Another week goes by….

The news this week is that I’m delighted to have been asked to supply illustrations for  fund raising cards for the Breast Cancer Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary: obviously I’m more than pleased, for the most personal of reasons, and I’m busy working on the rough designs to present to them.It’s a fantastic opportunity to help the work of the unit, and to feel I’m contributing in a small way ….

They’ve asked for 4 cheerful images, but I think I’ll do at least 6: the challenge is to avoid the cliches and yet keep the subjects relevant. Once the project is approved and in production, I’ll post the illustrations.

Meanwhile, here a re a couple of sketches from this week’s output: these are works in progress, and will eventually be fully fledged paintings…

The first is a sketch of a back street in Manchester city centre where there are three pubs side-by-side !…

The next is an attempt at loose watercolour only: no lines, no pen…just very loose washes…oh, and it’s a corner of our front garden, trying to pretend we live in the 50s with a traditional cottage feel..

All of the work featured here and on my Flickr page is for sale…just email me if there’s anything you like!

A Post A Week?

So, the ‘once a week’ posting promise I made myself back in February didn’t work….I can always find a reason why it didn’t, but now I will make it happen…starting here:


This is the latest in a series of  East Coast images….trying to find a style that works for me, and is interesting to others…..

This one’s an unusual view of one of the most-painted towns on the Yorkshire Coast: Staithes. This one is called Staithes Riviera,’cause I thought it looked almost sub tropical.