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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.
 

Tuesday 10th July 2018Living Art - Tyne Valley Express Interview

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about my working from the gallery in Prudhoe - much appreciated. The magazine is just being distributed this week, or you can read by clicking on the image, if you’re from outside of the Tyne Valley.
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday 05th July 2018Inspirations: Ivan Shishkin – Mast Tree Grove and Dead Forest

I don’t detect paint when I look at Ivan Shishkin’s work, I detect light. The care he has taken is phenomenal. Like Andrew Wyeth, Shishkin could paint light on surfaces beautifully.
 
 
I discovered Shishkin’s work after creating my etching ‘The Pathway’ – and he had been making forest etchings almost 200 years earlier – he was a Russian Itinerant Artist. His work is well crafted and has real integrity and authenticity and the detail he excelled in helped to influence my own paintings, such as ‘Rhododendron’ and ‘Plantation Pathway.’

Thursday 05th July 2018Inspirations: Andrew Wyeth – Wind from the Sea

There’s a certain poignancy to Andrew Wyeth’s work that draws me to it. He’s a supreme technician, working in watercolour and tempura. He can capture the ephemeral fragility of a scene in one frozen moment.
 
 
Wyeth will spend a long time at certain locations. I love how he sees a building, or the movement of a breeze, and how he puts his paintings together. I discovered him at art school and his work still resonates with me.

Monday 18th June 2018Celebration Sale - 20% off Until 25th June

I am holding a celebration sale, as it’s four years this month since I picked up the keys to the gallery, and I am celebrating Father's Day too. I have had great support in this time from Alison, family, friends, students and neighbours and the gallery is developing still.
 
From now until 25 June, ALL of my originals and prints are reduced by 20%, so, for example, the original ‘Chamba’ will be reduced from £1 450 to £1 160. 
 
 
(Please call/text ‪07968 990552‬ to order and we will discount the price on the website for you. Some prints may take a week to arrive from being ordered.)
 
Chamba >> http://www.paulstangroom.co.uk/originals/the-himalayan-collection/paul-stangroom-chamba-c18363d183129.html

Posted on June 18th 2018 on 09:57am
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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 2018Tyne Valley Express Feature - Fragile Windows to the World

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express for publishing this article about my Windows paintings, my inspiration for them, and the abandoned buildings that I paint.
 

Posted on May 03rd 2018 on 01:18pm
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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 13th April 2018Hexham Courant Interview - Travels in the Himalayas

Thank you to Helen Compson for visiting the gallery and writing about my travels in India and coverage in China.
 

Posted on April 13th 2018 on 11:44am
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Friday 30th March 2018Two Years Since Official Gallery Opening

It‘s two years since the official opening of my Prudhoe gallery - so much has happened since then. Thanks to so many of you for your support - Alison, family, students, friends, neighbours and social media supporters.
 
 
Highlights have been showing at Ripon Cathedral and with the Royal Watercolour Society in London, visiting the Himalayas, Tuscany and France, and the paintings that followed - and several commissions. Appearing as a guest on Look North to give photography advice and judge the photos for their calendar was also an experience (or two) and great publicity for the gallery.
 
Thank you again.

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