My first cruise with Fred Olson to Norway

Sailing on the Balmoral from North Shields to Norway was an unforgettable experience. I took huge numbers of photographs both with my phone and an SLR. I hope they serve me well as reference material for my art and classes in the coming months. Here are a couple I took with my phone last Friday as we sailed across the North Sea.


Painting at Bolam Lake


I was painting at Bolam Lake yesterday with my students. There are still places left on the painting/ sketching days next week. Why not make good use of this long running warm weather and take the plunge to paint out of doors. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day!

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.

New quirky tree paintings in acrylic

I am embarking on a series of acrylic paintings of trees, from imagination, to place as a backdrop to my stand at Patchings. This is the first completed painting. The painting below is about half way completed. I am really enjoying working with acrylic using spray cans and metalic colours in addition to my normal painting kit. I will post progress regarding the painting below soon as well as new artworks created for the show.