The Artist

21. My style really began to develop when I was an art student. It improved through my desire to become a better watercolourist. More than ever, I am always seeking to improve my skills and to become the artist I’m meant to be. 22. I find that I’ve learned to know when to stop. Too … Read more

The Artist

This blog post continues on from the previous one where I have writing about my working methods, how I started my career as an artist and my artistic influences. 11. I use a limited palette with watercolours, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Rose Madder, Vandyke Brown, Payne’s Grey, Manganese Blue, French Ultramarine, … Read more

The Artist

In 2013 I won “The Artist Prize” in the Royal Watercolour Society competition with my painting of Jebel Akhdar, Oman. The prize was a 3 page feature in “The Artist” Magazine where the writer Susie Hodge interviewed me. I’m regularly asked questions by art students about my working methods and how I started off as an … Read more

Drawing

A few weeks ago I was asked to write an article for the website of a new initiative here in the North East called Drawing? Drawing? is a 6 month long, region wide programme of exhibitions and events which aims to explore drawing in art and culture and also in other areas such as science, … Read more

John Singer Sargent

One of the “must see” exhibitions of 2015 has to be the John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends show at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is accompanied by a terrific new book by Richard Ormond who is the co-author (with Elaine Kilmurray) of the Complete Paintings  of his great-uncle, John Singer Sargent. In … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

I’ve been a long admirer of the Marine Painter and Poster Artist Frank Henry Mason. Over the years one of my clients has collected Frank Henry Mason’s work and I’ve had the privilage of organising new conservation mounts for the paintings to go into. In a blog post from 2012 I wrote about Frank Henry … Read more

Watercolour Tips

I’m currently running a 6 week watercolour painting course at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. One of my top Watercolour Tips is to study the work of some of the great watercolourists. There are a some terrific books available which are a “must buy” for anyone wishing to develop their watercolour skills. Starting with … Read more

Sargent Studies – A Daily Sketch

For the last few weeks I have been continuing with my daily discipline of a sketch a day. I try to do this for 20 minutes to an hour, 5 or 6 days a week, usually in my Moleskine Sketchbook.  Most of my studies have been made with a charcoal pencil, however today I decided … 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

John Singer Sargent Watercolours

One of my Christmas presents from 2013 was this lovely book on John Singer Sargent’s Watercolours. The book was published to celebrate a wonderful exhibition of one of America’s finest artists at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston over the last few months. John Singer Sargent Watercolours … Read more