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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.
PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS SITE. See below for details of exhibitions.
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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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 attempting 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.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Wassand Hall, a sketch of the fountain.

I did this sketch this August on our last visit of the year. If you want to download it for adding to it or to colour it in please click the image. It should give you a bigger image to print off.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

5 minute pen and ink sketch Marks and Spencer, Beverley

Very minimal pen and ink approx A5
Just popped in to Marks and Spencer in Beverley and doodled this sketch.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

2017 Calendar

I have not done as much artwork as usual during the last year and wondered about cancelling this year's calendar. However, when looking back  I was surprised to see I have enough images to continue. So here it is.
Excellent value.
£10 incl postage.
Email me if you would like one posting to you.

Monday, 5 September 2016

The old harbour area River Hull.

Watercolour sketch
Just seen this old picture done in 1979 hanging on our staircase wall. It is framed and behind glass so if you look closely I can be seen taking the picture. I used my phone to take the picture so the quality could be better. It is now an interesting record of what this part of the River Hull looked like before the improvements to the walkway, the building of Myton Bridge and the Tidal Barrier and of course the new swing footbridge. The row of distant windows on the left far distance was the workshops and offices of the Docks board I seem to remember. A small family run shipyard "Worfolks or Warfolks" were also based there. They were very skilled at servicing small vessels. The roof of Oriel House is the modern building which can just be made out on the right hand side. This was designed by Gelder and Kitchen ( D. Oxley ) the now closed architects who were based in Maister House, High Street, Hull, a stones throw away. Just one more comment, later as Bridgemaster I got to know the crew of the tug, Gillian Knight, which was kept busy in this stretch of the river and usually moored by Drypool Bridge close to the office of the River Hull harbourmaster, Captain Patrick  Boylan.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Black Mill, Beverley, an August sunset.

Quick impression - loose watercolour over pen wash.
We travelled to Newby Hall recently where it was raining and no chance of sketching or painting. However in the gift shop I was pleased to see some pens for sale and so I bought some, they are lightfast. However, I assumed they were waterproof also, but they were not. Always double check this if you buy pens. We had just walked George on the Westwood and we saw this sunset. I quickly sketched it and added it and decided to add colour at home as it was getting dark. However, the next day, in daylight, when I washed the scene I found out that the pen was not waterproof, drat. Nevertheless it is another memory. Hope you are getting out painting and sketching.
Postscript, I have been meaning to say how lovely it is to hear the grasshoppers chirring on the Westwood as we walk George. Started hearing them on sunny days in August and on into September.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Beverley Minster - a view from inside.

We are fortunate to live in Beverley and we often pop in to the Minster. As I am somewhat limited regarding working on plein air painting at the moment, I thought I could do some Minster sketches. We could both visit the Minster and even if it rains we can still work inside. Over the years I have drawn and painted the Minster lots of times, from different, slightly unusual locations. I have neglected the inside, so here is the first effort. The images show how the sketch progressed. Maybe I should use sketches like this to produce an oil painting, I will consider it. My intention here is to try and convey the height of the building. It is truly magnificent and soars heavenwards. I have always been disappointed with the position of the organ. For me, it spoils the continuity of the view. It is strange to think of the upcoming serialisation of the film, Victoria. First, we saw the production team filming at Castle Howard, we were asked to keep our voices down, and later, we were surprised to see them in Beverley. Sure enough, when we looked at the first episode, the Minster was briefly seen, especially as the new Queen walked away from the organ. I wonder what my old friend, the organist, Alan Spedding would have made of it all. I have no copyright on the first two sketches below so please download if you would like it.

Initial unfinished sketch of Beverley Minster.

A little more detail and colour added.

Watercolour sketch approx. 22 x 15 inch, half imperial.
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Black Mill, Westwood, Beverley on a late summer evening.

A2 watercolour sketch
Saturday 13th August 2016.
We popped over to the Westwood to take George for his evening walk, as we returned to the car we saw a lovely sunset. People had stopped to photograph the sky with its varying hues, a back drop to Black Mill. I realised that I had an A2 sketchpad in the car and thought I should try to capture the essence of the scene, unfortunately the paper was thin cartridge paper thus preventing certain techniques. Regardless, I wanted to have a go. So here it is, a quick impression. Tonight, the next night Sunday, we repeated the walk for George. As we turned to return to the car we faced Beverley town below us, the Minster rising magnificently as it has done for hundreds of years. As we looked, and walked, we saw a skein of low flying geese seemingly flying over the towers of the Minster heading straight towards us. As they passed over we could hear them honking and we could see them clearly, their eyes looking down at us. They were the ubiquitous canada geese. We tried to guess their destination and concluded that it would be the pond at Bishop Burton. I wonder if we were right.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Wassand Hall, the white border.

Plein air 12 x 10 inch oil on canvas.
August 11th 2016.
We travelled to Wassand Hall as I wanted to attempt to paint the white border, to include, in particular the huge poppy type flower. I will post the exact name later but believe it to be a variety of a Californian poppy (probably Romneya coulteri). On the day I could only block in the colour, the wall position and the path. The large white areas were also added, this took about fifteen minutes, when I had to suddenly cease painting and return to Beverley. So, with the scene in my mind I finished this at home, quickly and without the deep detail I usually include. Wassand is open for the last time at the end of the month and it will be worth a trip just to see this border. I hope to have this in my autumn exhibition.
Happy painting.