The Art Auction

By Sally Pudney on 29th October 2019

Yesterday I delivered this painting Fingringhoe Wick: August, to Reeman Dansie auctioneers!

Fingringhoe Wick: August

This coming Saturday there is an art auction taking place at Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH. It has been organised by Esther Feltham to raise money for the Colchester Hospital Cancer Centre Campaign and for St Helena Hospice. Along with twenty nine other artists I have donated a painting to the auction. Some of the donating artists will be familiar to those of you who have followed me since the Lexden Arts Festival days, as we exhibited their work then – Elizabeth Morris, James Dodds and Richard Hayward. And if you came to this summer’s exhibition at the Haylett’s Gallery you may remember the work of Heidi Jukes.

On October 19th three years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and in three weeks time I will have my final check up and, all being well, will be ‘signed off’! I had excellent care from Colchester Hospital, particularly from my consultant, Jonathan Evans Jones, and my Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mandy Green, which is why I chose to support this auction.

And why this painting? – I visited and painted this beautiful, peaceful place frequently in the months that I was recovering, so it seemed a suitable choice.

To find out more about the auction, buy tickets, view the donated art works, read about the artists and place bids go to or ring 01206 796650

Our first AAP show

By Sally Pudney on 28th October 2019

Friday, 18th October, saw eight artists descending upon the Open Art Space at the Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe to set up for our first Anglian Arts Project exhibition. For a while chaos reigned! There were bags and boxes and bubble wrap everywhere.

But in a remarkably short time everything was hung or  displayed, and all the mess was tidied up. The artists all went home, leaving just Graham and me to do the last bits and pieces ready to open the following morning. And by that time it all looked lovely.

So on Saturday, 19th October we put our lovely new A frame outside, turned the sign on the door to OPEN – and the Anglian Arts Project was launched!

The first morning was busy but after that the start of the week was slow, not helped by the awful wet weather. But by Wednesday things were picking up, and the end of the week was really good with lots of visitors and lots of sales. So overall it was a successful and fun week.

A huge thank you to all you lovely blog readers who came along. I know a lot of you really enjoyed it because you told us! – so I hope you’ll be pleased and interested to hear that we are already planning our 2020 show . . . . knowing us, I don’t suppose you expected anything else!

I have just about finished clearing up all the bags and boxes of stuff that I brought home on Saturday night, and I’ve been enjoying some long walks in the lovely sunshine we’ve had the last two days.

And this afternoon I primed up some board . . . . I’m looking forward to getting into my studio and making a start on the next painting in my On the Edge project,which will be Tollesbury.

Hope you’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine too! 🙂

Anglian Arts Project – our first Exhibition

By Sally Pudney on 18th October 2019

Yay! we’re nearly there! Opening tomorrow at the Open Art Space at the Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe – the first exhibition of our exciting new venture! Graham and I have been working hard getting everything ready as you can imagine.

Here I am wrestling the A1 posters into our enormous A frame which will stand outside the gallery.

And here I’m cutting up labels for my own paintings.

And as a bit of fun, I ordered these lovely mugs from Cornishware, and had them personalised – so we’ll be well sorted for our tea-breaks during our exhibition week!

Here is a composite image of work from all eight of the artists who are showing with us . . .

. . .  you can see what a lot of lovely things there will be to look at and buy, for yourself, or as Christmas presents! All the artists are bringing a wide range of work, so that, as well as the more expensive pieces, there will be a good assortment of affordable things as well.

So do come! The address is The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DX. There is a free car park just opposite the gallery – as you come down into the old part of Wivenhoe, watch out for the Greyhound pub on your left, and turn into the narrow road on the right opposite the pub. At one end of this narrow road you can turn right into the car park.  The gallery is also at the end of this narrow road, on the left hand side. We are open every day (including Sunday) from 10.30 – 4.30 from 19th – 26th October. There are a number of places to eat in Wivenhoe, and nice walks along beside the river Colne, so why not make a day of it? It would be lovely to welcome you there! 🙂


‘Late Summer on the River’

By Sally Pudney on 4th October 2019

A new painting, started before my Open Studio weekends and finished a couple of days ago!

Late Summer on the River

This is a view of the River Stour at Dedham in September. This river scenery is a seemingly endless source of paintings!

Open Studios: If you have already received my end of September newsletter you will know that this year’s two Open Studio weekends were the best yet. I’ve been taking part in Open Studios for six years now, but this year it was so much better than ever before! And the interesting thing that Graham and I both noticed was that, out of all our lovely visitors, only one came as a result of the Colchester Open Studios booklet and website. All the others came because they had signed up to my newsletter and had read about it there, or had left me their details at a previous exhibition or art festival so I had sent them an invitation. This certainly gave us food for thought, and the result is something a bit different which we are going to try next year . . . .!

Limited Edition Prints: I was particularly pleased that these created so much interest amongst my visitors as they are a new venture for me this year. Some prints are available in my shop – just click on SHOP in the menu bar above – but some people have requested a print of a painting they especially like which I have had done for them as a one off.

These two prints, of Landlines 5: Channels, and Blackwater Dinghy on the flowing tide were both special orders which have just gone off to their new homes, one for a birthday present. So if you have a particular painting which you would like to purchase as a print, and you are reasonably near Colchester, do get in touch! It only takes about a fortnight to get one printed, mounted and ready either for you to collect or for me to deliver to you. Most paintings will suit the 40cm x 50cm mounts, and will be £60.00. The square Essex Wood paintings as prints fit a 50cm square mount and are £65.00. Both mount sizes fit Ikea frames and would make very nice Christmas presents!

And thinking of Christmas, my Christmas cards and Calendars for 2020 are about to go in my web-shop . . .

Finally, don’t forget – if you haven’t already done so you can sign up to receive my monthly newsletter by filling in your email address in the box at the bottom of my Home page. (It goes out on the last day of the month. If at any time you decide you are no longer interested you can just click Unsubscribe at the foot of the email.) And you can follow me on Instagram @sallypudneyartist. If you are interested in our upcoming Anglian Arts Project exhibition at the Open Art Space at the Sentinel Gallery in Wivenhoe (19th-26th October) then you might like to look at the dedicated page on this website for information on all the artists, or follow the project on Instagram @anglianarts.

The weather here has suddenly become very cold and windy – really autumnal! Keep warm and enjoy your weekend! 🙂


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