Sketching holiday in Sicily

We are in the process of organising a sketching holiday to Sicily – Ragusa + Modica, at the beginning of April 2019.

One of the UNESCO listed Baroque towns of south – eastern Sicily, Ragusa is also the principal filming location for the Sicilian detective drama ”Inspector Montalbano’, a TV series that has done wonders for publicising the beauty of this area.

If you would like to learn more about the holiday then contact Antonella Rea on

New course for January

( Click on images or titles below to go to Course pages.)

Colour – how to mix the colours you want time after time

….a course in the art of colour mixing and colour use.

Subject – The course is designed to help you improve your colour mixing. It will also provide you with a grounding in colour theory to help you make informed choices when you plan and paint your pictures.

Length of the course – 5 weeks

Starts 10th of January 2019
Refreshments – tea and coffee is included.
Level  – would suit a relative beginner to painting or someone who has been painting for some time who is looking for colour guidence.
Time –  Thusday from 10:00 until 12:30

2.5 hours per lesson

Paint medium – this course can be undertaken using watercolours or acrylics

Costs  £75


Afternoon tea and painting

A wonderful day out was had by all at Jesmond Dene House Hotel yesterday. Fifteen artists signed up for an afternoon of watercolour painting followed by afternoon tea in the garden. This event was arranged by the Laing Art gallery to complement the ‘Enchanted Gardens’ exhibition presently on show in the gallery.

Beginners acrylic course is filling up fast

There are now just six places left on my ‘Acrylics painting for beginners’ course starting September the 12th 2018. Don’t delay in booking if you want to secure your place! 

Don’t forget, there are workshops and painting / sketching days out you could enjoy over the summer months, before the main courses start in September.

Look at the courses and art days pages to learn more….

Patchings July 2018

A few snaps of the painters section I was in at Patchings Art Fair. These were taken in a few quiet minutes by myself and Paul Maylor, pictured in the last image, before the show started.

A stand holder was told that there was around 3500 visitors on the first day. Lots of art club members on bus trips who were keen to gain inspiration and some useful tips on painting. Some had travelled up from as far as London to see the art and craft, meet the celebrity artists who write art books and appear on Youtube or TV and learn about the latest developments in art materials from specialist manufacturers.

I had a great time and would be keen to return next year.


Sold artwork


Sold this artwork a few days ago. It was a watercolour I painted many years ago. It had featured in an article in ‘Artists’ magazine. The article was called ‘Grandma’s woods,’ because the watercolours were inspired by my time playing in a wood near my grandmas house when I was a child. The woods were beautiful, but just a little spooky.