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Kisdon Tups

Back in mid August I had a plan to have a wander over in Swaledale to take in the landscape of the dales when the heather was in bloom and maybe do a bit of plein air sketching. The intention was to spend the late afternoon on Kisdon, a hill…

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Best of October 2020

Golden reflections at Barnard Castle

It was a good month for photography. Nature during the month of October usually puts on a good display of colour seemingly to celebrate the changing of the seasons before the drab tones of winter. Most of the month for me was spent working in Teesdale with a couple of…

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Best of July 2020

Barn Owl in Teesdale

We would normally think of the days of July as hours of blazing sun and bright blue skies. Well it wasn’t quite like that here in Teesdale in 2020. As ever, I was out and about every day obtaining refereces for paintings or just taking photographs. It seems that we…

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Best of May 2020

Stick close to me...Swaledale lambs

There are a couple of things that I will remember May 2020 for. Firstly, the ongoing situation with the Covid19 crisis. The situation eased a little bit with the lockdown restrictions being eased even further but I have been reluctant to venture far from home. It would have been easy…

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Best of April 2020

moon over Bowes

A third of 2020 has already passed. A year that none of us will forget. For the whole of April I have stuck to the guidelines set out by the Government and only ventured out once a day on my daily exercise. I think that only twice have I used…

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Challenging times brings new opportunities

I Love Teesdale mugs

In the midst of these challenging times during Covid19 as a self-empolyed person it would be easy to do one of two things. Either I could sit here in my studio and get depressed about a situation I can do very little about or I could spend my time rearranging…

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Best of March 2020

Cotherstone at Spring

Who would have believed only four weeks ago that the world would now be in a such a state? Covid19 has gripped many of the countries of the world and as I write this, here in the UK be are in almost full Lockdown. This is a momentous time in…

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Best of February 2020

Romaldkirk church

There’s another month off the calendar. And what a month is has been. Usually at this time of year here in the north pennines we can expect periods of cold, frosty weather with a bit of snow thrown in for good measure. Like most of the rest of the country…

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Buying direct

Andy Beck photographs

As some of you may know, photography is really the ‘second string to my bow” as far as income goes. Artwork is my main priority. However, with thanks to various platforms of social media such as Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook many of my followers see me as a photographer…

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Another day, different weather

West Plantation snow

Just one day after my last blog post. The one thing about living up here in the north pennines is that weatherwise hardly two days are the same. After my blog post of that bright winters dawn yesterday (The Early Bird) today was a different matter. We were greeted by…

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