Thursday, 29 December 2011


I actually started this Curlew drawing at the beginning of November, but haven't touched it since.  This was a demonstration piece for a show, but I got very little drawn.

Once new year is out of the way, i'll get back to this before throwing myself into quite a few new drawings.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Xmas Shows

I'm now 15 days down with 10 to go of the York Christmas Shows.  The weather seems to be getting colder, which isn't great when you're in a marquee, but compared to last year, it feels like summer!

For any of you in the area, I am in the Made In Yorkshire marquee on St Sampson's Square, just outside Browns.  I'll be exhibiting there until the 18th Dec.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Strutting Sussex

'Strutting Sussex'
Image size 16x10"
The last of 6 originals off to the Masham Arts Festival Exhibition completed this afternoon and quickly mounted and framed to take for hanging tomorrow. 

The exhibition runs from Friday 21st until Sunday 30th October.  For details see

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Summer Swaledales

size approx 16.5" x 10"
Finished these local Swaledales this weekend.  I'm framing this as we speak and they will be off to the Masham Arts Festival Exhibition which begins this Friday (a bit worrying as I have another drawing to get done in time!).

Monday, 3 October 2011

Hare today, gone....

Hare Study
Limited Edition print mounted size 16x20"
If there are any hare fans out there that may have been procrastinating about buying this print, i've just signed the last 10 of the 500 print run (and numbers 499 and 500 are reserved), so there are only 8 more of this print left (plus a few in the odd gallery here and there)...get it while you can!!

This has been my best selling print since drawing it just over 2 years ago, so i'll be sorry to see it go, but it's nice to sell out a limited edition of 500 in such a short space of time!!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Friesian Calf

'Friesian Calf'
Size approx 16x12"
New drawing just completed whilst at Hawes this weekend.  Any of you that saw me at the Harrogate Flower Show should recognise this piece as it was my demonstration piece for the 3 days - I didn't get much drawing done there though. 

This will be off to the Masham Arts Festival Exhibition on October 21st

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Badger Sow & Cub

'Badger Sow & Cub'
Size approx 14.5"x10"

I meant to try and get some scans of this as I was working with it but with 6 straight days of shows, I couldn't find the time - so here is the finished thing.  This has already made it's way to the RHS Harlow Carr Exhibition in Harrogate for the last two weeks of the exhibition. 

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Red-Legged Partridge

'Red Legged Partridge'
Size approx 12x8"
With all the shows currently on the go, I haven't had chance to scan this during the drawing process, so here we are straight in with the finished piece.  This will be framed and off to the last month of the RHS Harlow Carr Summer Exhibition. 

The Red Grouse original sold there last week (as did the boxing hares), so lets hope there are more game bird fans around!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Boxing Hares complete

'Boxing Hares' - Size approx 11.5x15.5"
Finished these sparring hares at the weekend, so they will be mounted and framed and off to the ongoing RHS Harlow Carr Exhibition next week.


Monday, 25 July 2011

Boxing Hares ongoing

Here is this weekend's work.  I got quite far with this whilst exhibiting at Hawes - which usually implies it was a quiet weekend sales-wise.

Anyway, I hope to have this finished by the weekend and get it off to the Harlow Carr Exhibition to replace originals already sold.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Mule Portrait

'Mule Portrait' - Size approx 14.5"x10.5"
I managed to get this one finished last weekend, but with the Great Yorkshire Show, I only found the time to scan it this morning.  The original is off to the Summer Exhibition at Talents Fine Art Gallery over at Malton this evening.  
For anyone in the area, the exhibition is open to the public tomorrow and runs for a month.  There are 5 of my originals on display, including the last Light Sussex Hen drawing

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

If any of the 150,000 visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show happen to read this blog, pop into the Made in Yorkshire marquee (opposite the food halls) and say hi.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

"Light Sussex Hen"
Size approx 11.5x15.5"
Here is the last week's work on this chicken.  This one will be going to the second of the exhibitions in a couple of weeks time at Talents Fine Art Gallery in Malton.  The RHS Harlow Carr Art Exhibition began today, so hopefully they had a busy start (I wasn't there today)


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Highland Cow

'Highland Cow'
Size approx 15.5x11.5"
A relatively quick one here.  I've touched on this technique in a few earlier posts, but with the exception of the horns and nose area, the entire drawing is all created with tissue and erasers.  Onto a chicken now!


Friday, 17 June 2011

Red Kite complete

'Red Kite'
Size approx 16.5" x 12"
Finally finished this feathery Red Kite.  
No time to rest though, onto the next and prep for Sunday's North Yorkshire County Show. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Pheasant completed...maybe!

"Strutting Pheasant"
Size approx 17x11.5"
I must admit, although, I had finished this drawing, I have great urges to add a few tall blades of grass to it. I'm not sure why as this was the look I was going for from the start, but i've scribbled over a print of the drawing and I feel it may just add something extra to it...or ruin it completely!  I may have to sleep on it.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Red Grouse complete

'Red Grouse'
Image size 10.5"x14"
I thought i'd need to tinker with this one a little.  There's probably no difference between this post and the last (especially at this scale), but thought i'd add the actual finished piece. 

And just to make this post a little more worthwhile, here is a snippet of the next game bird.  I'm definitely going to be taking a break from small feathers after these two!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Red Grouse

Here is the weekend's work.  I think this one is finished, but I feel I need a day or two to decide.  If there isn't a further update, here is 'Red Grouse', image size approx 10.5"x14".  If there is an update, here is where I am so far with the grouse.  We'll see...


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

And finally...

