Benefits of Painting

Benefits of Painting

Painting from Life I was recently asked to contribute to a blog post highlighting the Benefits of Painting. Snippets were taken from this piece below which I wrote for them. Painting has many benefits for those who have decided to take it up, even those who are older. Many folk are creative but perhaps struggle to … Read more

Painting Commissions

Painting Commissions

Anniversary The first of October is a landmark date for me. It was this day in 1984 that I went self employed as an artist. I began undertaking all kinds of Painting Commissions. Over the last 36 years I’ve been through all kinds of challenges, particularly during the recession which began in 2008 with the … Read more

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

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

St Paul’s Cathedral

St-Paul's-Cathedral

Paintings of London London is a great city, full of subjects to paint. I have painted St Paul’s Cathedral before, but it’s been as part of a cityscape of the Thames. Although I’m unable to travel to London at the moment because of COVID 19, I’m keen to return to paint and visit its galleries. … Read more

El Fna Square Marrakech

El Fna Square Marrakech

Seven years ago I was selected to enter a painting competition by Cox and Kings. They are the oldest travel company in the world, established in 1758. All the artists were given a selection of photographs of Morocco to work from. I chose one of El Fna Square Marrakech. Although the reference photograph I picked … 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

Paintings of Tuscany

Artist Support Pledge Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been selling specially selected paintings as part of the Artist Support Pledge. Today’s is  a Painting of Tuscany. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to … Read more

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 … Read more