Tips, Techniques and How To’s

I’m exhibiting at the Horsforth Walk of Art this year on the 4th and 5th of July.  I like these type of open arts events, they attract a lot of people who like to paint, draw and craft themselves.  I get to meet people who want to find out about the work and who areContinue reading “Tips, Techniques and How To’s”

Viva Espania

I’m taking a break for a week.  I’m going to Catalonia on Friday to visit one of my favourite places  – Girona. It feels like a spiritual home. I love the architecture, the trees and parks, the apartments overlooking the river, the mixture of old and new that is a characteristic of the city. It hasContinue reading “Viva Espania”

First Signs

The first signs of autumn are here. Leaves starting to turn, end of the blackberries, a cool crisp chill in the air first thing in the  morning, misty days like today.  I love the autumn colour, although its also tinged with a touch of wistfulness  for me as well.  The close of the summer, noContinue reading “First Signs”

Absent for a While

It’s been a few months since my last post  – as well as a few months since I have been painting. The other part of my life – working as a psychotherapist – has taken priority for a while with lots of exciting new projects. However I’m getting back  into a painting groove and findingContinue reading “Absent for a While”

Win a Print – Competition Time!

My latest competition to win a digital print of one of my paintings from the Blue of the Scillies collection starts today and ends on Saturday night at midnight.  Where on the Isles of Scilly is this?  To enter reply here: Two winners will be chosen at random from the correct answers. Sign up toContinue reading “Win a Print – Competition Time!”


There’s some wonderful moorland in the Peak District.  One of my favourite local walks is up on Stanage Edge.  Gritstone and heather with a skyline that seems to stretch on forever.  This time of year, before the heather blooms, makes for an interesting landscape with some fabulous colours.  The deep russets and purple of theContinue reading “Stanage”


What an amazing place Sicily is.  It’s about 6 months since our visit, we had 10 days in the Aeolian islands where we visited Stromboli, Lipari and Sicily, beautiful islands in a blue Mediterranean sea.  On Stromboli climbing the volcano to look down into the crater at sunset was an experience that has left me with a profoundContinue reading “Sicily”

Competition Answer

I’d asked a question about this painting as my first “Win a Print” competition – here it is below. What Colour? I often like to use a single colour as an under-painting on a canvas or piece of board as a base.  The painting below is one of my earlier pieces of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. The question is: WhatContinue reading “Competition Answer”

Win a Print!

Would you like to win this print of my painting “Boats at Beadnell.”  Then here’s how. I’m going to be running regular competitions over the next year or so, some will simply be a prize draw for people on my mailing list, there may be treasure hunts or questions to answer about my work.  The best way of finding out about them isContinue reading “Win a Print!”

Evolution of a Painting

I’ve been experimenting with mixing media over the last few months. In this post I wanted to demonstrate the evolution of  a painting from start to finish. I’ve been thinking about a scene from Curbar Edge, I’ve a photograph, taken quite some time ago of silver birch trees with rocks in the foreground. So long agoContinue reading “Evolution of a Painting”

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