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Wednesday 27th February 2019Lithographic Sale

 
I‘m celebrating spring with a sale of a range of my lithographic prints, this March only. The prints are reduced substantially, such as ‘Rhododendron’, now on sale at £45 from £90. The sale starts on Friday, 1st March.  Please see the list of sale prints below and enjoy browsing my website.
 
Crossdykes Farm £90 reduced to £50
Square Wood £75 reduced to £40
The Pathway £75 reduced to £40
*Cross Fell £75 reduced to £40
*Burnt Heather reduced from £75 to £40
Hard Rigg reduced to £50
*Windy Head reduced from £75 to £40
Warden Hill reduced from £95 to £50
 
*These 3 asterisked prints are not available on my website, so please email me on paulstangroom.fineart@gmail.com to purchase. Images will be shown on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

Posted on February 27th 2019 on 04:45pm
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Thursday 21st February 2019Centre Stage Photography Gallery Photoshoot

Paul Martin from Centre Stage Photography, Blyth, visited the gallery this month and has taken photographs of both myself and the gallery environment.
 
 
I very much enjoyed working with Paul, who was informed, inspiring and relaxed - and I'm delighted with the photographs.
 
 
Paul works with dancers, artists and other businesses and I would readily recommend his photography work - http://www.centrestagephoto.co.uk/
 
 
Let me know what you think.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019The Tree House

I'm pleased that the story of one of my favourite paintings has been featured in the Tyne Valley Express this month. I found both of these windows in a long-abandoned house in Huntshieldford, Daddry Shield, Weardale. The house was in such a poor state that I had to crawl into it - the back wall had completely collapsed. And yet, once inside, it was a treasure trove of 'found' objects, including a tallboy, stuffed grouse and plant pots. There was an elderberry tree growing right through the floor.
 
I produced both of these paintings based on windows in that house, 'Tree House' and 'Window' - and the hole in the roof in 'Window' makes me think of the painting to myself as 'Velux.' It's a personal favourite.
 
 
 

Friday 09th November 2018Ruined Cottage, Allendale

Just after changing my cover photo to ‘Ruined Cottage,’ I received this photo from friend Jennifer, who has recently seen the cottage as it is now, after coming across it on a walk. The cottage in Allendale is surrounded by mine shafts, and seems to be sinking and crumbling into the earth.
 
 
Thanks to Jennifer for sending me the photo.
 

Posted on November 09th 2018 on 04:35pm
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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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Tuesday 21st August 2018Framehouse, Consett.

Students and customers often ask who frames my paintings and prints. I always have them framed by the Framehouse, Consett, and they are helpful, professional and reliable - a superb service.
 

Posted on August 21st 2018 on 11:37am
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Friday 20th July 2018Blanchland - from Jaspah Crewe, Blanchland

This is a really interesting blog about the beautiful and historic village of Blanchland. Janice Hutchinson of Jaspah Crewe wrote the blog, copied below. Jaspah Crewe is a shop beside the White Monk Tearoom, just across from the Lord Crewe Arms. Jaspah Crewe stocks my paintings, prints and books and is an eclectic emporium of arts, jewellery, glass, ceramics and cards.
 
 
Blanchland 

The picturesque village of Blanchland (above), set in the glorious landscape of the North Pennines, grew out of Blanchland Abbey and takes its name from the monks’ white habits.

Not Persil-white, apparently; a 15th-century report rebuked the monks for drinking too much beer and told them to get proper haircuts and employ a washerwoman.
 
By the time John Wesley, co-founder of the Methodists, came to preach in 1747, Blanchland was little more than ‘a heap of ruins’.

Today, this greatly loved village is so picture-perfect that TV aerials are banned. Hence its appeal as a film location in period dramas, including Catherine Cookson TV adaptations and the movie Jude, starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet. Recently used in the filming of VERA with Brenda Blethyn. 

WHERE TO EAT: Housed in an old school, The White Monk Tearoom serves delicious homemade lunches and teas. Sit in the walled garden in summer 

WHERE TO STAY: The sensitively revamped Lord Crewe Arms, incorporating features of the abbey. 

DON’T MISS: Hadrian’s Wall; walking and cycling (maps available from the Lord Crewe Arms).

SHOPPING Jaspah Crewe: a cooperative of creative members- who make and sell their work and who take turns to work in the shop. Unique gifts from Key Rings to Fine Art. Open 7 days a week 10am -5pm .
 
 
 
 
 

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.’

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