Friday, 31 July 2009

Pevensey Levels

I have spent an enjoyable week painting Pevensey.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Weekend Walking

This weekend Mr PWP baked and despite the rain we walked for miles through fields of flourishing crops.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Court Lodge Farm Wartling Calendar 2010

This week I have been working on my submission for the Court Lodge Farm in Wartling, Calendar 2010. I have monoprints of their bottoms.

Saturday, 25 July 2009


My Three French Hens monoprint of Jo's hen houses at Rocks Smallholdings, for our "12 Days of Christmas" theme in 2008.

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Arts Hut has been open for two years this month, so time for development. A reshuffle with new sales desk in the Gallery, means no more 'customer negotiates dog gate' frolics. Plus a studio clean ready for “The Big Draw” in October, when we will be hosting drawing classes for adults.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Monday, 20 July 2009

Bramley Birthday

This weekend we headed north for Sarah's birthday party. “Bring your dogs, we have a Lurcher and a fenced paddock” she said. We have taken Finn visiting before - he has form. His giant wee against Camille’s sofa was a spectacle. His escape from Kay & Matt’s garden leaping through a dense hedge, impressive. True to form, he escaped from Sarah and Dietrich’s dog run and plucked a feather from their neighbours chickens, before he was caught. Fortunately the hounds soon flopped, leaving the humans to have a splendid time, catch up with old friends, meet new ones, eat, drink and enjoy moments of sunshine. Hopefully Sarah enjoyed her day as much as we did!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

John Plater

We have Walnut and Mulberry bowls by John. For him woodturning is developing as a second career after teaching and lecturing Design and Technology for a number of years. John enjoys sourcing the less usual pieces of timber which have little commercial value but which offer a lot of interest in the grain, colour and shapes, developed through the processes of turning. Timber recently felled might be turned "green" to an approximate shape before being allowed to season prior to final shaping and finishing. Sometimes the green forms are finished so that interesting shapes develop in the final bowl as the timber dries and warps. Timber which is already dry can be worked to its final form but often contains cracks and other defects which help to create interest in a piece.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Susan Ashworth

We are delighted to show paintings by Susan Ashworth at Arts Hut. She was born on the Isle of Portland in Dorset and grew up in a landscape of stone quarries, cliffs and wide views across field and scrub to open sea. Having studied Fine Art in Falmouth, Cornwall, she has continued to live on the South Coast, seeking out its remoter corners and open spaces for her work. Long walks taking photos provide starting points for landscape paintings which emphasise both the empty quality of our managed countryside and our dislocated perception of it. Shadows across a field, a lighthouse on a concrete jetty, an uncertain skyline through bare branches appear glimpsed from a speeding train or shot from a panning camera: improvised reminders of the way we see the world in the twenty first century. Susan Ashworth’s interest in the tabletop images of Diebenkorn, Nicholson and Letinsky is reflected in the current still lifes. These are also, in essence, landscapes: oblique light picking out objects effectively dwarfed in expanses of empty space. A lemon, a half-empty tea-cup, fishbones on a plate… what we see are familiar items estranged then seen afresh The handling of the paint in Susan Ashworth’s work explores these dynamics of seeing and representing, with constant play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity. All kinds of process - simultaneous work on different paintings, widely varied consistencies and applications of paint, rotation of the surface being worked, layering, sanding and scraping - allow accident its shaping role, ‘letting the paint do the work!’ The resulting pictures show things caught at the very moment of appearance, as thin wavering crystallisations from a quiet shimmer of paint. There is a certain melancholia in the paintings. They are subtly elegiac in their suggestion of what is missing - a human presence that has just passed out of view. All the same, there is no denying the joy in this work, and a certain wild freedom. A sober depiction of ordered countryside or domestic minutiae will slide off the deep end into swathes and splatters of untied colour, yet the balance holds. This is the freedom of the instant before the brain categorises what is exposed to the eye. It is this freedom that the paintings of Susan Ashworth celebrate. Without fuss or fanfare, they renew for us the surprise of seeing.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Rachel Ward-Sale

