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3 - Herbacious borders in walled gardens, a series of plein air paintings from Castle Howard, Wassand Hall, Sledmere House and Helmsley.
4 - Churches of the East Riding of Yorkshire, watercolours and plein air oil.
5 - The Westwood, B E V E R L E Y, a series of plein air paintings, oil and watercolour, featuring Black Mill and Beverley Minster.
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Previous exhibitions.
1- 2015 A Year in Burton Bushes. An exhibition showing plein air oil paintings, to be added to in the future with pen and ink and watercolour work.
2 - 2016 Beverley from the south before the Southern Relief Road was constructed. This collection of plein air oil paintings significantly recorded the quiet beauty of the area which contained many fine views of Beverley Minster, views seen since 1220 when the present church was rebuilt.<
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Black Mill, Beverley, sunset 4.

As a watercolour, I was disappointed with this and have used gouache to make the scene perhaps, a little more 'graphic' I kind of like the effect. It will certainly be a good contrast image compared to the watercolours I am attempting. It is a different approach but has reminded me that we can 'rescue' our work sometimes when we use gouache.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Westwood sunset 3, Beverley.

Watercolour on 22 x 15 inch paper.
Okay, these sunsets are challenging. I thought I had 'lost' this when adding colour later. But looking at it now I think we can just about say it is okay. I quickly sketch the picture, adding notes, and then add colour later. I tend to leave the notes on the paper, as a reminder to me of the process and relevant time it was done. Soon, it will be too late to do these pictures as the sun will set a long way to the left.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sunset photographs

Just wanted to say there are some amazing sunsets in Beverley at the moment. The Westwood and Black Mill are good spots to witness the amazing sight. I wanted to thank all of you who have taken photographs and sent them to me in particular T.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Peregrines, peregrines

Needed to do an emergency visit to the shops and cycled past the Minster. And wow, suddenly, a commotion. Loud cries, screeching cries, urgent cries came down to me from overhead. I stopped, looked up, and there above me on stuttering wings were the peregrines. One flew off with, I suspect, a newly caught bird, the bird was hanging from the talons as it slowly, flew away. It was followed by a juvenile ( I wonder if there was to be an aerial exchange ) out of sight before returning. They landed on the top of the south towers. I saw three, possibly four.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Black Mill, Beverley, sunset 2.

Watercolour on half imperial 22 x 15 inch paper
These sunsets are sort of challenging. Everything changes so quickly. With this one I sketched the Mill and horizon detail first .... and then waited for the sun to do it's job, to slowly sink and slide away. The sun was too brilliantly, and dangerously, bright to watch directly ( please NEVER look at the sun direct ), there was an intensity about it. Then suddenly, rays of light seem to be switched on. I made mental notes and have tried here to get an idea of the brightness. No cows are shown here they must have been 'somewhere else' as someone used to say. The light was so bright that the nearest side of Black Mill was illuminated.
I hope you like this TB!
H A P P Y                         P A I N T I N G                     E V E R Y O N E.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Black Mill, Beverley at sunset 1 early June

Sunset number 1 - watercolour sketch 22 x 15 inch
Though a short window of opportunity, time permitting, I can try sunset paintings when possible. I will aim to get a small collection done before the evenings are too short. So, here we have a sunset done early June, I will endeavour to improve and experiment as I go along.
Hope you like it.
H a p p y  P a i n t i n g.

Beverley Beck, 1993.

This is shown in black and white as a pen and ink sketch. I do have colour prints available as well ( see Prints A3 button on home page ). I have put this up for David who liked the previous picture of the Beck area. Hope you like it.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Cows in Hall Garth, Beverley.

