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June 2014 Update
I've already been to France once this year and I'm there again in a couple of weeks from now. I had a lovely 5 days and we were very lucky with the weather, although we did dodge a couple of rainy bits. Paris is still my favourite city.

   

Ive just finished the Patchings show which was a great success with Winsor and Newton launching 3 new products, limited edition watercolours, watercolour marker pens and watercolour sticks. All of these went down a storm and all in all it was a very successful show.

Heres a tweet sent to me

 

Just Finished another 2 weeks out on location the first one being at Pear Tree Farm in Drebyshire, swiftly followed by our own 5 day course held in Bamburgh. Stunning locations for all of them and as ever here are the stage by stages of the on location paintings. Firstly Derbyshire then Bamburgh.


 

 



 







Had a day off yesterday so went out painting, just for the hell of it. Thought I would have a picture to bring back to hang in the gallery but as it turned out it sold straight off the easel. What a happy dilemma.

   
 
Well that's that! My third and final French holiday for the year. As you will see it was a fairly busy schedule with some stunning outdoors location painting. Again with these pictures there are no words, but you can clearly see how I got there stage by stage.

     



   



   

The next 4 pictures were done in Spain and all painted in tremendous heat about 39 degrees so as you can imagine the paint was drying before I managed to get it on the paper. But I think you will agree with these 4 pictures can actually see how hot it was because hopefully I have managed to capture that.



 

   

   

These paintings are the latest couple of articles for the culture magazine which I do monthly.





Here are a couple of paintings which I have done in workshops at home with the small groups that I take in my studio.  




Scotland Acrylics Painting
Here are a few more projects I have been doing recently. Again no words as such just the images if you fancy having a go. This first one is in oils and the rest are all watercolours.


       
 
 
 

 

 


 



 
 

Scotland Acrylics Painting
Here is a big acrylic I did last week just in case you fancy a go at it. 
 


 
 
 
Scotland Acrylics Painting
Here is a big acrylic I did last week just in case you fancy a go at it. 
 


France May 2013 Update
We went to our usual lovely venue of Châteaux de Quesmy in Picardy, France. As ever the surroundings were lovely and the hospitality without equal. This is the French holiday were we pick everyone up from their front door, customers are always astonished that they don't have to do anything but be ready. We went across first class on the ferry as every, you will see below a shot of the first class lounge on the ferry, I always travel first class on these things. Also a couple of shots of Paris, Pierrefonds,  the gardens of the châteaux taken from my balcony. I'll be doing another 2 of these holidays this year and I always look forward to going back. I've included a few stage by stage photographs a couple of the paintings not projects as such but at a least you can see how I did them.

 
 




 
Scotland Acrylics Painting
Here are a few more projects I have been doing recently. Again no words as such just the images if you fancy having a go. This first one is in oils and the rest are all watercolours.


       
 
 
 

 

 


 



 
 

Scotland Acrylics Painting
Here is a big acrylic I did last week just in case you fancy a go at it. 
 


France May 2013 Update
We went to our usual lovely venue of Châteaux de Quesmy in Picardy, France. As ever the surroundings were lovely and the hospitality without equal. This is the French holiday were we pick everyone up from their front door, customers are always astonished that they don't have to do anything but be ready. We went across first class on the ferry as every, you will see below a shot of the first class lounge on the ferry, I always travel first class on these things. Also a couple of shots of Paris, Pierrefonds,  the gardens of the châteaux taken from my balcony. I'll be doing another 2 of these holidays this year and I always look forward to going back. I've included a few stage by stage photographs a couple of the paintings not projects as such but at a least you can see how I did them.

 
 




 
France May 2013 Update
We went to our usual lovely venue of Châteaux de Quesmy in Picardy, France. As ever the surroundings were lovely and the hospitality without equal. This is the French holiday were we pick everyone up from their front door, customers are always astonished that they don't have to do anything but be ready. We went across first class on the ferry as every, you will see below a shot of the first class lounge on the ferry, I always travel first class on these things. Also a couple of shots of Paris, Pierrefonds,  the gardens of the châteaux taken from my balcony. I'll be doing another 2 of these holidays this year and I always look forward to going back. I've included a few stage by stage photographs a couple of the paintings not projects as such but at a least you can see how I did them.

