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
  • francisco m rodriguez


    Mr. Darlow, I just found you on youtube and you are nothing short of amazing. I believe I watched every one of your videos and you are now my favorite artist. I live in the USA and would love to learn your technique. I’m a little confused about the courses you have to offer. please help me out. what would charge for all you have to offer in one package or do you suggest I start with a package of a video and book and later purchase others in whatever order you think appropriate. Ido a lot of pencil portraiture some watercolor but no landscape. The sky above the nearby lake is amazing and I’ve seen so many that look like your paintings that I have wanted to paint but didn’t know how . now I think I can . Please email me soon so I can make the purchase Thank you. Sincerely.
    Francisco Rodriguez

    November 2, 2019
  • Maureen Andrews


    I have discovered your Youtube demonstration painting skies with Unison and knew it could it very helpful as an amateur artist who had abandoned pastels for a few years due to health issues and age, but the Lockdown inspired me to take it up again. We had a holiday in Sidmouth, Devon last October and some of my photos after a storm have inspired me but I had lost the technique and your demo on skies has totally motivated me, thank you. Fortunately I managed some en plein air watercolours at the time and these with the photos, proved useful reference material. I have been using Pastelmat surface and found it quite testing and a bit hard on the fingers, and wondered which surface you use? I have been a fan of Unison for many years and have to confess many years ago had a few of my paintings accepted in the Mixed media exhibition at the Birmingham Art Gallery But now in my early 80s and determined to see what I can still achieve, determined not to give up after seeing your gallery..

    July 7, 2020

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