Monday, 29 November 2010

Fancy A Late Night?

You are invited to ‘Wish Upon A Star’ at the Arts Hut, Herstmonceux.

Unique Christmas presents, made with love by 21 Sussex artists and makers, include a plethora of local landscape paintings, wire & ceramic hens for home and garden, dotty pots & milk jugs for your country kitchen table and last but not least whippet christmas cards.

The Herstmonceux Christmas Arts Trail, where villagers decorate their roofs and windows to a theme, also starts this Wednesday December 1st with late night shopping until 8pm.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Box of tricks

Alison at The Pharmacy is doing a fine job handing out the Advent Calendar box kits. Mine is done on the outside, but I'm still pondering what to put in it...

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

'Wish Upon A Star'

This week is all about unpacking the boxes dropped off by local artists and hanging the Christmas Show. So far we have two walls of Sussex landscape paintings, hanging glass, wire hens, books and ceramics for your kitchen table.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Art Grotto In Heathfield

Open today and tomorrow 11am - 4pm Sarah's 'Art Grotto' is a delight. Visit late afternoon to appreciate the lights and candles guiding you up the carpeted garden path to her ceramics workshop. Great open studios show you where an artists works and gives you a peek into their lives. This is a peach. Unfortunately clutching wine, I didn't capture her flying angels, fairies or drawings. However  I woke up this morning thinking about Lene Lovich, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes & Tinkerbell. Address Glen View, Harley Lane, Heathfield.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Nibbled Spoon

Our retired racing greyhound has adjusted to living in a house. A few bits and bobs have been chewed along the way and recovered from her bed. Hence this 'nibbled' spoon on a soft cotton pillowcase.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Rye Bonfire Night

On Saturday we celebrated Patsy's (aka Jo Sheridan Douglas) 91st birthday party, before joining in the fun at Rye Bonfire Night.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Knock Knock

Over the next few weeks thousands of independent artists, makers, designers and illustrators will be taking part in Open Studios and hosting Christmas events in the UK. Most of the shows I visit are a mixture of inspirational, curious and fun.

The country lifestyle magazines I read, promote local products and local people, but how do you get yourself featured?

Yesterday I wrote to the Editor of Artists and Illustrators Magazine, suggesting how they could enable those of us out in the sticks to promote our shows. He replied saying "You're on"

So come on arty blogging friends, promote your show here

Then pass the message on to anyone else you think might benefit.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Ways of Working

This time of year is busy, artists are dropping off their pieces for Arts Hut. I am collecting and dropping off my work for Open Studios and Shows across the county. Plus starting to hang, display and promote the Arts Hut Christmas Show. In my Studio a whole new body of paintings are drying...

When starting a new series like my Still Life paintings I clean out the studio and put away older work. I paint the white painting panels with Paynes Gray to get rid of the white and glue a D Ring on the back. Then stack the panels to dry using wooden blocks. My paints are Winsor and Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour, exactly like oils to use without the smell and chemicals needed to clean up. I use a paper palette, so tear off the sheets and throw away when finished.

I research other artists paintings and pin a few images in the studio for inspiration. In the case of work I really love, I make tonal studies of their composition in pencil or biro in my sketchbook. I set up a blog link list, so I can refer to their websites easily and share with you who I found.

My painting panels measure 20cm x 20cm so I draw measuring lines on the painting panels and on the desk surface, this helps place the objects. I draw the composition in my sketchbook to use as a tonal guide. Then start painting, always standing up, marking where my feet are.

I apply the paint in layers, maybe working on six small paintings in a day, then hang them to dry as a group and start others. After a week or so, I might work on each painting some more. A small painting will usually take a month to finish, with four or five layers of paint. I especially like the texture that comes from using knives to apply the paint and scumbling with a dry brush. By hanging them on a wall together, I can imagine them in a Gallery setting.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

At Primary School

The loss of friends or family always prompts me into action, Margaret was a great letter writer and card sender, so this week I have started to seek out old friends. Friends Reunited is a wonder, I have received replies from two long lost lovely friends already.

Whilst searching through my old photos I also found my first sentence and drawing from Llangrallo Primary School. Mary and the donkey both appear to be wearing glasses - everyone in my family is shortsighted. They are from 1972, so I was 4 years old.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Margaret Lorimer Flanagan

On Monday November 1st 2010 Mr PWP and I attended a celebration of the life of Margaret Flanagan. She was buried with her husband Fred at Saint Margarets, Rottingdean. I have fond memories of her.
When my granny and her sister, married my granddad and his brother, there were six bridesmaids, Margaret was one. Christmas cards arrived in Wales every year without fail. She first wrote to me in 1997 following the death of my mother and we met up for lunch, tea, cakes... I was particularly pleased she came to my first open house exhibition and made me laugh a lot.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Twinkle Twinkle

The 2010 Arts Hut Christmas Show and Herstmonceux village decorations have a theme -  'Stars'. I have submitted my paragraph for the Parish News and this weekend will start dropping flyers through doors. A few months ago I asked the artists who show at our Gallery to get the ball rolling. The last two photos are 'star' lings, I hadn't seen that coming.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Christmas Art Shows

Diary dates for Sussex Shows I am involved in this year.

First up the 'Arts Grotto' Heathfield on the 20th and 21st November. Ceramicist Sarah Rickard opens her home to exhibit work by regional artists 11am - 4pm. Paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and cards

Second The 'Arts Hut' Christmas Show Herstmonceux, opens on 1st December with late night shopping until 8pm. 21 local artists showing paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, glass and cards. Open throughout December Weds - Sat 9am - 5pm

Third The 'Artbarn Christmas Show' Wartling from 4th - 11th December. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, lighting, rugs, cashmere, oils & vinegars. Open 11am - 4pm daily.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Life Size Cattle Portraits

It was not a direction I foresaw, however my life size cattle portraits are still very popular locally and they do make me smile. I sold this painting in June, with the customer not wanting it until Christmas, so away in a box it went. They popped in last week to arrange a delivery date, its now back on the easel, for some finishing touches.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Sussex Landscape

Mushrooms, the size of bunnies.
Our friends hand made Tree House.
My favourite tree in the garden, moulting.
The South Downs near Lewes.
Our daily sunrise.

Monday, 1 November 2010

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