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Thursday 30th January 2020Tyne Valley Express Feature

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express for this piece about my work and my appearance on BBC's Countryfile.
 
 
 

Posted on January 30th 2020 on 01:03pm
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Friday 15th November 2019One to Watch, Living North

Thank you Living North for choosing 'Frosty Morning, Knitsley' as a One to Watch and writing this piece about my work and gallery in the magazine.
 
 
 

Posted on November 15th 2019 on 01:20pm
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Saturday 27th July 2019My First Prudhoe Art Trail

 I very much enjoyed the first Prudhoe Art Trail, and the businesses all along Front Street really got behind it. Dozens of people visited the gallery every day and walked along the trail, enjoying paintings, wood turnings, glass and sculpture displayed in many of the shops and cafes.
 
 
Prudhoe Painters
 
Thank you Claudia Quayle, artist, for the photos of Prudhoe painters in my gallery. Claudia is on the right of the photograph below of the launch event.  The other photos feature artists in other Prudhoe shops and cafes.
 
We hope that this will become an annual event in the town. 
 
 
Prudhoe Art Trail Launch, Cafe no 22
 
 

Friday 10th May 2019Gallery News and Gallery Bed and Breakfast

 Thank you Tyne Valley Express for the latest article about 'Pithead, Grove Rake Mine' and the Gallery Bed and Breakfast.
 

Posted on May 10th 2019 on 12:13pm
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Friday 09th November 2018Ruined Cottage, Allendale

Just after changing my cover photo to ‘Ruined Cottage,’ I received this photo from friend Jennifer, who has recently seen the cottage as it is now, after coming across it on a walk. The cottage in Allendale is surrounded by mine shafts, and seems to be sinking and crumbling into the earth.
 
 
Thanks to Jennifer for sending me the photo.
 

Posted on November 09th 2018 on 04:35pm
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Thursday 05th July 2018Inspirations: Ivan Shishkin – Mast Tree Grove and Dead Forest

I don’t detect paint when I look at Ivan Shishkin’s work, I detect light. The care he has taken is phenomenal. Like Andrew Wyeth, Shishkin could paint light on surfaces beautifully.
 
 
I discovered Shishkin’s work after creating my etching ‘The Pathway’ – and he had been making forest etchings almost 200 years earlier – he was a Russian Itinerant Artist. His work is well crafted and has real integrity and authenticity and the detail he excelled in helped to influence my own paintings, such as ‘Rhododendron’ and ‘Plantation Pathway.’

Thursday 29th June 2017Teaching in France - Seventh Time

 Holiday coming up for my UK students and a real change of scenery for me - I have just been invited to teach in Correze, France, for the 7th time, staying in this beautiful chateau, 31st July to 9th August. Alison and my sister Lynn and other helpers will be holding the fort at the Prudhoe gallery for me - looking forward to the journey.
 
 

Thursday 29th June 2017Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral

Other good news this month - I have been accepted to show six original Windows paintings at the Great North Art Show, so they will be hanging in Ripon Cathedral in September. I'm really looking forward to that, and pleased to be chosen, though I'll have to rearrange the gallery in Prudhoe. It's always interesting to see my work in a new setting - and this one is very special.  
 
Great North Art Show have chosen six of my Windows paintings to be exhibited - 'Bedroom Window, Ruffside Farm,' 'The Blind,' 'Swallow's Nest,' 'The Blue Room,' 'Pantry Window, Ruined Cottage' and 'Garden Room'. Look forward to seeing them in such a beautiful cathedral setting in September.
 
 

Thursday 29th June 2017Three Years in Prudhoe for the Gallery

Three years ago, I picked up the keys to the gallery, then washeteria, and slept on the floor on a mattress. I celebrated with today's students and a bottle of Prosecco. Very happy with how those three years have gone - and grateful. May celebrate a little more tonight ...
 

Tuesday 10th January 2017My Palette

 

I use a very limited palette and the colours are: Winsor Blue – both red and green shade, Winsor Lemon or Cadmium Yellow (pale) and Permanent Rose. This works well for me and most colours can be mixed from them. Other colours I may use are: Winsor and Newton Neutral Tint, Vandyke Brown, Sepia and Burnt Umber. I also use Rembrandt watercolours and Maimeri – they are very vibrant and great for bright, sunlit scenes.

 

Whatever brand of paint I use, I still stick to a limited palette. One of the teaching sessions I enjoy most is exploring the range and richness of shades that combining colours makes possible.

 

Posted on January 10th 2017 on 12:37pm
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