 
 




 
Rutland May 2013 Update
I had 2 days at home before starting the next 5 day course at Rutland. Here were are based as the Kings Arms in Wing, which is a fabulous little village as so many of them are in this part of Rutland. I was based in the RAF around here and actually stayed at the Kings Arms for 6 months whilst I was looking for a house so its somewhere I know very well. James the guy that owns the place is an absolute food nut. He is also the chef and so consequently the food is absolutely stunning. Everything is fresh, everything is locally sourced and all cooked with love. We had a fabulous 5 nights the weather played sill buggers but we did loads of painting throughout the week and it was a lovely group of people so good fun was had all round. Again I have included a few of the paintings that we did as stage by stage. No words but you can see how I got there.

As soon as I got back from Rutland I went straight into 2 days of workshops here in Northumberland so I have included a couple of projects that we did in these workshops also. I hope you have fun trying all of these paintings.

















 
Lympne Castle
I've been on the road here there and everywhere as usual but one I did last week down in Kent was a spectacular location for the art group to meet, Lympne Castle! I got there early and setup and as the crowd arrived and there were a heck of a lot of them, I had about 20 minutes to spare. So I nipped outside and did a quick drawing of what was directly outside of the door. And this is the painting that I did in the first half of the demo followed by a second in the second half.

Lavenham
I recently got back from a lovely 5 days in Lavenham, Suffolk based at the Swan hotel as usual. A smashing group who painted laughed and drank well. As usual we had some superb locations because this is a stunning area, very ancient buildings and superb countryside.

He4re are some of the locations along with the finished painting. It was a bit windy throughout the week but nothing that we couldn't cope with, however the last day, the one with the bridge and pink cottage, was a little bit rushed towards the end as rain stopped play.

From there I went straight to Essex to the Watershed studio to start 2 days of workshops the very next morning. And blow me the sun came out no wind and it was very warm. Typically, because both of these days were indoors in the studio.



2012 Update
The NEC of this year was a particularly good one, Winsor and Newton had made the seated area of the hall  even bigger. I was doing 4 shows per day. 2 of Winsor Newton artist watercolour and 2 using Galeria acrylics. All of the shows were full and with a few of them standing room only around the outsides. All good fun and a real laugh./ This show ranks along side the Patching show as my 2 favourites of the year.



From the NEC I went straight to Ireland and had a cold but 5 lovely days overthere. Obviosuly at this time of year it was always going to be indoors and the studio was well heated as the wind and rain lashed outdoors. There were a couple of nicer afternoons but far too cold to paint in it. I had different numbers of people each day and they all painted really well. We did some really diverse subjects, below is a small sample.

Whilst I was there we only actually stayed in 1 evening the rest of the time we were in local pubs and out for dinner. Some of the characters in the local pubs are just what you would imagine in small Irish towns and villages.

As for my other job that of food writer for the Culture Magazine, this months article was obviously to cover the Christmas edition as well, so I visited a splendid restaurant in Corbridge and then painted Corbridge in the show which of course it wasn't at the time.

Charlie's New Job
Charlie is also now  the new food writer and critic for the Culture Magazine, which is a monthly glossy. Every month he goes out samples the food does a write up on it but then also does a mini stage by stage painting of the location that, that months restaurant is in.
River Cruise 2012 Photos

Just got back late Saturday night from the River Boat Cruise in France. What a wonderful time was had by all. It was as it promised to be a read adventure with something new around every corner especially the handling of locks some of them were done for us, some of them we had to do ourselves, but all were great fun. The locations were stunning and it was a real pleasure to be able to moor up more or less where you wanted to.

It has to be said we also did quite a lot of drinking during various meals and sometimes for the hell of it. The group gelled well together and everyone pulled their weight on the boats. 

