Monday, 5 December 2011

The End.......&...........The beginning!

Well......I have a new web site and blog. I know: you weren't invited to the glitzy, central London launch party packed with 'celebs' from the art world, television and the media but you wouldn't have enjoyed it and your bum does look big in that!
Anyway, my new site is here: and as I wander off into a new and brighter dawn I will leave a trail of discarded Nuttals mintoe wrappers behind me lest you find yourselves bereft and in need of artistic and autistic succour.
There's not a great deal of STUFF on the site at the moment but it will grow and wrap itself around us all like convolvulus.
So, goodbye darlings and see you on the other side! xxx

Thursday, 24 November 2011

From Aros

Here's a little picture from my last trip to Mull - Oil on canvas 30cms x 23cms

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

St Mary's Lighthouse 70cms x 70cms

Another new painting - St Mary's Lighthouse

In an unlikely setting just north of Whitley Bay on the north east coast of England, St Mary's Island and its crowning lighthouse can be an enchanting spot and all the better for being so unexpected. I've painted it three times now and I'm sure I'll paint it many more; I love the clarity of light here and the scale of the landscape.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Mackerel 61cms x 45cms

I found myself at Carricks fish stall on Thursday so here's a tribute to the fishermen of England!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

In The Footsteps Of Turner

In 1797 the young Joseph Mallord William Turner (then aged 22) stood outside what is now David Stead Gallery and began a drawing of Kirkgate. He was in Yorkshire at the invitation of Edward Lascelles of Harewood House and the trip turned into an eight week tour of the north of England taking in many of its most iconic sights such as Bamburgh Castle, Durham, Rievaulx Abbey and of course Ripon Cathedral. The drawing is fascinating to me in that although he begins drawing the south side of the street from outside the gallery,  he moved across and thirty metres down in order to draw the north side and the cathedral which can't be seen from the gallery, thus widening the street considerably.

Kirkgate, Ripon by JMW Turner
I was talking about this to André Romijn, publisher of Art Of England magazine and he suggested I do a series of paintings following in the footsteps of Turner to coincide with the Turner exhibition at the National Gallery in early 2012.
Although I have painted many of buildings and landscapes Turner painted and, no doubt will again, I am looking forward to exploring those I have not, and maybe getting to know the man a little better through his work and the places he visited.

I've started the project close to home with a painting of a distant Ripon Cathedral from the south west. Turner by contrast chose to draw from the north east, a view which still lovely, has the river Ure in the foreground and to some extent echoes the watercolour he eventually produced of nearby Hackfall Woods. I also made a watercolour of Kirkgate and cathedral but this has been 'archived' which like purgatory is a kind of waiting room, though in this case the final destination often turns out to be the bin!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

GALLERY of the week!

The bad news is that I am no longer artist of the week at
The good news is that we are now GALLERY of the week, so thanks to Andre and all at Art Of England
Check it out!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Artist Of The Week.

I'm featured as 'Artist of the Week' in Art Of England magazine here: 
This is the painting I was working on in the video; I'm not sure it's finished yet but it is well on its way. I've put it on the wall in the gallery so that I can live with it for a while.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

'Happy As......'

Another watercolour drawing will soon be added to the print rack at David Stead Gallery. I think this one might make a good card too.
Then there's this:
and this:

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


I am taking some commissions for portraits, landscapes etc. Truth is I aways have but I have never really advertised the fact. Anyway, if you have an idea for a picture, phone or email me and we can discuss the project.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


The print section at David Stead Gallery is expanding rapidly and the very nature of watercolour allows me to produce work quickly. Animals and birds are always popular and some new images have gone off to the printers; they will be available through the gallery and online soon.
I will also be introducing a range of greetings cards with many of the images currently available only as prints

Friday, 2 September 2011


Just back from a few days staying with some very dear friends in Cornwall. As a thank you for their hospitality I did a couple of water colours (not my forte) of the farmhouse they are renovating. I'd forgotten what a pleasure it can be to sit in a sunny field for an hour or so, messing about with paint.

Monday, 15 August 2011

New Site!

We're very excited here at David Stead Gallery because we have a new website and it supports ecommerce.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Easy come, easy go.

It was all going so well, or so it seemed and then out comes the palate knife and I start scraping paint off the canvas until half the face has gone and the whole of the left side of the painting ends up in a piece of rag. A few days away in Devon and I'm ready to get back to it: roll on Monday.
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