Tuesday, 31 January 2012

South East Open Studios 2012

There is a risk our house might sell, however throwing caution to the wind I've booked with South East Open Studios My Studio will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1st - 17th June 2012 9am - 5pm. Open other days by appointment.

Friday, 27 January 2012

if: forward

This weeks Illustration Friday topic
A Lurcher puppy running forward.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Whippet, Greyhound & Lurcher Portraits

Slowly but surely I am getting my publicity for 2012 organised.
You can commission me to create a portrait of your whippet, greyhound or lurcher as a monoprint.
Prices for A5 size start at £75.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Nice Things, Ramsgate

Just posted three small paintings and a second parcel of greeting cards here

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

if: twirl

This weeks topic for Illustration Friday is twirl.
In the summer my wild garden is full of poppies that twirl, I am looking forward to seeing them.

Monday, 23 January 2012


We went to the opticians and then a trip up South Street, a few of the independent shops are no longer trading. Fortunately Clarissa's bookshop and Dickens Tea Cottage where exactly as we remembered. Last but not least we looked around the 'Glass House' on Kings Drive, where I will show my paintings in April.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Derek Jarman's Garden

I have the germ of an idea for my summer show and am now looking for a venue.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Winchelsea Beach

I have seven large paintings that need new homes.
I am willing to barter... but you must collect.
The first left the building yesterday.

Monday, 16 January 2012


My Studio is hung and ready for visitors, just give me a ring if you want to look around.
Last week I sent a sample of my greetings cards to Coast magazine.
Yesterday I applied to exhibit here, fingers crossed.
I am collecting paintings for a front window sale.
The weather is very cold indeed - but sunny, we made it over to Coopers Croft with the hounds.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Rye Art and Craft Fair

The Fair was fun.
I sold greetings cards and talked to lovely people about lurchers, greyhounds, cows and Derek Jarman.
Am booked up for February and March.

Friday, 13 January 2012

if: prepare

This weeks Illustration Friday topic is prepare
Being involved with rescue hounds I love to watch potential owners prepare for their adoption. Sometimes the dogs can pant for a day or two as they settle in, however almost all will be sporting a fancy new collar.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Rye Art and Craft Fair

In 2012 I predict some lovely people will come along and buy our Studios and home. At which point we will move to the beach. Until then I am going to be out and about exhibiting at the coast in new places and spaces. This Saturday I have a stall in Rye 11am - 5pm.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


The shock of the new.
I have been drawing every day, sighthounds
We met up with the baby WP's in Hove, the second photo is the view from their flat.
In an attempt to start to catalogue my work I have joined Red Bubble. This makes reproducing my work easy and they sort out payment, production and postage. I have started with a few monoprints. Anyone fancy buying a greetings card here so I can see how it works, please...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

if: grounded

Our Lurcher is well grounded in mind and body. After a walk in the park and a bowl of food, he happily turns round a few times on his cushion, folds himself up and falls to the ground in his nest.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Richard Adams

'Rye - Pure as the Driven Snow' by Richard Adams a Christmas Card from Patsy and Duggie. Funnily enough this painting was exhibited on the same wall as my little red hut in the Rye Society Summer Show 2011.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Patsy Douglas

Yesterday we spent the day in Rye, celebrating the life of Patsy Douglas, also known as Jo Sheridan.  What a fascinating life, we shall miss her.

Patsy Douglas November 12, 1919 – December 17, 2011 

Born Mary Patricia Devlin, but known to her family and close friends as Patsy and professionally as Jo Sheridan, Patsy was born in the Falls Road area of Belfast in 1919. She was the eldest of eight children, with seven sisters and one brother. Her father was Joe Devlin, famed trainer of the Belfast Celtic football team and later a celebrated masseur and recognized healer. 

After St. Dominic’s girls’ grammar school, Patsy ambitiously upped sticks and travelled to the hustle and bustle of life in London to work in the Civil Service. During the 1940s she worked for the Foreign Office dealing with anti-German propaganda and she stayed on at the end of the war to work on the Russian desk as a code breaker. 

With her inquisitive mind, vast vocabulary, sharp wit and her innate healing ability, Patsy broke into journalism as an agony aunt for “Woman” magazine in the early 1950s and by the mid 50s she had advanced her career to feature writer, specializing in astrology, palmistry and the occult for various magazines. 

With the gift to translate complex subjects into simple understandable messages which were entertaining and witty, Patsy fulfilled her publishing dream and released her first book in 1960. Her book, “What your hands reveal” soon became a classic text on the subject of palmistry and is still cherished to this day by many experts and students of palmistry. Other books soon followed, including “The Floral Oracle”, based on her in-depth knowledge of flowers, herbs and trees of the zodiac. 

As her writing career took off, Patsy made waves in the occult as Assistant Editor of “Prediction” magazine, and was following in her father’s footsteps in the art of healing. She built a very successful hypnotherapy practice at a time when this was a very rare profession for anyone, let alone a woman during the 1960s. 

Moving in famous circles, Patsy appeared on numerous TV programmes, and intrigued TV personalities, including Alan Whicker, who was most impressed with her when he brought a film crew to her consulting rooms in London in 1966 to film a feature for “Whicker’s World of Healing.” 

Towards the end of the 60s, Patsy met her kindred spirit Bosie Douglas, who she married on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1972 and loved him dearly for the rest of her life, lovingly referring to him as her Golden Bosie. Patsy continued her interest in the zodiac, writing annual horoscope books for each sign of the zodiac for Mayflower Books, which became extremely popular, with sales reaching over five hundred thousand per year. 

In the 1980s, Patsy fulfilled her ambition to open her own alternative therapies centre in London, where she practiced hypnotherapy and provided facilities for other therapists to help people resolve their physical or emotional problems. By the 1990s, the centre had become world famous, offering over 20 different types of alternative therapies, with numerous patients from the entertainment business and medical doctors referring their clients to the centre. 

After an extremely successful, active, creative, spiritual and intellectual career, Patsy left London to retire in the quiet town of Rye in East Sussex with Bosie in 2002. Patsy enjoyed retirement studying, learning, working on new projects and entertaining others as she recounted an episode from her past or commented on what was happening around her. 

Patsy was a remarkable woman who captivated everyone who met her. She was a woman way ahead of her time and successfully competed in male dominated careers. You could always rely on Patsy to tell you exactly what she thought. She had a very unique outlook on the world. Her sharp wit, truthfulness, wisdom and warm nature engaged everyone who met her, and her caring spirituality healed many. Patsy had two daughters and two sons, three granddaughters and four great-grand children and she was very proud of all of them. She celebrated her 92nd birthday in November and her sharp mind and memory were unimpaired till the end.

She was one of a kind and can never be replaced.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

if: highlight

Happy New Year.
The topic for Illustration Friday this week is highlight.
When you adopt a retired racing greyhound it is the highlight of any day to find an enclosed field and watch them run free, ears erect, tongue hanging out.
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