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French Holiday Sep 19

In September, Charlie was in France at the Chateau de Quesmy. Contrary to the rather depressing weather forecasts, the weather was sunny and warm, perfect for painting outdoors. The group arrived on Sunday and the first day’s painting on Monday was in the grounds of the Chateau.
Plenty of scope there!
Tuesday saw them heading to a local canal and painting boats.
This is Charlie’s version.
There was, of course, the obligatory visit to a local hostelry!
On Wednesday, it was off to Pierrefond to paint another chateau or was it a castle?
On the last day of painting, the group  painted a church just outside the chateau grounds, But there was some sad news – Charlie’s trusty boots, which he has had for years, have died! The sole of one boot finally dropped off. RIP Boots. Charlie says “After 20 years, and making over 200 tv programs in them, my walking boots have finally given up!!!”
Anyway……… on with the church…………
………… and it’s finished!
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Search Press at the Mall Gallery

On Wednesday 28th August, Charlie was with other artists at the Mall gallery in London, demonstrating all day. It was a busy day, three demonstrations and lots of chat and book signings. The day was sunny, the Mall looked lovely and Buckingham Palace was surrounded by tourists, as ever. 


Each artist had a small area of the gallery and four different demonstrations were happening at once which was a bit confusing. Luckily Charlie has a loud voice. Here he is at work

And this is one of the day’s paintings.

We also caught site of the new book (yes, another!!) which is due out in October this year.

When it is out and available on the shop, we will post the good news!




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Home Workshop 2019

In August the only “home workshop” of the year is taking place. And it isn’t actually at home but in the Village Hall down the road! Of course, after all the lovely, if rather hot, weather we have been having, there is a lot of rain about this week. Not ideal for plein air painting. Never mind, the painters cracked on.

On day one they completed two paintings indoors.


and a pastoral scene.

But on Tuesday, the painters were able to go to the local boatyard in Amble and sketch.

When rain stopped play, they came back to the studio to paint.

This was the painting Charlie did.

Now it’s Thursday and the sun is shining so it’s off to the local farm where the cows make milk for ice-creams. It’s also harvest time so plenty of activity to observe.

There is a lot of authentic mud but our painters are a hardy bunch….

and they got into place.

This was a good start!   

And here is Charlie’s finished painting.

Final day of the course tomorrow and rain is forecast so it will probably be another indoor session.

And, yes, it was very much indoors all day. The rain was lashing down but we were nice and cosy in the Village Hall.

And the painting for today was a local view of Newton by the sea.

All finished now until next year.

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Mishmash in Padstow!

Charlie’s Fish for the Fisherman’s Charity,  Fishmish, ( has been named Fred the Fish and Jill (the owner of the famous fish restaurants in Padstow ) has chosen to display it before the auction in May. Well done, Fred. And Charlie!