Of inspiration and how it is sometimes triggered…

Watercolour pencils are very useful for quick sketches as well as for longer work. There are some I really like because they are fully soluble and lightfast. I usually buy them singly or in small pack, but this winter I got the full range.

I drew the full scale, as it is useful to know how they behave when partly dissolved.

This inspired me to redo the sky on a small watercolour of Staithes I painted last year.

Staithes. watercolour. 18x23cm.

At the time I was working on Westerdale. There was this first one, experimenting on aluminium with acrylic markers and inks, and a more traditional large one in oils.

acrylics on aluminium. 15x40cm
oil on canvas. 40x120cm

So these led me to an acrylic study:

acrylics on canvas, 20x50cm

Then one in oils:

oil on canvas. 20x50cm.

And then a larger oil painting:

oil on canvas. 30x100cm

So sometimes a tin of pencils can lead to a large oil painting. There are always many projects and scenes clamouring for my attention, and I’m now working on something completely different, although in the same vertical format…

I love this time of year, the cold winds keep me indoors. In my one warm room, I snuggle up by the woodburning stove, planning exhibitions for the new year as we leave the deepest days of winter, catching up with reading, experimenting, exploring new media… remembering summer and finishing paintings, including this one started in August… Westerdale. Not quite finished, but just a few finishing touches to do, I think.

Westerdale. oils on block canvas. 40x120cm.

This weekend is Whitby Winterfest! At Whitby Pavilion on the West Cliff, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, from 10am to 6pm.
PS. 3 December. Thank you to all those who came to see me at Winterfest!

Here is one from last year, reposted because someone expressed an interest…

Hummersea is very close to my home on the North Yorkshire coast. At the foot of Boulby cliffs (amonst the highest cliffs in England), Hummersea is a pebble beach and its walls retain signs of its industrial past. Time and weather have carved its stones, and our propensity for anthropomorphism leads us to perceive faces, appropriately enough, in the rock face.

Faces on the cliffs
Memories of lovers lost
Looking out to sea.

Next Weekend, 1st & 2nd December, is Winterfest at Whitby Pavilion. I’ll be there as part of the Whitby Art & Craft Collective, showing my new A4 Prints (21×29.7cm). Designs include my latest painting: Northside, Staithes.

Northside, Staithes.

Today, Loftus lights up. No parking allowed on the market place today til 10pm, to make room for hot chestnuts and general jollity. There is a car park nearby (from market place: 1st right turn to North road, then 1st left turn after hardware shop).

November already! Here is my 2019 calendar.
A4, 250gsm paper, wire bound on the top edge.
Please let me know if you’d like one, so I can keep one for you. Thank you.

They are available directly from me and from Wold Pottery gallery, Loftus. £10 each.
They can be sent to you if you don’t live in this area.
Price including postage for 1st class post within the UK:
1 calendar= £12.50.
2 calendars= £25.
3 calendars= £35.
You can pay via Paypal, or by cheque. Please message me for details. Thank you.
Price including postage within Europe (pay via Paypal)
1 calendar = £14.
2 calendars= £25.
3 calendars= £36.
Price including postage to USA & Canada
1 calendar = £15.
2 calendars= £28.