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 … Read more
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 14” x … Read more
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. Starting with … Read more
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. Most of my studies have been made with a charcoal pencil, however today I decided … Read more
“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 Tyne … Read more
On the 6th June I will be exhibiting a number of paintings at Durham School for a wine and art evening in conjunction with St James Wealth Management. Several new paintings of Durham will be on display including this one of Saddler Street in Winter. The painting was started at a watercolour demonstration that I … Read more
My Spring Exhibition starts Saturday 13th April at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland and finishes Sunday 28th April. The exhibition will feature a number of new figurative paintings including these two new original watercolours of my grandchildren Ewan and Anya. Ewan can be seen “Looking for Crabs” and Anya is “Collecting Shells”. The paintings … Read more
I travelled to Kuwait in the January to do some sketchbook studies around the city and found myself fascinated by the old Mubarakiyya Souk.
I do enjoy painting “plein air” and the fun I have capturing the natural elements of sky, sea and land. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth provides great subject matter to paint on the spot.