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Wednesday 18th July 2018Inspirations: Velazquez, Old Woman Frying Eggs

I saw this painting in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh and I looked at it on the gallery wall for a full half hour. The light is superb. You can see the oil that she's cooking the eggs in, and sense it bubbling as you look at the painting. 
 
 
Essentially, what I aim to do when I paint, is to paint light on surface, and that is what Velazquez has achieved here. It's an extraordinary piece of work.
 

Thursday 24th May 2018Gallery Garden

Gallery visitors are often curious about the garden behind the building, and Alison and I spend a lot of time there. Alison tends to the flowers and I look after the vegetables, berries and the greenhouse. This May has been perfect for sitting outside in the evenings, and my art students occasionally sit out on the patio too, in their breaks. I've had to relearn the mechanics of running a greenhouse and em enjoying growing so much of our own food from the garden.
 
We grow flowers, chives, mint, rosemary, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, gooseberries, blackcurrants and much more from the sunny plot and also have a variety of seating areas to catch the best light. Sometimes on quiet Sundays, I leave a 'Working in the Garden' sign on the gallery door, and visitors can seek me out there.
 

Posted on May 24th 2018 on 01:11pm
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Thursday 03rd May 2018Lifestyle Article - Where Do They Eat?

Lifestyle magazine have interviewed me about where I eat - my first foodie article! It was good to be able to mention the local restaurants and suppliers who feed us so well - as well as eating in France and the Himalayas and growing my own food in the garden.
 

Posted on May 03rd 2018 on 01:13pm
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Friday 26th January 2018Look North Gallery Video - Photography Advice.

Following my slot on Look North as a judge for the Weather Calendar last year, I was invited back onto the show. Paul Mooney, the Look North Weather presenter, asked me to give a few hints to photographers looking to submit a photograph for the show’s calendar this year. I enjoyed chatting to him about it.
 
You can see the clip from the programme, shot in my gallery in Prudhoe, Northumberland, by clicking on the link below.
 
Watch Look North, Paul Stangroom Fine Art Gallery: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=132s&v=GdpNLr8BkFk 

Posted on January 26th 2018 on 05:16pm
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Friday 22nd September 2017Look North Video

I enjoyed my experience of filming for Look North. Follow this link to see the clip.
 
Fellow Prudhoe resident Paul Mooney asked me to go on the show to judge the Look North calendar page, alongside students and friends Carol and Richard. Paul made the experience quite relaxing for me - considering he was pointing a camera my way! 
 
 
 

Posted on September 22nd 2017 on 12:09pm
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Thursday 07th September 2017Paul Stangroom Gallery on Look North

Very different and pleasurable afternoon in the gallery yesterday. Paul Mooney, Look North weather presenter, spent the afternoon here filming for the show. Paul asked me to judge the August Look North Weather Calendar page. He also asked me to tell him my life story in 30 seconds - not an easy one. He filmed the gallery, and also watched me paint, and work with students. I believe it will be screened either tonight or Monday. Let me know what you think.
 
 
Paul lives in Prudhoe himself and was very interested to see inside the gallery. He made filming a much more pleasant process than I expected. Filming took around three hours, and all of this will be condensed into just a few minutes' footage on TV. 

Posted on September 07th 2017 on 12:22pm
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Friday 30th June 2017Ruffside Farm

 I'd like to share this painting, 'Ruffside Farm' and the first part of the poem accompanying it, written by my friend and poet, Noel Connor, for 'In the Pause of Passing.' It seems to be a poem partly about adapting to and surviving difficult times...

I Grew to Love

I grew to love that tree,
solitary, thick skinned,
clenching itself
to the stony ridge
behind the house,
muscling into the wall.

Young whippersnapper
it defied each winter,
leaned when to bend, to lean away
when the wind demanded,
to grow slow and hard-hearted,
a gnarled knowledge
shaping to survive,
knotting itself to the landscape...

http://www.paulstangroom.v1.gallereo.com/…/paul-stangroom-a…

 

Thursday 29th June 2017Teaching in France - Seventh Time

 Holiday coming up for my UK students and a real change of scenery for me - I have just been invited to teach in Correze, France, for the 7th time, staying in this beautiful chateau, 31st July to 9th August. Alison and my sister Lynn and other helpers will be holding the fort at the Prudhoe gallery for me - looking forward to the journey.
 
 

Thursday 29th June 2017Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral

Other good news this month - I have been accepted to show six original Windows paintings at the Great North Art Show, so they will be hanging in Ripon Cathedral in September. I'm really looking forward to that, and pleased to be chosen, though I'll have to rearrange the gallery in Prudhoe. It's always interesting to see my work in a new setting - and this one is very special.  
 
Great North Art Show have chosen six of my Windows paintings to be exhibited - 'Bedroom Window, Ruffside Farm,' 'The Blind,' 'Swallow's Nest,' 'The Blue Room,' 'Pantry Window, Ruined Cottage' and 'Garden Room'. Look forward to seeing them in such a beautiful cathedral setting in September.
 
 

Thursday 23rd February 2017Painting Abandoned Dwellings - Hidden Treasures

 This blog relates to my painting 'Window' and explains some of the inspiration behind my work.
 

I'm so often inspired and amazed by what I find in long abandoned, crumbling cottages, farmhouses and barns. The photograph above features items left in an old farmhouse I explored in Huntshield Ford, between St John's Chapel and Daddry Shield in Weardale, which led to my painting 'Window', which you can see on the left. The brace of stuffed grouse surprised me most!

 

I have found whole cooker ranges, chairs and many personal objects intact in these long abandoned, derelict cottages and farmhouses. I always leave the contents exactly as I find them, and paint what I see, without any rearrangement at all.

 

It sometimes seems as if the family has just walked away...

Posted on February 23rd 2017 on 04:52pm
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