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

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


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Herts Open Studios

Open Studios has finally arrived! I'll be exhibition throughout September with fellow artist Teresa Newham at 4 Wensley Close, Harpenden AL5 1RZ. Full dates and times are below. We are looking forward to showing everyone our work, giving watercolour and printing demonstrations and doling out tea and cake to visitors!

I will have my latest original paintings and prints on display, photography, cards and some of my painted wooden hearts. So plenty for everyone to look at.

Herts Open Studios
Wensley Arts
Exhibiting and demonstrating with
Teresa Newham 
  4 Wensley Close, Harpenden AL5 1RZ

Saturday - Sunday, 5th - 6th September 2015
Saturday - Sunday, 12th - 13th Sept
Wednesday 16th Sept
Saturday - Sunday, 19th - 20th Sept
11am - 5pm

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Forgotten Stone

The Forgotten Stone © Sue Wookey
Time for another new painting, and one with a slightly Aurthurian theme. A stone marked with the spiral pathway of the Sun and a Celtic sword sits at the centre of a mysterious green grove, surrounded by protecting trees.

This is a painting that's been knocking around inside my head for nearly a year now so it's nice to finally get it down on paper. It's part of a series of paintings of tree temples, which includes Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Midwinter Sun:

I like to think of trees, with their long memories, as guardians of the mysterious and the Aurthurian sword in the stone has so much resonance. Maybe we all have a green grove within the centre of our being where something sacred and forgotten, meant for us alone, waits to be discovered by those brave enough to venture there!

The words I've written to go around the border are:

Venture into the heart of the forest deep 
and within the spirals of the green grove, seek 
the forgotten Stone and claim its gift, for a 
piece of the Sun has fallen to Earth.
- Sue Wookey


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Current and future events

There is quite a bit happening at the moment! This coming Saturday 18th July I will be at the Methodist Church Hall in Harpenden at a craft event supporting Welwyn Harmony Chorus. I will have all the usual prints, mini-originals, cards and small painted wooden hearts for sale. I will also have prints and cards of my new painting, Unicorn, with me! The event opens from 10am until 4pm and, of course, Wesleys Cafe is just next door for that all important tea and cake.

Unicorn by Sue Wookey
Welwyn Harmony Craft Fair 
Saturday 18 July 2015
Methodist Church Hall, Harpenden

Also, at the moment, there is a taster exhibition for Herts Open Studios at the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City. The exhibition will run until 5th September and contains work by most participating artists. It includes my owl paining: 'Hunting at Dusk' and is a great chance to get a preview of all the Hertfordshire artists you will be able to visit throughout September:

Open Studios Preview Exhibition
New Maynard Gallery
Welwyn Garden City
10 July - 5 September

Then last but by no means least, Open Studios is coming up fast! Herts Open Studios runs throughout September and I will be sharing the home of fellow artist Teresa Newham. We will have a mixture of  paintings, prints, photography, linocuts and cards, and will also be demonstrating our work. All our Open dates are given below. You can also have that all important (at least to me) cup of tea and cake! More details at the HVA site here.

Herts Open Studios
Wensley Arts
Exhibiting and demonstrating with
Teresa Newham 
  4 Wensley Close, Harpenden AL5 1RZ

Saturday - Sunday, 5th - 6th September 2015
Saturday - Sunday, 12th - 13th Sept
Wednesday 16th Sept
Saturday - Sunday, 19th - 20th Sept
11am - 5pm