Workshops list, updated

I’m fortunate to have a large number of workshops booked  well into next year, and, after a remark on my event in Ilkley  last week, I thought it would be useful to list the dates and locations, so anyone interested  can perhaps find one nearest? 

Many of the workshops are run by art clubs and societies for their own membership, but I know many of them do active welcome visitors to their events, so if any of these interest you, drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with the folks concerned.

Some are open to all comers though, and I’ve identified those with a capital P for public.

Here they are, in chronological order: I will update the list on monthly basis

*UPDATED 1 December  -the workshop at Ilkley on the 17 February 2018 still has 2 places left…email me for details.


February 10 Workshop for Gibside Art Group

February 17  full day workshop at Ilkley Studios  P

March 3 Workshop at Farsley Art Club 

March 17 Workshop at Calder Graphics, Huddersfield P  

Line and wash workshop at Calder Graphics

March 24  Full day workshop for Penrith Art Society

April 20 Workshop at Artison, Masham

May 17 Line and wash day at Broadrake, Ingleton P

May 29  Workshop for Carlton Art Club, Snaith near Goole

June 13  Workshop for Camsall Art Society, near Wakefield.

June 15 Workshop for Crofton Art Society, near Wakefield.

September 22    Urban sketching workshop Calder Graphics, Huddersfield P


Here’s an example of what you can expect on such an event….






My demo piece form the line and wash workshop at Ilkley Studios, December 3















I was on the telly….

….only in brief glimpses, but I was there!

Now it’s being broadcast, we’re allowed to reveal that we (I) took part in one of the heats of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. After not being chosen to be one of the pod people, I was invited to be a wild card on one of the heats -I chose Knaresborough as its only half an hour from home -but with hindsight, I should have picked Paddy’s Hole near Middlesbrough. The views at Knaresborough are very pretty and well known, but they’ve been done to death by hundreds of artists, whereas the semi industrial landscape in the North east is definitely more my cup of tea. Oh well….the whole day was an absolutely fascinating experience though…great to spend the day in the company of other artists, professional or otherwise, and to see first hand how a TV show is filmed…so many people in the crew,so much gear, and they all had a hearty (three course, catered lunch) unlike my humble sarnies.

Fascinating also to watch the other wild cards, some of whom obviously set out to catch the camera’s eye, with massive canvasses, elaborate painting set ups and  distinctive clothing..I will say no more.

Eagle eyed viewers may have spotted my now infamous massage by the fragrant Kathleen Soriano, who thought I was in artistic torment,when in reality, I had thrown my first piece on the floor in disgust at having overworked it, trying to make the drawing last the 4 hours, when I’d finished it in 90 minutes, then spent another 45 ruining it.

my over worked piece
My second , slightly better piece which drew the kind comment from Tai Schan

The highlight of the day for me was when Tai Schan Schierenberg watched me working for a few minutes, and commented ‘you obviously know what you’re doing’, patted my shoulder and carried on…he also returned to say he liked how I had left part of the drawing unpainted,’ letting the watercolour breathe’ his words.

Here are a few pics from the day, including my 2 drawings, and screen grabs of my TV career.

Workshop places are filling up fast……

….on my next two line and wash workshops in Ilkley…I’m happy to say, but there are still places left, so email me for further information and payment details….have a look at the flyer…..

In other workshop related news:

I was about to post the link for bookings for my first line and wash workshop with ArtiSon up near Masham: their website only went live for bookings on Saturday ,& I’m astounded to see there’s only one place left!!!


artisan workshop booking info




Apologies for the lack of posts and updates just lately…truth is, I’ve been so busy doing demos and running workshops up and down the I’ve hardly had time to get in front of a computer…I’ll update the workshop page shortly…

Meanwhile,I’m so looking forward to this weekend’s workshop in Stainforth, near Settle for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust : a full day out sketching then painting in glorious countryside!!! I’ll publish a full report with photos once the day’s over.

In other news,now the official Sky Arts landscape Artist of the Year 2017 trailer has been released, I can officially share with you all the (under wraps until now) news that I took part in the second heat of this competition at Knaresborough Castle, back in June.
Yes, me, on telly,….possibly!!!! The show starts next week(18 October) on Sky Arts, or accessible via the Now TV app if you don’t have Sky.

Here’s a link to the short trailer…I make an appearance briefly around the 30 second mark:

Sky Arts 2017 trailer
Here’s a screenshot of yours truly being massaged by the fragrant Kathleen Soriano during a moment of artistic angst…I will share the two drawings I did in a post later ….and a brief written snapshot of the very interesting day.

Not long now….

Until the event of the year -for me anyway…the annual Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage. It’s the weekend of 9/10 September 2017 (preview evening Friday 8 September) when the villagers of Staithes  open their cottage doors to the public as temporary galleries for a selling exhibition of work by resident and visiting artists. I will be in Broome Cottage, Mount Pleasant -which is venue 20: right at the top of the village -if you come from the car park along the Old Stubble path, it’s the first venue on the right  as the sea comes into view..and would be delighted to see as many of you as possible over the weekend!

Here’s a link to the main site

Staithes 2017


and here’s a quick location map -it’s an update from the one I drew for the very first festival I was at back in 2013



More workshops

I’m delighted to announce I’ve been able to book the studios at Ilkley Art Studio for a series of workshops, following popular demand.

They are:

October Saturday 21, Sunday December 3 and Saturday February 17 next year!

Each one will be slightly different in content, again due to demand: here’s the flyer for the first one,which will follow the format of the successful sketch/painting event back in April: let’s hope the weather’s as kind!

I’ll publish fuller details of the others as we get nearer the dates…at least one will focus more on drawing and the challenges of perspective, but always in the context of line and wash.

Email or send me a message for full details.

Volume 4 of my repro sketchbooks…UPDATE

So, after my last  note, I’m pleased to say that the book has finally gone to print, after many changes to the cover design. I was trying to come up with a clever title for the book, but eventually  settled on a ‘does what it says on the tin’ phrase.

It’s been listed for sale across on my Etsy shop, and delighted to see I had four orders within minutes!!


 Here are a couple of photos…