My hand has been forced

The power of the big boys. Any one who has been following the progress of The Wainwrights in Colour book or may even have kindly purchased a copy from the website here or even attended one of the many talks that I have given around the country on the subject,…

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Imitation……the follow up.

Wainwright Society Challenge Book

A recap. Readers of this blog may recall a post that I made back in May regarding the Wainwright Society’s Challenge this year “Imitation, the highest form of flattery” which generated a deal of conversation (and support) on social media and via emails and I thank all of you who got…

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Blencathra trig marker- an update

Blencathra summit ring

Blencathra trig ring- now gone. Obviously when researching the references for The Wainwrights in Colour book I could only record the elements of the sketch as they were on my visit. As the whole project took ten years to complete there will have been changes to some of the scenes…

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Moving pictures

 Just a quick blog post- literally. I am currently working on new projects such as The Lakeland 365 which you may be aware of but there is now time for me to work more on paintings and sketches which will be added to this website as and when they become…

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You can’t win them all…

Lakeland Book of the Year

Lakeland Book of the year Awards Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend the charity luncheon of the prestigious Lakeland Book of the Year awards at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. It is a location that I am familiar with as just over a year ago we held the…

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A cracking Keswick weekend

Andy Beck Keswick Mountain Festival

 What a difference a year makes…. You may recall that last year I was invited to be one of the main speakers at Keswick Mountian Festival which was a real honour and to make the best use of the weekend we decided to have a stall in the trade marquee…

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Imitation=highest form of flattery

Robinson from Scope End

In the ten years of working on The Wainwrights in Colour I was concerned that someone would come along and try to steal my thunder by either copying my idea and in fact there was another artist who attempted to do so but in oils however this quickly fell by…

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Just a simple Thank You

BBC Countryfile Magazine Book of the Year Award

I have been asked recently if winning the BBC Countryfile Award comes with some financial reward or fame on TV, well sadly not, these awards are a huge honour but no chance of getting out onto the fells with Ellie Harrison just yet. However, the good folk down at BBC…

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Doing the double

BBC Countryfile Book of the Year

What can I say….. Many thanks to all of you who voted in the recent BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. Thanks to your support and votes I am proud and honoured to announce that today I was informed that The Wainwrights in Colour Book took the accolade ahead of some other…

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