I cannot remember posting this sketch before. I have always loved it as it shows the field known as Hall Garth , to the south of Beverley Minster. This view focusses on the tall building, a local guest house. The window design is interesting and I suspect is also original. The white building to the side has some rather distorted window frames possibly suggesting lime mortar has been employed. Of course the idea of a field next to the Minster, so close to the town centre with extremely well looked after cows, contently grazing, always makes me smile. Such a bucolic, peaceful sight.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Garden Sketch

12 x 10 inch - oil on canvas.
This is a memorable day. I have not even attempted painting for so long I have had to really concentrate when doing this sketch. It was difficult to remember about 'values' and  it took me much longer than usual. It is not detailed but gives a flavour and will remind me of how it looked at this time. Hope everyone is well, best wishes and happy painting.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


SKETCHBOOK - Seatoller
Revisiting old sketch books is always interesting and here we have a sketch view of the path down towards Seatoller, a diversion from the higher path which leads to Honister. This is a scan, and for a change I selected the 'photo' setting. It results in some strange colour effects, yet I sort of like the outcome. So here we are. Things here at home are not changed but we must remember to be positive and hopeful and to continue to dream of better times.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Still time to see the water voles.

There is still time to see water voles by walking Willow Lane. Go to my WATER VOLE BLOG for more information and pictures.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dragon pictures

Hi everyone, I have been doodling with dragon sketches with a view to making moving models ( automata ). I thought that they may help some of my younger followers with their own ideas. So here are some sketches for you, to help you design your own.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Dragons, dragons and ...... more dragons, make your own moving model.


close up of dragon front
 Video link here

Well, though not doing any plein air painting at the moment I am nevertheless still producing, when time permits, some illustration and simple automaton work. Here is the front part of SCRHEAL ( pronounced scree..a...ll ) the third of a series of simple automata, yet to go the the printers. Scrheal is a massive dragon tamed only by N'hog the dragon rider. Look out for details soon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dragon automata, make your own.

Another automata paper model for you to make at home.
The model comes on two sheets of A3 paper and is coloured in as shown.
More details at John Geekie Art

See a video below which shows a smaller version of the same design.
Dragon automata

Detail of the front of the dragon showing the dragon rider.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Drummer automata, make your own.

A video of the drummer can be seen here

This is made from a collection of nets, all on one sheet of A3 paper ( available as a print).
The face on the front is optional, also I will add some colour to the arms and body.
This is a difficult model and is very satisfying to make.
The nets of the drummer are plain white as shown on the finished photograph. This allows for decoration of the model, maybe adding colours for a drum or uniform.
The net below can be supplied to you to make at home, ( £10 including p+p)

A video of the drummer can be seen here

Friday, 17 March 2017

Dog automata to make at home

Curly hair and hairy eyelashes.

Here are some pictures of a simple rotational lever actuated automata, or simply, a little moving dog made from paper. This was a paper model my year 8 students would make as part of their lessons looking at automata and before moving on to making wooden models in year 9.The model also requires a straw with cocktail sticks added. This is used to move the head and tail of the dog.  I will and supply these.
The dog can be made to nod it's head, wag it's tail, look like it is walking, even running.
 Here is a link to see one working.
Here is the net sheet which is A3 in size, cost £10 including postage.

Here are some assembled pictures.

Moving his head

View showing ears before cutting them to make them look hairy
All parts cut out ready to crease and fold
Parts creased, folded and waiting to be glued.
Nose cut out

Detail showing cocktail stick through straw on outside

Main body net

Important, this shows how to fit and arrange the cocktail stick inside the body of the dog

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Quaker Meeting House model of Malton Meeting House

 Here is a static model of Malton Meeting House ( Quaker Meeting House )
The A3 sheet above can be cut to make the model shown below. The sheet can be posted to you for you to make at home. ( £10 including p+P ).

Detail of front showing the optional tree

Friday, 27 January 2017

Temporary rest from painting

As many people know my beloved wife is very ill and needs my care. So I am not blogging any more at the moment. Exhibitions postponed. I want to thank everyone for their support, empathy and understanding.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hull University Exhibition, LINES OF THOUGHT.

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From Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse, Rembrandt to Riley - Lines of thought uncovers the genius behind the drawings of some of art's most prominent masters.
The greatest gathering of artistic talent ever seen in Hull - in one exhibition. From Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse, Rembrandt to Riley, this exhibition examines the process and practice of drawing, illustrated by a selection of work created over 500 years. Lines of thought uncovers the genius behind the drawings of some of art's most prominent masters giving us fresh insight into the creative impulse of some of the world's greatest artists.

