Monday 30 March 2015

All aglow...

Just another created for our exhibition 'All Creations Great and Small' recently. 

A full sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' paper selected worked right to the corners of the 50 x 65cm sheet and with Unison, Rembrandt, and other pastels and thus a larger 'great' category painting for exhibition. 

It's 'great' to see it ready for the framers that's for sure...!

Featured painting
'The chase' 
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 335gsm pastel paper
50 x 65cm

From all of us, to all of you ...

Our 'All Creations Great and Small' joint exhibition at The North York Moors Visitors Centre at Danby, North Yorkshire, which is just around the corner on 17 April - 4 May and is really coming together!

It's great to see such superb work created by Jo, Stef and Helen as we all bring together a strong and dynamic exhibition with beautiful wildlife work, landscapes and seascapes full of expression in different media (so everyone is telling us) and show you that we are artists who are really passionate about what we do - creating works of art that celebrate the diversity of the North York Moors in so many ways, especially for you!

Here are just a few more examples of what will be on show from all artists.

Helen Patterson
'Summer Peacock'
Mixed media on paper

Jo Garlick
'Follow the leader'
Pastel on sanded paper

Stef Ottevanger
'Sheep and lamb'
Cast resin bronze

Robert Dutton
'Heading out'
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 335gsm pastel paper

See you there, we look forward to meeting you all!

The Moors National Park Centre
Lodge Lane
Whitby YO21 2NB
Tel: 01439 772737

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New for the show!

Just completed this latest painting and I'm personally delighted with it!

It's another showing the simplicity and impact of creatively working in black and white created using Nitram charcoal, Rembrandt pastels and Unison soft pastels on a black sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' pastel paper-  fabulous to work on and so responsive!

I'm really looking forward to getting it framed pronto and including in our joint forthcoming show.

You are all invited so do come along for a glass of wine, nibbles and to share time amongst friends and family whilst you wander amongst our work. 

You never know something may take your fancy...including a sculpture or a painting!!

See you there, we look forward to meeting you.

A date for your diary with the Dalesman at Danby 

Delighted to see some great coverage for our forthcoming show 'All Creations Great and Small' at the 'Inspired By...Gallery', North York Moors Visitors Centre, at Danby, North Yorkshire, featured in the April edition of the 'Dalesman' this month!

Really thrilling to have out work featured with all the other special events happening soon throughout North Yorkshire and beyond. 

We've had such a positive response to the article already - thank you Dalesman!

With only just over 2 weeks to go until we open the doors on Friday 17 April and show our work until 4 May for you at the prestigious 'Inspired By...Gallery' exhibition space, there is still plenty to do!

We are putting the last minute touches to our work, getting things framed and having our work delivered, boxed up, packaged and ready for the show! 

It's going to be a good one! There will be lots to see from thrilling sculptures by Stef, drawings, paintings, cards and prints from all of us with 30 paintings a piece at least!

With  art demonstration by us on 'meet all the artists' day on Saturday 18 April (10-3pm) all of us, sharing drinks and nibbles with you as you view the show, are bound to entertain you. All 'great and small' works of art offering styles to thrill at affordable prices are perfect to help you begin to start an art collection or to inspire you if you are looking for that special 'something' as a stand out piece in it's own right!

This part of our 3 week show is fab for all the family to come to, get involved and watch and see! A special day indeed shared with you!

We think the North York Moors, the wildlife, the landscape and the people is so special we decided to show you how we felt with all our creativity we share with you.

I'm sure you will too once you see the show!

See you there!

The Moors National Park Centre
Lodge Lane
Whitby YO21 2NB

Tel: 01439 772737

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Wednesday 18 March 2015

A creative appointment with the BEEB!

This morning something really special happened - I helped one of my favourite radio presenters Richard Stead (from BBC Radio Leeds) create a pastel painting during his live broadcast at BBC Radio Leeds, right in the heart of the city.

As a spin off from the 'Big Painting Challenge' series currently running on BBC One, I was invited to meet Richard Stead thanks to the SAA (Society for All Artists), who support the main BBC series with a great calendar of art events throughout the country that anyone interested in art can go to

Preparations are made for Richard to begin

Richard outlines the shapes...between broadcasting

Richard builds up the painting layers

Richard chooses more colours as part of the creative process
Teaching Richard whilst broadcasting was really great. I have to say, I was totally amazed how Richard mastered so many things at the same time by co-ordinating everything so professionally to the split second, keeping his eye on the ball with his producer and all the while switching between screens and computer programmes and then...between all of that, create a lovely colourful painting (with just a few pointers from me), following one of my finished paintings of the East Coast of Yorkshire with an amazing you can see!

It was thrilling to share my art skills with Richard and his team and all the BBC Radio Leeds listeners too.

