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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 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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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 09th February 2017An Inspiring Weardale Farmhouse

 
 
I painted both 'Window' and 'Tree House' after discovering this derelict farmhouse in Weardale, near St John's Chapel - the two windows are upstairs. 'Treehouse' is the window on the farmhouse's left and 'Window' is on the right. You can see the photos I took originally of the farmhouse below in the collage, and the actual paintings above. 
 
If you look to the top of 'Window' you will see that it has its very own natural Velux feature! It's one of the watercolours that I enjoyed painting most. And I also like the poem that Noel Connor wrote to accompany 'Tree House' in 'In the Pause of Passing'.  I have copied a short extract below. If you look closely at the painting, you will see the details he is describing:
 
'...Jam jars on a window-sill
preserved in watercolour,
no more than berry-stains on paper,
a still life ripening
on his autumn easel.'
 
 

Tuesday 29th March 2016Feedback on Gallery Opening

 
 
Thank you to those of you who came along to my gallery opening at the weekend - I couldn't have asked for a better crowd of people and the atmosphere was fantastic. There was some lovely press coverage, including this interview with David Whetstone in the Journal newspaper.  http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/clean-sheets-fine-art-former-11098051 There was a great turnout of new and old friends, neighbours and art lovers (and the party went on until the small hours).  A fantastic day and night.

The gallery is now open Monday to Saturday.

Posted on March 29th 2016 on 03:05pm
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Friday 18th March 2016Official Opening Event Almost Here - 26th March

 Reminder - Official Opening of Paul Stangroom Fine Art Gallery

The 26th is nearly here and we're getting ready for the opening of the gallery. Ellie, Alison's granddaughter, will be officially opening the gallery for us at 2 and the gallery will be open from noon (45 Front Street, Prudhoe NE42 5DB). I look forward to raising a glass with you!

'Wall Fell Farm' Watercolour

'Wall Fell Farm' is a painting of one of the many derelict farm buildings in Northumberland. Wall Fell Farm caught my eye from the Military Road, near Heaven's Field. I went to investigate it several times before it looked perfect to paint - one stormy, wet night when the light lit up the building. That's what I tried my best to capture.

A window I'll be painting soon has a similar story. I visited an old farm on Sipton Shield, Allendale, in both autumn and spring. I'm torn between the spring view from the window, with blossom just starting to touch the branches, and the autumn view, when the branches were bowed with plums (which Alison and I picked and brought home). I think it'll be the autumn scene that I'll paint.

 

Hope to see you in the gallery on the 26th.

Posted on March 18th 2016 on 03:56pm
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