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New range of nursery wall sticker designs at Owl and Brolly

BlogPublished April 22, 2018 at 09:29 No Comments

It has been a while since updating the status of my wall sticker designs. Since I started designing them back in 2012, I have since launched my own range through my brand of Owl and Brolly, not only wall stickers, but posters and wall height charts also, and soon to lead into matching decor for rooms. These wall decals are printed on the finest quality fabric wall sticker material, made of polyester, pvc free, and re-movable and re-positionable. Just peel stick and love.

I had a huge response to my initial designs when I first began, which is what lead me to start Owl and Brolly in 2015. I love creative scenes for young imaginations. I have a growing range including woodland animals wall stickers, mermaids, unicorns, farm yard, boats and lighthouse, mountains, pandas, African jungle safari to name but a few already on the Owl and Brolly website www.owlandbrolly.com. Forest animal wall stickers, balloons, dinosaurs, pirates, Noah’s Arc, koalas, llamas, sloths, all to come in the next few weeks.

As an artist trained in Natural History Illustration, I have taken my watercolour skills and applied them into the digital world to create a type of wall sticker that really does look painted on the walls, instead of the flat standard vector variety I was first creating and can be easily bought.

Here are some samples of the new designs

Woodland Animal Wall Stickers

Woodland Animal Nursery Wall Stickers by owlandbrolly.com

This design includes the oak tree, squirrel, owls, robin and mouse that can be found in the small scene, but has the addition of a wide range of woodland animals including a badger, fox, bunny rabbit, spotted woodpecker, a hedgehog with his red spotted toadstool, other mushrooms and butterflies and even a baby fox in his tyre swing.
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/woodlandanimals



Mermaid Wall Stickers

Mermaid Wall Stickers Owl and Brolly

This design includes a mermaid with her narwhal, another mermaid swimming with a sea turtle, a ship wreck, octopus, treasure chest, crab, waves fish seaweed and lots of heart bubbles.
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Mermaid



Unicorn Wall Stickers

Unicorn and Rainbow Wall Sticker by Owl and Brolly

This cute unicorn design includes a standing unicorn under a rainbow with clouds and multicoloured rain drops.

Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Unicorn



Unicorns Wall Stickers

Unicorns Wall Sticker by Owl and Brolly

This design includes a Unicorn in a hot air balloon, one sat on a rainbow with multicoloured rain drops, 2 standing unicorns, and one unicorn asleep on a cloud.
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Unicorns



Panda Wall Stickers

Panda Wall Stickers Blossom Tree by Owl and Brolly

This cute panda design includes 1 sleeping panda, 1 hiding panda and 1 swinging panda, all gathered together in a scroll tree full of blossoms.
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Pandas



Boat and Lighthouse Wall Stickers

Boat and Lighthouse Wall Stickers by Owl and Brolly

This seaside design includes a light house on rocks, 4 boats, a seagull on a buoy, more flying seagulls and clouds.
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Boats



Have An Adventure Mountain Wall Stickers

Mountains Hot Air Balloons Wall Sticker by Owl and Brolly

This have an adventure mountain design includes a triple mountain range with the words ‘Have an adventure’, 3 hot air balloons and clouds. The wording on this can be changed to suit your nursery decor. Other variations include ‘You can move mountains’ ‘Little Explorer’ and ‘Your adventure awaits’
Available from here: www.owlandbrolly.com/Mountain



Any of these designs can be made smaller and also with free colour changes to suit your nursery decor. Free colour change service is available for a limited time. Please email me, Sue Hutchings at ‘sue@owlandbrolly.com’ or via the dorsetstudio contact me link at the bottom of the page xx

I hope you like these new designs born in my DorsetStudio :-)

Sue xxx

Woodland wall sticker decal in a Baby Boutique in Exeter

BlogPublished March 9, 2015 at 13:26 No Comments

I have just seen that a lovely new baby boutique, the thrifty stork, has chosen one of my woodland wall sticker designs to go up in their store! It is so lovely to see where my creations go and how they look when up.

