'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Open Studios over for another year

Most of the new originals on display!
A big thank you to all of you who visited the Herts Open Studios I shared with Teresa Newham throughout September. We met some wonderful people and had a chance to show different watercolour and printmaking techniques to some budding artists (keep budding, folks, you'll get there...).

Although we were kept pretty busy painting, cutting lino and trying to seduce visitors into Tea & Cake (Teresa and I ate most of the cake) we still managed to be quite productive!

Teresa cutting out a frog for her print
Teresa worked on a linocut of a frog, which hopped into her garden especially to be immortalised in print. I produced a series of increasingly wild watercolours using my 'chuck a lot of water and paint at the paper, swirl it about a bit and see what happens' technique. This always ends one of two ways 1) something very interesting and free 2) utter disaster. But it's a huge amount of fun trying not to use too much detail, keeping things nice and sploshy (technical term) and not worrying about the outcome. After all, there was only a steady stream of people watching you wondering which way it will go to worry about. Luckiy it mostly went the way of 1. But there are two paintings of which we will not speak.

Sploshy Kerry from one of my photos of Valentia Island.
A couple turned out very well indeed, in the circumstances, and may even make the odd exhibition as a change from all the detailed spiritually inspired work I do.

Ballinskelligs, Kerry
Carn Les Boel, Cornwall
We've had a wonderful month and are already looking forward to next year when we hope to see some of you again!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Current Exhibitions

I have work currently showing in two lovely exhibitions - Obsidian Art's Summer Collection - Coast and Meadow:
'A wonderful collection of summer-themed art and designer craft inspired by the British coastline, beaches and English summer meadows. With a wide range of mediums and styles by selected British artists and makers.'
Summer Collection
Obsidian Art
8 July - 18 September 2016

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm
Old Risborough Rd
Stoke Mandeville
Aylesbury HP22 5XJ 

And a themed exhibition at the artists' co-operative I'm a member of, The Eagle Gallery. The Exhibition, Shadows and Reflections, runs from the 25th July - 13th August and features work by members inspired by all things shadowy and reflective!
Shadows and Reflections
25 July - 13 August 2016

The Eagle Gallery
101 Castle Road
Bedford MK40 3QP 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Obsidian Art Summer Exhibition

The Green Lady by Sue Wookey
I have a couple of paintings (my 'Green Lady' above and 'Sharpenhoe Summer' below) at Obsidian Art's up-an-coming Summer Collection Exhibition, opening on Friday 8th July and running until 18th September. Obsidian, run by Trisha Woodcock, is a fabulous gallery in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. I can't seem go there without buying something. If you love great art inspired by nature then this is a lovely place to visit. I also have cards there!
Summer Collection
Obsidian Art
8 July - 18 September 2016

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm
Old Risborough Rd
Stoke Mandeville
Aylesbury HP22 5XJ

Sharpenhoe Summer by Sue Wookey


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Exhibition at The Place, Bedford

I currently have a small exhibition of my work in the Foyer of The Place Theatre in Bedford in conjunction with the Eagle Gallery. This is a lovely venue where theatre goers can enjoy some art along with the acting! As well as 9 watercolours I have three photographs taken in Kerry on exhibition there. Find out more about The Place at their website here.

The Place Theatre
13 April - 31 May

Open during Theatre opening times
Bradgate Road
off Goldington Road

Friday, 19 February 2016

Beech, Sharpenhoe by Sue Wookey
A new painting all ready for a special general members exhibition at the Eagle Gallery inspired by the county of Bedfordshire. It seemed fitting to do a painting of one of my favourite places in Beds - Sharpenhoe Clappers - and I've even managed to narrow it down to one special tree. The old beech greets you as you arrive at the Clappers (a name derived from the ancient French word for a rabbit warren) and wraps its exposed roots over the top of an ancient earthwork. Always an amazing sight, I've added a beautiful tawny owl sitting on one of the lopped branches. Somehow I've always wanted to see one waiting there. The exhibition runs from 7th - 31st of March at the Eagle Gallery, Castle Road, Bedford. Come along and see how all the different Eagle Gallery Artists are inspired by a theme so close to home!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

New Website!


Well, I've finally plucked up the courage to design and launch a new website to sell my prints from! My Blog will, of course, will carry on here as normal. But the old Galley Hill Art site has gone - it did wonderful things but was the devil to manage and edit behind the scenes. Gone along with it is the Galley Hill Art name. It is now 'Sue Wookey Art' and I've changed the name of this blog to match it! No more will people get confused and type in 'GalleRy' instead of 'Galley'. Sorry for that one - it never occurred to me the words were so close when I picked it!

Although making the changeover has been quite a malarkey, the new site is easier for me to use and will - I know - also be much easier for visitors. The payments are still via Paypal. The different galleries make it much easier to browse through, the format is much simpler and more my 'style', there will be updated News and Events (although you will also still find them here as usual!) and, quite honestly, it just looks a whole lot better and less messy.

Don't worry if you forget and type in the old galleyhillart.com address, you will simply be re-directed to the new site:


And, as I've said above, the Blog will carry on here on Blogger as normal.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Wakefield Gallery

I'm very pleased to announce that I now have work at the Wakefield Gallery, run by the lovely Jenny Timms of Vitreus Art. Full of beautiful goodies, the gallery is also a place where you can take part in wonderful art and craft courses. At the moment I have four pieces hanging in the gallery, including my Lunar Owl who has taken flight and settled there!

Lunar Owl by Sue Wookey

Wakefield Gallery
Unit 4 Wakefield Country Courtyard
Potterspury, Northants NN12 7QX

Wakefield Country Courtyard is just off the A5 north of Potterspury. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Winter Fairy Tales

It's all go! One exhibition ends and another one begins, this time at Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville. I have three paintings in their wonderful Winter Fairy Tales Exhibition which runs until the 31st December. As well as yours truly there are lots of magical artists including Hannah Willow, Amanda Clark and Jackie Morris. And for dragon lovers there is also a special exhibition: 'Ere be Dragons'!

I'm afraid to go and see it all on the wall as I know I will just end up buying something!!!!

The Bucks Goat Centre
Old Risborough Rd
Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury HP22 5XJ

Friday, 13 November 2015

Christmas Art Show!

ANB Christmas Show
Sat 14th - Sun 15th November
Parkside Hall, Ampthill

I will have several paintings hanging in this exhibition, along with a browser full of unmounted goodies for Christmas! If the Spring Show was anything to go by this is going to be a fantastic event. Tea, cake and charity Christmas decorations on sale too!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Sun Horse

Sun Horse © Sue Wookey
You may remember this from a couple of posts ago! Sun Horse started out as an Open Studios demo - demos are never usually a good place to produce something really worthwhile - yet somehow he survived all the necessary interruptions and being attacked by one of my sandwiches (!). I finished him off at home, painting the sun into the background and refining some of the places where I felt my hand hadn't been steady enough (hey - it's hard painting and talking at the same time...). I've now fallen completely in love with him, of course. He's the counterpoint to my Moon Horse (below), all radiant energy and fire. Maybe he's been pulling Apollo's chariot?

I finished painting him and then stared and stared at him for nearly a week until I could compose the words to go around the border. Most of my paintings have the moon in there somewhere, so I had to drum up some inner fire for this one before I could come up with:

Over the horizon, the morning sun
rising from the hearth with heart of fire,
ignites the dark to forge the day
and strikes the sky with hooves of light


I've made lovely limited edition prints of Sun Horse which are available from my website at galleyhillart.com.

Moon Horse © Sue Wookey