We had some cracking weather along the way with just 2 or 3 breezier days but when we came to a standstill and got off the boats to paint it was always warmer because we weren't on the river.

We have scheduled another one for next year, but not in the same place on different rivers this time because its certainly one well worth doing again.

These are just some of the photographs taken on various telephones. But once everyone send their photographs in, we will also put a slideshow on the news section.

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I have just finished a fabulous 5 days at the Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh and we were really lucky with the weather for a change. We only had to run from the rain and sit in the cars for about 20 minutes on 1 day. The group gelled really well together and painted some really good pictures and the locations were as you would expect... amazing.

I have completed 2 holidays in France this year, all of which were of course full.  We are about to start off on the river cruise tomorrow morning. 2 River boats, I am really looking forward to it, its going to be amazing fun.

Also just singed contracts for the next book which is in the "What To Paint" series, this 1 is again going to be on boats. 26 paintings in all for the book, I am doing it in acrylics so they are going to be lovely big canvases. It will be released in the middle of next year, I will keep you posted on its progress.

Bamburgh 2012 Photos

I have just finished a fabulous 5 days at the Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh and we were really lucky with the weather for a change. We only had to run from the rain and sit in the cars for about 20 minutes on 1 day. The group gelled really well together and painted some really good pictures and the locations were as you would expect... amazing.

I have completed 2 holidays in France this year, all of which were of course full.  We are about to start off on the river cruise tomorrow morning. 2 River boats, I am really looking forward to it, its going to be amazing fun.

Also just singed contracts for the next book which is in the "What To Paint" series, this 1 is again going to be on boats. 26 paintings in all for the book, I am doing it in acrylics so they are going to be lovely big canvases. It will be released in the middle of next year, I will keep you posted on its progress.

Latest Painting Holidays
I have just got back after nearly 3 weeks on the road and in that time I have visited lots of places. Firstly, 3 days in Essex at the Watershed Studios, lovely full courses and a lot of fun.
From there I went straight over to Rutland and started a 5 day course based at the Lovely Kings Arms Inn, at Wing. Its got to be said that the only thing that spoiled it was the weather, because out of the 5 days we actually managed to get a full 3 hours out on location. But fortunately we had a excellent inclement weather room. Also the food at the Kings Arms is stunning and for a foodie like me it was well appreciated and so consequently the evenings were lovely affairs as well as the day times.
Here are some of the local views accompanied with some of the paintings.




From there I went straight to Norfolk for 6 days / 5 full days painting and we stayed at the Blakeney Hotel which is a kind on THE hotels of Norfolk. Good food immaculate services with porters everywhere and an excellent indoor heated swimming pool with Gym facilities. So I had a whale of a time.
Again it has to be said unfortunately the only thing that spoiled it was the weather. Out of 5 days painting we actually managed 1 full day outdoors. Again here are some of the location views accompanied by some of the paintings.







The one that is clearly taken through a window was the one taken from my bedroom. As you can see the boats are practically up to the door.


I am doing a course at pear tree farm from the 13th to the 17th August!!!!! Alan and Sue Barber are marvellous hosts for this course with proper farm house cooking, you certainly will have you belly full everyday. The painting locations around there are simply stunning. Forests, valleys, beautiful little stone villages, hills and moorland, I always enjoy this one. For further details get in touch with Alan or Sue Barber at Pear Tree Farm on:
Tel: 01629 534215
Email : sue@derbyshirearts.co.uk
Web : www.derbyshirearts.co.uk

Workshops
We are often asked does Charlie ever do workshops anywhere else other than in the north.  Most of the workshops that he does apart from at home, tend to be for art societies and so consequently are not open to the public. But this is a list of workshops elsewhere where anyone can come and join in.
 
