Work in progress

Helmsley Arts Centre exhibition 28th November- 23rd December

Click on the Helmsley Exhibition tab at the top of the page to see a selection of the 35-40 paintings to be shown at Helmsley Arts Centre from 28th November until Christmas Eve. For further details see the Exhibition page. If you would like an invitation to the private view on Sunday 28th November 2-4pm please email me with your name and address on All pictures shown are watercolour unless otherwise stated. I will be painting at Helmsley Arts Centre on Sundays 5th, 12th and 19th December between 11am- 3pm.

Red- throated Divers near Scourie, Sutherland- watercolour
bird behaviour, Work in progress

Fieldfare painting

I was watching very large flocks of Fieldfares yesterday which reminded me of some sketches I made last winter. During snowy weather last winter Fieldfares came right up to the window giving me an excellent opportunity to make many sketches. Recent sketchbook studies of windfall apples from our tree were combined with the Fieldfare in snow sketches to produce this watercolour. The Fieldfare flocks which graced this part of North Yorkshire were by far the biggest I have seen this winter. Great flocks were plundering hawthorn trees for berries and dropping down to feed in pasture often in the company of Redwings.

Fieldfare- watercolour
Work in progress

Oil Paintings of the North Yorkshire coast

I have been working on a couple of oil paintings to be shown at my Helmsley Arts Centre exhibition(28th November- 23rd December). Oil makes a great contrast to the watercolour I normally use. I particularly enjoy painting with a palette knife. Storm at Sandsend was painted using this method whilst Stormy weather at Scarborough was painted with hog hair brushes. Both were painted from watercolour sketches made at the time.

Storm at Sandsend- oil painted with palette knife
Stormy sea at Scarborough- oil painted with hog hair brush
Work in progress

Lapwing resting- watercolour

A watercolour finished this weekend showing a Lapwing on flood water near Coxwold. The Lapwing was from sketches made in December. The painting combines very fluid background watercolour wash for the water with thick almost dry watercolour to give contrast in the composition. This painting will be exhibited at my forthcoming exhibiton at Helmsley Arts Centre, starting in the last weekend in November.

Lapwing resting- watercolour