Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Southwold In 2003 Susan and I went to a wedding in Southwold, Suffolk. We enjoyed a day wandering around this picturesque seaside town. It was always in the back of our minds to return one day. When we had to cancel our painting holiday in Italy this June because of COVID we decided that it … Read more

Rosso

Rosso

Artist Support Pledge I’ve recently acquired my third original painting through the Artist Support Pledge. I spent a while waiting for the right painting to turn up before seeing the work of an Italian artist who goes under the name of Rosso Art.  Rosso had posted an original painting on her Instagram account rossoartist which was … Read more

Aldo Balding

Aldo Balding

Artist Support Pledge I hadn’t come across the work of Aldo Balding until I started selling my work through the Artist Support Pledge. The concept is a simple one that cultivates generosity. Artists post images of their work, on Instagram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). … Read more

Tyne Bridge Painting

In 2017 I received a commission to do a very large oil painting of the Angel of the North which you can read about in an earlier blog post.  The Angel’s wings were coated with 22 carat gold leaf. My client loves his painting of the Gateshead Angel and once I’d hung it for him … Read more

Life Drawing

One cannot underestimate the importance to the artist of regular drawing, particularly when painting the human form. Don’t just take my word for it. Here are a few quotes from some of the experts: “Work hard and don’t on any account neglect your drawing. Draw Antonio, draw, Antonio, draw and don’t waste time”. Michelangelo. “Do not … Read more

Painting of the Angel

In a previous blog post I described a recent painting commission where I was asked to do an oil Painting of the Angel of the North. As part of the project I decided to do a smaller study to try out some ideas with colours and cloud shapes. This new Painting of the Angel can now … Read more

Painting of the Angel

Earlier this year I received a request to do an oil Painting of the Angel of the North. Although I have painted several paintings of the Angel since it was first erected in April 1998 the client had very specific ideas about the size, colours and view point which were completely different from my other … Read more

World Encephalitis Day

The 22nd February 2017 is World Encephalitis Day, the global awareness day for people who are directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis. I had no idea what encephalitis was until Sarah was diagnosed. I’d watched Sarah grow up from being a little girl for over 20 years so I was deeply shocked to hear of her illness. … Read more

Susan in St Mark’s Church

In September 2012 Susan and I travelled to Venice to work on a number of painting projects, one of which was this oil painting of Susan in the Basilica San Marco. On the 7th April 1985 Susan experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity on her own as she cried out to God in the famous … Read more

Portrait in Charcoal

Although I’m best known for my watercolours of cityscapes, landscapes and seascapes, I’ve painted a number of portrait commissions, going back to the mid 1980’s. I’ve recently found myself being drawn back to the artistic challenge of capturing people’s portraits from life. This particular drawing of Margaret was made over three sittings in charcoal and … Read more