Yours Live Weekend : Skegness
5th -9th March 2012

Strand Arts : Cheltenham
24th March 2012
M : 07531 837 075
T : 01242 253 907
E : nicky_barrett@hotmail.com


Watershed Studios
14th 15th April 2012
T :01255 820 466

Guernsey
E :
artescape@cwgsy.net
T : 07781 124411

Cheddar Gallery : Axbridge
21st - 24th May 2012
T :01934 744188
E : paintingholidays@cheddargallery.co.uk
w : www.cheddargallery.co.uk

Cheddar Gallery : Wells
25th - 27th May 2012
T :01934 744188
E : paintingholidays@cheddargallery.co.uk
w : www.cheddargallery.co.uk
Ely : Cambridge
14th - 15th July 2012

Contact Liz Howe : 01638 781225

Gadsy's Leicester
27th - 28th July 2012
0116 262 2410
07989 107 826


Pear Tree Farm
13th - 17th August 2012
T: 01629 534215
E : sue@derbyshirearts.co.uk 
W :
 www.derbyshirearts.co.uk

Watershed Studios
29th - 30th September 2012
T :01255 820 466

Gadsy's Leicester
5th - 6th July 2012
0116 262 2410
07989 107 826

Francis Iles Rochester Kent
Dates to be Arranged.
T : 01634 843 081

All of the above workshops are not organised by ourselves so please contact the organiser above.

New Job
Charlie is also now  the new food writer and critic for the Culture Magazine, which is a monthly glossy. Every month he goes out samples the food does a write up on it but then also does a mini stage by stage painting of the location that, that months restaurant is in.
Paint A Long

It was the annually Christmas paint a long on Saturday which for a chance was held up at the Cook & Barker, my local, which everyone will have heard me mention at some point, and what a fabulous night it was.

We all painted a village church scene in snow with an interval in the middle during the Cook & Barker provided lovely home made soup with fresh bread, we had tea, coffee, mulled wine and the best mince pies I've ever tasted.  All in all a lovely night and a cracking way to start the Christmas period.


The Finished Painting

NEC Show

I had an excellent show at the NEC from 3rd - 6th November. Massive crowds and a full audience for every show that I did.

It was a really good laugh with plenty of banter from both sides.  I did 4 shows a dad for 4 days in Winsor & Newton watercolours and Winsor and Newton Artisan Oils.

Bamburgh Holiday

Did a fab course in Bamburgh a couple of weeks ago, it was a really lovely group who gelled well together. So needless to say there were good nights in the bar after painting. We were lucky with the weather, a couple of dodgy looking days which turned into beautifully sunny days. All in all 4 fabulous days of painting with a lot of lovely people.

 

France Italy & Switzerland

In July we returned from our Europe trip, we had fantastic weather, a good journey and produced some great paintings. 
The photos from our trip are available on the below link.


View the images here

Latest Updates

A couple of mini projects without the words, just so you can see how I got there.

Bamburgh Holiday

Did a fab course in Bamburgh a couple of weeks ago, it was a really lovely group who gelled well together. So needless to say there were good nights in the bar after painting. We were lucky with the weather, a couple of dodgy looking days which turned into beautifully sunny days. All in all 4 fabulous days of painting with a lot of lovely people.

 

France Italy & Switzerland

In July we returned from our Europe trip, we had fantastic weather, a good journey and produced some great paintings. 
The photos from our trip are available on the below link.


View the images here

Latest July 2011

As I have said previously I have really been enjoying playing with these oil bars. but I just thought I would let you see how they start off  because its not a very pretty site to begin with.



Whilst I was doing all the schools down in Kent, I did have a free day so I went out wit my mate Robert Burdges who is a keen amateur painter and this is what I did at Ramsgate Harbour



As most of you are aware we have just come back from a fabulous tour around Europe and here are some of the pictures. I have shown you a couplr of them stage by stage as I remembered to take them on my mobile phone. Keep an eye out for the superb photographs taken by Dorothy McKenzie of the whole tour coming soon.

   

   

   

And below are some of the images for sale sin the bits and pieces gallery.

          

I have just got back from Rutland, it was a fabulous group, the scenery was stunning and painting was great.


Latest June 2011

Its been a particularly hectic time lately, I started off in Lavenham of course the swan hotel and as ever the holiday provided beautiful weather for the entire week, stunning painting locations and a lovely group in a fabulous hotel.
 






