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Saturday 30th November 2019Countryfile - Great Whittington Fell

This is the painting that will feature on Countryfile tomorrow at 17.20pm - Great Whittington Fell.  The Countryfile team filmed me exploring the abandoned building, near Corbridge.
 
 
This is the Countryfile website right now, which outlines the show tomorrow.
 
 
 
 

Posted on November 30th 2019 on 03:04pm
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Tuesday 20th August 2019Quarry Man's Cottage, Carrara

It was late October when Alison and I spotted this cottage in Tuscany, in the quarry from which Michelangelo bought his marble. It was a bright day, extraordinary in October, according to the locals, and the light was outstanding. This little house has survived several devastating earthquakes.
 
 
 
This is one of six new originals showing from next week in my gallery, and is also available as a print.

Tuesday 20th August 2019Belmount Farm

 For over 35 years, I have watched Belmount Farm slowly deteriorate. Wherever I have been in the world, this farm and the surrounding landscape have stayed in my mind, and I have returned to painting it once more. There was a rainbow in the sky on this day, and a fine drizzle coming down all around it.
 
 
This is just one of six new originals that I am showing in the gallery from next week - a rare opportunity to see such a body of my new work. 'Belmount Farm' is also available as a print.

Tuesday 20th August 2019Turkish Window

‘Turkish Window’ was painted quite recently – though I worked from a photograph I took when I was visiting Dacca with Alison a while ago. A memory of a place can nag at me until I paint it, and this was such a case.
 
 
 
The landscape in Turkey was dotted with small farmhouses for seasonal workers and this abandoned cottage, with its glimpse of a view, compelled me to paint it. This is part of six new paintings that I am showing in the gallery from next week. 'Turkish Window' is also available as a print.

Tuesday 20th August 2019Colt Crag Reservoir

There's a unique chance to see a range of six new paintings in my Prudhoe gallery right now. I’ve never released so many watercolours at once, as each takes months, or even over a year to complete. Health problems I had earlier this year made it impossible for me to finish the paintings until last month.
 
 
 
‘Colt Crag Reservoir’ is one painting that I worked on for some 18 months. Colt Crag is north of Corbridge, near Colwell. This painting is available as a print also and you can see it in the gallery from next week.

Wednesday 27th February 2019Lithographic Sale

 
I‘m celebrating spring with a sale of a range of my lithographic prints, this March only. The prints are reduced substantially, such as ‘Rhododendron’, now on sale at £45 from £90. The sale starts on Friday, 1st March.  Please see the list of sale prints below and enjoy browsing my website.
 
Crossdykes Farm £90 reduced to £50
Square Wood £75 reduced to £40
The Pathway £75 reduced to £40
*Cross Fell £75 reduced to £40
*Burnt Heather reduced from £75 to £40
Hard Rigg reduced to £50
*Windy Head reduced from £75 to £40
Warden Hill reduced from £95 to £50
 
*These 3 asterisked prints are not available on my website, so please email me on paulstangroom.fineart@gmail.com to purchase. Images will be shown on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

Posted on February 27th 2019 on 04:45pm
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Thursday 21st February 2019Centre Stage Photography Gallery Photoshoot

Paul Martin from Centre Stage Photography, Blyth, visited the gallery this month and has taken photographs of both myself and the gallery environment.
 
 
I very much enjoyed working with Paul, who was informed, inspiring and relaxed - and I'm delighted with the photographs.
 
 
Paul works with dancers, artists and other businesses and I would readily recommend his photography work - http://www.centrestagephoto.co.uk/
 
 
Let me know what you think.

Thursday 06th September 2018Painting Places

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about the places I paint including Riddlehamhope, a derelict shooting lodge three miles from Blanchland, Durham. It is also a joy to to share the page with friend and artist Carol Davison.
 
 

Posted on September 06th 2018 on 12:18pm
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Wednesday 18th July 2018Inspirations: Velazquez, Old Woman Frying Eggs

I saw this painting in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh and I looked at it on the gallery wall for a full half hour. The light is superb. You can see the oil that she's cooking the eggs in, and sense it bubbling as you look at the painting. 
 
 
Essentially, what I aim to do when I paint, is to paint light on surface, and that is what Velazquez has achieved here. It's an extraordinary piece of work.
 

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.’

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