Friday, 29 July 2011

Pictures with the "X Factor"

I always find it very difficult to decide which of my paintings to make into prints. The images have to have that elusive "je ne sais quoi" quality that allows them to resonate with the viewer.  

So the selection process is a bit like "The X Factor"... but with less singing and definitely no phone votes! 

To date I've got 14 "Standard Prints" with an image size of 28.5 x 35.5 and 4 "Panoramic Prints" of 29.5 x 59 cm.  Have a look at these (low resolution) images of them below- you'll find details of sizes and prices at the end.

 The Thrum


                                                                Bluebell Woods

                                                               Daffodil Woods


                                                    The Border Ridge, with Cheviot

                                                         Whiskershiel Farm in Snow

Golden Autumn Afternoon, Elsdon

Shillmoor, Coquet Valley

                                            Walking the Dog- Simonside With Snow

                                                            Poppies and Butterflies

Farne Island Puffins

 The World Still Going on Outside

                                                       Continuity, Watch and Chain

                                       Panoramic Midsummer Poppies
                                                            Panoramic Winter Beeches

                                          Panoramic Foxgloves in Summer Sunshine

                                                Panoramic Springtime Bluebells

Here in the gallery "Standard Prints" are £49 window mounted in ivory coloured board, or £79 ready framed in a light gold frame. 

"Panoramic Prints" are £95 window mounted and £145 framed.

Unmounted prints can be rolled up and posted to any address in the UK for £53 for "Standard" size or £99 for "Panoramic". I'm licensed  to accept payment via Debit/Credit Card by phone, but can also accept Paypal or a cheque if you prefer.  

Saturday, 9 July 2011

1000th Twitter Follower Competition

At 9.33 on Saturday night @sazzled became the winner of my Twitter competition. Congratulations to her.... and a great big thank you to everyone else who entered. 

She has chosen "Beach Combing on Boulmer Beach" as her prize.  

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Lovely local shoulder bags.

I've just taken delivery of my very first consignment of shoulder or messenger bags- and I LOVE them. You might look at them and immediately christen them "man bags"- it's true, they are perfect for the man who's out and about with all his electronic kit. But there are also plenty of women who need to carry a tablet, kindle or lap top with them too. So I think they're ideal for anyone who needs to carry a variety of valuable items, without them bumping against one another, yet remaining accessible, when on the move. 

Each bag has been individually crafted by local Rothbury designer, Ellison Stephenson and includes a wealth of clever, carefully considered design features. There's a variety of zipped pockets- with sturdy metal zips, a long adjustable shoulder strap- suitable for even tall people like me and metal clasps to fasten the bag.  But not only are these bags highly practical- they also look great and are finished to an impressive level of  craftsmanship. As each one is individually made by the designer, you won't be surprised that they cost more than your run of the mill, mass produced satchel. But at £90 for the biggest, it's a fantastic deal.

So guess what my own son in law is getting for his birthday?!!