Mark Making and Music

This is an area I have been interested in for some time. I find it difficult to separate my work from music or the audible world. I often say I’m a failed musician. Well I never got past getting sore fingers playing guitar, so hard to be a musician at all when you didn’t take […]

Winter workshops 2024

I am running a series of winter workshops to get you inspired and artistically stretched through the colder months. Art of Sketching workshop Tuesday January 23rd 10-30 till 3pm Colour Mixing workshop. Tuesday February 20th 10-30 till 3pm Expressive Charcoal workshop Tuesday 19th March 10-30 till 3pm  All take place in my studio in fulford York and are […]

Charcoal Workshop

I recently ran a charcoal workshop inspired by landscape. Above is a finished piece of mine and below is the students work. This is a layering approach to charcoal, building up in order to erase to depict the light. It is a dirty process but the charcoal has a lovely, tactile velvety quality that excites […]

Charcoal Workshop Tuesday 7th November 2023

Charcoal is one of my favourite mediums. It has the extremes of softness and very strong, deep dark tones. The difficulty people often have with Charcoal is getting stuck in the mid tones and not allowing the surface to be erased efficiently. I will tackle these issues in the day course and look at the […]

Walton Group of Artist’s Charcoal workshop

It’s always a pleasure to work with the Walton Group of artists. This time I delivered a landscape themed, charcoal workshop where you set down layers of powdered charcoal using cloths to produce varying levels of intensity. This can then be taken off using a variety of erasers. Below is an example of one of […]

Images emerging

I am doing some drawings in charcoal that come to a natural finish and I am completely happy with the unfinished nature of them (even the cats paw prints). These are things that add narrative and is not a sketch towards a larger finished work but an end in itself. This one is from one […]

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens workshop

Another successful outdoor session at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens at the end of May. The weather was fair and it is a stunning place to enjoy an en plein air painting day. The planting, peace and atmosphere is lovely and we get the place to ourselves for the day. This workshop is about mixing the simple elements […]

Charcoal drawings

I am doing some charcoal drawings at the moment. 65 x 48 cm. A series titled beyond words.

Very ordinary objects

The brief this week in June was to look at something that had little to inspire you. Quite hard to decide what to chose when you are looking for something with little aesthetic value and then make a drawing out of what you see. The above image was me drawing a value shortbread biscuit and […]

Stillingfleet Gardens Workshop

On Monday 18th May I ran a workshop from Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. We had a rainy start but did get out eventually. This is a picture of Jon who had got quite cold in the  morning but is here stood working in the sunshine.I will post something with work on soon. I am just trying […]

Texture week 3

This week we continued with texture but this time without the source material. Instead we used words as a stimulus. Below are the results of both groups work. The word associated with the texture is on the caption. Hopefully this exercise stimulated the imagination and draws a line under this subject for now. Some said […]

Life Drawing Workshop 2

Last Saturday was the second of the four planned workshops. They are predominantly aimed at my class members to allow an opportunity to have a go at this age old discipline. They are fully tutored sessions and small enough for everyone to get some 1 to 1 attention. This weeks format was similar to the […]

Life Drawing Workshop 1

The first of four life drawing workshops took place on Saturday morning 8th November. We used A1 paper throughout and a mixture of media. The model was lit by both a spotlight and a halogen lamp. This added drama to what would have been a very even fluorescent light. The first drawings done were quick 5 […]

Distortion

This weeks title to work with was distortion. John C had come up with the idea the week previous that he would like to try and deliberately distort an object. I e-mailed a few images to give an idea of what to do. It is good to have some ideas but sometimes they may dominate […]

Ellergill weekend

I would like to post a few photos from this weekend away with me and six others. I do not have many images of other peoples work at present but will put them on as I acquire them. It was a great weekend. Much quieter than the previous one due to a few people unable […]

In the garden using a viewfinder

We continued trying to employ the viewfinder. It is a bit of an extra thing to deal with and it is not something I use very much but that does not mean it is not useful. When faced with a lot of information to try and edit you are able to focus a little more […]

Cath’s Corwall trip with her mum

Cath had been away with her mum and some more family in Cornwall. On the beach they noticed lots of different coloured strata of  mud. This pigment they dug out and used as a drawing/painting medium. Applying the hand made paint with anything they could get their hands on. Twigs, dritwood, leaves etc. There were […]

Filling the space

This exercise follows on from the previous work done on edges. This time the focus is on the edge of the pictorial space. From the various still life object in the class I asked people to make a small composition on the table and using a viewfinder create an image that is cropped at the […]

Hands holding a glass

I wanted to do a session with drawings of hands holding something and had remembered a life drawing I had done where the model had held a mug. It made such a great shape that I thought it would be ideal for this session. We had been doing transparent objects the week before so it […]