From Lavenham I went straight to Faversham and again a lovely group with different numbers on each different day. As many of he people didn't stay in the hotel but lived locally and travelled daily. I found some fabulous spots to paint in because as I didn't know the area that well, I literally did reccies each night and went and knocked on peoples doors.


 
I have also done my first trip to France for the year. I will be going there a couple more times this year. But again we didn't have a single day where we couldn't paint out doors. And of course it wouldn't be the same without a day in Paris, sitting around in cafes doing some drawing and sketching.



I then had a few days in Scotland at Fort Augustus to be precise and I went with my mates Badger and Sue from down in Essex who have got a place up there. But had 3 fabulous days of painting and of course who can fault the views from the banks of Loch Ness, which is where their place is situated.

The schools project has now been completed and I have to say what a tremendous success they were . I started it with a little bit of trepidation having never really through of myself as a schools type teacher but how rewarding it was. The kids just soaked up the information, they were enthusiastic and it has to be said they painted really really well.



Patching was a tremendous success everyone was very enthused by the new oil bars.  I have to admit even I was surprised at the ease at which I could demonstrate them.

Venice Paintings

Charlie has recently starting doing a series of Venetian scenes as projects for Alfredo who actually lives in Venice. A great honour when you consider how many people he must see everyday painting Venice.

View the full size images on the premier gallery.

 

Ireland

I have just got back from Ireland, had another great course...

Read the round up here

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Road Trip To Mull
On Friday I went to the Isle of Mull for the first time ever and took my mother along with me just for extra hasslement. But seriously she had a fabulous time because she really loves the highlands and islands of Scotland but like me had never been to Mull.
We stayed at Callum and Jackies B+B which is in Bunessan, a fabulous place. Callum and Jackie are both regular customers at the workshops here in Northumberland and with Callum showing me around the woodlands and areas where he feeds the red deer by four wheel drive, we had a wonderful privileged viewpoint of places that the holiday makers don't often get to see.

On the Saturday we had a tour around the island just my mum and I, we got lost going off the beaten track and discovered some wonderful viewpoints and villages. Keep a special eye out on the premier gallery in the coming weeks, as you will see a lot of these woodland photographs being used for some of my big acrylics. I can strongly recommend you stay at Callum and Jackies place if you are every at the Isle Of Mull.

When you check out the photos, the ones with cars parked at the front, is actually the view from the B&B windows. Stunning.

Oran-Na-Mara Bed & Breakfast
Bunessan, Isle Of Mull, Argyll, PA6 6DG
Tel 01681 700 087
www.oran-na-mara.co.uk

View the photos here.
Ireland
I've just come back from a trip from Ireland, the usual place, Kilkea Lodge, where we had a very full course for all 5 days. Marion was her usual ebullient self. It was a very enjoyable and hard working course. Everyone produced lots of pictures. There were lots of comments this time how good the food was. Joyce and Marilyn from up here in the North East, 2 sisters who are regular customers on painting courses had booked on the Irish course and so they came over with me. A bit of an adventure on the Ferry as it had been the first time Joyce had been to Ireland. They especially enjoyed it as it was totally new to them and I even took them out to sample some of the local culture in one of my favourite Irish pubs a little old drinking haunt which is literally the site of someone's front room in the next town of Athy.

I am over there again in September anyone who wants to come with me is very welcome.

Check out some of the photographs. View Photos

Let There Be Snow
A lot of people have seen Northumberland on the national news for the past week due to the heavy snow. I just thought I would show you a few pictures of what's its actually like here in snowy Acklington.  This is the back of the house and my field and those of you that have been here will vaguely recognise the studios or those white lumps where they used to be.  Where ever you may live I hope you are not snowed in, thank goodness for four wheel drive.

