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 […]

New term starts for the art classes

I have had a great August break. Covid dominated at first but a lovely trip with Liz to Malvern and onto Crickhowell to the Green Man Festival. It’s great to be away and be inspired by so many talented artists (mainly musicians) and bring these experiences back to the work and teaching arena. What the […]

Art Class exhibition at City Screen

The students from all my classes have put together work for a show at City Screen in York. This has been scheduled and postponed so many times and we got the go ahead in October to have a slot from 19th Dec 2021 till 15th January 2022. Most people hadn’t put up a group 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 […]

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.

York Open Studios

I had a very successful York Open Studios. The footfall was pretty low but those that did come there were plenty who were looking to buy/collect my work. It is a tiring two weekends at the end of a lot of preparation but it was good to not be absolutely shattered. It is also a […]

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 […]

Fulford Framers exhibition for the Art Group

Back in April Fulford Framers kindly gave my art class an exhibition that lasted for 4 week. Two people sold work and it proved to be a very beneficial show all round. It is quite a nerve racking thing to have your work shown in public and also a tricky process trying to get the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Caricature

After doing distortion for two weeks we did a caricature session which involves copying some drawings done by a top caricaturist called Howard McWilliam. He does the front cover of the Week magazine which are usually satirical and often political. There are some images of the group working on this topic followed by a few […]