'Swaledale Tup'
Size approx 11"x16"
And here we are with the finished piece.  As mentioned earlier, a little more blending to eliminate obvious pencil strokes, another pass with the eraser, a little more darkening of shadows, a final pass with the eraser, and finally a little tidying up of the face and horns...and he is complete!  And a proper scan this time!


Thursday, 5 May 2011

New hare drawing

'Hare Portrait'
Size approx 11.5x15.5"
Here we are again with 2 updates.  After yet another busy week, I have completed work on a new hare study and made a little progress on the Swaledale Tup.

I don't usually work on 2 pieces at once.  I would normally prefer to have one complete and out of my mind before working on another, but sometimes us artists just get urges to draw something specific.  As it had been all of about 3 months since I last drew a hare, I had the urges

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

One complete, another begins.

Barn Owl Portrait - size approx 14x11"
After a long 4-day weekend of demonstrating at a show, here we have the completed Barn Owl portrait.  I wanted to go for something quite different with this barn owl, concentrating on the face and wing.  Some people may say they want to see the talons or the entire owl, but i've been there, done that - I wanted to get closer to the detail with this one.

This barn owl is now going to be locked away as I need to save it for an exhibition in July at Talents Gallery in Malton.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Harrogate Flower Show

Harrogate Flower Show set up
There hasn't been much progression on the barn owl of late.  I have been busy getting ready for the Harrogate Flower Show which ran from last Thursday through to Sunday.

The flower show is usually the start of the show season, so it's always a relief to get there and know that the quiet months are over.

The show was a bit of a strange one this year.  Usually, Saturdays and Sundays are the best 2 days, for me at least, with a relatively quiet Thursday and Friday (lots of coach trips - they don't tend to buy much more than greeting cards from me).  This year, Thursday and Friday were by far the better two days.  Saturday was very busy, but not in terms of sales.

Any of you out there that regularly attend shows know that exhibitors spend a lot of time questioning why a show, or a particular day, is good or bad.  We seem to need reasons for success or failure, probably so we can reproduce the successes and avoid the failures in the future.  The general consensus amongst exhibitors was that it was the weather (always a reason for something at a show).  The marquee, which is massive and holds hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors, was so hot on Saturday that people seemed to be looping around and heading for the door as quickly as they could, only stopping at the ice-cream stand.  Of course, had it been raining, we would have blamed the rain for the low sales!

Of course, who cares which days work and which don't, as long as the overall outcome is one of success, and it was!

Now back to restocking for Easter!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Oscar complete

I actually finished Oscar a few days ago now, but didn't want to post it until the recipient had collected the drawing. With that done, here he is! The blue belton markings make this a nice dog to work on in graphite.

Size approx 11.5x15.5"

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Onwards with Oscar

Here's another couple of days work on Oscar. The face is pretty much sorted, just need to finish off the ears before moving onto the curly neck and chest hair.
I'm finding this a fun one to draw - the markings and colouring of an English Setter lend themselves quite nicely to the humble pencil.

Monday, 14 March 2011

English Setter

Here we are with the weekend's work. This is Oscar, a blue belton English Setter.

I am 3 days into this, but having had a relatively quiet weekend demonstrating at Hawes, I got quite a bit more than I would usually expect. That may be good for drawing progress, but isn't great for sales - as always, we seem to be at the mercy of the weather, and after the week we just had, I can't blame people for not venturing out. There's always the next show though!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Priory Exhibition a Great Success

As mentioned here quite a few times over the last few weeks, last weekend was the Priory Arts Exhibition, the first exhibition to be held at this new venue.

I must admit, I wasn't expecting too much in the run up to the event. I had seen the venue beforehand, so I knew that would be great, and I could tell it was being very well organised, but The Priory Barn at Syningthwaite near Wetherby is in a location that has very little passing traffic. As it turned out, it was very well advertised, and we had an excellent number of visitors over the weekend.

The preview evening on the Friday was packed to the rafters (or to the massive exposed beams) with people happy to spend and not simply there for free champagne and canap├ęs. There was a nice mix of work from the 5 artists, and all 5 had a great weekend.

The Priory makes a great exhibition venue, and would be a great place for a wedding (as it is usually used for).

Emma Stothard's amazing life size bull made from willow greeting visitors in the entrance.

My section was already looking 'thin' by Sunday morning.

Nikky Corker's stunning work.

For anyone interested in the location and facilities at the priory, their URL is

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Art Exhibition


Readers of this blog (or viewers - there isn't usually too much to read!) will have noticed that i've been frantically drawing for the last few weeks preparing for a new exhibition. This Saturday and Sunday, I will be exhibiting work at a new Priory Barn at Syningthwaite near Wetherby.

There will be work from 4 other Yorkshire Artists Nikky Corker, Vivienne Rawnsley, Emma Stothard and Sandie Turner.

The exhibition is open from 10am until 4pm both days, so if you're in the area, drop in.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Golden Eagle Study

Golden Eagle Study
Image size 16.5"x11.5"
All originals done! Time to get them printed and mounted!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Herdwick Study

Herdwick Tup
Image size 15.5"x11.5"
The penultimate drawing before next week's exhibition. I now have 3 days to start and complete a Golden Eagle study!!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Speed under pressure!

Barn Owl at Rest
Image size approx 16x12"

It's amazing what a little pressure can do to my drawing speed. With only 9 days until my first exhibition of the year, this is the only original I currently have (the last Hare drawing sold before it was finished). I'm hoping to get at least another 2 originals ready for the exhibition, so there'll be no respite yet!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Hare - On the Lookout

'On The Lookout'
Size approx 15.5x12"
Finally got around to finishing this Hare drawing having started it almost 2 months ago (which is a long time for me). I have an exhibition in 2 weeks, which this drawing isn't for, so I need to get straight back to the drawing board!