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Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Earlier this summer I painted a small sketchbook watercolour painting of Seaton Sluice, a picturesque harbour on the North East Coast.

As well as being a family day out, it was a typical summers day in the north east, patches of blue sky with sunlight bursting through dark threatening clouds.

I decided to work the sketch up into a larger 14” x 10” studio painting on an Arches Watercolour Block which I made a video of showing the different stages. You can watch the video here on YouTube.


Shoppers, Grey Street

Grey Street in Newcastle has been described by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as the finest curved street in Europe. 

I never tire of sitting down to capture its fine sweeping curve and Georgian columns in all seasons.

Painting Grey Street outdoors is a real challenge and not for the faint hearted. As I’m writing this, I’m getting tempted to get out there again!


Watch detailed video of this watercolour painting


St Paul's Cathedral, London

A lively watercolour showing the magnificent Cathedral under a burst of sunlight. 

The figures have been loosely rendered to suggest movement and busyness and also to provide a sense of scale and heightened drama to the scene.

 A limited palette helps to retain simplicity to what could easily become an overly cluttered composition because of the detail in the architecture.


Sycamore Gap, The Tree

I recall painting a watercolour of this tree in snow as a Christmas Card for the Marie Curie Cancer fund over 10 years ago. This stretch of Hadrian’s Wall is bleak but spectacular in its barreness and stark beauty.

Sycamore Gap is also known as Robin Hood’s Tree for its appearance in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.

I’ve since painted the famous tree of the year again in winter sunlight. My viewpoint is taken from the Military Road which shows the tree of the year nestling in the famous gap in the wall. Sunlight is catching the clouds behind and creating an overall feeling of warmth to the painting.

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The Royal Pump Room, Harrogate

The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II listed building in Harrogate. It was formerly a spa water pump house. Today it houses the town's museum.

In this watercolour I've retained the pools of autumnal light falling oin the warm stone that I had captured in a sketckchbook watercolour painted on location one afternoon.

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Theatre Royal, Newcastle in the Snow

One of 3 original watercolours commissioned by the Cyrenians which were published as charity christmas cards.

Working accross the North East and York the Cyrenians is one of the country's leading and most progressive homlessness charities.

This carefully thought out original watercolour has been painted using over fifty shades of grey to convey the stark bleakness of winter in the North East.

However, the dash of red for my granddaughter's coat as she braves the elements, holding her grandmother's hand, offers both a focal point to the painting and a sense of good things to come.

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Todi, Umbria

On our painting holidays in Italy we take our guests to the various hilltop towns that are a feature of Umbria. 

This watercolour was inspired by a sketchbook watercolour painted on location in a picturesque town called Todi which we have been to on a number of occasions.

Using a combination of the sketch, a simple pen drawing and photographs I decided to paint the scene as a larger A4 watercolour painting on hand made deckled edged paper.

You can watch a video of how I painted the watercolour here on YouTube.


Two Dhows, Oman

When we first visited Oman in 2007 we were fortunate to go on a day trip to the coastal town Sur, famous for its dhow building. I recall doing a couple of sketchbook watercolours of these distinctive sailing vessels in the heat of the day, the high sun catching the top of the clouds.

These studies of dhows became the inspiration for a number of studio paintings including one on gold leaf and this watercolour.

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You can watch me painting this watercolour on Youtube.


Tyne Bridge and Quayside

In 2017 I received a commission to do a very large oil painting of the Angel of the North. The Angel’s wings were coated with 22 carat gold leaf. 

My client loves his painting and once he received it we discussed a second commission to go alongside the Angel, this time of the Tyne Bridge.

I've decided to do a smaller preparation painting in oils with gold leaf to make sure that everything is going to work out in terms of colour, composition and where on the painting to apply the gold leaf.

You can watch a short video on YouTube of me painting some of the details of the Tyne Bridge, quayside Painting.

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