VISIONS OF NEWCASTLE – Watercolours of Newcastle upon Tyne, by Paul Goldsmith. Zymurgy Publishing (Tel: 0191-276-2425) £14.99. Softback. (see page 29)

THIS highly accomplished Tyneside artist began painting watercolours of the city sixteen years ago and this Arts Council sponsored book contains over 50 of his fine studies. These include the oldest location, Castle Keep and the Black Gate, to Bessie Surtees House, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle Green Market, Laing Art Gallery, the Crown Posada pub, Central Station and the Tyne and Millennium Bridges. While painting outdoors with his drawing board and palette of paint and brushes, the artist attracted the interest of passers-by and heard their stories of how architecture and the buildings depicted in the painting effected them personally. It was he says: “A journey of surprises.”