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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Durham Market Square with Lanchester Art Group

Saturday 31st August exhibiting with the Lanchester Art Group in the lower portion of Durham Market Square.
The boards were quite unstable and we had to hold on to them when the wind increased.
Top right are my 4 paintings.
 Only one sale, my painting of Staithes Footbridge. 
40 paintings exhibited on both sides of a security fencing boards on makeshift hooks.
9.00 til 4.00  sunny with light showers. 
Chris organised the hanging with help from Thelma, Joe,Lesley, Pam and myself. 
Olive and Christine arrived on the afternoon.
 Other artist displaying their work were:-
Karen Thompson - black and white pastels. I had met Karen previously at Chester-le St Arts Society and Deerness Art Group.  website
Brian Blake - fotosforart- Manipulated photos website
Meghan McCarthy - small drawing and paintings etsy store
Lady with torn collage paintings
Lady with Chinese ink drawings
and a chap with black and red paintings of local scenes.

Two of the boards did blow over because of the single arrangement of boards whereas linking in a zig-zag pattern would have been more stable.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Latest paintings


Newcastle High Level Bridge on paper 18 x 16 inches 

Alhambra - 20 x 16 canvas board

Pittenweem  Harbour 12 x 10 inches on canvas board

Watercolours on 15 x 11 Bockingford paper 250 lb

Deepdale Farm Langstrothdale Yorkshire 

Woodland walk
Pembrokeshire coast on Saunders Watercolour

Little Langdale Farm


Bamburgh Castle -acrylic and pen

Helmsley  Yorkshire -Staining tissue on paper wetted to release the dye.

Newcastle - staining tissue on mount board

Staithes - staining tissue on canvas board

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Holiday in Outgate near Hawkshead Cumbria

Sketches from Notebook 3 in black biro.

Cottages in Outgate

 Saturday walk into Hawkshead and back.
Sunday climb to Latterbarrow and back passed High Tock How

 Monday walk from cottage to Knipe Fold down into Hawkshead and the bus back.
Tuesday bus to and from Ambleside.

 Wednesday drove to car park at Esthwaite Water and walked to Near and Far Sawrey
 and back thro the woods passed Dub How Farm.
 Final day Thursday walk to Colthouse and onto Hawkshead and bus back to Outgate.

Pencil Sketches in A5 No.6

Sketch drawn from the back door of Kirkstone cottage Outgate on 20 x16 inch canvas board 
- watercolour added later.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Deerness Art Group Painting Day at Ushaw Collage Durham

Northern Echo Article link
My young assistant gives me help with the flowers.
From the Northern Echo -see link

From the Northern Echo
Norma looking serious

Margaret doing rhododendrons

Charlie and Deryck

Mick in the trees

Jill in the shade


Norma is awarded with the Bob Millar Trophy for her winning painting
 as chosen by resident artist Anna Lawson.

Norma's painting with a mount and frame.

My finished painting with some minor tweaks.

Monday, 27 May 2019

May Paintings

Staithes from the old viaduct abutment on the Cowbar side- Collage on 20x16 in canvas board.

Looking down on Gun Gutter Lane Staithes- 12x10in collage on canvas board.

Four collages on 10x12 in canvas boards trying to avoid horizontal and vertical line.

1 Dylan -early years
2 Nude
3 Girl in a hat
4 Bantu girl

Also several watercolours on 1/4 imperial Bockingford 200 lb paper.

Old Durham from a walk from Sherburn village

Painting with Hazel- High Birk Howe Farm in Little Langdale. Started the painting without a sketch so I had to move the building further apart.

Baxter's Wood and the River Browney near Durham City

Shell painting with Tricia McLaughlin at the Monday Art Group at Lanchester. Decided to add a beach scene to the composition. The Blast Beach looking across to Nose's Point and Seaham Harbour.

Stuck with what to paint at the Friendly Art Group so I asked one of the ladies for a number from 1 to 50 (sketch books) and a number from 1 to 65 (page numbers). 6 and 35 turned out to be Townend House in Troutbeck in Cumbria which I had drawn in July 97.

Second week with  Tricia McLaughlin was a seascape with a wet in wet sky.
My subject was Spital Point near Newbiggin-by-the-sea in Northumberland

Quink ink drawn with a kebab stick and washed with water to make the ink run. Initial wash was textured with cling film along the bottom and also used on the trees lifting slightly during drying. White Night Russian paints were used.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Subjects for seascapes

Blast Beach Seaham

Pincushion Rocks Ryhope

Easington beach

Crimdon Beach

Whitburn Rocks

Chemical Beach Seaham Harbour

Seaham Hall Beach

Blast Beach Seaham

Blast Beach Seaham

Groynes at Seaham Hall Beach