Saturday, 26 February 2011

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Toast Giveaway

On Saturday March 5th I will be giving copies of Nigel Slater's autobiography 'Toast' to Arts Hut visitors as part of World Book Night and a blog giveaway for one lucky reader. To enter please tell me below about one of your favourite books. To keep up to date with coverage of celebrating books click on the BBC

Monday, 21 February 2011

Cupboard Love

I am busy promoting my Spring Show, distributing posters and showing the work coming in here

Saturday, 19 February 2011

if: Layer

This weeks Illustration Friday topic is Layer. I have a sweet tooth, so am happy with a layer of chocolate, coffee, caramel or icing sugar...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Fish Fight

Yesterday was bright and breezy at The Stade at Hastings, with huts full to bursting with fresh fish. Powerful reminders to maintain support for the Fish Fight We couldn't resist a snoop around the Old Town and then a quick hop to St Leonards, where art is blooming.

Monday, 14 February 2011

if: Sweater

This weeks Illustration Friday topic is Sweater. As children we would take turns in having one knitted for us by my Mum. This involved a trip to the Wool Shop in Bridgend to pick a pattern and stare at shelves groaning with balls of wool. My school uniform jumpers were mohair and extra fluffy. Now if I see a black and white cropped striped sweater in a shop, it ends up coming home with me. I have quite a collection.

Saturday, 12 February 2011


Very slowly, by night and day, our new studios are coming together and furniture is leaving for pastures new.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Cats and Dogs

I am starting a new series of coast paintings, in essence - cats and dogs enjoying themselves at the beach. If you have a  photograph of your pet from a distance, sitting in a boat, by a beach hut, ice cream van or perhaps doing a spot of shrimping, I would love to see it.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Studio Furniture

In our Studio reshuffle we are parting with quite a few of our treasures and furniture in exchange for gold coins. We have three curved desks with drawers, a huge light box, decorative shelving, an unused sewing machine, a stylish manneqin and our much loved snake eyes sofa. Buyers should bring their own muscles and white van. Please email me for details.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Electric Pencil

Having divided our large Gallery into three areas and reclaimed our snug, this week is all about moving into the new spaces. Our first task was to hang the pencils, I love them!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

South East Open Studios

I have a new role 'Advertising Officer' for South East Open Studios (SEOS). There is just one week left for advertisers who wish to promote themselves in our printed Guide, distributed to 30,000 people in Kent and East Sussex this May.

In 2011 Members were asked to create their own version of the SEOS logo, reflecting the range of emerging and established artists working in print, glass, metal, ceramics, photography, textiles, wire and wood. Above is my least blobby monoprint logo.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

if: Reverse

 "Hello this is the Operator speaking, will you accept a reverse charges call?"

Our mustard coloured family phone sat on a high bookcase in the lounge. Aged eight I was allowed to answer it, I had to say Coychurch 2302 (this was 1976), yes I'll fetch them (it was never for me), who is calling please?

Friday, 4 February 2011


It was below zero at the coast, my sketching fingers wouldn't work. So I snapped these lovely huts, plus lots of fishing tackle, cheered on by an audience of crows.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Decorating Fatique

Two weeks later, we are still decorating, I am mildly grumpy. As a final torment, Mr PWP is touching up the beams with what looks like tar. Next Monday we move studios, hurrah.

From a corner of my old studio, hidden behind pine chests and boxes,  a new series of coastal paintings are underway. I saw an advert saying 'Publisher seeks artist' and hey ho - I have an opportunity to submit work. I also have a Lurcher commission. Last but not least, I have some large still life paintings in progress for Cupboard Love, our Spring exhibition.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

World Book Night

On Saturday 5th March 2011, we will have 48 copies of 'Toast' to giveaway as part of World Book Night Our Spring exhibition 'Cupboard Love' opens and you can see our sparkly new studio spaces!
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