It seems like a long long time
since we last did an update, that's because it was. Its been a
manically busy year and I've been to France twice since we last
did an update. This year so far I have done another 2 painting
holidays in England, one of which was in Goudhurst in Kent and
one in Middleham in the Yorkshire Dales.
Just finished 4 days of courses at the home studios one of which
was Northumberland Castles and the next one Boats and Harbours.
The weather intervened on both of course but we did manage to
get some time out doors. And here's one I did in Amble boatyard.
Im off to France new month again and then a new venue in Suffolk
both 5 day courses and should be lovely painting holidays.
There has been a new addidtion
to the family, in the form of Burt, who is Franks son. YOu can
see from this photograph when we first got him just how much he
has grown in his 4 months of being alive.
Also just about finished the next
book which will be "The Complete Beginners Guide to Acrylics".
Search Press are doling their business as we speak to get it all
together. Here are a few shots of what its like putting a book
together in the studios.
Also I have just recently started
doing some stuff on the Hochanda Arts and Crafts Shopping
Bit of anew one for me, working with robotic cameras, Im used to
having a film crew and apart from all this occasionally I have
managed to do some painting for me as well.
As ever its been an exceptionally
busy year and Ive been able to make the most of the outdoor
painting in this lovely summer that we have had. I've already
been to France twice this year and I'm going again in September
with another group. I've also done a painting holiday in
Goudhurst in Kent based at The Star and Eagle hotel. This was a
raving success, lovely hotel, fabulous locations.
A couple of week ago I had a full
workshop at the Paint Days Studios in Essex and as you will see
from the photographs above it was fabulous weather, actually too
hot, 34 degrees on location with watercolours!!! The painting to
the right is the demo I did, it took about 20 minutes first
thing in the morning.
Then again to France and this
time Frank came too.
Also just in June I did the Patchings art
festival , as usual this was just mega. Fabulous crowds, full
demos even on teh day it rained they stood outside to watch. I
love this show, best one of the year.
Also done a painting in North
Yorkshire based in Middleham, a beautiful part of the Yorkshire
Dales. A bit hit and miss with the weather but we managed to
pating everyday. Unfortunately I dont have many paintings to
show because they kinda sold
Also between all this and doing
art society demonstration and workshops up and down the country
I did manage to have a few days at home as you will see form the
two paintings below.
Just come back
from another mammoth trip on the road Truro, Exeter,
Wales and then pick up people and drive straight to France. We
spent a week in the usual Chateaux and had a mixed bag of
weather but managed to get outside to paint, so that's always
When I got
back Frank was determined that I was never going to leave again.
year doesn't show any sign of slowing down not until December in
fact, but next week I am doing the WI annual conference I think
this is the one that they booed Tony Blair off stage. Hopefully
I will be more entertaining.
I've just finished another Wooler
holiday in our beautiful Northumberland. As ever the weather was
kind to us and we were out everyday returning for afternoon tea
in the garden attended by the every hopeful Frank (The Dog).
Everyones painting improved in leaps and bounds and the non
painting partners also had a wonderful time. The company, the
food and accommodation were as good as we remembered from last
year. All in all a great holiday.
3 weeks ago I was in France and I
must say it was a bit of a walk after finding a car parking
space but well worth it, what a view to paint on our day in
Paris. We were lucky with the weather on this one too as we were
able to paint outdoors everyday and I came back as red as a
beetroot. Good group, good food and as ever the Chateaux was
For some reason this years
patching show was the best ever. They audiences were huge in my
marquee, everyone of the 4 shows per day over the 4 days was
packed with standing room only at the back. Brilliant crowds,
good fun and I enjoyed what I do best, standing at the front and
Just spent 5 lovely days in Suffolk, with a smashing group based
at the Sun Hotel in Dedham. We were really lucky with the
weather painting outdoors all day everyday. Great to be painting
again in Constable country. But the one of Pin Mill of boats
must have also been painted a few times from this angle from
another one of my heros, Edward Seago. Looking forward to next
years holiday from this place again.
Tighnabruaich updates are available on the
page. Lots of photos to view and a quick writeup.
March 2015 Update
I cant believe its
the middle of March already and so far the year has started off
very busy and from now on just gets busier and busier.
I have just recently done some fabulous workshops for art
societies and they have all been big ones. I have been up into
the scottish borders to Galashields and also here's one from
Essex and Whitely Bay. All of these have been particularly good
fun with really good groups up for a laugh.
May 2015 Update
Did a cracking demo for Bewdley
art soceity last week near Kidderminster it was in acrylics and
I did 2 acrylics canvases in the two hour demo, it was a great
audience plenty of laughs and everyone really enjoyed themselves
including me and s did frank who came with me for this art
society and everyone instantly fell in love with him. During the
interval when everyone was buying from the shop amongst all the
chaos Frank found himself a Wendy house to watch the proceedings
from, all in all a splendid night.
Last month I did a 5 day tour on
the Isle of Bute and Tighnabruaich these were all 2 day workshop
and a demo and everything was in acrylics, acrylics seem to be
very popular these days. As every the groups were fabulous,
really nice people and up for a laugh. The hotels I stayed were
fabulous with views like this from your hotel bedroom window you
cant really fail to get inspiration.
November 2014 Update
recently completed my final foreign holiday of the year which
was in Spain, not far from Valencia. Even though it was the
middle of October the temperatures were enormous. Painting
outdoors on location in 37 degree temperatures. Even so we had
some fabulous locations and a really nice group of 10 people.
This was swiftly followed by a visit to the Scottish highlands,
the Isle of Bute for 2 days. 2 different groups for 2 days of
full workshops. Bute is absolutely stunning. I then caught a
very small ferry which took 2 minutes and then drove round the
headline to Tighnabruaich. The views from the hotel from this
place are stunning and some of the paintings produced were
excellent. Have a look at the following photos.
September 2014 Update
Just finished a
fabulous painting holiday in Wooler, we hired the house for the
week and what can I say everything about it was perfect, food,
accommodation which was plush beyond belief. We were really
lucky with the weather and had fabulous days to paint out on
location everyday which was of course in the most beautiful
countryside in Northumberland/ So successful in fact that I have
already booked the place for next year.
I did a show the night before last at Biggleswade art society.
It was a really good turnout, a good bunch of people and a real
laugh. Id like to thank everybody for making me so welcome and
turning out in mass.
August 2014 Update
Been to lots of
places since my last update, Dedham is Suffolk which was lovely
weather and we managed to paint outside in glorious sunshine
everyday and capture some of the fabulous villages and
countryside of suffolk. I have bee to France 3 times this year,
again been really lucky with the weather. All in all its been a
fabulous summer this year. Lets hope it holds out for my final
one which is in Wooler, Northumberland next month.