Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing

Life Drawing One of the frustrating aspects of Lockdown has been the lack of Life Drawing classes. For several years I was able to attend weekly life drawing classes where I could develop my Figure Drawing. Usually I would tackle the subject in oils if it was the same pose throughout the evening. It was … Read more

Grey Street in Watercolour

Painting Newcastle For many years I have had the privilege of working in Newcastle several days a week. I try to take this opportunity to gather reference for possible future paintings. It’s always a joy to paint Grey Street in Watercolour. So it’s great to make notes of different lighting conditions throughout the year. One … Read more

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

New York City In 2008 we travelled to America see our youngest granddaughter just after her birth. After spending time in St Louis, we spent several days in New York City. It was an amazing time. Armed with my sketchbook, I made several studies of some of its famous landmarks. I had to have a … Read more

Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

Norfolk Two of my most memorable and productive painting trips have been to Norfolk. I have really felt as though I have been following in the footsteps of one of my painting heroes, Edward Seago. On the last trip which was 10 years ago, we stayed at Burnham Every Staithe. I would usually rise early to … Read more

Learn to Paint in Italy

Todi Umbria

Sketchbook from Italy If you would like to Learn to Paint then why not come on one of our Painting Holidays in Umbria, Italy. You will receive one to one tuition also in a group. Accommodation Our luxury accommodation is at Chiesa del Carmine located in Umbria described as the Green Heart of Italy. This … Read more

Photographs of Venice

Photographs of Venice

The Importance of Photography Even though my main artistic discipline has always been painting, photography has been an essential part of my creative process. For me, drawing and painting on location is a must. The time that it takes to absorb and capture a scene through observational drawing is always time well spent. However, you … Read more

Sketchbooks

Umbria Our first visit to Umbria was March 2002. It was a much appreciated break away from running an art gallery in Newcastle’s city centre. It was also an opportunity to spend time reflecting on what had been anxious year in 2001. Susan and I had major surgery together when I donated one of my … Read more

Hand Made Card

  Today is our 26th Wedding Anniversary. Once again my main gift to Susan has been a Hand Made Card painted in watercolour. She now has quite a sizeable collection of cards that every so often we will browse through and reflect on. The card itself will often be of a place that we have … Read more

Diana’s Point

Diana’s Point is named after Princess Diana of Wales who visited Jebel Akhdar with Prince Charles in November 1986. We first went to Diana’s Point on Jebel Akhdar in Oman back in November 2007. The previous year I had received a number of commissions for a client in Oman depicting scenes around the Al Hajar … Read more

Painting an Olive Tree

Paintings of Italy One of the subjects I often get our guests on our Painting Holidays to have a go at is Painting an Olive Tree. The grounds of Chiesa del Carmine are full of them. They are not too difficult to draw compared to other subjects. It’s relatively easy for the guests to spend … Read more