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.


Painting for patchings

I am busy finishing off artwork to place in portfolios on my stand at Patchings Art Festival on the 12th to 15th of July. This is the first time I will be attending with an artists stand. In the past I was working as a painting demonstrator, promoting products for Tynedale Fine Art products, mixing mainly with the materials manufacturers and distributers. I am looking forward to meeting new collectors and both professional and amateur artists who will be at the Festival.

Here is one of my latest quirky watercolours completed in the last few days.

To lean more about Patchings Art Festival visit their website:

Patchings Festival

For anyone interested in art it would make a fun day out. I would love to see you there.



Portfolio show

My Portfolio show at Wylam was enjoyed by all who attended, judging by the positive comments and the number of artworks sold.

I really enjoyed the day, meeting up again with several old friends who had made a special trip to see my work and chatting to new collectors.

I will be doing other portfolio shows in the future. If you were unable to attend this event, you will have other portfolio shows you can come to in the next few months.

At each new show I will be placing additional ‘new’ artwork in my portfolios.

New outdoor sketching sessions starting this Wednesday the 9th of May


Throughout the summer Jason is offering sketching and painting lessons out of doors.  This is your opportunity to work alongside Jason, who will demonstrate methods of capturing the scene for you to try. 

Many of us would love to take our sketch books and draw when we are out and about, but feel self-conscious or a little afraid drawing on our own. Working in a group outdoors offers strength in numbers and can bolster your confidence. 

Each week a new sketching location will be posted on the blog and facebook.

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Rome holiday was so much fun!

Here are a few pictures from the Rome Holiday I took on my phone. It was a delight to teach and take part in. I am really looking forward to the Ravenna holiday. Check out the details on the holiday section of this website and sign up before all the places get snapped up.

Some snaps from working at the Villa D’este


plus of course the well deserved ice cream

This shop sold some of the best ice cream i have ever tasted…… so we went on the way up the hill and on the way back down.


Details of our new holiday in Ravenna, Italy.

Jason Skill (artist and art teacher) and Antonella Rea (language tutor) are intending to run an educational holiday for those interested in drawing, sketching, arts and speaking Italian.

This holiday will take place in Ravenna. The mornings will be spent either sketching with our resident artist Jason Skill or attending a language course at Palazzo Malvisi, a well renowned school, specialising in teaching Italian to adults.

In the afternoons Antonella and Jason will take both groups to discover some of the less known sights of the city and admire the splendid Byzantine mosaics beautifully preserved in various churches and monuments across the city. Many of these mosaics and building are listed as World Heritage sites.

We will be flying British Airways from Newcastle International Airport to Bologna on Friday 28/09/18 and coming back on Friday 05/10/18

Full details found on the holiday section of this blog

Trip to Ravenna

Antonella Rea and I have recently taken a trip to Ravenna to check it out as a location for a sketching and italian langauage learning holiday. The weather was not great, with low temperatures and fine drizzle predominating, but we still had a great time exploring the sights and surrounding area.

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The mosaics, which are the sights that Ravenna is most  famous for, are very beautiful and are enlightening about the evolution of the early christian church.

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The city is quite compact, with most of the churches within walking distance of one another.


Local towns are a short train and bus journey away. They all have their own unique charm and character.

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There are loads of great spots to sketch.


We will soon be announcing the dates of the Ravenna trip, which will be in the warm summer months, with costs in the coming weeks.

New Year – New art class

It’s a new year, so why not start a new art course or workshop? My courses start the 8th of January. Places are still available on some of my classes, which offer art education in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meet like minded people experiencing the joy of drawing and painting. Make new friends and work you are proud of. Check out the courses and workshop pages to find out more…..



In the last few days Antonella Rea and myself have been to Rome to check out locations, accomodation and transport links, to make sure that the Holiday in April runs smoothly. It was great to be back in Rome again, a city I love, seeing some of the many wonders it has to offer. We also had the tiresome chore of sampling the local food and drink. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Here are some snaps from the trip.

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Holiday at Higham Hall

I had a great time at Higham Hall. Beautiful countryside, wonderful warm building with great food.

My students did some really great work in the short time were were there.  I was delighted with their progress and they seemed deservedly pleased with their work. Lovely people.  Students work:

I look forward to teaching at Higham again in the future.

Set Designer

I am currently set designing for a pantomime – Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields. These two videos show me working on a six metre section of decorative grasses that will cover a portion of the back of the stage. I painted all this this in one day !

It's Panto Time !

I painted this in one day – a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017


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More video of me painting a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017