Spring Exhibition

Florence is possibly my favourite Italian city. I’ve been fortunate to travel there several time since my first visit back in 1998 when I sat on one of its bridges under the warm autumnal sun and painted a watercolour of Ponte Vecchio in an Arches Watercolour Block. During my last visit there in 2011 I … Read more

Durham School v St Paul’s School

One of the commissions I had in 2013 was Durham School v St Paul’s School in the Veterrimi IV final on 3rd November 2013. This was a historic event that saw the oldest rugby clubs in the world play off in a fantastic tournament which is one of a kind and only happens every two … Read more

Christmas Exhibition 2013

My Christmas Exhibition Preview weekend started 29th November. The exhibition continues until 24th December and is a collection of recent original watercolour paintings. Subjects include the Northumbrian coastline depicting famous landmarks like Dunstanburgh Castle. Paintings inspired by a trip to Amsterdam can also be seen, in particular this new limited edition print of Windmills seen … Read more

Bikes in Amsterdam

A new client recently ordered over 20 limited edition prints to furnish a corridor in their business. Part of the order included two paintings of Amsterdam so earlier this year we took the ferry across the North Sea so I could get some reference. Over the two days I managed to paint a number of … Read more

The Kiss

  I’d heard the Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss is currently on display in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been painting its stunning architecture and famous streets for over 20 years, producing over a dozen limited edition prints of Auld Reekie. Last week I was dropping off some paintings at a gallery nearby … Read more

Windmills in Holland

Since painting windmills on location in Norfolk, I’ve enjoyed tacking this unusual subject matter. Earlier this year I travelled to Holland to work on some painting commissions for a client. The client wanted some scenes that were typically Dutch. My research took me to this particular scene where I did two small watercolours on Arches … Read more

St George’s Day

23rd April is St George’s Day. One of my more unusual paintings of Newcastle is this one of the War Memorial in Old Eldon Square which depicts St George slaying the dragon. The painting is set against the backdrop of a winter sky, indicating the bleakness of war. The inscription of “Peace” is a sign … Read more

Auguste Rodin’s – The Kiss

In my previous post I described how I went to the National Gallery in Edinburgh to see Auguste Rodin’s famous marble sculpture “The Kiss” in March. I made a couple of sketchbook studies in charcoal then an A6 watercolour. After analysing my studies, I decided to do a 14″ x 10″ watercolour of The Kiss in … Read more

Show me the Monet

The BBC are re-showing the series Show me the Monet. It’s a programme where I was given the opportunity to show my original watercolour “Grey Street, Saturday Morning” (now available as a limited edition print) before a panel of three judges to see if would be selected for exhibiting at the Royal Acadamy in London later … Read more