Thursday, 30 April 2009

Lurcher Photographs

New at Arts Hut for May and June, fabulous photographs of Lurchers by Nicki Feltham. She accepts commissions, phone number above.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Skinny Dogs

Today Vicki Atkinson dropped off her 'Skinny Dogs' and my prints came back from Pictures and Frames in Horam.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Lurcher Line

Today David Mills has photographed my paintings; prints and greeting cards available shortly. My favourite three portraits are now housed in chunky frames made by Richard Clayton and hand painted in 'Flake White'. A very productive morning.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Green is the new black

The Arts Hut fa├žade has been refreshed, our cottage faces due south allowing sunshine and warmth to flood the main Gallery, the downside - peeling black paint. Our new look is simply white, with country green masonry. That same evening Mr PWP embarked on the twenty pace walk to the village store for chocolate, returning some considerable time later. The black paint he was reliably informed, was never a popular choice in the village, but the green looks fresh and lovely. Splendid. Next on the agenda, new signs.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Herstmonceux Castle Commission

Our red brick fairytale Castle is a popular wedding venue and earlier this year I accepted a commission to paint it, I am adding finishing touches this weekend. My Castle memories flow from walking the hound along public footpaths where its turrets catch you by surprise, popping up from lush woodland.

If you confront it head on, the entrance, bridge and rooftops have fabulous shape, perfect for a monoprint.

Mr PWP loves the history and tells me its principal owners include in 1066 Elmer a priest, 1200 Ideona de Herste, 1708 George Naylor, 1946 the Royal Admiralty for the Royal Observatory and since 1993 Queen’s University, Ontario, as a gift from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Super Pointy Noses

My favourite Lurchers have super pointy noses.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Love A Lurcher

Today I am working on 'Sorrowful Eyes', a painting of a frightened hurt puppy found asleep in a wheelbarrow at a riding school.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Our "Love A Lurcher" exhibition opens on Friday 1st May, so this week I will be adding finishing touches to my paintings. We also have ceramic Lurchers by Vicki Atkinson.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Welcome Arch

A tiny monoprint of the welcome arch in our sculpture garden.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Sculpture Wanted

Arts Hut regulars say our bijou Garden has ‘character’, I am instructed not to tidy. Its charm unfolds through a decorative arch, up lichen steps, past vast greek pepper pots and a sea green shed. I have pruned hard above ground, but wait patiently each spring for plant life to show. Our rampant weeds look lush and please the array of birds and butterflies popping in to snack and bathe. Last weekend a couple arrived saying they’d come to see the Garden, having read the ad in Wealden Times. This led to raised eyebrows and a flurry of activity. The Garden now welcomes visitors in a smart scruffy way. We are looking for sculpture to exhibit this season, if you think it would be at home here?

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Glass House

Just in at Arts Hut 'Sussex Landscapes' interpreted in coloured glass by Ruth Fisher. You can see more of her work at 'The Glass House', open weekends until 26th April, as part of Eastbourne Festival

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Happy Hens

My foray into poultry keeping has ended. Flo and Maude have left our cottage garden to take up residence in a deluxe smallholding at Hellingly. Their namesakes above, live in our kitchen. Four hens later, the experience was enriching, though complicated and full of 'if only' moments. If only they didn’t peck each other until they bled, pace and screech. If only we had grass and an outdoor run. Despite feeding them increasingly deluxe treats and building assault courses inside their hen house, I felt they were simply unhappy hens. My favourite though was Gracie a blue haze from Middle Farm, she lurked sweetly by the back door, for unsuspecting Arts Hut visitors to peck. She adored Mr PWP and would rush across the garden demanding to be tickled. She wriggled upside down in the soil waving her legs in the air for hours at a time and often stood regally on one leg, which inspired a very large painting indeed. In time our memories of hen keeping will no doubt all be positive. We held four “first egg” celebrations and having enjoyed our own free range eggs, now buy fresh veg and home reared meat from Rocks Smallholding in Windmill Hill.

Mrs H collected Florence & Gracie to live in the beautiful setting of Carters Corner, whilst Mrs W collected Flo & Maude. She said “The little darlings are doing well, a bit stressed and overwhelmed yesterday, but looking more confident this morning. Maude even laid an egg, admittedly on the roof of the hen house and she did break it and somehow get the shell wrapped around her leg, but good effort. We don't hear them in the morning, but they do have a ghastly screech, amazing for such small delicate characters. Hope you enjoyed your lie in? Come and visit any time”

Monday, 13 April 2009

Sussex Longdog Racing

Sporting a red bandana, the Southern Lurcher Rescue (SLR) colours, the hound, Mr PWP and I spent a thrilling few hours of Easter Sunday at Broad Farm Hellingly, watching the Sussex Longdog Association races.

And they're off

Standing near the start line was tense, even as a spectator.

We came to meet these friendly racers from the SLR and their gorgeous hounds. They let Mr PWP & Finn be in their piccie, but we didn't run this time.

Saturday, 11 April 2009


I neglected to mention, my great excitement earlier this week when the 2009 Limousin calfs from Thorndean Farm, Cowbeech appeared in the field behind the recreation ground.

Last year, after a few weeks of getting used to humans and dogs, they proved a friendly bunch and let me photograph and draw them.

Lurcher Paintings In Progress

I am counting down the days until my "Love A Lurcher" show in May, inspired by Finn and the fabulous work of Southern Lurcher Rescue. Today I am working on 'Welcome Party' a large 40" x 40" oil painting of three caring girls, who welcome foster dogs in their home and show them the ropes.

I have also been enjoying the unpredictable process of mono printing.

And spring cleaning.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Happy Easter 2009

Happy Easter to you.
Visitors this month can enjoy 15 works by feature artist Rachel Widdows. See her portfolio under 'Arts Hut Regulars'.

We have Funky Chicken Aprons by Cherry Marley

Plus Wire Chicken Sculptures by Lucia Corrigan, a Funky Chicken Handbag by Cherry Marley and lots of Dotty Pots by Barbara Lawrence. The painting in the background is a portrait of Gracie, my first hen.

Last but not least, Easter Bunnies by Vicki Atkinson and one of our home grown Easter Cards.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Meet Finn Wilson-Patterson

The latest addition to our family is Finn a 4 year old Lurcher, adopted from Southern Lurcher Rescue. Elegant and great fun, when he isn't running, he is sleepy, a perfect artists model.
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