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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.

Thursday 15th March 2018A Tuscan Cellar - Sequence of Painting

It's interesting to see the gradual development of this painting of a Tuscan cellar here, from start to (almost) finished. I've enjoyed working on it and have often been up at  four in the morning lately to finish it. This is a slightly unusual medium for me, because of the use of pencil, alongside the watercolour I often work in. This painting will soon be available as a print on my website.
 

Friday 02nd February 2018Valentine's Giveaway - 'Hadrian's Wall'

 
I am running a Valentine’s giveaway, over on my Facebook page. The prize is this signed, limited edition print of ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ - one of my newest paintings. It sells at £125.
 
 
To enter, please go to Paul Stangroom Fine Art Facebook page and do the following: 

- Firstly, LIKE the actual Facebook page - Paul Stangroom Fine Art - click the page and like it
- Like the pinned 'Hadrian's Wall' giveaway post
- Comment on the post

Shares are 100% appreciated and will help my gallery.

If the winner picks up the painting from my Prudhoe gallery, I will have it framed for them. If it has to be posted, it will come mounted, backed and wrapped instead. We will announce the winner on 14th Feb, picked at random. Good luck!

Shop Hadrian’s Wall >> bit.ly/2Co6kJ8

Posted on February 02nd 2018 on 01:44pm
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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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Thursday 04th January 2018Lifestyle Interview

Thank you to Lifestlye North East magazine for this interview, in which we talk about my paintings, book, video and gallery in Prudhoe. Read it and let me know what you think.
 

Posted on January 04th 2018 on 11:56am
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Thursday 30th November 2017The Shared Pulse - Introduction to Film

Nat, filming the original Ruined Cottage
 
The short film I have been working on with Nat Wilkins of Canny Productions is almost ready and Nat has created an introduction, which I'm sharing as a cover photo. The film is about my practice, paintings, teaching, and the landscapes and derelict cottages that prod me into painting them.
 
Mike Tickell kindly read Noel Connor's poems for me and this adds a rich layer. Nat is going to create a series of short extracts of Mike reading other poems. Kathryn Tickell allowed me to use her beautiful music as a soundtrack. The film is in the final editing stages and Nat is adding credits and title - 'The Shared Pulse' - a quotation from Noel Connor's poem 'The Empty Chair,' from 'In the Pause of Passing.' The short film will be ready very soon.
 
Please follow the link to the introduction and let me know what you think!
 
 

Posted on November 30th 2017 on 11:14am
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Friday 17th November 2017Christmas Opening, 24th November

 
Alison and I are having an opening in the gallery on 24th November. We would love to welcome you in - with a glass of wine, of course! It begins at 2pm. If you're working, just come along afterwards: we'll be there.
 
I have four new original Windows watercolours to be released for the event. I decided to paint a short series of rustic paintings of windows of village houses in Noli and Chambra when I was in the Himalayas earlier in the year. I painted them onto textured, handmade Khaddi paper, rough-edged, and enjoyed working on the smaller format and the beautiful, textured paper. These paintings will be shown on 24th November.
 

I also have prints and calendars and cards for you to browse, in different sizes. 'Frosty Morning, Forest Edge, Knitsley' is of a magical scene in Knitsley Forest, when I was walking early in the morning. The light caught the frost and the skeletal trees and a deer appeared in a glen nearby. And I have to include my first painting of Prudhoe 'Stanley Burn' as I celebrate two years of the gallery being open with you.

 

Prudhoe Christmas Lights are switched on in the evening and there are celebrations in the town.

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

Paul

Posted on November 17th 2017 on 09:09am
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Wednesday 27th September 2017Painting with My Father

Watch out for an article coming soon about my father, Lawrence Stangroom. I painted beside Lawrie from being small and even worked alongside him occasionally when I was older. Lawrence was a professional illustrator and college lecturer by day and a fine artist on weekends and holidays, he and my mother Joyce having a large family to support (myself, brother Ian, and sisters Kay, Lynn and Janet). We even share themes for our work, such as Northumbrian frosty mornings, and we both painted mining subjects.  
 
 
Lawrence Stangroom 'Frosty Morning'
 
My father had very little time to paint for himself. I do remember many fine paintings of boats, but barely one has survived. 
 
 
Lawrence Stangroom
 
I now realise how lucky I am to have had a grounding in traditional methods from such a talented man. In the early 50s, Lawrence went to the Royal College of Art to study etching and engraving (MA). I’ve heard that his engravings were excellent, but I’ve never seen a single one. I’m always hoping someone will come forward one day with one, just for me to take a look at.

Posted on September 27th 2017 on 02:32pm
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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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