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Rhinogydd

I’ve just returned from a fortnight in North Wales where I sketched and further explored my favourite area in the Rhinog mountains and the beaches around Harlech. The…

Is that Martin?

One of the funnier moments of York Open Studios was the afternoon when one after the other, people entered the room, pointed to the portrait on the low…

Reclined male

The hip bone’s connected to the…

Some models are a joy to draw. One of those is Stephen, whose lean form creates Egon Schiele-like results. His skeleton is clear under the skin, so when…

Front garden in the sunshine

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens: Nature & Nurture

Just south of York lies the pretty village of Stillingfleet and at its heart is Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, a beautiful, natural garden owned and run by Vanessa and…

Evening Light and Barton le Willows: Bright Sky

In good company

I was thrilled to be part of the York Artworker’s Association‘s 25th anniversary exhibition at Pyramid Gallery (one of my favourite galleries in York). The exhibition ran from…

Plein air painting looking towards Lands End. It was very windy and I had to hang on to everything, but it was fun!

Cornish sketchbook

I love a crunchy sketchbook. There’s something about the feel of heavy paper and bits stuck on, and the creak when you turn a page that makes me…

hole of horcum: Devils punchbowl

Hole of Horcum: a devil’s punchbowl

Friday was a thundery day in York, so Lynne and I weren’t overly optimistic when we set off for a sketching session on the North York Moors. We…

plein air at penmon

A painting for Amy

My niece, Amy, has recently turned 18 and completed her A’levels, so I painted her a picture of Penmon beach, Anglesey, as a present. The beach has a…

Sketching in Low Newton

Northumberland sketchbook

I’ve recently returned from a fortnight sketching by the sea in Low Newton, Northumberland. The beautiful sweeps of sandy beaches and dunes covered with wildflowers and grasses, will…

Barton le willows

Yellow

Lynne and I went sketching at a friend’s farm in Barton le Willows, a village outside York, to catch the bright yellow oilseed rape in flower. Back in…

New portfolio

Happiness is…

… a new hand-made leather portfolio with a bespoke deboss and orange textile lining by Hartnack & Co. It feels lovely, it’s beautifully made, and it smells great…

memory jars

Memory jars

I collect objects and put them in jars so that I can reference colours, textures and materials in my paintings when I get back to the studio. They…