North Pennine cottage


A windswept day in the North Pennines, a meeting day with the musicians ‘Fumar’ at the lovely remote cottage, that sits nicely amongst the post industrial landscape, now beautifully reclaimed by nature.

There was no expectation of the day, only to start with a blank canvas for me and blank music sheet for Fumar.



The inside of the cottage was a real treat, nice and quirky…. just how I like it.



This was a magical day, it was a unique experience, bringing focus, clarity and direction to my work. Having live music composed and created at the same time was very inspiring. It seemed to pare everything back to a calm, state of being and where I could paint almost in a state of meditation, enabling me to see and feel things I’ve never experienced before.



I used gouache on paper, making ‘mood swatches’.















New work

just finished this small work, part of my enclosure series.


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Oil on wood

i wasn’t sure how this one would turn out, I suppose that’s the most exciting thing about painting, now I just have to wait till the oil is dry.

Fumar-art happening

Just returned from a workshop with Fumar, Phil Furneaux and Krys Markowski (musicians) at cakes and ale cafe Carlisle. While Fumar played I painted, inspired by the duo I worked on three canvases simultaneously. A unique event which I was privileged to part of, I found the music very moving and touched me deeply. Here are some photos of the event.










April 8th beautiful sunny day

It’s been a wonderful day here in Cumbria. Blue sky, birds singing, even had my studio door open all day, which is a real treat as I can hear the gulls, sky larks and haunting cries of curlews….so wonderful.  Its definitely influenced my work today, it’s been more intuitive. Here are two images of work in progress or maybe they are finished, I’m not sure till I see them with fresh eyes tomorrow.

Carol mcdermott



Carol mcdermott