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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

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

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

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

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.


Posted on November 17th 2017 on 09:09am

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 01:32pm

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 11:09am

Thursday 07th September 2017Paul Stangroom Gallery on Look North

Very different and pleasurable afternoon in the gallery yesterday. Paul Mooney, Look North weather presenter, spent the afternoon here filming for the show. Paul asked me to judge the August Look North Weather Calendar page. He also asked me to tell him my life story in 30 seconds - not an easy one. He filmed the gallery, and also watched me paint, and work with students. I believe it will be screened either tonight or Monday. Let me know what you think.
Paul lives in Prudhoe himself and was very interested to see inside the gallery. He made filming a much more pleasant process than I expected. Filming took around three hours, and all of this will be condensed into just a few minutes' footage on TV. 

Posted on September 07th 2017 on 11:22am

Wednesday 19th July 2017New Series of Small Windows Watercolours

Having just completed two very detailed watercolours, it's very refreshing to develop this new series of smaller Windows works. This small window has developed dramatically in just one week, as you can see if you look closely at the photos below. I've been planning this new series for some time and I have a real sense of enjoyment working on these colourful originals.
The richly textured paper feels fine to work on, and is creating exactly the layered, textual effect I am after.
The second painting in my series of small Windows watercolours is now underway also, see below. I am working on the two, turn by turn. I have many ideas of exactly how to develop the series and it's very satisfying to see the new work taking shape.

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