New Sheffield Art Book Hits The Shops of Sheffield

After many years of dreaming; nine months of planning and designing, my first ever book is finally on the shelves of Waterstones and in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.

Here I am delivering the books to Waterstones Sheffield (Orchard Square) - they almost filled the whole car.

Later that week Waterstones re-arrange their window display, putting my book ‘Look Over My Should’ at the very top of their Christmas arrangement (above Michelle Obama, David Bowie and fellow Welshman and Tour De France winner Geraint Thomas).

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Down the road from Waterstones Orchard Square, my long time supporters, the team at the Millennium Gallery, where also doing their part to promote my new book, creating a wonderful display in the centre of the gift shop.

There are only 300 copies in this first public print run, each one hand numbered and signed by the artist.

Limited Numbers are available at Waterstones Sheffield, The Millennium Gallery and online here.



- Whitby Abbey galore!

It's Halloween. I've drawn/painted Whitby Abbey many times but I've never seen Dracula nor been bitten by a vampire - but there again I do eat a lot of garlic! This year I thought I should join in the occasion and post a collection of my Whitby Abbey artwork.

- Ca'n Rom, Fornalutx, Mallorca

This urban sketch is from our visit to Mallorca last May/June. It's called Ca'n Rom which is in Fornalutx - the most beautiful village in Mallorca. It's at the top of the steps above the Placa d'Espanya with the most stunning views over the Soller Valley. Google "Ca'n Rom, Fornalutx" if you would like to see the amazing interiors. Just had to draw and paint the house from this dramatic angle! More from Mallorca (soon).

- the interior of Hotel Es Port, Puerto Soller, Mallorca

Another from our holiday in Puerto Soller, Mallorca last May/June. Starting with an urban sketch in pencil from the interior of the Hotel Es Port. I sat in the bar looking at the olive presses which have now been beautifully restored and are part of the sitting area. I developed that pencil sketch (on the left) to a finished painting of the interior - it tested my skill!

- EsPort, Puerto Soller, Mallorca

This is an urban sketch of Es Port in Puerto Soller, Mallorca from our visit there last May. It's now an Hotel but it's been the centre of the Montis Family Estate for centuries. When I was sitting in front of the building sketching, 3 young people gathered round, followed by their grandfather. He turned out to be a consultant solicitor from London and he asked if I didn't mind that he sat down and had a chat. 90 minutes later we had to break up! He was such an interesting person, we talked about lots of things including "copyright"! I had to go back the next day to finish painting! We were on holiday so it was all part of our enjoyment. Michel, the President of the "Soller French Society" has now got a digital copy of this image to use in his talks and information promoting the links between France and Mallorca - Soller and the traditional export of oranges in particular - so we're all happy! Michel introduced us to the latest Head of the Montis family and showed us around the old, refurbished parts of the House/Hotel - in particular the old olive pressing facilities and storage which I shall post images of (soon).

- Ca'n Rom, Fornalutx, Mallorca

This urban sketch is from our visit to Mallorca last May/June. It's called Ca'n Rom which is in Fornalutx - the most beautiful village in Mallorca. It's at the top of the steps above the Placa d'Espanya with the most stunning views over the Soller Valley. Google "Ca'n Rom, Fornalutx" if you would like to see the amazing interiors. Just had to draw and paint the house from this dramatic angle! More from Mallorca (soon).

- boiler not firing up?

Tired of waiting 13 hours for British Gas to return your call when it was -9degC overnight and -6degC all day and trying everything to stop your water pipes freezing and bursting? I did this at 9 o'clock tonight and it worked! Lovely, lovely warmth. It was a frozen condensate pipe problem. We're at 1000 feet above Sheffield y'know. Good luck to all you freezing down there. Hope there's lots of gas during this cold spell!

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