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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…

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…

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens: Seasonal studies

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

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…

Ynys in stages

Ynys in stages

I like it when a piece evolves. It means it has a life of its own, and an energy that needs to be responded to. Ynys is one…