Thursday, 25 June 2009

By Emily Ball

I am often asked about inspirational books. I have many favorites, my latest is 'Drawing and Painting People' by Emily Ball. Six years ago I took an adult education class run by Katie Sollohub at the Friends Centre in Brighton, many of the ways of working we tried then are described in this book. I found it a fresh fascinating approach.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Our Retired Racing Greyhound

Bea has been with us for a week. She is affectionate, elegant, gentle, with a splash of cheeky monkey. She rubs against our legs like a cat. Giving her cuddles and massage makes her bottom lip wobble. She is house trained, on a Burns diet and can confidently go up and down stairs. Her day starts at 7am with a few sniffs in our courtyard garden. Then across the road for an off lead run in our local tennis courts, plus meet and greet with doggy friends. Back home for a rest, before breakfast is served. Mornings are spent snoozing, some shoppers may come and say hello, intermingled with sunbathing and exploring. Then a nice big lunch, followed by a long afternoon nap. Once the Gallery is closed, we put our wellies on, lunge leads out and go for a country walk. So far Bea has given an enormous black dog, some sheep, cows and lots of fishermen, a super friendly welcome. Back home whilst the humans have supper, Bea gets a dental chew, then it’s TV and cuddles before bed. With the pecking order established, Finn our Lurcher likes Bea too.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Summer Season

Arts Hut is delighted to offer visitors a wide range of Herstmonceux Greeting Cards created by our in house graphic designers. On the back is local history information, such as all the residents of Herstmonceux Castle. We have fun cards based on local industries such as a label from our original Angears Sweet Jars. For those of you with a large wall to fill, we have two 40 inch square cow portraits or if you are looking for a smaller piece, beautiful wildlife prints by Charlotte Matthews.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Father's Day Inspiration

Need some inspiration for Father's Day, step into Arts Hut. We have greeting cards to make your Dad smile and a range of unique hand crafted gifts. Including leather hearts, mono prints of tractors, cattle, poultry and pigs. Plus some very dotty ceramics, landscape paintings and sculpture.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Meet Bea Wilson-Patterson

The latest addition to our family is Bea, a 4 year old greyhound adopted from Brighton and Hove Retired Greyhound Trust. She has beautiful eyes and an affectionate cheeky character.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Studio Sale

This weekend 19th/20th/21st I am having an end of show sale, with several landscape paintings and framed flower prints reduced to clear at £75. My June exhibition of life size Cattle and Lurcher portraits has received 74 visitors so far, many from Kent, Surrey and London. We have made new friends and enjoyed fabulous feedback. For the map of local artists and opening hours see

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Lurcher Prints

Six of my Lurcher paintings are now available as prints.
To shop online go to

Sunday, 7 June 2009


My portrait of Gracie Wilson-Patterson, my favourite hen, has left the building.

South East Open Studios

This is the first weekend of the South East Open Studios. We have received 22 visitors so far, many new faces, with people coming from Kent to see the cattle paintings and Surrey to see the Lurchers. I am very flattered. Yesterday I was pleased to accept a commission to paint a greyhound. Today is a beautiful sunny Sunday, so here is a glimpse inside Arts Hut.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Escape to the Country

Each June visitors flock to see artist studios as part of South East Open Studios. This year sculptor Karen Holbrook in Wartling and I signed up to open our Studios and have formed a treasure trail with other independent traders.

Called ‘Escape to the Country’ our trail helps you discover hidden gems within the Herstmonceux and Wartling Parish. Venues include the Truggery, Malthouse, Arts Hut, Windmill, Sussex Tipis, Art Barn, Lamb Inn, Wartling Place and Chilley Farm Shop. Through working together, we are offering a wonderful day out, rich in natural beauty, heritage and culture. Web links opposite.

Escape to the Country Trail June 5th - 21st 2009
Opening Times and Events

No 1. The Truggery
The Truggery at Coopers Croft, Herstmonceux has been making Sussex Trugs for over 100 years.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 1pm, or by appointment.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th both shop and workshop will be open all day.
01323 832314

No 2. The Malthouse
Tearoom and Bistro in Hesrtmonceux offering Morning Coffee, Lunches and Cream Teas. Evening Bistro menu changes weekly, using fresh local produce.
Open Tues – Sat 10 – 4pm and Evenings Thurs/Fri/Sat from7pm
Sundays 11am – 3pm
01323 833426

No 3. Arts Hut
Built in 1727, the charming studio gallery of rural artist Anna Wilson-Patterson exhibiting Cattle and Lurcher portraits. Browsers welcome.
Open 5th – 21st Weds – Sunday 9 – 5pm
01323 831831

No 4. The Windmill
Keep travelling east to Windmill Hill. This unique Post Mill dating from 1815 is the largest in the UK. There is a film, interpretation centre and visits to the mill body, with an exhibition of paintings by Pat McNamara
Open Sunday 7th and 21st 2.30 – 5.30pm
01323 833033

No 5. Sussex Tipis
Get back to nature in our painted tipis with eco-camping comforts provided and the countryside on your doorstep.
Well House, Wartling Road, Wartling
01323 832325

No 6. Art Barn
A restored milking parlour, look out for the red dot. Specialising in paintings, sculpture and an eclectic mix of decorative items for home and garden. Well worth a visit, as part of South East Open Studios.
Open 5th/6th/7th and 12th/13th/14th 11am – 4pm
01323 831646

No. 7 The Lamb Inn
The Lamb Inn is an 18th century classic country pub and restaurant, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and great selection of wines and ales and a sheltered pub garden for the warmer weather.
01323 832116

No 8. Wartling Place
Opposite the Lamb Inn is a luxury Country House Hotel offers you top quality bed and breakfast guest accommodation. Awarded the top AA accolade of 5 yellow stars. A truly glorious place to stay.
01323 832590

No 9. Chilley Farm Shop
Offering homemade cakes, pies, pastries, cream teas, light Lunches and lots more! In-store butchery selling home-reared beef, pork & lamb and animals for the children to see.
Open Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun 10am - 1pm
01323 768836

Monday, 1 June 2009

Day Tripper

Today we went to the seaside, it was hot, hot, hot. No 2 son CWP and girlfriend Ellie have left home, for a place of their own. Up four flights of stairs, we found a bright attic flat with angled walls, a very plush kitchen and bathroom, all flooded with light. We like. After a leisurely lunch we took a stroll on the promenade.
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