Portrait Sketches

As I mentioned in my previous post, I will often start my painting days with a warming up exercise. My usual practise is one or two charcoal pencil studies of John Singer Sargent portraits in my Moleskine sketchbook. Last year I did a few time lapse videos of these portrait sketches to show the process … Read more

Christmas Exhibition

Christmas Exhibition at the Alan Reed Studio & Gallery in Ponteland Christmas Exhibition Preview Weekend 5th & 6th December Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am -5:00pm Continues until 24th December 2015 Earlier this year we had a family holiday in Chamonix, France with our daughter and grandchildren. We took two trips up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi … Read more

Watercolour Course

My next Watercolour Course is being held at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland starting Friday 30th January-6th March. This new Watercolour Course lasts 6 weeks and I will be covering many different aspects of what has been described as the most difficult medium to master. However, even though watercolour painting is challenging, even an … Read more

City Church Portraits

Over the last 12 months I have been working on a painting project for City Church Newcastle which meets at the CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle. In the summer of 2013 I was approached by Ed Morrow (who manages the CastleGate) asking my advice about what kind of artwork would look good in the new atrium … Read more

Sargent – A Daily sketch

Every so often I like to set some kind of painting/drawing discipline to keep on top of my game. Good habits are hard to form and easy to break and sadly the converse of that statement is also true! I tend to find that my regular sketching habit falls by the wayside, particularly if I’m … 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

Royal Watercolour Society

I was delighted to discover that my painting of “Jebel Akhdar, Oman” was recently selected by the Royal Watercolour Society for their Competition 2013 and even more thrilled that it won “The Artist’s Prize”. The Artist’s Magazine has asked me to be one of their featured artists later on in the year when I will … Read more

A History of Art in Three Colours

I’ve been watching with some interest “A History of Art in Three Colours” on BBC 4 on Saturday evenings. The first episode, narrated by Dr James Fox, looked at the way gold has been used in art over the centuries. Last Saturday it was the turn of the colour Blue. The programme began on the … Read more