Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Steps

Croatia In August we took a weeks holiday in Croatia. We’d heard lots of good things about Dubrovnik, so we booked an hotel nearby in an area called Lapad. The hotel was well located, only a short bus ride from Dubrovnik and right next to a small pebbled beach. I’d used the last of my … Read more

The Derelict

The Derelict in Stages

Northern Counties Club The Derelict featured in a watercolour demonstration and talk about Junction 42 at the Northern Counties Club. The event was titled “Art in Prisons”. I shared many of my experiences working with ex-offenders. I also spoke about those who are serving custodial sentences in prison. One of the paintings that I started … Read more

Clachtoll

Clachtoll Sketchbook

White Sand and Turquoise Sea Our trip to Ullapool earlier in June was such a blessing. Before the trip, we had prayed for good weather so that we could visit and paint some of the incredible beaches with white sands and turquoise sea. As you can see from the photograph of Clachtoll Beach, our prayers … Read more

Ullapool

Achnahaird Beach

West Coast of Scotland We’ve recently come back from several glorious days in the West Coast of Scotland. I’ve always said that if Scotland had the weather, it would be overrun with tourists. Fortunately we had 5 fantastic days of sunshine with little cloud. We arrived in Ullapool at teatime on the Saturday. We were … Read more

Commission a Painting

L'Hotel Marrakech Commission

  Blyth Beach On New Years Eve I received a telephone call from a new client in Canada. They wanted to Commission a Painting of various family members, including themselves on Blyth Beach in Northumberland. Although the client had photographs of the family on the beach, the composition of the figures wasn’t suitable for a … Read more

Rome Rooftops Paintings from Rome

Rome Rooftops

Paintings of Rome In the spring of 1998 we spent several days in Rome so that I could explore opportunities to paint this ancient city. We stayed in a cheap hotel in Campo de’ Fiori which literally means “field of flowers”. I painted several watercolours on location of various landmarks including Rome Rooftops but really … Read more

“White Ships”

White Ships

In 2019 I posted a John Singer Sargent watercolour titled “White Ships” on social media. I spoke about the freshness and spontaneity of Sargent’s brush stokes and how Sargent would “draw” with his brush. It’s a technique that I’ve tried to cultivate in my own painting to bring movement and life to my paintings. Almost … Read more

Newcastle Quayside and Sage Watercolour

Newcastle Quayside and Sage

Newcastle Paintings The Christmas break gave me the opportunity to do a new painting to add to the Newcastle collection of prints. My painting titled “Tyne Bridges, Summer Sunset” sold out last year. I wanted a new image to replace it that captured Newcastle’s quayside, the Millennium Bridge and the Sage. This particular view taken … Read more

Exhibition

Exhibition

  Original Watercolour Paintings My Christmas Exhibition opened up on Saturday 11th December. The exhibition features new original paintings and limited edition prints that I’ve painted in-between painting commissions. Despite COVID restrictions, I’ve never been so busy, juggling my painting business with the Outreach work I do for North East Charity Junction 42.  Online sales … Read more

Valletta, Malta

Valletta

Malta In November this year I will be 60 years old. We decided to celebrate this landmark birthday early, with our first trip abroad since COVID. Jet2 are doing direct flights to Valletta, Malta from Newcastle Airport. Susan thought that this would be a chance to enjoy some late Mediterranean sun and for me to … Read more

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