Just back from visiting the exhibition at Hull University. Wow, what a wonderful exhibition, especially for people who like line drawings. I found myself noticing the dates when the various works were made. These are the originals and some hundreds of years old. The implements used by the artists has set me to do some research. Were some of the works done using quills, metal dip pens, if so how were they produced. As someone brought up using a pencil then later the ubiquitous 'Rotring" pen favoured by architects and now waterproof ink pens I found the exhibition fascinating. Looking closely at the line work I tried to determine whether the artist was left or right handed, I think I could tell, and will now research that aspect as well. I could go on but will resist.


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Wassand Hall Lake, Seaton, Hornsea, East Yorkshire. Print available.

Hello everyone and best wishes for the season.
I have just received this print from my printer. It shows the lake at Wassand Hall. I love the greens and the absence of sky in this study of the lake. The reflections on the still, dark water were interesting to observe and try to capture. The print is A3 in size with a wider white border than shown above. The actual image being approx 30cm wide and 28cm deep.
Hope you like it. See the prints page for details about how to purchase.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Dominic with Charles in the garden

Click image to see a larger view.
 It is rather lovely to look back at old sketches sometimes and for me this one is interesting. It shows a corner of our garden which is now completely different. So that is interesting, but when I look closely I can see one our our neighbours children, Dominic. He is with Charles our big briard. Charles passed on years ago and Dominic grew up to be a fine young man.  This is a watercolour sketch, nothing more. It was never intended to be used to work up another picture but I am glad I did it now. I remember the framework to the left, we grew a vine like plant over the top and would sit below it when the sun came out. The wooden conservatory was a mistake and has now been replaced. So, I guess what I am trying to say, is that we should not be too worried about making masterpieces all the time and be prepared to make up quick sketches which often have a value in themselves.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Wednesday Market, Beverley 1990.

Another old sketch - this time showing the area of Wednesday Market. It is always amazing to see how things have changed. Apart from 'Peck's' the wet fish shop, all the other retail premises have new clients. The road layout and signage has changed as well. Also, the post box I that can be seen here is also relocated.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Friday, 18 November 2016

Langdales from Blea Tarn.

Langdales from Blea Tarn

Hi everyone here, and over the next few days, are some old sketchbook images of trips to the lakes. This is a pen and ink sketch with watercolour wash. All of the sketchbook images were done in-situ. I would either stand or find a rock to sit on, ....painfully.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Beverley Open Exhibition 2016.

Good luck to everyone who entered this year.
My picture of the interior of the Minster was not selected unfortunately. The limitations of space available combined with the number of entries makes the blow a little less painful. The preview will be on Thursday 24th November 5.30 - 7.30. I will try to make it and if so, look forward to meeting old friends.
Here is the picture framed, it was done by Ford framing and they have done an excellent job. Hope YOU like it. *(;o).
I did the picture in about 5 visits to the Minster, sitting in the same position, with my wife being tolerant and waiting for a coffee. It is sketched straight onto the watercolour paper and I have tried to get the impression of height, the soaring roof. The style is pen and ink detailing the organ in particular and getting looser as we move away.

Overall frame measures 22 inches by 30 inches approx. Click image to see larger view.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

Helmsley Market Place.
Another old pen and ink sketch. The prominent memorial was missing something - can you spot what it was?

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Beverley Beck 1993

Thought I should try and post something and when looking through my archive I found this. It is a view looking towards the end of Beverley Beck at the town end. The tall buildings on the left were Barker's Mill I recall, and there is still, at this time, evidence of industry on the right hand side with steelwork projecting towards the beck. The white building was and still is The Sloop public house. Of course much has changed since doing this sketch.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

English Lake district ridge view.

Here is an old watercolour sketch showing, from the left Green Gable and Great Gable looking from Haystacks. This was to be a reference sketch for some later work, still yet to do. I remember it was one of a series I was doing when staying in beautiful Seatoller. I would carry everything to the tops, looking for views to paint. This sketch was half imperial, that is 22 inches by 15 inches. The colours are loosely applied, not well reproduced here, and look a little light in saturation. It needs more work to finish it if I want to keep it.