Friday, 30 July 2010

Made in Hastings

My studio is full to bursting with finished paintings from my series based on the coastline between Hastings and Romney Marsh.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Printing Peas

Bill, the owner of my favourite whippet Ruby, is encouraging me to grow veg. I have two old fashioned silver dustbins, just the right height so our greyhound Bea can't plunder. Above my first attempt at printing Bills peas.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

All Creatures Great and Small

Mr Toad takes up his spectator seat, whilst Finn flattens the weeds.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Arts Hut Open Day

Mr Toad, perched on his watering can, was unimpressed with our gardening efforts this weekend. The Arts Hut Open Day is Wednesday August 4th, a week away. We are all dusters and gloves. Mr PWP asked for a cup cake recipe yesterday...

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Kookie Gardens

A stroll around Herstmonceux village includes the sunflower lawn garden, the wild rose tree and lakes.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Trug Love

Sarah at the Truggery has dropped off her contributions for our Wild Garden show, six Sussex Trugs, with smart new labels and the logo designed by Mr PWP. Herstmonceux is known as a centre for this traditional craft, having a trugmakers since 1899. A trug is a light strong basket made from willow and sweet chestnut, originally used for harvesting produce and measuring grain.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Baby Alpacas

In the early days photographs and monoprints of my favourite Alpaca model Edward dominated the Arts Hut window displays. Farmer 'Arper, the proud owner, came rushing in last week to announce Victor (the stud) has performed his duties and two of the female Alpacas are with child. Babes any day now...

Saturday, 17 July 2010


Last but not least, my favourite treat, a wander around Dungeness for inspiration.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Avocet Gallery & Tea Room

Some more pics from our day trip. The Avocet Gallery at Rye Harbour shows elegant bird art, spirited ceramics and serves up very splendid cake. A short walk in the wind will take you to the iconic red hut - what's not to love?

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Avocet Gallery & Tea Room

Next stop Rye Harbour to deliver coastal paintings, monoprints and greeting cards for an exhibition 'Boats and the Sea' during August at the Avocet Gallery and Tea Room.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Made in Hastings

This week we drove east. First stop Hastings - to meet Sophie at Made in Hastings and deliver four of my coastal greeting cards inspired by The Stade.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Saturday, 10 July 2010


This week is hot, hot, hot and I have been head down in the studio - always the coolest place in our cottage.  'Snowdrop' a 10 inch square canvas is finally finished.

There is summer mischief in the air:

Mr PWP, the lovely Nina and I have been dipping our toes into the world of tea towel design. Our order arrives in 14 days.

Greeting cards of The Stade have been scored, folded and packed for 'Made In Hastings'.

Varnish and posh string have been added to my coastal paintings for Avocet Gallery.

A competition at Artists and Illustrators Magazine has caught my eye.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Wild Card

Summer treats at Arts Hut include 11 of Elaine Pamphilon's greeting card designs in our twirly display...

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


The Arts Hut painters have started arriving with their 'Wild Gardens'. In pride of place are two paintings by Rachel Widdows - Foxgloves and View From The Sluice Bridge.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

As Seen In

Today my Country Cards feature here It is lovely to see them make their way out into the big wide world. Thanks Charlotte!

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Derek Jarman's Garden

I am hoping to finish some of my Dungeness paintings for our 'Wild Gardens' exhibition, they explore plant life in shingle beach fields and of course Derek Jarman's unique garden. If you are unable to visit Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, you can enjoy the 150 illustrations in his equally beautiful book, the introduction of which reads:
" 'Paradise haunts gardens', writes Derek Jarman, 'and it haunts mine'. Jarman's public image is that of a film-maker of genius, whose work, dwelling on themes of sexuality and violence, became a byword for controversy. But the private man was the creator of his own garden-paradise in an environment that many might think was more of a hell than a heaven - in the flat, bleak, often desolate expanse of shingle that faces a nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent. Jarman, a passionate gardener from childhood, combined his painters eye, his horticultural experience and his ecological convictions to produce a landscape which combined the flints, shells and driftwood of Dungeness; sculptures made from stones, old tools and found objects; the areas indigenous plants; and shrubs and flowers introduced by Jarman himself."

Friday, 2 July 2010


The secret garden behind Ditchling Museum. I highly recommend smelling the roses.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Down The Garden Path

This July I am seeking paintings, prints, glass, ceramics, and printed greeting cards for our next exhibition 'Wild Gardens'. We live on the main road running through Herstmonceux, where the gardens can be kookie. Down every public footpath are rampant summer flowers.
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