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

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

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A wonderful Open Studios!

No idea what this demo is going to be!
What a great few weeks thanks to my artist friend, Teresa Newham and her husband Jon (Art Assistant Extraordinaire), who allowed me to share their home throughout September for Herts Open Studios. We had a wonderful time welcoming visitors, painting and sketching, chatting and getting through rather a large amount of tea.

Teresa experimented with coloured pencils (nothing like trying out something completely new while people troop past!) and I stuck with my usual watercolour, managing to almost complete a Sun Horse (see previous post) and a round mooney, blobby, earthy thing (above) that looks lovely, but I have no idea what it is. Maybe it will turn up here eventually as a 'proper' finished painting and maybe it won't. We shall see. But I had a lot of fun creating it and chatting to visitors about it.

Teresa tries out her pencils
Thanks to all of you who came and made it all so special. We had nearly 100 visitors, sparking some really interesting conversations, and we had the chance to encourage quiet a few people, young and old, to take their art a bit further and enjoy it. Open Studios is a chance to show our work, of course, but it's even more about sharing the enthusiasm and joy that creativity brings. The response from everyone was so encouraging we plan more of the same next year!

Teresa's lovely dresser becomes a great big easel!

Monday, 7 September 2015

First weekend of Open Studios!

Well - my fellow artist Teresa Newham and I have had a wonderful first weekend at our Open Studios! Over 30 visitors turned up and we had a lovely time showing everyone our work and talking about what we do. Between us we had so much stuff to show off that Teresa's dining room vanished beneath a plethora of arty stuff, not to mention Teresa's studio which was equally crammed with paintings, prints and photographs and a terrific reduction lino cut display. Everyone who came seemed to be really interested and enjoying themselves so thanks to all of you that made the trip over to Harpenden!

Teresa with her lino cut display
Part of Open Studios is demonstrating how you work so we spent quite a lot of time sitting and being as creative as we could under the circumstances (wielding a paintbrush while you explain things is always pretty tricky!). Teresa experimented with coloured pencils over a light grey ground, while I tackled an idea I had for a sun horse. The watercolour kept galloping away in all directions as I talked, while I kept trying to corral it back and make it behave. In the end it started to shape up nicely despite the fact that I managed to get Branston Pickle on it while eating my lunch. Note to self: never eat within 3 feet of a painting...

Sun Horse in a pickle
Amazingly, I managed to get it off without any ill effects, but although the official title of the painting will be 'Sun Horse', I will always think of it as 'Pickle'.

Teresa and I will be sharing Open Studios for the next two weekends and also on Wednesday the 16th when all Harpenden Artists will be open together, so there is still plenty of time to visit and see how 'Pickle' turns out!

Herts Open Studios
Wensley Arts
  4 Wensley Close, Harpenden AL5 1RZ

Saturday - Sunday, 12th - 13th Sept 2015
Wednesday 16th Sept
Saturday - Sunday, 19th - 20th Sept
11am - 5pm