It’s here (well.almost).

Only three days till I set off for the North-East Coast of Yorkshire armed with lots of new work, new cards and a few sketchbooks. Here’s one of my new drawings, which will be on show…if I can get it framed in time…as I write, some of the washes are still damp!

I’ll be in Broome Cottage at the top of Mount Pleasant, and it would be great to see you…

shadows over the Beck

Countdown to Staithes….

Hardly seems possible that it’s less than a month until the Staithes Festival of Arts…I’ll be in Broome Cottage at the top of Mount Pleasant, with lots of new work, new cards and my all-new book of sketches…



Cover sketchbook3













Here’s one of my new pieces: the view from outside the cottage Mount Plesant towards the harbour.
























Here’s the Festival website link, which has all of the information you’ll need…looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible….a warm welcome awaits one and all in Broome Cottage.



What I’ve been doing….

…for the last few weeks:

I took part in the inaugural Artspace exhibition at St Wilfrids in Harrogate, and was delighted to see 6 of my paintings(well, drawings really) off to new homes!

I’ve been so busy with demos and workshops at various art clubs and societies in and around Yorkshire: up the A19 to Hartlepool Art Society to give a demo in a quite fabulous old church; across the harrogate to introduce the lovely folk if St Paul’s Art Group to the Urban Sketching phenomenon, and in a couple of days a workshop for the York And District SAA  -to which I’m looking forward immensely!

I am also in deep discussion with several possible venues with a view to offering workshops in line and wash, and drawing: all very exciting, and I’ll announce the details here, and on my facebook page as soon as things are finalised. I’m also about to list some new original framed pieces for sale on the page here on my site: just email me or send a message if you’re interested. 

Here are a few recent demo pieces, plus a couple from the sketch outing in Harrogate 


My demo piece to Hornsea Art Club
My demo piece to Hornsea Art Club



Staithes & bunting demo piece croppedRHB demo piece carltonHarrogate St pauls Sketchcrawl workshop June 14 2016 2Harrogate St pauls Sketchcrawl workshop June 14 2016

Spring has definitely sprung!!!

I spent the nicest day of the year so far, running a line and wash workshop in the lovely village of Firbeck, South Yorkshire, with the lovely folks of the Dinnington Art Society. The village hall is a great place -very light filled, but being able to look across to the village pub and see hordes of walkers basking in the sun didn’t make it any easier!

All in all, we all had a very productive day, producing 2 differing views of Robin Hoods Bay….here we all are(well, not me, I’m behind the lens) at the day’s end with the morning piece…and my afternoon demo on the big screen.

happy painters hard at work Robin Hoods Bay number 2

Showing off…..

News of two fabulous exhibitions that I’m privileged to be taking part in…the first is Faultline, an exciting collaboration between poets and artists. I was invited to join in by Jo Mortimer of Devon, whose husband Paul is a celebrated poet, and the author of Faultline-a collection of poems,nominated for the prestigious Heaney Centre poetry prize.This is on now at The Oak Room until the end of April with more than 40 paintings based on the poetry debut collection of the same name by Tiverton poet Paul Mortimer – poet and author ~ and includes work by Tiverton artists Kirsten Elswood and Jo Mortimer, as well as Bella Bee and my good self . The Fault Line collection has also been nominated for the prestigious Heaney Centre poetry prize.The exhibition starts in Tiverton, then tours round the South West until the end of the year. Here’s the info, followed by one of my pieces for the show, inspired by a line from one of Paul’s poems..

.I’ll post later about the second exhibition, in Harrogate this time.

Faultline tour poster Faultline of washing




Original work for sale….

In a shameless act of blatant self -promotion, may I draw your attention to the existence of some new framed originals which are (gasp!!!) for sale on my Artfinder site?

Here’s the link to the first one which has just been uploaded …more will follow over the next few days


John Harrison on Artfinder

Happy New Year -36 days late…

Apologies for the gap in posting….but I’m back with a great announcement. I am honoured to have been invited to take part in faultline -a major collaboration between poetry and art, which will launch on April 1 in Tiverton, then tour across the south west until October.

There is some fantastic art to look at( and buy!), all inspired by the writing of the great poets involved: the flyer here has all the details, and I am planning to be at the launch in Tiverton on April 1, so if you’re around that neck of the woods, it would be great to see you!

I’m working away like mad drawing new pieces for the project…the images next to the flyer are a couple still in progress


The writing shed 3Faultline ExhibitionTall stern houses Faultline