Via di Santo Spirito

I’ve been working in Italy recently on a number of painting projects, many of which involved painting on location. This is always a challenging exercise, particularly when painting a street scene such as this one of Via di Santo Spirito. I wanted to capture the tall narrow buildings that were shutting out much of the … Read more

Florenze from Piazza Michelangelo

Probably the best view of Florence is from Piazza Michelangelo. I’ve now painted several watercolour studies from the piazza which boasts stunning views of the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and the River Arno. Last Sunday afternoon was hot and sunny in Florence which meant that the watercolour paint dried very quickly, in marked contrast to the … Read more

Forth Bridge

“It’s like painting the Forth Bridge” is an expression that is often used to describe a task or job that seems never ending. Indeed, painting the Forth Rail Bridge has been just that. The iconic one and a half mile Victorian structure that spans the Forth of Forth linking South Queensferry to North Queensferry has … Read more

NewcastleGateshead Art Fair

The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair celebrates its 5th year this month at the Sage in Gateshead. I’ve had the privilege being able to exhibit my work each year and 2011 promises to be the biggest and best yet. The VIP Preview evening begins on Thursday 29th September 6:30-9pm with the actual opening to the public on … Read more

Grand Canal Painting

I’ve been busy over the last few weeks finishing off a number of watercolours which will be on show at the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 30th September-2nd October. The latest one to be completed is this one of the Grand Canal in Venice. It’s a scene I’ve painted several times before, both on location and in … Read more