The Journal has featured a nice article written by David Whetstone about my exhibition at the Lit & Phil which has its private viewing this evening. The exhibition continues until 21st July.
As part of the exhibition I’ve been working on two new paintings. One is of the Lit & Phil. The other is of Bill Midgley a well known North East Businessman. He is passionate about keeping this wonderful old library at the centre of the region’s future. He would like to see the venue become central to the the region’s business community once again.
Bill was kind enough to sit for me in the library so that I could paint his portrait, surrounded by books. My watercolour of the Literary and Philosophical Society was painted on a summer evening. It’s the only time of the year when the sun actually strikes the front of the building. For much of the year it remains in shadow.
Since writing this blog post back in 2012 I’ve some fond memories of this place. I started to make my own leather bound sketchbooks under the tuition of Tim Gradon. This has been so helpful in understanding the process of bookbinding.
I also passed my piano Grade 2 exam in 2017. I was the oldest person there sitting a piano exam. All the rest were young children. If you’ve never been to the Lit and Phil before then it is a must visit for a rainy day.