                 
           
 

Photo Collection Over The Last Year
Just thought I would show you some of the places that I have been, seen and painted over the past year.  These encompass The Grand Adventure which ended last October and show Nice in the south of France, Lucca in Italy and Interlaken in Switzerland.  A few from the Chateux where we go in France, a few from the Langdale Chase in Cumbria, quite a lot from Venice and not forgetting of course some from the Grand Cruise this year. So all in all, from October to October, quite a lot more to do yet and a lot more places to see before the end of the year. But I must  say when I say all these photographs hanging around on the camera I was quite stunned at the places I've been too just recently.  It tends to all go past in a bit of a blur if you're not careful, but what a job!

View the photos here.
Feetham Gallery
The preview night of the exhibition in London was a really lovely evening. Lots of drink was consumed and lots of canapés were eaten.  I sold  a few paintings too by the way. I met lots of interesting people on the night including some Chelsea football players whom, "I'm sorry chaps I've no idea who you were because I'm not into football at all", it was an exceptionally jolly evening, all I can say is I'm just pleased I've never suffered from a hang over in my life because this would certainly have been the first. To the right and below are a couple of pictures, one of the rooms in the gallery and the other one Ian Brunt who organised the exhibition at the Piers Feetham Gallery. Ian has been a friend of mine for over 30 years, although he doesn't like to admit it, he worked tremendously hard in the organisation of the event.  The exhibition carries on until Saturday 18th September 2010.

Cambridge Show & Workshops
Just managed to spend 3 days in one place and had a lovely time. Starting off with Ely on the Friday night for a 2 hour show, it was a huge audience but what a lovely bunch of people they were. A good fun night and amazingly they laughed at ALL my jokes.

This was followed by 2 days of workshops on the Saturday and Sunday in Cambridge itself. I only have the one photograph, there were 10 people in the group, unfortunately it rained on the Saturday so we did an indoor workshop in one of the fabulous buildings of Darwin College which is where we were based. On the Sunday the sun came out and we had a lovely day on the banks of the Cam. A leisurely long pub lunch and all in all a fabulous day.

Thanks to Liz Howe for all of her hard work and superb organisation, and a big thanks to her and Phil for putting me up and making me feel so welcome.
 

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Watch this space as it develops.
The Grand Cruise  
Well what can I say about the Grand Cruise, it had been anticipated for such a long time, and there as a group of 14 of us on board ship. The ship was stupendous, what luxury! The food, gob smacking, and I have actually never known service like it and believe me I have stayed in some good hotels in my time.  The group was a really lovely bunch of people who were determined to enjoy themselves and do as much painting as possibly and that's exactly what we did.  We painted for the full cruise when we were on board ship we had a lovely area on the 5th floor (can you believe this thing had 18 floors) and we simply did indoor workshops with the usual long leisurely lunch in between.

When we were in port we painting the most beautiful places. On the last dinner I asked everyone which was there favourite port of call and everyone practically had a different favourite.  It has to be said my was Dubrovnic. I was just so shocked. I don't know what I did expect but I really didn't expect it to be as gorgeous as it is. The choice of painting subjects was just mind blowing in every port of call we visited. We have already been asked to do more again next year, we will just have to see what I can fit in. But it truly was an experience of a life time.

     
       

Bamburgh 2010
Bamburgh proved to be the usual success this is a holiday that I always love because its on my home territory. The locations cant fail to please and the group, well what can I say about the group, what a laugh they were.  We had really good fun throughout the holiday and I have to confess I quite often left the bar before the others after dinner. Some really lovely paintings came out during the week, and I'm not talking about mine. We only really had 1 morning where we had to be careful about the rain. Other than that it was really lovely.

The Victoria Hotel again cam up trump, with smashing food, good atmosphere and the service was spot on. I must say I'm looking forward to doing it again next year, for probably about the 8th year running.

There weren't a lot of photographs taken by me (got to be honest, none) but Lindsey sent us a few and unfortunately  there is none of the whole group, the one outside the Victoria hotel with some of the group is obviously the rest were inside drinking. There is a photograph of Michael holding an OBE, has to be said, its not his its Lindsey's, but there he goes again trying to take the credit.  Fab group, brill location excellent place to stay, what more can you ask.

     
      

 
   

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