When I came to Durham to study in 1973 the city captivated me: the iconic cathedral and castle, the viaduct, the churches.
I had never lived anywhere hilly before, and now, everywhere I looked, I saw a series of amazing skylines.
I have been fascinated by townscapes ever since: the way the angles of chimneys make shapes against the sky, the way silhouettes recede one after the other, the interplay of horizontal roofs and vertical spires.
This is Durham from Western Hill
Everywhere I go the repeating patterns and geometric forms create different characters - some just begging to be painted and others not quite hitting the mark.
I've been thinking about it a lot recently because I'm teaching a course on townscapes this week at Artison, near Masham.
So here are some of my favourites from the last few years.
This is Askrigg, in Wensleydale, with Addleborough on the horizon. Its from my forthcoming exhibition at Herriot's Gallery in Hawes. More details: CLICK HERE
This is Whitby.
This week's course is full up but I have some other courses coming up which have vacancies:
Painting With Inks Thursday, 10th April
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(4 x 2.5 hour morning sessions)
Thursday, 24th April 2014, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm + 24 Apr, 01, 08 and 15 May.
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