Thursday, 30 September 2010


My monoprints are generating interest from galleries. I have been working on more fishing net huts, hounds, pigs and trugs. If the print has taken up too much ink even for my blobby tastes, I have cut around the subject creating a monoprint collage. Two trips to the framers later and all are happily in my online shop!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Baby Alpacas

There was great excitement when three baby alpacas were born on our friends farm. The weather unfortunately turned cold and wet, sadly the two girls didn't make it. Len is doing OK. Drawing above by Amy, note the warm coat.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

On Reflection

In my former life running a charity, monitoring and evaluation was completed quarterly. It is a habit that has stuck, which avoids drifting from one year to the next. Developments during the last few months include:

At Arts Hut
Acquiring elegant lollipop laurels and having the Arts Hut exterior repainted.
Hanging an August show 'Wild Gardens' with Open Day.
Participating in the Hailsham Arts Festival.
Mr PWP designing our first two tea towels.
Finding six new artist greeting card ranges to meet the requests for guinea fowl, hen and cat cards.
Joining the 'From Britain With Love' online directory.
Advertising in the first Museums and Galleries guide to Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden.
Finding a textile designer and working on rural products exclusively for Arts Hut.

As AWP artist
Getting my coast paintings framed by Ochre in Lewes.
Marking the end of my 'cow' painting obsession, selling the last two life size portraits. The remainder of the herd will soon be grazing at Pictures and Frames in Horam.
Posting Christmas Card and Tea Towel samples to national magazines in July for Christmas!
Being featured in Black, White, Red.
Having my cards accepted at two new stockists.

Finally having the sitting room and upstairs kitchen plastered, decorated and heating installed.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Art Fairs in Sussex

September is alive with Art Fairs in Sussex.
We chose to visit the new one at Battle
Although for paintings Brighton is the best
Last but not least Wadhurst

Friday, 24 September 2010

Upstairs Downstairs

For three years our upstairs kitchen has looked a little unloved. Now it has a smart new plastered ceiling, a china cup paint job, check floor and a radiator.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Painting Sussex

Having been drawing for a week or two, I start my small paintings, working quickly and blocking in the composition. I cover all the white canvas and (as usual) fail to stick to my limited palette! They are wet, wet, wet, so spend the afternoon in the garden sunshine.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Grab your biro

In addition to field patterns of the South Downs, I am working from my photos of the garden at Charleston. Drawing the actual size of my small canvases, leaves a border in my sketch book - helpful for composition. When teaching groups of adults I encourage the use of scrap paper and a biro.

Saturday, 18 September 2010


Spending the last few weekends up the South Downs has inspired me to paint a dozen 8 inch squared Sussex scenes by the end of October. I begin with my art books, looking at paintings I love and devise a cunning plan to paint loosely and keep to a limited palette. With pencil, biro and felt pen to hand I start by doodling in my sketchbook.

At Arts Hut I meet a lot of people who express the desire to draw and paint but for various reasons feel a bit stuck, I always recommend the book above and its sister the Complete Painting Course. Both form the backbone of Open College of the Arts Courses and are available 'used' on Amazon for a snip. Its great to have a second hand book to leave open where you are working, without worrying about the splashes.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Happy Smiley People

Hailsham Arts Festival is bringing lots of new visitors into Arts Hut - older people with happy smiley dispositions, who browse murmuring 'stunning' and have a capacity to roost on our sofa. I sit at my Mac eaves dropping, yesterday two friends absolutely loved the painting above by Virginia

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Firle Art

The last day of Artwave was sunny, so we popped over to see Firle artists. The Dutch House mural I recognised from a feature in Country Living Magazine, their garden was full of wonderful ceramic poultry and metal peas.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Joan Eardley

A friend had seen paintings by Joan Eardley whilst at the Edinburgh Festival - size wise she described "Slithers. Intense, gorgeous but very tiny."

In her books Eardley is shown painting on giant boards, standing almost in the sea or waist deep in grass facing the elements. I like the idea of slither paintings, I am trying to paint very small this week.

Meanwhile a few snippets from the book above...

"Eardley's work celebrates two aspects of Scottish identity that are both urban and rural. She also focused on areas of life that were fast disappearing, yet which were tenaciously clinging on. Her works showing poverty-stricken tenement life were balanced by her depictions of the landscape of north-east Scotland."

"Joan Eardley was essentially an artist who drew inspiration from subjects in the open air, not in the studio. In Glasgow, slum children played in the streets against a background of scribbled tenement walls and shop windows; in Catterline, human subjects were supplanted by the roar of stormy seas or the hum of summer fields. From the city she extracted essential characteristics of young and old; on the coast she was interested in neither fisherman nor farmers, but in the sea and the land" David Irwin

Last time I blogged about a great book, it was out of print. This time you can order this and more from Pallant House Gallery Bookshop

Friday, 10 September 2010

The Winner Takes It All

Plucked from the dog bowl by Finn. One Sighthound Goody Bag goes to no 8 - otherwise known as my bloggy friend Claire

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hailsham Arts Festival

A lively mixture of art, dance, music, literature and drama from 10th - 19th September, pick up your brochure from Gallery North. If you are new to Hailsham, the Hailsham Pavilion is a must see. At Arts Hut our 'Wild Gardens' show continues to flourish. We are open for the Festival Wednesday to Saturday 9am - 5pm and other times by appointment, if you click on the 'Wild Gardens' label under this post, you can preview what's on offer...

Monday, 6 September 2010


This summer every magazine I open is promoting Charleston. Being just down the road we popped in to find it bursting at the seams with tourists. Marks out of 10 for the Garden - a super sparkly 11.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

My Gull

'Blogs of Note' promoted daily by Blogger are usually annoyingly fat with adverts and flickering animation. Yesterday however they featured Bridget Farmer whose serene blog of sketches, drawings, etchings and prints includes a tiny book of Seagulls chatting. Delicious.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Fowl Play

I promised Mr PWP no more hand cut greeting cards. However Jo from Rocks Smallholding phoned to ask if we had any new designs and before we knew it the card creasing machine and scalpels were out. Rocks Smallholding has a Farm Shop in Windmill Hill, selling a variety of goodies - their own meat, bread, home made pies, vintage watering cans and logs for your fire. If you're very good, they may let you see their pigs and fancy fowl.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Pinch Punch

We made it through the Bank Holiday weekend.

The little people were entertained from dawn to dusk.

The houndies will be fine in a week or two...

What did you get up to?
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