Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Graphic designers Mr PWP and the lovely Nina have their studio within Arts Hut. Each year they are commissioned, by an international client, to design a wallet for Wimbledon tickets. Do take a look

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Red Hut, Rye Harbour

The first of my 12 inch square paintings of Rye Harbour in progress. I am building up the layers of texture working in oil on board, with cerulean blue, paynes gray, raw sienna and cadmium red.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Open Studio Days 6 - 12

Open Studios ended last week, so my monitoring form is due. The highlights were 70 visitors came and I have a customer interested in a large cow painting. Frazzled from 'over exhibiting' since March and ready to see some of my older work fly away my SEOS had less sparkle this year.  As they are one of the few support networks for rural artists in the south east, I will ensure 2011 launches new work and generates va va voom. Note to self: decide theme by Oct, be open on Sunday afternoons, include bargains wall to clear older work, send articles to local, regional and national press in Feb, send printed invitations to guest list, hold a private view on Thursday evening...

Thursday, 24 June 2010

June Blooms

2010 is zooming by, so today the Arts Hut Business Plan has been regenerated. I have achieved most of the practical tasks set with my Gallery hat on - placing adverts, improving gallery displays, a new website and increased media coverage. With my Artist hat on - as a guest in Open Houses and events across the region I have learnt so much and met fabulous people. On the down side, sales on the day have been slow and sometimes non existent. Enjoyable though the stewarding was, it was time consuming and left a hefty dog sitter bill. My foray into joining artist groups has not led to discussions about practice as I had hoped and I have beat a hasty retreat and settled for a subscription to Artists Newsletter. I am looking forward to the next few months curating shows at Arts Hut, entering my work for shows and painting competitions, exhibiting my coastal creations at the Avocet Gallery and progressing my work. The Artists Yearbook 2010/11 includes an article by Nicholas Logsdail who says "Instead of seeking 'success' an artist should make it their life's work to develop an original and personal language" Off to my studio I go...

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Ditchling Museum

A perfect place to take guests for a typically English, eccentric and fun day out. Take a peek

Monday, 21 June 2010

Shirley Crowther Art

In Ditchling was exactly as expected, elegant - with a selection of paintings I would love to own. Take a peek here

Friday, 18 June 2010

Last Chance To See Open Studios

Just three days left to visit South East Open Studios My 50 visitors have been fun, I have had work selected by a local gallery, plus squeezed in a visit to Longleys Studio Barns in Hailsham for their private view - hence their groaning table of food. My favourite painting by Christine Jenkinson lurked on a beam above my head. By popular request Arts Hut will be open this Sunday June 20th 10am - 4pm.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Collage, Colour and Texture In Painting

I eagerly awaited my copy of the new Mike Bernard book and it is a treasure trove of expressive colour and adventures in paper and paint. 128 pages most with illustrations. A word of caution though, as it is so rich, nibble at it - perhaps a page at a time.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Village Life

Taking a break from Open Studios we have enjoyed trips to Tunbridge Wells and The Jointure Studios in Ditchling. Herstmonceux and surrounding villages are festooned with the flag of St George and we are following The World Cup,  except when it clashes with Mary Portas. Back at home in the wild garden, after lengthy negotiations, Bea has agreed not to eat all the flowerheads.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Open Studio Days 3, 4, 5

A virtual tour of my Open Studio. 31 friendly and interesting people have visited so far. In the window is my latest cattle portrait and in the Gallery to the left are other 40 inch square cattle paintings, plus some 12 inch square animal heads. To the right are various coastal and hound paintings, plus monoprints, some framed - others mounted and my twirly card display. In my studio all of the work seen is 'in progress', the pieces hanging on the walls are wet. This week I am working on a large painting of Dungeness, some smaller oil panels of Rye Harbour and still life wild flowers. Visitors have been keen to flick through my boxes of unfinished but dry paintings. Finally through the studio for a sit down in our garden - now renamed the 'wild garden' by Louise. Now calm has been restored I shall be back to blogging Weds - Sat!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hursthaven Open Studio No 120

Visiting Open Studios I expect to see where an artist works, some tools of the trade and for the art to be the star of the show. I get them confused with Open Houses, where artists show work within a 'domestic' Gallery and often come away disappointed. Kevin Warren has created my favourite kind of Open Studio show, authentic, fascinating and inspiring. For more info see No 120 on the SEOS Map The barn and land is owned by artist Rachel Widdows, who homed our frizzle bantams Flo and Maude. Whilst visiting the chucks - I met a turkey or two.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

As Seen In

Yesterday my, very tidy, studio was featured in UK handmade blog

Monday, 7 June 2010

Country Greeting Cards

This week I am launching my new set of six greeting cards printed on high quality, environmentally friendly, 380gsm card with white envelopes in cello wrap. Two cards of each design. Blank inside suitable for any occasion and available to buy online here I will be posting samples to shops, galleries and magazines. Trade orders are most welcome, please email me for details. The cards were printed by Abacus

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Open Studio Day 2

Today was very hot. My favourite visitor was passing through Herstmonceux, visiting her Dad. She has a friend in London who loves cows and was very keen to hear about my website and online shop. I took a leisurely look through the SEOS brochure and mused about which studios to visit. Above, my monoprint of Finn and him holding a similar pose sniffing rose petals.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Open Studio Day 1

My favourite visitors today were Canadian. Students at Herstmonceux Castle, they made appreciative ooh and aah noises, laughed a lot, went wild for my greeting cards and then kindly posed for a photo.

Friday, 4 June 2010

As Seen In

The South East Open Studios Newsletter A very long interview indeed. Cheap frames, artists changing the prices of their work willy nilly and air brushed dragons get a thumbs down....

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Arts Hut Website

Gliding into place to kick off my Open Studio - ahem - our new website Arts Hut Do take a look and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

South East Open Studios

Starts this Friday 4th June and I am adding finishing touches to my cattle portraits for the Arts Hut window display. 300 artists and makers across the region will open the doors to the often private world of their studios and workshops, for the essential map and info, see SEOS

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Plant Hounds

On sunny Bank Holiday Monday we visited Jo and Terry at Rocks Smallholding, plus our local Lime Cross Nursery. Finn sniffed the new plants, Bea ate some flowers.
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