Sunday, 4 December 2011

Scotland's Art Mag....

I have been lucky enough to receive 2 mentions in the latest issue of Scotland's gallery and exhibition directory ArtMag. Take a peek at pages 17 and 52....

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mussel Inn Preview

Tomorrow lunchtime sees the opening of the small but beautifully formed Christmas exhibition at Glasgow's Mussel Inn. I had a lovely day out yesterday hanging the paintings and then getting to see some of the other Christmas exhibitions on around the city's contemporary galleries.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dot & Flo

I am getting some work ready to submit to the Cumbrian Open to be held at the Upfront Gallery near Penrith. I normally send landscapes up so this is a little different... I have also added this section of the oil bar painting to show just how luscious these paint sticks are...

Saturday, 19 November 2011


...pears. I am getting some new pictures ready in preparation for Tina Balmer's Christmas Open House next weekend. Be there....

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Edinburgh Art Fair

"Out of Season"
I have just finished this painting of the view from the jetty at Arnside. This will be shown alongside a selection of recent work at the Edinburgh Art Fair. You can see them on Stand A6 where I will be represented by The Laurel Gallery.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

More Brusho...

Here is a lovely Lily done by Trish on the Brusho Inks workshop.... I shall add some other inky masterpieces from the day as they come in!
And here is another tasty painting by Carol...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Colour Therapy!

I would like to say a big thank you to all who attended my inks workshop on Saturday. Everyone seemed to really enjoy playing with the little pots of pure colour and there were many gasps of delight as the colours flowed next to and into one another.
By popular demand there will now be a further inks workshop for those who missed out and those who would just like to come back and have another play! The venue was perfect - the barn at Beetham's Heron Corn Mill was a lovely bright, warm and cosy space - so watch this space for the next date.
Here is the demonstration piece I did to set everyone off...

Thursday, 3 November 2011


I have been invited to exhibit at Glasgow's Mussel Inn restaurant's gallery this Christmas and have decided to show some of the brusho ink paintings with a foody theme that I have been doing recently. Here is a plate of purple plums and a juicy tomato shown on a plate I bought in Habitat with an interesting feathery leaf design on it. Using the quink ink and brusho together with bleach makes for a fascinating journey into colour and design.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Apple Day, Arnside

What a lovely day was had by all at Arnside's Apple Day organised by the AONB. We were very lucky to have a lovely warm and sunny day in which to enjoy all of the activities and displays on offer.
Following on from a series of art workshops I ran at six of the local primary schools we had a lovely display of orchard tissue paper pictures alongside pastel drawings of the fruit, flora and fauna to be found there throughout the seasons.
So a big thankyou to all of the children who so willingly made such a colourful contribution to this special event...

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cartmel Art Group

I had a great day with the Cartmel Art group recently as we had a fun session mark-making with watercolours... Here are a few examples of photos revealing details which could easily be developed into larger paintings...

Friday, 16 September 2011

Open Studios Event

I will be holding an Open House as part of the Green Door Studios for two consecutive weekends in
September - Saturday and Sunday 17th &18th and the 24th & 25th.
Sean Phillips will be exhibiting his paintings and comic work alongside a selection of my own paintings, prints and cards. Plus you will have the opportunity to see the feltwork of Gill ferguson and the glass work of Debbie Copley. We will be open from 12am – 6pm on the Saturdays and from 12 - 5pm on the Sundays.

A downloadable GDS catalogue is available on

I hope you can come.... please do get in touch if you can't make the weekend and would like to make a visit in the week...

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

To Grange....

Currently undergoing repairs this viaduct is a useful link across the estuary from Arnside to Grange...

This is the latest painting to be completed for my exhibition at the Artroom Gallery next week.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Silver Bay

I have been out sketching in Silverdale this week as I complete a collection of coastal paintings for the Artroom Gallery in Garstang. This photo gives you an idea of why it got its name!
The exhibition will start on the 14th July so do come along...

Friday, 10 June 2011

In the garden...

On the Art Trail I will be showing some of the work I did on the painting course in Sussex with Emily Ball. It was a fantastic opportunity to work in oils on location.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail

I can't believe it is time for the Silverdale Art Trail already! Once again I will be showing my work at the lovely home of textile artist Gill Ferguson in Silverdale.
You will have the opportunity to purchase original paintings and drawings as well as my limited edition prints and greetings cards.
Gill will be showing her felt rugs, jewellery alongside a variety of other goodies...

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Floral Display at the Upfront Gallery

Next week, I will be delivering a selection of paintings in different media based on a floral theme to the Upfront Gallery in Penrith. They will be part of a mixed summer exhibition which will also include my good friend and fellow artist Tina Balmer.
There is also a very good cafe there too!

Here is a a photo of my studio last week along with some of the oil bar paintings I have been working on. I will also be showing some oils and watercolours.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

back in the studio...

I can't believe it has been nearly a year since I put up a post! But I have finally managed to secure some time for my painting and have reinvigorated my approach by attending a painting course in Sussex run by contemporary artist Emily Ball. Entitled the 'Blossomest Blossom' I was able to spend a luxurious 4 days producing drawings and paintings. This has now set me off on an exciting path of discovery as I use the sketches and ideas I brought back with me as I prepare for quite a few exhibitions over the next couple of months!
The first of these is in Ulverston with a bunch of my lovely arty friends as we launch the first show at a new venue called Natterjacks. Come along if you can...