Last year I was contacted by a lovely lady who had seen my artwork displayed in Denby Dale Tea Rooms. She told me that her 12yr old son loves to visit the cafe with her and sit by my Emley Moor Mast print.
It galls me to think how hard we, the tax paying public have to fight to save the services that we hold dear to us. We hold them dear to us because they save lives, they save our precious family members, our cherished friends and all those strangers who are friends in waiting. A&E departments…
I get a warm feeling when I hear from people who have bought or received my prints and it’s lovely when they send me pictures of them. This is the Glastonbury print at A1.
Happy new year to all my supporters. 2015 was an exciting year for me and like many of you, not without its bumps. I know the dents are what often gives us character but it can take a fair amount of hindsight before we come to see that.
Starting at the Verrazano-Narrows bridge on Staten Island the New York Marathon winds its way through Brooklyn, Queens, skimming the Bronx and into Manhattan. What a route.
Southwold – a firm favourite for family holidays, beachcombers and dog walkers. With its Grade II listed lighthouse, world famous Adnams Brewery and it’s traditional pier, Southwold is the perfect way to sample the delights of the British seaside.
I do love a bridge; thankfully much easier to draw than build. The lady that suggested this one did so after buying one of my Emley Moor prints. I love getting ideas from people and hearing about the places that are special to them – it really does add something magical to my job.
It’s a lovely feeling when you put something out there and it takes on a life of its own. A while back I did a little colouring in drawing called ‘lovebirds’ and offered it as a free download.
The iconic split screen VW campervan. A universal symbol of the free spirit, of bacon butties, campfires, and sunsets. And rain. And RAC membership.
Glastonbury Festival – it means so many different things to people. Acceptance, belonging, escapism, rain. For many though it’s about the music and for this print I’ve tried to convey that sense of anticipation – that moment right before the headline act comes on.
What’s not to love about Holy Island. A place of peace, pilgrimage and solitude, the island of Lindisfarne is also home to some of Britain’s most treasured wildlife.
My brother and his family live near Denby Dale and it is such a beautiful part of the country. I love the contrast between the stone walls and the beautiful countryside.
Magical Bamburgh Castle. I’ve tried to capture that burst of sunlight after a storm has passed out to sea; that feeling when you can almost taste the negative ions in the air and it feels so good.
I’ve wanted to do a poster of the Cardington sheds for ages. I started it months ago, but I struggled with the angles and then other deadlines got in the way…you know the drill. But I’ve gone back, I’ve stuck with it and it’s finally finished and I’m super pleased.
At the highest point in Gawthorpe sits this beautiful art deco water tower. Built between 1922 and 1928 the tower not only stores water for the town but these days houses telecommunications equipment too.
Castle Hill is a much loved and well know landmark to those living in West Yorkshire. The hilltop has a long and mysterious history and evidence shows that humans have called this area home for over 4000 years.
Phew. Happy faces all round. The winners of my latest print were super happy. Well, at least that’s what they said…and they wouldn’t lie to me would they?
Standing proud over the towns of Potton and Sandy is the Sandy Heath Transmitter. A huge willowy structure sitting amongst rare heathland and overlooking the beautiful RSPB nature reserve.
My latest project has been working with the lovely people at my local radio station Biggles FM. Luckily for me, they had seen my work online, liked my retro travel poster style and asked me if I could do something for their social media banners.
This iconic view is a special place for many people, but for one of my dear friends it has extra meaning. At 5am on the day of their wedding, my friend and her husband-to-be walked to the top of this beautiful hill top…
I’ve really enjoyed doing this one. It was commissioned by a friend for a forthcoming wedding. Such a lovely idea. Available to buy on Etsy.
Well done and thank you to everyone who entered. I’ll be doing more competitions in the future because who doesn’t like winning stuff? Exactly.
I’d been wanting to go on one of the sewing courses run by Janet of Kitchen Table Sewing for about three years. I’d followed her blog and looked longingly from afar at all the beautiful homemade things that she was making. And recently I got my chance.
Fancy a night of colouring-in in front of the telly? Then download this free 6″x4″ drawing. Enjoy.
Thank you to Denby Dale Tea Rooms for displaying my Emley Moor Mast print. It feels really good to have my work hanging in the local area where it belongs.
I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Pendragon Community Primary School in Papworth Everard as a guest speaker during their art and design week.
I can’t walk past an art shop without going in. I simply can’t do it. Many of you reading this may know the feeling. A world of possibilities lurking on every shelf.
My friend Hayley asked me to create something decorative, welcoming and personalised for her beautiful home. And here it is.
…Matthew Foster. Yay. Matt is a great young man and a worthy winner. Also well done to Oxford. Inspiring to see what the human body and mind can do. Not mine though.
Boat Race travel poster – the rowers vest will be determined by the winner of this years race on Sat 11 April 2015. Cambridge or Oxford? Which blue are you? Let’s give the grey vest some colour!
This cross was designed for my friend Chere Hunter. Chere is the Chaplain at St Johns Hospice in Bedfordshire and she is wonderful.
My daughter loves playing post offices, and if truth be told, I enjoy it as much as her. Selling my artwork online is a bit like playing Post Offices for real.
It was recently ‘art week’ at my local school and I was lucky enough to be invited to ‘show and tell’ my artwork to a very eager and well behaved group of children in KS1.
After I’d posted about painting a blank white mug, I had a great response on Facebook. I wasn’t originally planning to do any more but people seemed interested so I did another five.
To me, this plain white cup and saucer looked a little under dressed. An hour at my desk with a porcelain pen…et voila.
Way back in June 2014 when the sun was shining and wearing sandals outside was not a cause for concern, I exhibited some of my artwork at a local cafe.