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Tuesday 20th August 2019Colt Crag Reservoir

There's a unique chance to see a range of six new paintings in my Prudhoe gallery right now. I’ve never released so many watercolours at once, as each takes months, or even over a year to complete. Health problems I had earlier this year made it impossible for me to finish the paintings until last month.
 
 
 
‘Colt Crag Reservoir’ is one painting that I worked on for some 18 months. Colt Crag is north of Corbridge, near Colwell. This painting is available as a print also and you can see it in the gallery from next week.

Saturday 27th July 2019My First Prudhoe Art Trail

 I very much enjoyed the first Prudhoe Art Trail, and the businesses all along Front Street really got behind it. Dozens of people visited the gallery every day and walked along the trail, enjoying paintings, wood turnings, glass and sculpture displayed in many of the shops and cafes.
 
 
Prudhoe Painters
 
Thank you Claudia Quayle, artist, for the photos of Prudhoe painters in my gallery. Claudia is on the right of the photograph below of the launch event.  The other photos feature artists in other Prudhoe shops and cafes.
 
We hope that this will become an annual event in the town. 
 
 
Prudhoe Art Trail Launch, Cafe no 22
 
 

Friday 12th July 2019Prudhoe's First Art Trail, 13 - 20 July, Tomorrow!

Prudhoe's first Art Trail begins tomorrow, showcasing both artists from in and around Prudhoe and Front Street's many independent businesses.
 
This article in the Journal tells you more and features Claudia Quayle's painting. The gallery is acting as hub to the event and we hope it will be one of many!
 

Posted on July 12th 2019 on 11:27am
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Monday 08th July 2019Planning Prudhoe Art Trail

 
I am very pleased to be taking part in Prudhoe's very first Art Trail, 13 - 20th July.
 
The public can walk all along Front Street and see the artworks in the shops, library and cafes.
 
 
My gallery at 45 Front Street is acting as the hub of the event, providing information, maps, meetings with artists such as Claudia Quayle, and also selling artworks. Claudia's painting is below.
 
All artworks in the Trail are for sale and all artists are based in or around Prudhoe. The gallery will be staffed 10 - 4 every day. The event is being run by the Prudhoe Community Partnership.
 
 
Art lovers need to follow the boot logo to find the Trail and the artworks - the shopkeepers will display posters of the boot and there's the map.
 
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
 
Paul
 

Monday 08th July 2019Sky Blue Summers in Northumberland

Thank you Tyne Valley Express magazine for this interview about my painting 'The Blue Porch,' the Gallery Bed and Breakfast above the gallery - and summers in Northumberland.
 

Friday 10th May 2019The First Prudhoe Art Trail

Prudhoe Community Partnership at the Spetchells is organising the first Prudhoe Art Trail in the town. It’s a great idea and I will be helping with hanging the work. They are looking for talented artists from in and around the town to take part and over 20 businesses are keen to exhibit work so far. 
 
Interested artists are invited to send jpegs of their work and an artist’s statement to spetchells@prudhoe.org .
 
 
These notes below from Prudhoe Community Partnership are helpful.
 
  • Some 20+ central Prudhoe businesses are keen to display artists’ work so far, from cafes and shops to the library and Waterworld. We seek to increase footfall to those businesses and also artistic engagement from those enjoying the work
  • We plan to secure a pop-up shop as showcase and headquarters, and to run related events from there
  • We are looking for a variety of artistic styles, media and genres, of good quality, from artists from Prudhoe and the surrounding area – two-dimensional paintings, drawings and prints and also textiles
  • Artists need to provide at least four pieces of work, framed and ready to display
  • Artists are invited to send jpegs of their work and an artist’s statement to spetchells@prudhoe.org
  • Renowned watercolour artist Paul Stangroom, who has a gallery in Prudhoe, will be overseeing hanging, which will take place on the Thursday and Friday before the trail. Work can be taken down on the Monday afterwards
  • Preferably, artists should be able to attend the shop/premises where their work is displayed occasionally, to talk to the public about their practice and work
  • Prudhoe Community Partnership will be selecting the work and pairing it with the premises
  • We will be promoting the trail and the artists’ work through press releases and social media
  • All artworks displayed are to be for sale
  • We hope that the Art Trail will also become an annual event
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their own work
  • We welcome expressions of interest by 28th May

 

 

Posted on May 10th 2019 on 09:06am
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Friday 12th April 2019Gallery B and B

Alison and I are now offering B and B from two newly-created rooms above the gallery - the Indian Room and the Country Room - which share a private shower room.
 

The Country Room is a result of Alison's love of collecting country-style vintage pieces and the Indian Room is full of artefacts that we have brought back from the Himalayas. My artworks are shown in both bedrooms. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the long, south-facing garden behind the gallery. The building work, by Prudhoe’s Gary Watson, has just been finished, and we love the bespoke handmade doors, windows and shutters. 

 

Alison serves up a superb full Northumbrian breakfast, or you can choose from vegetarian, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or fresh, continental breakfast.

 

Prudhoe has plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to visit in the evenings, from Ball’s restaurant and Gloria’s Italian to Ginevra; Café No 22; Aramee and Tony’s Bombay Lounge. Both rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs, mini fridges and tea/coffee making facilities. 

 

Posted on April 12th 2019 on 10:44am
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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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