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 […]

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 […]

Research in Ryedale

Black and white photo of a rolling field with trees in Ryedale

Wednesday was an art development day in Ryedale. This is the countryside that is taking my focus at present and particularly the working landscape rather than a romantic notion. This is not a new idea, artists have been interested in the agricultural landscape for hundreds of years. The plan was quite simple really to drive […]

Guest artist at Nunnington Galleries

view of the Howardian Hills from Nunnington Galleries

I spent a lovely day painting with fellow artists Patrick and Russell at Nunnington in the Howardian Hills. The owners of Nunnington Galleries Kevin and Jan Bradshaw invited us to paint in the garden of Kevin’s mum Margaret, who lives right next to the gallery in Nunnington. She has got a lovely garden and a […]

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 […]

Picture in situ

Into the Mist This was purchased by a class member. I enjoyed working on the softness of the mist. It takes a little work with acrylics, using extender medium to give extra flow and working time. Acrylics often seems to lack the capacity for subtlety but it is possible if you work at it.

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 […]

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Phil Reynolds on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Back in June last year I competed in a heat of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year that was filmed in Knaresboro. I had wrote a post about it but seems to have deleted itself from my blog. Here is my second draft. It was an interesting and challenging experience. Looking back on it now […]

Walton Group, Landscape day

Art class in the open air

On a bit of a catch up from last year . I am not entirely sure that the chronology will be right but I can date them as I go. Sometime in June I did an acrylic landscape workshop with the Walton Group of Artists. Based out of the church hall in Walton we parked […]

Ellergill 2016

This was the fourth trip to the bunk barn in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales and it was a resounding success. So much so that the majority of the people who went this year have signed up for next year. We had great weather, a bit breezy on Saturday but with that we got some lovely […]

Jon’s painting from Ellergill

Jon has finished his painting from Ellergill and together we have framed it up using white ash. Together we have bought some equipment to make bespoke frames. Firstly looking at tray frames ( like the one on this painting ) and maybe then looking at more traditional mounted and glazed framing. The tray frames are […]

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 […]

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 […]