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 […]

Understanding Acrylics

This is a day course to take you through simple steps to painting with acrylics. You will learn how to start and make best use of acrylic paint. Also how to build a picture through layering and use various mediums to help flow and texture. Running from 10 till 4pm with a maximum of 4 […]

York Open Studios

I am pleased to be exhibiting as part of the York Open Studios event this year. It has been a couple of years since hosting this from home and have mostly new work on show. As well as paintings there are quite a few drawings this year. Most are inspired by trips to the North […]

New School House Gallery Exhibition

I am showing work at The New School House Gallery in York Coming Next: Phil Reynolds, Ten Years in the Landscape Private View: Friday 23 February, 6-8pm. Please join us for the opening of an exhibition that surveys the landscape works, both abstract and figural, painted by established York-based artist Phil Reynolds over the last decade. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

PH1 residency involvement

Since September 2014 I have been involved in a residency programme hosted by the New School House Gallery called PH1 PH1 (‘a planet in a four-star system’) consists of a series of four unique artistic residencies (the ‘stars’) located in the heart of York (the ‘planet’). It aims to develop and investigate a residency model […]

2015 Workshops and Residentials

I am promoting my 2015 schedule in good time for the New Year. Get yourselves booked in and challenge yourself to doing a new skill or improve on an existing one. I have places left on the life drawing in January. Both sessions have been documented in previous blogs. The difference in the next two […]

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 […]

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 […]

Edges

This week I set the brief to look at the edges of objects. By this I meant not only one edge but what you could see outside the edge also. We had touched on this sort of thing before but this time there was no need to feel compelled to draw a whole object. There […]

Dales bunk barn residential

These are a couple of images of people painting outside the bunk barn in Littondale. This was last June and I am running another trip on Fri 13th- Sun 15th June this year. There are 2 places left and all the details are below. It is advertised as a non teaching trip but this year […]

Port Mulgrave

Just a couple of miles south of Staithes is an old mining pot of Port Mulgrave. This a little gem of a spot with a handful of huts that are fishing huts and about 5 residential ones. The story is if you can carry the materials down the cliff path you are allowed to build […]

Staithes residential trip

In September last year I organised an residential painting weekend to Staithes on the North Yorkshire coastline. It was great weather and a thorough success. It is a great place to find interesting views and just breath in that fresh air when you need to gather your strength. The first and second photos show the […]

Ellergill outdoor painters

We had a great time at Ellergill in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a great venue, fantastic scenery ( though a bit too green for some) and lovely weather. I am determined to return next year. The barn was great as long as you realise it is bunk barn accommodation and you can […]

Inside/outside project

WE did a 5 week project entitled Inside/ Outside. This was one I did on part time foundation in 1992. Here are a selection of students work from this task. Jon looked at a sheep’s skull and worked in various media and formats. Barbara produced a most exquisite book where the words had left the […]

Magnification

I set a project on magnification which involved each student bringing in a small object and upping the scale. Some chose A1 and others A2. I will show the drawing done by Steve and post others as they become more complete. He chose a small dried sprig from a shrub in the garden. It looked […]