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Roseberry Topping

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 Print

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 […]

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 […]

Clachtoll Sketchbook

Clachtoll

White Sand and Turquoise Sea Our trip to Ullapool earlier in June was such a blessing. Before the trip, we had prayed for good weather so that we could visit and paint some of the incredible beaches with white sands and turquoise sea. As you can see from the photograph of Clachtoll Beach, our prayers […]

Achnahaird Beach

Ullapool

West Coast of Scotland We’ve recently come back from several glorious days in the West Coast of Scotland. I’ve always said that if Scotland had the weather, it would be overrun with tourists. Fortunately we had 5 fantastic days of sunshine with little cloud. We arrived in Ullapool at teatime on the Saturday. We were […]

Sketchbook Wells-next-the-sea

Norfolk Paintings of Burnham Overy Mill in Watercolour

Painting in Norfolk In September 2009 my wife and I went to Norfolk with our daughter and her two children to Norfolk for the week. Although it was a family holiday, I turned it into a painting trip. Every morning I would get up early before everyone woke up and I would go off painting. […]

Rome Rooftops

Rome Rooftops Paintings from Rome

Paintings of Rome In the spring of 1998 we spent several days in Rome so that I could explore opportunities to paint this ancient city. We stayed in a cheap hotel in Campo de’ Fiori which literally means “field of flowers”. I painted several watercolours on location of various landmarks including Rome Rooftops but really […]