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Friday, 25 December 2015

Still catching up- Tissue on black Acrylic and watercolours

Fishing village with newsprint and coloured tissue paper.

Tissue on canvas board 20 x 16 inches with the actual print of the sketch stuck on the board. Acrylic paint used to blend the tissue. Mount and frame from Picasa software free from Google.

Watercolour paintings
Gesso added to the foreground below painting.
 Bamburgh Castle from Lonsdale Hill.
.Watercolour project at Lanchester

Long Crag - North of Rothbury Northumberland.

Cricceith North Wales

Finished off old watercolour demos
Busk House Little Langdale

Mousehole Cornwall

Keldas Patterdale Cumbria

Catching up- Lanchester Monday Art Group.

First -demonstration of watercolour by Andy Taylor of a picture from the internet of water, island, trees and mountains which he did not know its location. Painting with three colours, flat bushes ( which he called chisels) and three pots of water- he maintained that he must keep his watercolours clean.
After an internet search it turned out to be a screensaver which had been reversed horizontally.

The actual view is Lochan Urr in Glen Etive Scotland.

The picture I started on the first session I torn up and started again with the correct view.

Lochan Urr

Grasmere Cumbria
Similar view from an old sketch book. Both on Saunders Waterford hence the subdued colour with not a flat brush in sight and only one pot of water.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sunday, 22 November 2015


Circles of coloured tissue paper stuck on randomly and fishing boat at Crail Harbour added in acrylics. 10 x 12 inches on canvas board.

Cumbrian Farm 
Canvas board painted black then coloured tissue added from cool in the background to warm in the foreground. Text paper added for the building and some acrylic paint.
I had problems photographing the picture- the blues are not the right colour and the warm colours are much more subtle than shown. 20 x 16 inches.

Chester-le-St Nov 2015 Art Exhibition

Anne Marie Brierly- York , Freda Richardson- Meandering River and Incoming Tide, Beth Wyer-Staithes x 2, Peter Robbins- Whitby and Durham.

George Levitt - Hilltop Farm and Bathing House, Peter Robbins - Venice and Lindisfarne, Malcolm Coils - Port Isaac, St Monans, Cellardyke and Low Doctor Pasture Farm.

Beth Wyer - Crook Gill and Norfolk Snow, Olive Norwood - Dolphins x 2.

Beryl Ringland -Lilies and BluePoppies,  J. Graham - pencil drawing of  Rolling Stones.

Olive Norwood - Willie Lott's Cottage and Worcester Cottage, Beryl Ringland - Pansies and Flowers and Fruits and Gillian Burrell - Wheels within wheels and French Scene.

Gillian Burrell - Two more French Scenes.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Pencil Sketches A5 book No. 3

Composite drawing showing the NE coast from Hawthorn Dene to Sunderland

Cape Cornwall

Yorkshire River

River at Chester-le-Street drawn from park bench over lunch after the morning art group.

Lots of swan about after quite a few died over the summer due to lead poisoning.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Community Centre Chester-le Street Celebration

Chester-le-Street Art Society table with Beth and Olive showing different media used by the group in order to attract new members to the Tuesday morning group.

Friendly Art Group which meets every Wednesday morning show a selection of their work.

Friendly Art Group - my workshop with Honesty shapes. George in left front has his own website .

He has also an exhibition in the Washington Wetlands Centre during this month.

Article in local free paper resulted in six new members this week - Will they return!

My wash and pen study of Elvet Bridge Durham on 200 lb Bockingford paper using a bamboo stick to draw with sepia ink on to a previous variegated wash textured with cling film. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Deerness Art Group Oct 2015

Completed 3 watercolour paintings
High Burnhopeside Farm near Lanchester on Saunders Waterford 200 lb not paper.

Cellardyke Chimneys from over the harbour wall on Bockingford 200 lb

View from Anstruther to Cellardyke at low tide. Note the counter change on the fence in the bottom left. Again on Bockingford.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Anstruther Drawings

 Above Cellardyke harbour looking out to North Berwick Law on the south side of the Firth.

Cellardyke looking down Toft Terrace towards the Isle of May just along from previous sketch

  Rocky shoreline between Anstruther to Cellardyke.

Over the harbour wall at Cellardyke.

Looking down Shore Wind towards Cellardyke harbour.

Old smoke houses with their blackened walls.

Rock pool on the shoreline between Anstruther and Cellardyke.

View outside the holiday flat at Chambers Brae looking down Haddfoot Wind across the harbour to the volcanic plug at North Berwick Law.