I hope you are enjoying finding out about the artists whose work we exhibit at Arts Hut, we have a number of beautiful books made by Rachel. She was born in Brighton in 1959 and studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton, from 1977 - 81, under John Plummer, Faith Shannon and David Sellars. In 1980, she won First prize and Silver medal, in the Designer Bookbinders National Competition and was subsequently elected as one of the first two Licentiate members of DB. In the 2003 and 2004 DB competition, she won first prize for the open choice book and also, in 2004, the Mansfield Silver medal. She was elected a fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2005. Recently, she set up and taught book repair schemes for the Community Project Agencies, in both Brighton and Guildford and also for The Inside - Out Trust, at HM. Prison, Lewes. Since leaving college, she has been self employed, initially working from home, while her children were young. In 1992, she co-founded Bookbinders of Lewes, where she still works, doing general binding and repairs, as well as fine bindings.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Rachel Widdows

The paintings above are available now at Arts Hut.
Since completing her MA in Fine Art Painting at the Royal Academy in 1990, Rachel Widdows has lived and worked in the village of Hartfield, until moving with her husband onto several acres of low weald landscape in Hellingly, where they live in makeshift caravans whilst building their home. Her recent work focuses on the rural landscape under constant pressure from agriculture, environmental degradation, seasonal and climate change: "I strive towards an instinctive empathy and spiritual interconnection between myself as and my environment." Her work reveals the landscape of Sussex not as a comfortable idyll but as a complex multi layered and ever-changing environment. The influences of Franc Auerbach, Anselm Kiefer, David Tress and Therese Oulton, are evident within current work describing the muddy tracks traversing her land at the foot of the Downs. These reveal a direct, immediate and tactile experience of the earth, resulting in a more experimental and experiential approach to materials. This vigorous direct approach in the handling of the paint has reasserted the dominance of drawing within the structure and effectively expresses the energy and urgency of a changing environment and landscape.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Annie Soudain

Framed Prints and a wide range of Greeting Cards now at Arts Hut.
Annie Soudain was born near Dover in Kent; her early childhood spent in Truro, Cornwall. She attended school in Dover before studying art for four years at Canterbury College of Art. She took an art teacher’s diploma at Brighton College of Art and subsequently taught art in Brighton. She left to have three children, living for several years on boats in England and France and settling by the sea in Sussex. She exhibits with Rye Society of Artists, the Sussex Guild, the Society of Botanical Artists, the National Society of Painters, Sculptors, & Printmakers (Her ‘Warren Glen’ linoprint won their 2008 Mathew White Ridley Prize for Printmaking), Four Seasons Artists (a new group showing annually in the New Forest’s magnificent Exbury Gardens), Hastings group SOCO, and at local galleries. She has work in private collections in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. She was winner of the Frisk/Talens Purchase Prize at the 1992 ‘Art in Nature’ exhibition. Plus is a regular artist-in-residence at Nature in Art (the International Centre for Wildlife Art), Gloucester. Annie has also painted 6 large panels for cruise liner Saga Rose as well as doing work for the National Trust. Annie enjoys painting in watercolour, gouache, and silk dyes (wax-resist); also printmaking — mostly linocuts, using various techniques. Fabric collage is another favourite medium.

Monday, 6 July 2009

High and Over

I am about to start work on a series of local landscapes. This weekend Mr PWP has humoured me by driving through Lewes, South Heighton, Seaford, Glynde, Alfriston and Arlington.

Three Ponds South Heighton

Three ponds, three dogs, sunshine, wine, great company and an exceedingly fine trout.

Thursday, 2 July 2009


My small painting of Birling Gap, to a fellow villager in nearby Laughton

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Court Lodge Farm Wartling Calendar 2010

I first met Marion from Court Lodge Farm when she asked if Arts Hut wanted to sell 2008 calendars illustrated by printmaker Charlotte Matthews. We did and they were hugely popular, we now sell prints and cards by Charlotte, who lives in Jevington.
The Calendar for 2010 will be designed by Mr PWP and include local artists, commissioned to work in a square format, with a bovine theme. I am painting three cows from behind.
We will launch the Calendar at an Open Evening at Arts Hut on Thursday 24th September 2009, accompanied by an exhibition of the original work and an opportunity to taste some of the delicious produce of Court Lodge Farm.
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