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.

My latest two paintings of Hummersea.
From Hummersea, there is a path down to the beach. A rough and steep and wonderfully overgrown path down the cliff, a series of of wooden steps, some rotted with age, and at the edge of the rock face, a metal ladder, now torn from its moorings, no longer touching the rocks below…
I may, when I feel brave enough, go back down to the beach…
Coast Gallery, Cloughton, sold 3 of my biggest paintings in the first week of my exhibition, so these paintings, fortunately just finished, will be an addition to the October show.
(you’ll know how I feel, thankful, blessed, priviledged, lucky… thankful mostly, to be able to do work I love doing.)