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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. Rowland Hilder […]

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. The exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston over the last few months. […]

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Art Market John Singer Sargent paintings are still hugely popular. The American Art sale auction yesterday in New York showed the continued strength of the market. It succeeded in surpassing its presale high estimate for the third consecutive time. Norman Rockwell works proved as popular as ever with all six offered sold, totaling $6.5 million. I […]

Grainger Street

Grainger Street

Paintings of Newcastle The popularity of my limited edition prints is partially down to the fact that I usually include figures in the paintings. This helps to bring the painting to life. Over the years I spent considerable time observing people going about their daily business in cities.  Some of my favourite cities are Newcastle upon […]

Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Richard Ormond The American artist John Singer Sargent died this day in 1925. As well as being an outstanding artist, he was a gifted musician and fluent in French, Italian and German. I’ve been a great admirer of his work for many years. I often spend time deeply engrossed studying the many fine books written […]

Painting of the Flatiron Building

New York In 2008 I did a Painting of the Flatiron Building in my sketchbook when we visited New York. The Flatiron Building was originally called the Fuller Building. It was one of the tallest buildings in the world when it was completed in 1902. Today it is dwarfed by the surrounding skyscrapers but its […]

New York Dusk

Rockerfeller Centre New York Dusk is inspired by our visit there in 2008. I love New York. It’s a slogan that is often seen on baseball caps and tee shirts. One visit is all it takes to fall in love with this incredible city. We spent a memorable three days in New York exactly four […]

Da Vinci

Da Vinci, The Lost Treasure

  Whilst painting in Italy in September, I saw Fiona Bruce being filmed on Ponte Vecchio in Florence. I stopped to take a photograph of her, along with dozens of others. I’m sure we were all wondering which programme she was being filmed for. I discovered that it was for a documentary written and presented by herself […]