Monday, 31 May 2010

Wild Flowers

This years Chelsea Flower Show, although muted, has inspired me to get outdoors. Our cottage garden is lush with wild flowers and rampant weeds. I am on a mission to sort out the sunny back border before my Open Studio.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Heathfield Show

On Friday after closing Arts Hut we took the browsers, chairs and card racks over to Heathfield Show to set up. The following morning I was up at 5.30am to pack the goodies, unfortunately this took its toll and by 8am I needed sugary tea and a sit down. The Showground was vast and many thousands of people braved the wet and windy weather. The Wealden Craftworkers marquee was near the practice ring and horse walk, with our pitch opposite Julia's Sheep to Shawl Project. The Show Chairman, owner of the Limousin cattle that appear frequently on this blog, dropped by for a chat and we met lots of new friends, hairy and human. It was brilliantly organised with fabulous animals and great stalls, shame about the weather.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Country Greeting Cards

Mr PWP has designed and hand cut hundreds of greeting cards of my paintings over the years, he is a whizz with a scalpel - I am just plain dangerous. The notion was he would make sample cards to test the market and see which designs sell the best. So I have saved up my pennies and splashed out to have three of my bestsellers reproduced by Abacus Printers on high quality environmentally friendly 380gsm card. They arrived in four boxes in time for Heathfield Show and look great.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Sold

I have a face like my 'Bemused Seagull' monoprint sold at Brighton Festival. The accountant is in situ, he is my lovely brother in law. I have concentrated on figures for two days, learnt new tricks on spreadsheets and my books balance. On the down side I used the word 'barter' twice...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Seagulls

Over the past few months I have had frequent close encounters with gulls. Above my 'Brighton Seagull' monoprint posted to mark the end of our Brighton Festival experience. The house looked fantastic, our hosts were great and we met lots of splendid people. We came to and fro on a country route via Lewes, Ditchling and Plumpton, with fabulous views of the Downs.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Coast Paintings

Back to work with just two weeks before my South East Open Studio. Painting the coastline from Hastings to Dungeness has involved vast areas of shingle and sand. However just a few hundred yards from Winchelsea Beach, sheltered by trees, we found an oasis of green.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Incident

This week started very badly indeed with an incident involving our hounds. Lovely friends and neighbours rallied round to check we are all OK. Acts of kindness included lots of reassurance, my favourite pink flowers and even a fish and chip supper. On the work front it was positive news, Kent Painters have invited me to exhibit with them and three designs of my large greeting cards are at the printers. I am hoping next week will be tranquil and I can get back into the studio and concentrate.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Heathfield Show

I have recently been accepted as a Member of Wealden Craftworkers and have a 'trade stand' in their craft tent at the local Heathfield Show on Saturday 29th May. Mr PWP and I shall be up long before dawn setting it up.  I haven't been to an Agricultural Show since I was a child in Wales and I can't wait to see the cattle and sheep. Anticipated gate numbers are 16,000 people and I am reliably informed the weather will either be boiling hot or pouring with rain. In the later case we are to prepare for Glastonbury Festival scale mud. To see whats on the agenda click here  Arts Hut in Herstmonceux will be closed for the day.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Brighton Festival

Last Sunday Mr PWP and I spent the day stewarding at Terri and David's Open House at 15 Chanctonbury Road, Hove. The house throbbed and heaved with people. If you are keen to see three floors of creations by 19 artists, then next weekend is your final chance. Do look in the bath! The house is open May 22nd and 23rd 11am - 6pm, with fairtrade tea and cakes in the kitchen cafe and sculpture garden.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

4 and 20

It is always exciting to see new work by Charlotte Matthews, her contribution to our show 'Bake' is no exception. '4 and 20' is a beautiful mini lino print, presented as a large greetings card.

Friday, 14 May 2010

For Your Kitchen Table

Ceramic butter dishes, milk jugs, sugar bowls.... created by Katie Brinsley.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Bake

Since Easter I have been touting my wares at shows across Sussex. Back at home our May theme at Arts Hut is 'Bake', including delights such as this teacup fabric pinny, with flamenco ruffles, created by Cherry Marley.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Limousin Lick

Thorndean Farm Limousins kindly share their field with us, for a few weeks this adds frisk to our hound walks. This morning they are relaxing a little and happily posing for their portraits.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Wooden Walls

This June I am holding my first solo exhibition at Arts Hut as part of South East Open Studios Renovation work continues with a smart wooden wall to protect my customers from Mr PWP
or Mr PWP from my customers. You decide!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Sold

Spring is in the air and I am enjoying a sales flurry.

Friday, 7 May 2010

15 Chanctonbury Road Hove

19 of us are exhibiting in Terri and David Haliwell's house called 'Artists Live Here' and it looks stunning. If you are visiting Brighton & Hove this May do pop in. The work is beautifully hung and the house full of suprises, not least ceramics for sale in the bath! You can also enjoy fairtrade tea & cakes in the kitchen cafe and sculpture garden. On the first day a lovely couple bought my recent painting of Prospect Cottage, which I will be sad to see go!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

And finally

We walk the hounds at dawn and thus met fascinating people like the shrimpers.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Bea on Holiday

Bea has two modes, on the move and asleep.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

I came to absorb the landscape within the 805 acres of shingle ridges, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, reedbed, pits and grassland at Rye. It is teasel heaven. RX is the fishing boat registration used at Hastings, Rye and Dungeness. See more at Wild Rye

Monday, 3 May 2010

Winchelsea Beach

We had a splendid week at Tamarix, 100 yards from Winchelsea beach, with a large garden for the hounds to enjoy. For future reference, they do not like walking on shingle...

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Avocet Gallery & Tea Room

My week at the coast started by meeting Morgan and Peter at their new Avocet Gallery at Rye Harbour. I am thrilled to be exhibiting my cows, hounds & tractors as part of their Wildlife Exhibition starting 29th May. Do pop along to see their selection of work by local artists, beautiful greeting cards, yummy biscuits, not to mention the spiked sheep!
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