Ever wondered what goes on at a demo?

Here’s your chance to find out…a detailed report on my visit there last week, from the lovely folk of Spalding Art and Craft Society

John Harrison line and wash demo


Jh & pic

I’m demonstrating all over the place….

It’s true…I seem to have clocked up quite a few miles just lately: Blackpool, Preston, Knaresborough, Macclesfield, and Silsden in the last few weeks, with a return visit to Harrogate and NIdderdale Art Group in the next day or so to run a workshop…

I simply love doing these demos and workshops to lovely groups of people of various art groups and societies… artists are, in the main, really nice people to meet and get to know and the time always seems to fly past.

Here are a couple of my pieces from recent events…oh, and I have some exciting news about workshops in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the summer, but  I’ll save that for my next post….

The first is from my Macclesfield demo , which had a record attendance for the club, and the second one ( the streets of Saltaire) is from my Silsden demo earlier in the week.

Lakes cottage from maccelsfield demo Saltaire from leyland demo

On Ilkley Moor baht’at….nearly

My last workshop day at Ilkley Studios was a great success thankfully, so I’ve organised a second one: this one will focus on sketching in the lovely town of Ilkley, then the afternoon will be spent back in the studio working one of our sketches into a full-on painting in ‘my’ style of line and wash.

It’ll be on Saturday 1st April(no joke!!!) As before, I’ll supply the watercolour pair and the correct pen to use: you’ll need a sketchbook, paints and brushes.
Places will be limited so let me know y email, or comment,  if you’re interested at all and we can get your name on the list.

JH Workshop flyer ilkley March 2017


Happy New Year (10 days late)

To start the year off, I am beyond excited to share some news…earlier this week I finalised details for a series of one day workshops at a fabulous venue in the glorious Yorkshire Dales.
This has been a long cherished goal for me, and it’s finally happening!!!

The first days are in June and August…the flyer below has basic information, and if you want to look at the venue…just visit www.broadrake.co.uk

Rachel at Broadrake is handling all of the bookings so fire away: I really can’t tell you how chuffed I am -the venue and facilities are first class, the location itself is stunning…..I will have more information in the coming weeks and am happy to answer any questions as to what the days will cover…there will be lots of sketching in and around the farm, as well as watercolour painting indoors…can’t wait!!!






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