Bashful – Original Puffin Painting, 93x77cm in Classic Black Frame


This stunning puffin painting was created as part of Kathryn Callaghan’s Spring/Summer 2022 art collection, inspired by these remarkable little birds and their highly-anticipated return to the coasts of Ireland every summer.

For the first time, two of Kathryn’s breathtaking large original paintings are available to purchase framed online. Bashful’s sibling piece Splash, featuring two acrobatic dolphins, is available to view here.

Please note that this price is based on collection from our Comber Studio. If you live outside Northern Ireland or would otherwise require this item shipped, please get in touch with us for a quote.

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Framed locally in a stunning, classic matte black wood frame and off-white double mount, this original puffin painting is the perfect breathtaking piece to complete any room in your home.

This beautiful painting – named for the heartwarming expression on this little fella’s face! – features a striking puffin captured in Kathryn’s unique poured style. Background drizzles of deep inky green flutter against lighter leafy tones to evoke the fresh coastal air of the North Coast of Ireland, where these beloved little birds are commonly seen pattering around their nesting sites in the summer months. The puffin himself is picked out carefully in bold lines of poured black ink, shaded beautifully with splashes of softer greys and eye-catching blues, and his iconic orange beak and feet shimmer with warm tones in a spectrum from yellow to red. Glimpses of genuine gold and silver leaf catch the light throughout this spectacular painting, completed by the artist’s signature in unobtrusive pencil in the lower right corner.

What makes an original puffin painting by Kathryn unique?

Kathryn uses a unique pouring technique to create her paintings, which creates a contact-free approach to making her artwork.  Black ink is mixed with gel to create a new material which offers a new and unusual finish.  The mix is poured from mid-air from an open neck bottle – much like pouring honey onto toast or olive oil onto bread.  The finish is a textured, glossy image set against a smooth white board.

With no sketch underneath the painting, this freeform technique allows Kathryn to create truly original, organic pieces that are full of life and energy.  The result is captivating and often evocative of how we feel about the subject in our minds.  It is this ‘feeling’ that Kathryn strives to achieve through her work that gives it such resonance with collectors far and wide.


Image Size: approx. 66x49cm

Framed Size: approx 93x77cm

Get a deeper glimpse into how Kathryn works here.

Please note that the cost of shipping includes insurance during transit. We do our best to source the most cost-effective shipping option possible, while retaining peace of mind for both you and ourselves. However, if you live within Northern Ireland, we strongly encourage you to collect your painting from our Comber based studio to avoid shipping fees and possible damage in transit!

Additional information

Weight 6.5 kg
Dimensions 93 × 3 × 77 cm
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