My New Website

My interperation of Ripley Castle in the snow.

Welcome to my new website, i will be updating this with new Images and exciting Live painting news in the next few days, Please bear with me.

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My name is Les Darlow and I am an artist, Illustrator and designer. My specialist area is Soft Pastels although I paint watercolours, oils and acrylics. I was born in Blackpool in 1961. Although being trained as a technical Illustrator, I have now managed to free myself of the technical preciseness of a photo realistic painting and paint free and expressive, creating paintings that are based on feelings and moods. I have a love and passion for landscapes and most of my paintings are subjects that are close and dear to me. I think that one can paint the same scene over and over again as light and weather change the subject every minute that passes. I love painting skies and i think they are the key to a great landscape. I have a fascination for storms and extreme weather, whether that is a sunrise at -20 degrees in winter, a stunning sunset or a growing supercell in the height of summer, these are the key elements to my painting. I work very quickly trying to capture these weather phenomena, usually no more than 50 – 80 minutes. I feel this speed of free painting helps capture the movement within a landscape.


  • Welcome to my new website, This will be updated with new paintings and exciting Live paint projects within the next few days, please bear with me.

    October 29, 2012
  • Ken


    I am absolutely stoked at having found your site. Your work is amazing.

    February 19, 2013
  • Edward


    I had a great time at your art class at the Grosvenor garden centre even though I was a beginner. You taught me a lot and filled me with lots of enthusiasm. I have now bought myself pastels and paper. Let me know, please, when you plan to hold another class locally.

    October 3, 2013
  • Dave


    Will you be attending Patching in 2018,Les?

    December 9, 2017
  • David McGuire


    Good morning Led
    My name is David McGuire and I am the new programme secretary of Walsall Society of Artists.
    I would like to invite you to demonstrate in the 2019 season, if you are interested. My number is 01922 412338. Regards, David

    April 10, 2018
  • Frances


    Hi Les,
    Recently purchased your new book via your website .
    Could you let me know when it is likely to arrive in Spain .
    Many Thanks
    Ps miss your classes x

    August 18, 2018


    have tried to contact you on with no joy. perhaps you could email me

    October 26, 2018

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