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Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

A special thank you to all our customers who have purchased original paintings, prints, Christmas cards and have used our picture framing service over the last 16 years from our Studio & Gallery on Cheviot View in Ponteland. We celebrated last Saturday by offering 25% discount off all framed paintings that were on the walls. […]

Newcastle Bridges

Newcastle Bridges, Summer Evening

In an earlier blog post I wrote about a new painting of the Sandhill, Newcastle which features the Tyne Bridge. I spoke about another painting I’d started of Newcastle Bridges on a Summer Evening. It’s a scene I’ve painted before, however on this occasion it’s a much larger watercolour painting. It’s one of my favourite […]

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 […]

Watercolours of Kent

Watercolours of Kent

Rowland Hilder Some of you may have attended my watercolour classes at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. You may remember in one of my demonstrations I showed you how to paint skies and trees. As an example I did some paintings in the style of Rowland Hilder who is one of my early watercolour […]

Jebel Akhdar Prints

Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos Susan and I were saddened to hear of the passing away of Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Friday the 10th January. He had led Oman with great wisdom for almost 50 years. When he took over from his father, it was a nation of virtually no infrastructure, schooling or hospitals. Now it is […]

Tyne Bridge

It’s not often that I post photographs of my paintings that are unfinished however I’m so pleased with the progress of this new oil painting of the Tyne Bridge that I couldn’t resist sharing the current status.

Painting of Seaton Sluice

Sketchbook Watercolour Earlier this summer I painted a small sketchbook watercolour Painting of Seaton Sluice on location. As well as being a family day out, it was a typical summers day in the north east. Patches of blue sky with sunlight bursting through dark threatening clouds. I decided to work the sketch up into a larger […]

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 […]

Sargent

Sargent Studies – A Daily Sketch

For the last few weeks I have been continuing with my daily discipline of a sketch a day. I try to do this for 20 minutes to an hour, 5 or 6 days a week, usually in my Moleskine Sketchbook.  Gouache Painting Most of my studies have been made with a charcoal pencil. However today […]

“It’s a Big River” Exhibition

  “It’s a Big River” is an exhibition at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland which is one of many events taking place throughout June across the region for the Festival of the North East. Over the last few months I’ve been painting various scenes of life on the River Tyne, from where the North […]