Saturday, 30 May 2009

Lurchers Come Shopping

May 2009, the month that Lurchers came shopping at Arts Hut.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Dog Drawings

When not jumping, running or stalking, our hound sleeps, often upside down with his legs sticking out. This makes him a splendid model. My sketchbook contains pen and watercolour doodles of Finn, with a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Planting Shoes

This week I have rushed dinner to be planted on the sofa for the Chelsea Flower Show. Combined with the splendid sunshine it has rekindled my enthusiasm for wildflower meadows, giant Alliums, got me thinking about hat sculptures and enjoying lunchtimes in our own garden.
When we bought the property the garden was overgrown, spiky, dark and damp. Having two dead trees removed and digging out numerous rampant weed beds has revealed a compact but well designed space. We are fortunate to have a grand archway entrance, two well established Ash trees and an Acer, that give great height and drama. Plus a splendid shed, now blue. Circular brickwork borders and giant recycled pepper pot planters, give a friendly round feeling. All it needs is a little more weed clearance and some flowers and veg. I am working front to back, to create a cottage garden including artwork and last year planted roses, honeysuckle, hebe and hellebore's. This weekend I plan to visit the local nursery, sow more wild flowers and plant up my shoes, which have been weathering for over a year now.

Friday, 22 May 2009


My Buff Orpington from Middle Farm, is going to live in Wartling above the customers bed.

My first sale over the world wide web, a pack of 'Love A Lurcher' Greeting Cards. The customer sent me an email that read “Thank you they arrived this morning. I love them, especially Alfie McVitie! I can't bear to send them to anyone.”

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Daily Dog Drawings

This week I have been reading artist manuals. They all advise drawing daily, trying new materials and looking at other peoples work. As this is ‘Love A Lurcher’ season at Arts Hut I have been looking at art depicting sighthounds. I particularly like Elle Wilsons work she uses biro and watercolour in what she calls her ‘scritchy scratchy’ paintings. I usually work standing up at my easel, with a limited palette of oils, so for a change I sat at the kitchen table, dusted down my watercolour box, used soft brushes and worked small. A fun and productive day.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

A Handbag?

Felty, recycled with delicious soft grey spots.
Made by Chrissy Smith, now at Arts Hut.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Fowl Play

Playing with the Guinea Fowl at Rocks Smallholding, Windmill Hill

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Rocks Smallholding

With my painting mojo high, we have neglected our local farm shop 'Rocks Smallholding' in Windmill Hill. A few weeks ago, Jo the owner, phoned to check we were alive and well, plus exchange news.
This week nostalgia for a home cooked pie struck, so Mr PWP went up the road and returned with two; one steak, one apple, a giant cauliflower and sack of carrots. Splendid weekend treats.

Some of my favourite mono prints are creatures from Rocks Smallholding, I am allowed in with the Guinea Fowl, who remind me of Mary Quant. Above is Eddy, named after Edwina in Absolutely Fabulous, she is a Gloucester Old Spot.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Country Living Guide

To Rural England, The South East, we feature on page 214. Available now from all good bookstores.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Terrific Ten Go To Sussex

We opened yesterday, Sunday - to coincide with the Sussex Longdogs meeting at Hellingly. Ten visiting Lurchers, enjoyed sunbathing in our garden, whilst their owners looked around the Gallery. I took the photo looking in and Jules (aka Julie Stringer) took the photo looking out. These are fawn Lurchers, with Saluki genes.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Have I Got News For You?

You can see Finn and I on page 3 of this weeks Sussex Express Hailsham edition, plus centrefold in the Herstmonceux and Wartling Parish News. He is now recognised on his walks. I hope you will look at and see all the different ways you can support the dogs. Through donating money or raffle prizes, to fostering new intakes, to adopting a Lurcher for life. For existing Lurcher owners the site offers a friendly online forum for sharing stories, pictures and advice. Our exhibition will now run until June 21st.

Friday, 8 May 2009


Today I sold this painting to Louise. A frequent visitor to Arts Hut, she has recently opened her old paint box. Good to know our Gallery inspires. In 2007 when Mr PWP and I were on the move, many evenings were spent decanting the studio from Rottingdean to Herstmonceux. Moving is a stressful business and we often stopped at the half way point High and Over, Alfriston, for a breath of fresh air and stunning views. Once home Louise kindly phoned to say "It looks great, thank you so much".

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Lurcher Greeting Cards

My new Lurcher Greeting Cards range has been designed by Mr PWP and the lovely Nina. I am very pleased and customers have let out ooooohhhhhs and aaaaahhhhhs all week.
The cards are hand cut and creased, with a brown kraft envelope inside a cello wrap. Blank inside, so suitable for any occasion.
If you visit Arts Hut you can pick and mix, the cards pictured are available online.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Tunbridge Wells

We spent Bank Holiday Monday in Tunbridge Wells, visiting our favourite places. We love it, possibly because it reminds us of Brighton in the good old days. At the Fairfax Gallery we saw three memorable pieces: ‘Dancer’ by Carol Peace, ‘Cloud Over Low Ground’ by Mark Johnston and ‘Kandybow Ketchup’ by John Marshall. Mr PWP insisted on inspecting every inch of the Trevor Mottram catering emporium, we were meeting friends so he had to hurry. We admired the beautiful displays in the Country Store and Gardening Shop in the Pantiles and vowed to return soon.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Family Lunch

We had the great pleasure of my niece and nephew’s company this weekend for lunch, plus their Mum and Dad of course. Heather is 6 and was wearing the funky hooded dress I gave her for Christmas, keeping her Auntie happy. Headline news, she has a new tooth. William is 4 and spent a good hour playing with his trucks and making favorable comments about objects; my camera, a shiny fire extinguisher and the silver stairs. Mr PWP created great excitement and noise with his cherry tomato table tricks, before the children posed for photos.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Could You Love A Lurcher?

The last few weeks of preparation have been very hard work indeed, but exciting. The centerpiece of the show ‘Love A Lurcher’ is a vast painting entitled ‘Welcome Party’ inspired by Erin, Winnie and Annie. I hung it unfinished in the Gallery window to dry in the sunshine and it was immediately reserved. It will be leaving Arts Hut next week as it is a birthday gift. A good omen for our dogs, plus I have met three people interested in the work of Southern Lurcher Rescue, all of whom said they didn’t know SLR rehomed dogs in Sussex. They do!
Another highlight of our opening day was meeting a local Whippet breeder, who asked me to create some Whippet Christmas Cards. Now that’s the sort of notice period I like.
Mr PWP and the lovely Nina have designed beautiful posters, some to be read by passing motorists and others for our window shoppers. Our cards aim to make people smile.
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