Monday, 22 June 2015


You have just missed Cheltenham Open Studios 2015, but I know that some of you are not local,
so this is a comprehensive post about my bit of the event.
I started off 3 weeks ago putting up a taster show of various artists involved with COS15 with the help of Louise Millin Inchley in the Dodwells window on the Bath Road. Thank you Dodwells for your support.
Then with everything ready we were off.
A trip through the garden bought everyone to the shed.
Passing these beauties
on the way.
The shed was full of collagraphs
 and enamels together 
with the tools of my trade, my precious sketchbooks.
The garden had other visitors this week,
not necessarily interested in the art. 
But fascinating to see.
Meet fake Frank who wanted to see what was happening, he looks like our cat,
but the real Frank was more sociable and loved the visitors,
as did Iris.
From the garden, into the house, for collagraphs, 
and the gorgeous work of jewellery and metal work artist Sharon McSwiney.
Sharon was wonderful at explaining her techniques, 
when not distracted by Iris.
She bought a taste of Cornwall to the show with her limpet jewellery and
shares my love of birds with her metal work pieces.
There was lots of nature in the lounge, I enjoyed working out 
ways to display the enamel spoons.
Iris felt she should be part of the display too.
Showing down the road at the yard:ARTspace were 3 artists.
Jane Sasanow book artist and printmaker.
This lovely screen print from Jane has found a new home.
Lorna Prudden glass artist will be leading a workshop for 
Create for Christmas, but there are now only 3 places left.
Dinny Pocock printmaker and needle felt sculptor.
Her workshop for Create for Christmas at the yard is now full.
These 3 talented creators welcomed people into the yard
with their beautiful work. Thank you to all of them for their tireless efforts.
We have all worked very hard this week, I had 583 people come to my shed, garden and lounge and I believe the yard:ARTspace had similar numbers. No wonder Frank is tired. But thanks to all these people we had a wonderfully energetic and inspiring 9 days...roll on 2017 and the next Cheltenham Open Studios

Friday, 12 June 2015


13-21 June Cheltenham Open Studios becomes the centre of my universe 
I am venue 28 and will be open 10am-4pm
for the next week.
Christine Waygood will be showing with me.
Enjoy the sneaky peak here and hope to see you some time during the week.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Once every two years certain parts of my house and the whole of the garden get a deep tidy and clean, all because of Cheltenham Open Studios. I have been chipping away at the preparations for sometime now.
I have got my work sorted ready for Christine and Sharon to pop in tomorrow and add their magic.
I have had a few gorgeous finds at our local Red Cross book shop recently and
I am sneaking them in wherever possible.
I am now very pleased with this corner.
The garden is also doing it's bit,
but enjoy these poppies here, I fear they will not last to the 13-21 June.
I have packed the shed full of bargains and goodies.
And there will be a table full of sketch books to look through.
Just outside the shed this rose is beginning to flower and will add to the ambience with a delicious smell.
I hope you can pop by for a glass of Pimms on the 11th between 6-9pm. If not see you between the 13-21 June. Details for Venue 28 are here.