Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Sunday, 27 September 2020
(acrylic on board, 30x30 cm)
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Monday, 14 September 2020
This post should have been entitled something like "Sketch Crawl: in the Ouseburn Valley" but things worked out differently. There was a time when Sketch Crawls began at a civilised time and lasted until it was time to go home for tea. Under more recent Tyne and Wear Urban Sketcher management they've become daylong events so I find that, if I don't arrive for the ten o'clock start, there's a danger that I won't link up with the other sketchers.
And so it was on Saturday. I'm not an early riser; never have been, never will be, but the current Lockdown situation has made it more difficult than ever to get up and out early. There's also the fear induced by getting onto a bus without knowing if it'll be full of people without masks breathing the Deadly Virus over me.
As it turned out, there were only six other people on the bus, all wore masks and were sitting in appropriately distanced seats, so I felt reasonably happy when I got off at the Baltic and urged my knees, now very stiff from months of sitting in the house, to cooperate in the relatively short walk across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and along the Newcastle Quayside to the Cycle Hub where it was all about to Kick Off. Or where it was due to Kick Off at ten o'clock, but now it was eleven o'clock.
I looked in the Hub cafe, I looked down into the marina, I looked up and down the quay, but no sketchers visible. Maybe they'd moved up the Ouseburn? There's always something to draw in the way of derelict buildings, boats and ducks, so I headed upstream.
As passed under a road bridge, I noticed what, for me, is a new addition to the local decorations.
I've seen Candyman, so there was no chance of my saying the word ESSALAMUS three times and I passed safely through and soon came to the first of the day's boats.
I liked them and there were jolly workmen doing workman-like things to them, but my knees were aching, there was nowhere to sit down, the path was narrow and people kept passing by doing their best to socially-distance but inevitably failing, so I decided not to attempt a drawing and pressed on.
By the time I'd reached the area of the Cluny and Seven Stories I was developing a fairly clear idea that sketching would not happen. I sat on a bench in the sunshine opposite the pigs in the city farm, out of the annoying wind, and watched the ducks on the river as I contemplated my place in the world. Yes, it was that kind of day.
Having reached an accommodation with the day, I thought I'd walk on a little further up the valley to see what I might see. Round the corner I discovered a curious structure that turned out to be the Culvert Bandstand. I wondered how many unforgettable performances had taken place there without my ever knowing of its existence. None in recent times by the look of it.
Sunday, 13 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Monday, 24 August 2020
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Monday, 20 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Friday, 3 July 2020
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Monday, 22 June 2020
Towards the end of the sketching session, a rainy shower hung about a bit more than I liked and rather than sit with the others to eat my non-existent sandwiches, I suggested we cross to the bandstand area where there was shelter and Colin, at least, started to follow. Under the shelter I found I was on my own and when I went back to the Towers, everyone was gone. I suppose when it rains and you've done your drawing for the day, you might as well eat your sandwiches in the car and go home.
This is the fallen giant I drew in my Saltwell Park Sketchbook today. Not the side I'd planned to draw, but someone had taken a chainsaw to that side.
The Shipley Art Gallery said: "For this challenge we would like to see artwork of a place that you visit that has changed over time or since you last visited."
In my mind and from my memory, I went to Saltwell Park again and painted this evening scene. Today, I actually went to the park again for the first time in over three months and it didn't look like this.
This painting was based on another of my Second Year Special Project Saltwell Park Sketchbook drawings:
Monday, 15 June 2020
Friday, 12 June 2020
Last year I was enjoying the sun in Valencia. Now I’m stuck indoors watching the rain and painting my memories.
Offered for sale under the Artists Support Pledge scheme, this unframed painting is priced at £90, (incl. P&P in the UK). To buy, or ask for more details, please contact me.
Saturday, 6 June 2020
An unusual addition to the textured door series and offered here under the Artist Support Pledge scheme. It's priced at £95 plus P&P. You can buy or get more information by contacting me.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Monday, 1 June 2020
This is a return to my textured door series. If you’d like to buy this painting, it’s available as part of the Artist Support Pledge and can be yours for £95 plus postage. Contact me for more information or to buy.
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Passing swiftly over any jokes about how much an Attic earns, this is another painting offered for sale under the Artist Support Pledge. It’s framed (see image below) and priced at £100, including Postage in the UK. If you’d like to buy it or need more information, please contact me..
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
I completed this painting yesterday and am offering it for sale today under the Artist Support Pledge. It’s unframed and discount priced at £155 incl. P&P in the UK. If you’re interested in buying or would like more details please contact me or leave a comment.
Monday, 25 May 2020
Shipley Art Gallery’s next Art Challenge, asked us “to paint somewhere close to where you live that you like to visit to relax or exercise.” Fifteen minutes walk away, Saltwell Park is a favourite place and in these Lockdown times is taking on an element of magic in my mind.
In my second year at Newcastle University (1999), I chose as my Special Project, Saltwell Park and partially filled a sketch book with drawings of the Park. None of the paintings I started for that Project came to fruition, so it seemed a good opportunity to take one of those drawings now and finally make something of it. I'd always wanted to make it slightly mysterious and that's the atmosphere I get from this painting.