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Thursday 06th September 2018Painting Places

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about the places I paint including Riddlehamhope, a derelict shooting lodge three miles from Blanchland, Durham. It is also a joy to to share the page with friend and artist Carol Davison.
 
 

Posted on September 06th 2018 on 12:18pm
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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 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.’

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 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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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 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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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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