John Singer Sargent

Sketchbook Tips TIP 11. Studying the work of other artists is a great way to improve your artistic skills. However there are a number of different levels of study that one can tackle. I’ve recently purchased several books about the American artist John Singer Sargent which I have studying. My initial approach is to quickly … Read more

Angel of the North Painting

Angel of the North Painting. Most folk have strong opinions about the Angel of the North, they either love it or hate it. Personally, I like it, as it’s always a reminder that I’m not too far from home if I’ve been travelling from the South. One of my favourite paintings of the Angel of … Read more

Portrait Painting in Oils

Paint a Portrait in Oils Working in oil paint however is completely different, particularly when painting a portrait. When the sitter isn’t there in front of me, I can usually see various elements which need to be changed during the next sitting and oil paints allow you the freedom to do so. One of the … Read more

Charcoal Portraits

Watercolour Since this blog post was first written in 2011, I’ve found myself doing more drawings with Charcoal. I often do a 10 – 20 minute charcoal drawing in my Moleskine sketchbook if I’m warming up for a portrait. I’m best known for my watercolours of cityscapes, landscapes and seascapes. However, I’ve painted a number … Read more