My original painting that Richard was following to try out his pastel techniques will form part of a major collection of my work in a joint exhibition called 'All Creations Great and Small' at the North York Moors Visitors Centre 'Inspired By...Gallery', 17th April 2015 – 4th May 2015, to be held at The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB. 

All our landscape, seascape and wildlife paintings with sculpture in the show are influenced by the wonderful North York Moors National Park itself.

Here is my original painting Richard was working from:-

Featured painting:
Towards Runswick Bay - East Yorkshire
Pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 335gsm pastel paper
14 X 14 inches (36 x 36cm)

Our visually exciting and stunning exhibition with paintings by Helen Patterson, Jo Garlick, and Robert Dutton with sculpture by Stef Ottevanger, is free and indeed an exhibition with a difference suitable for all the family to see. 

With an added extra as part of the show there is a special and exciting ‘meet the artists’ day on Saturday 18 April, with demonstrations by all participating artists showing different aspects of creativity for everyone to enjoy!

For further information on opening times and how to get there for the forthcoming 'All Creations Great and Small' exhibition visit

If anyone is looking to start or develop their painting and drawing further, the SAA is a great place to start. 

For lots more information and to discover more and learn how the SAA can be of real benefit to you, helping you along your creative journey, visit today.

For workshops, art courses in the Leeds area and art breaks with a difference with Robert as your inspirational tutor, visit or email Robert at for further information.

Lets get creative again...together!

Friday 6 March 2015

Sharing the warmth at Higham Hall this Winter

Camp coffee time at St. Bega's church near Higham hall! Now...who has the matches?

Dispelling the myth that the Winter is not a good time to paint outdoors, we all enjoyed a superb drawing and painting week at Higham Hall recently sharing true friendship and creating some really expressive art together - even the sun shone for us!

It was Perfect timing really with dry weather for our Ashness Bridge drawing trip 2 days into art break with dramatic mist over distant Skiddaw beyond Derwentwater seen from our vantage point, creating some atmospheric distant soft light for us all to draw.

Choosing to draw the Winter view from Ashness Bridge (one of the most celebrated and iconic views in The Lake District) in comparison to Summer or Spring, the  view was very different with space between all the trees void of foliage showing a much more distinctive view. 

Working with pure line and tone with charcoal and mixed black and white media was perfect to interpret all the subtleties in the landscape. 

Following a short but in depth initial demonstration to get everyone started and see the different media in action, it was great to see how quickly everyone got into their stride to draw and paint the view in their own special way. 

A surprise trip around the head of Newlands Valley on our return was well worth the detour to see the majestic fells, snow line and high mists in this beautiful dramatic Lakeland valley on such a great day.

With regular stops for photo opportunities not to be missed many formed the basis of students work over the next couple of studio days - fabulous!

Our second outdoor sketching and drawing trip to St. Bega's church along the far shore of Bassenthwaite Lake couldn't have been better planned. The weather was perfect - warm and Sunny, more like an early Spring day really with some great work and fun painting outdoors had by all! 

On our way back from lakeshore at Bassenthwaite Lake there was another trip in store for everyone - a short skip and a hop up the old Carlile Road with some great views over looking Skiddaw from a very different viewpoint - fabulous light!

With several evening demonstrations showing lots of different techniques for different subjects (not just Lakeland Landscapes) on Canson professional papers it was really great to share lots of techniques for black and white media for many different subjects.

Another fabulous art break at Higham Hall with lots of happy memories for all of us creating great works of art learning lots of new and exciting art techniques. 

Our happy evenings exchanging stories in the bar and emails and contact addresses by all at the end of the course and fun had by all throughout was the perfect conclusion to another successful art break at Higham Hall. 

I'm back again in March '15 for another great art week. I'm looking forward to meeting a new art group for another thrilling art break!

Wednesday 4 March 2015

£999! Calling all artists!

Quick response needed while this great offer lasts!

'Dalvaro Art' do it again! 

Consistent with their generosity and 'customer first policy' Dalvaro Art, the well renown and respected art holiday organisation near Valencia in Spain are now offering their luxury all inclusive art holiday with me from 11-18 June at a superb price - just £999!

Early booking strongly advisable as this is a temporary offer for a limited period only and could be withdrawn at any time.

What's included
  • Free airport transfers each way from Valencia or Alicante
  • Light meal and artists equipment welcome pack on arrival
  • Fully inclusive 7 night stay in twin or double rooms, all en-suite.
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, with drinks, are all included with the cost of the holiday.
  • A fantastic week of painting with fully equipped air conditioned studio and outdoor painting experiences using lots of different media with with Robert
  • Minimum 25 hours tuition per week
  • Full use of garden, tennis court, swimming pool and all amenities throughout your stay
  • Fully inclusive trips out to the local villages, historic town Benig├ínim, within beautiful agricultural land complete with orange and olive groves - perfect locations for painting.
What's not included
  • Airfares are not included
  • Travel and medical insurance not included
This holiday is well situated for walking, hiking, cycling, photography and so much more and so, for any non-painting partners, this is a great chance for you to explore this special region of Spain as well!

