturday, July 3, 2021


Helen Tilston PAINTING AT Dunmore East, IRELAND.

The long Summer day begins, here in Ireland, a 5.00 am when the birds warm up their voices.   Dusk happens long after 10.00 pm.  This makes for delightful days with long shadows and dappled light and long hours painting outdoors.  Sheer bliss for me.

A morning tea break with friend @ Youghal, County Cork.

An invitation to join a friend for a morning cuppa.   Then back to the easel.


Lunch at Ballymaloe, County Cork where a robin joins me at table

I have completed several commissioned pieces and I am full of gratitude to all who support me and pay me the ultimate honour by having a painting of mine hang in their home.  Please contact me at:  tilston188@yahoo.com. (that is Tilston one eighty eight)

Canvas with a Cause documentary has aired on WEDU/PBS and should you have missed this short documentary please view here :


Continued joy and stay safe my friends

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Giving Back Martini + Matisse

Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston, Anne Sophie Matisse.

 Each year I donate a painting to what I consider a great cause.   The Event is called Martini + Matisse and the Gala takes place each January.   This fundraiser benefits Clearwater Free Clinic in Clearwater, Florida, which provides health care to those in need.

When the Clinic approached me some 15 years ago and asked for a donation of one of my paintings, I agreed.  The featured artist then was Anne Sophie Matisse, great grand daughter of Henri Matisse who flew in from Europe to attend the Event.   

Five years later we were the featured artist (my art partners, Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta and me).  

This year, during lockdown in Ireland, I painted this scene at our local beach.  "A Mother's Love" is winging her way across the Atlantic to be in Florida in time or the Martini and Matisse gala event in January.   

A Mother's Love, original oil by Helen Tilston

I take this opportunity to wish each of you my dear followers a very Happy Christmas and keep blogging.