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Junction 42 Over the last few years I have been developing creative art projects for  many of the UK prisons. This has been for the North East Charity Junction 42. I’ve been working for the charity part time for the last six years as an outreach worker in the community with ex-offenders. However I’ve also […]

Sycamore Gap - Original

Review of 2023

Watercolour Demonstration As the year draws to a close I know that I will be taking my usual time out to review the year. Like most of us, it’s a combination of being grateful, and thinking of those less fortunate. Spending time working in one of the north east’s prisons does give you a greater […]

Calvari Steps, Afternoon Light

Calvari Steps, Pollenca

Calvari Steps Pollenca Earlier this year I received a commission to paint a client’s holiday home on the island of Mallorca. We went out for a week to enable me do some sketchbook watercolours. They were not just of his property but also of the town of Pollenca. You can read about the sketches in […]

Pollenca from the steps

Pollenca

I’ve recently been commissioned to paint a client’s holiday home in Mallorca, a very attractive Mediterranean island. To be able to paint the property with greater insight, we felt it would be best to stay for several days to enable me to do some sketchbook watercolours, not just of the property, but also the small […]

Newcastle Art

Grey Street, Winter Morning Sunlight

Newcastle For much of my career as an artist I’ve had the good fortune of being able to work in the city of Newcastle. This has enabled me to see the city through the seasons and in all kinds of weather conditions. One of my favourite views is looking down from the base of grey’s […]

Newcastle Art Prints

Sandhill, Morning Mist

I was recently asked do a watercolour demonstration for Hartlepool Art Club. They have a fabulous venue in an old church which holds art exhibitions. I had been invited before around 2015 when I did a painting of Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in the rain. The theme this time was still cityscapes so I prepared three […]

Lapad

Lapad, Dubrovnik

In the previous blog post I was telling you about our trip to Dubrovnik in August 2022. I found the area near our hotel in Lapad inspiring to paint. There was something about the contrast between the rugged rocks and the turquoise waters very engaging. I was also taken by the trees that could provide […]

Dubrovnik Steps

Dubrovnik

Croatia In August we took a weeks holiday in Croatia. We’d heard lots of good things about Dubrovnik, so we booked an hotel nearby in an area called Lapad. The hotel was well located, only a short bus ride from Dubrovnik and right next to a small pebbled beach. I’d used the last of my […]

Handmade Card

Handmade Cards

San Gimignano I often paint watercolours as a Handmade Card for family members or for very special friends. There are some occasions when I do get commissioned to paint a scene as a special card. In September, a close friend was celebrating his 50th birthday. I knew straight away the subject he would connect with. […]

The Derelict in Stages

The Derelict

Northern Counties Club The Derelict featured in a watercolour demonstration and talk about Junction 42 at the Northern Counties Club. The event was titled “Art in Prisons”. I shared many of my experiences working with ex-offenders. I also spoke about those who are serving custodial sentences in prison. One of the paintings that I started […]