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Thursday, 26 October 2017


Bright morning at Paddy's Hole on the South Gare on Tees for the second days painting for Sky Arts. The pods were positioned looking over the green fishermens huts to the Teeside Steel Works while the wildcards were given the better view at the harbour- Paddy's Hole.
I positioned myself on the harbour wall looking to the other fishermens huts with steelworks as a backdrop and the North York Moors in the distance.

 The morning painting started with a watercolour wash then collage and ink work and acrylic for the highlights.

The afternoon painting show the boats and huts around to the left. The collage was done with the help of the daughter of the lady from Transylvania who helped me with the collage element and signed the lefthand side of the painting. I did the drawing and the acrylic highlights.
The lady  latter thanked me for getting daughter involved in art after her unsuccessful efforts.

The winner of the wildcards was Roy Carless from Hartlepool who in my opinion produced the best painting of the day including the pod artists.The judges kept referring to him on TV as ' chalky boatman'.

 Detail on Roy's painting.

I had a good time painting and meet some interesting artists but was disappointed that none of the judges or presenters spoke to me while last year everyone except Frank Skinner passed some comment.
Some photos from the day:-
 Windy on the top level.

 The lady from Transylvania with her daughter ( on the right ) my assistant for the afternoon.

 And finally me as I appeared on TV.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Staithes Festival 2017

Exhibited with six other artists in Room 10 at Trig point near the car parks at the top of Staithes Bank.

Sold four framed pictures and three pictures in mounts at 20x16 inch.


Small paintings