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Recent plein air sketching

March 16, 2016
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Rosedale Head, North York Moors

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Castleton Rigg from Westerdale Moor, North York Moors

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Murk Mire Moor, North York Moors

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Sandsend, Whitby

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North Bay, Scarborough

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Sandsend, Whitby

I have been clinging on to winter recently. I relish being out in and sketching in cold conditions. I enjoy all the seasons, but I always look forward to the return of winter. Cold weather sketching  produces unpredictable results. The watercolours on the moors were made despite the paint freezing on the metal tin! Sea spray can also produce some interesting results. But the experience of painting en plein air far outweighs any disadvantages. Wildlife just appears around you, the sensation of cold wind and the sound of birds or waves combine to make it an experience far removed and much more rewarding than painting in a studio.

Little Owl

February 26, 2016

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A study of my local Little Owl who in sunshine, rests in an old barn window.

Sketching at Whitby- 3rd February

February 4, 2016

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A great day sketching in a bitter NW wind. Four Purple Sandpipers were on the West Pier. Challenging conditions, especially with sea spray constantly coating my telescope lens and glasses! Feeling bitterly cold.

Ruffled feathers

January 27, 2016


Lapwing feeding.

North York Moors today

January 15, 2016

My favourite weather.

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Hawfinch at St Hilda’s church, Ampleforth

December 21, 2015

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Lovely to have a Hawfinch near to home again. I hope to spend much more time with this charismatic bird over the next few weeks. When I sketch a Hawfinch it feels like drawing a cartoon bird with its large head, huge beak and beady eye. The head is packed with muscle which operates the beak to crush hard seeds and fruit stones such as cherry to extract the kernels.

Bridge Street Gallery, Helmsley exhibition, 14th- 28th November

November 4, 2015

A new collection of about thirty paintings, mainly based on observations and sketches made in North Yorkshire. Please email for an invitation to the private view on Saturday 14th November 11am- 2pm.

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