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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

View from Myton Bridge cabin 1980

Here is an old, late 1980, sketch showing a busy River Hull entrance. A ferry can be seen with its two vertical masts and I am trying to find out which ferry it was. The ferry service stopped when the Humber bridge opened and the phalanx of pedestrians seen making their daily march to offices, school and other places of work in the town just stopped.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Grab a 2018 calendar.

Hi everyone, the calendars have arrived from my printer. They contain some "walled garden" pictures of Castle Howard and Sledmere House, a preview of a future exhibition, also, other work of a local, East Riding, interest.
The calendar is A4 opening to hang as A3 and includes a year planner at the back.
An ideal gift for Christmas.
Cost £10 incl p+p.
Contact me here

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sunset study, Westwood, Beverley.

Watercolour 22 x 15 inch ( half imperial )
A glorious sunset. Inspired and taken from a brilliant photograph a good friend had sent me, when I mentioned I was trying to capture sunsets. Hope you like it. Yesterday, early, I walked George, our dog, on the Westwood, headed for Black Mill, which is looking as if it has been freshly tarred recently, before exploring further afield. Lots of dog walkers, I recognised some old friends and missed others.
I have tried to reproduce some of the intensity of the power of the sun as it sets. Very soon the setting sun will have moved to the other side of Black Mill, as the days get shorter. So I want to paint when the conditions are good. This week, the forecast says we will have lots of grey cloudy weather with showers, making things difficult.
Best wishes to everyone.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunset near Black Mill, Beverley.

Quite pleased with this one.The surprise here is the appearance of the slim crescent moon. It was the first time, during the painting of these sunsets, that it appeared. Usually, it was behind me. Evenings are drawing in now. On cloudy evenings the light is gone by just after 9pm, not long ago it was nearer to 10pm. Sitting on the garden, as dusk falls, the evenings still mild, one often sees bats hunting. Silhouettes darting by, in search, in pursuit of some of the 2500 different moths that we have here in the UK. The swifts and martins are also active earlier in the evenings flying low to catch the insects which hug the trees and bushes. Summer still has time to go but there is a feeling of it passing too quickly.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sunset near Black Mill, Beverley Westwood.

Another sunset appeared recently with some strange fingers of rosy cloud, raking across a very pale sky. I have tried to get the effect here. These sunset studies may be worth using to create oil paintings, though I will have to think about it. Time, at present is not something I have much of.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sunset, Beverley, Westwood.

 This view, with some cows is interesting as a young man on the left appeared and started to fly his drone. Once it was Peter Powell stunters, then parasail kites, how times change. Actually, talking of kites it is about time I made some. But that is for another day.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Westwood sunset with Black Mill

Back to the sunset we go, here is a simple sunset, not overworked and looking better for it. I have told myself not to overwork and to stop. I can see areas I could work up, but will leave it as it is. This would have been just a few minutes before the sun set, about 9.30pm.

Westwood sunset.

Another Westwood sunset but this time from nearer the town side of Beverley. Gouache again used but not exclusively.

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