How to book this exclusive offerTo book your place on this new and exciting mixed media luxury art holiday in the heart of Spain, please visit or email Loli Alvaro (your host) at

For any further details please call Robert on 0113 2252481 or visit

Passionate about pastels

A little while a go I received a call from the SAA (Society for  All artists) asking me to road test some of their new and much improved own brand SAA pastels.

Here is the result...a full and comprehensive article in this months 'PAINT' magazine - the regular publication issued by the SAA to all its members. 

The article features the true benefits combining these very useful pastels with other known brands.

Here is a close up of the painting featured in the article in the different stages...

 ...and the finished painting

SAA pastels really do have a rightful place to be considered as a quality product and at a very affordable price the full range of 75 very useful colours (3 new recently added) is most certainly worth buying!

For more information about the Society of All Artists  and 'PAINT' magazine and the benefits of membership please visit

June 2015 Coastal creations with Canson at Calverton 

'Patchings' Art Festival at Calverton Near Nottingham promises to be even bigger and better this year with the return of Canson for this years event from 4 - 7 June '15!

As one of their leading UK Ambassadors, I'm proud to take part this year with 2 sponsored workshops (in association with 'The Artist' magazine to which I contribute regular articles to), on Saturday 6 June teaching expressive mixed media techniques on the wonderful and responsive Canson fine art papers.

There will be one workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon.

The cost of each three-hour session is £50(inc VAT)per person and includes one to one and group art instruction, Canson paper worth over £60(rrp), PLUS free entry to Patchings Art, Craft and Photography Festival for the day, worth £9.50

Your generous selection of Canson fine art papers will include a 12 sheet A3 Mi-Teintes Touch Pad, a 30 sheet A3 XL Mix-MediaPad, a 12 sheet 30x40cm Moulin du Roy NOT Pad and a spiral-bound 40 sheet 14x21.6cm Mix-Media Artbook, worth over £63(rrp).

The morning and afternoon seascape workshops have already received a great deal of interest and promise to be really popular so early booking is highly recommended so you do not miss out!

For more information and to book your place, please visit
If you don’t have internet access please telephone Sophia or Dawn on 01580 763673

For more information about Canson papers please visit

'New blue' article now in print

For followers of my series of articles in 'The Artist' magazine all about colour, 'Cerulean Blue' is this months feature.

This is the 4th article from my very useful colour palette which include 13 very useful colours containing earth colours, hot and cool colours and within are traditional colours and new and exciting colours recently created for todays artists as well.

There are so many colours available for todays artists to choose from it can be a bit baffling to know which to choose - especially if you are a beginner.

This series of articles on colour should be able to help you understand colour options a little better so why not sign up to this amazing magazine and discover much more! 

There are lots and lots of other exciting articles to read too by many leading artists filling the pages with inspirational hints and tips, in depth discussions, art news and events...and more besides. there really is something for everyone to learn, whatever your style of creative direction.

'The artist' magazine is available form all leading newsagents or available online by following this link

A new era of creativity with Canson

Featured painting
Deep shadow and bright sun - Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire Coast
20 x 20 inches (51 x 51 cm)
Mixed black and white media on canson Moulin Du Roy 'Rough' 300gsm (140lb) 100% cotton watercolour paper

It's now official - I am proud to announce that I am now a fully registered Ambassador for Canson - the beautiful and responsive top quality professional papers made in France.

The company produce many, many high quality papers for all sorts of creative artists but it is the fine art papers (obviously) that I will be using and more than helping to promote...because I believe in them! 

The featured painting above is just one of a brand new series of paintings created on the Canson select papers I use and will be featured along with many others created on Canson papers in our joint exhibition 'All Creations Great and Small ' at the North York Moors Visitors Centre at Dandy, near Whitby from 16 April - 4 May '15. We have a meet the artists day on Saturday 18 April from 10.30am until 4pm and I will be demonstrating in the afternoon using Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' pastel paper (free to watch) so you'll see at first hand just how responsive their papers can be!

This painting 'Deep shadow and bright sun - Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire Coast' was created using lots and lots of different black and white media  (to include Nitram charcoal) on 'Moulin Du Roy' Rough 300gsm (140lb) - a  100% cotton internal and external surface sized paper with a superb and unique rough surface really is allowing me to push the boundaries of my own work into new and exciting areas. 

As my work gets ever more expressive and experimental - especially with mixed media and this paper is always first out of the draw!

For further information about the full and extensive range of papers available created by Canson for all of today's artists visit

More exciting news working with Canson coming soon!