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!


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  6. I have just gone through your session with Richard Stead. It was much creative as well as supportive for me. I am working on my fine arts coursework so I needed a little guidance to work on it more creatively. Your session was enough for me to learn how an artwork can be made more impressive choosing suitable color.

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