Moleskine Sketchbooks & Journals

Yesterday I finished yet another Moleskine sketchbook by making some further studies of the portrait work by John Singer Sargent. I’m a great fan of the Moleskine brand and have a growing collection of notebooks, sketchbooks and journals filled with important notes, studies, ideas and thoughts that are documenting my humble career. The drawing on … Read more

Food Paintings

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on some Food Paintings for an interior design company who are doing a re-furbishment for a North East Chinese restaurant. There are 9 Food Paintings required which include various ingredients for the Chinese meals. I’ve chosen to work from life as much as is realistically possible and … Read more

Charity Christmas Cards

Theatre Royal, Winter

Earlier this year I was approached by the charity The Cyrenians based in Newcastle. They work with vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people. Sian Thomas, their marketing administrator, asked if they could use some of my paintings as Charity Christmas Cards This was to help raise money for the charity which has been going for over 40 years. Over … Read more

Grey Street, Snow Shower

Spring

Theatre Royal In the spring of 2008 I launched a limited edition print titled “Theatre Royal in the Snow”. The print was an instant success and the edition of 95 sold out. The smaller preparation study that I made prior to the larger studio painting was used as the Christmas card for the Theatre Royal … Read more

North Shields, Fishing

A few weeks ago I was doing a watercolour demonstration for a class in Rothbury. As part of the lesson, I was showing the students how to begin a painting, in particular the sky. This is often the most difficult part of painting a landscape or seascape and can be quite daunting for the inexperienced. … Read more

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Watercolours I’ve been busy over the last few weeks finishing off a number of watercolours which will be on show at the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 30th September-2nd October. The latest one to be completed is this one of the Grand Canal in Venice. It’s a scene I’ve painted several times before, both on location and … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

Durham School

Rugby Tournament Last year I was commissioned by the director of sport of Durham School, Ben Mason. He asked me to do a watercolour of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October. Despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds … Read more

The Circus, Bath

Prints of Bath

Bath I’ve recently been asked to do a painting of The Circus in Bath. I remember looking at the scene in the summer last year, however it was difficult to get a view of the remarkable architecture because of the central trees in full leaf. I knew I would have to return in the spring … Read more

La Serenata a Rialto, Venezia

Venice The recent frosty mornings and beautiful bright sunny days we have been enjoying recently have reminded me of the times we have spent in Venice during Carnival time. I’ve often made studies around Rialto, Venezia, an area rich in subject matter. The weather in Venice has usually been even colder but characterised by crisp, … Read more

Oil Painting of Norfolk

Oil Painting of Norfolk

Oil Painting of Norfolk I have been asked recently to do an oil painting of Norfolk for a particular client. As I usually work in watercolour paints, I thought it would be prudent to get back into the swing of painting in oils. As it is a completely different painting technique by doing a quick … Read more

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