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Here is a photo which is displayed on this post on their facebook page

Woodland wall stickers by dorset studio designs with a tree complete with fox, badger, hedgehog, squirrel, bunny rabbit, insects, owls, birds, butterflies, flowers and mushrooms. Pink and blue themed extra large sized decal.


As you can see by this preview image, it is a extra large set, that contains a badger, hedgehog, cute owls with one on a swing, squirrel, butterflies and birds, as well as a complete side branch to name but a few things. the best seller in this range has been the Autumn colour scheme, so it is lovely to see the pink and blue neutral up. I think it makes a really stunning backdrop to the stores product range for mums-to-be and infants. You can visit the store here at

Thank you for choosing a Dorset Studio Design for your stunning new store x

Artist in Residence – a gallery viewing…

BlogPublished February 13, 2015 at 08:51 No Comments

I had the privilege to go into the William Barnes School in Sturminster Newton in November last year and now that some time has passed since the children learned some watercolour basics with me, I have been asked to go back today to look at the work they have created in their own gallery showing! How exciting is that?! I am so looking forward to seeing all these littlies again, and their creations. They were a fantastic and enthusiastic lot, and really absorbed what I asked them to do.

I have also been asked if I might bring samples of work in for people to see (the person behind the lessons so to speak) So shall pop on in a bit before it starts and put a few things up. I also hope to preview some things for my new artistic venture, so if you happen to be one of the parents popping onto the website to get to know me better, please comment to this post, and I can sign you up to my new newsletter, so I can keep in touch with you x

For now, I am just so excited to go back and see how everyone has been doing. Being part of helping children find their creative side is such a great privilege <3

A gold and two silver awards

BlogPublished July 30, 2014 at 07:49 No Comments

I am taking part in the Dorset Arts and Crafts Association (DACA) again this year, it is to be my last as the Fine Art Director simply due to the time constraints I have at the moment. I will continue to demonstrate for them from time to to though :-) It is also their 2nd centenary year! How can they have two I hear you say, well they celebrated their 100th year of the organisation in 2007, but because the IIWW this year is the 100th exhibition. I won the inaugural cup for the Dorset Landcapse contest, which was a huge honour and surprise that year.  I entered into the same contest this year with 3 acrylics, and received one gold and two silvers. I am thrilled! I love to paint the Dorset that I see down the road from me as well as costal scenes from time to time. I feel rather blessed to live in this part of the country where I have rolling hills and sea all within the same county.
There is a wonderful turn out of entries this year, so varied, and colourful. Anyone can enter, as long as it is a Dorset landscape or seascape (a maximum of 5 entries PP).

Here are the pieces that I entered

sunshine and showers dorset landcape by sue hutchings at dorset studio

Sunshine and Showers – Silver
Textured acrylic on canvas 20″x 16″ £195




Through the gate,  dorset landcape by sue hutchings at dorset studio

Through the Gate Textured – Silver
acrylic on canvas 20″x 16″ SOLD




old harry rocks textured acrylic by sue hutchings at dorset studio

Old Harry Rocks Textured – Gold
acrylic on canvas 20″x 16″ £195


I love to create textured landscapes, whether for myself, or on commission. There are things that the texture does to a painting that paint alone doesn’t achieve, I don’t like to try and paint photographically, unlike the watercolour portraits, because for me that is where a camera comes in. I like to add a bit of roughness to a piece because that is how I see the landscape. Trees have texture, as has grass.


I will be demonstrating the painting techniques used in these acrylic paintings during the 5 days of the exhibitions which starts this Friday, 1st August 2014, at the Purbeck School, in Wareham, Dorset. I shall also be using watercolours as well as showing my watercolour portrait techniques too.


For more information on the association, go to their website: http://www.dorsetartsandcrafts.org/

Watercolour portrait of ‘Freeman’ the black retriever

BlogPublished June 3, 2014 at 10:48 No Comments

From time to time when I am painting portraits I like to take the extra time to take photos to show how I paint, and how paintings develop. I wanted to show the lovely dog Freeman being painted. I have painted many paintings now for this lovely family, and two of the animal portraits have gone over to Canada too, which is very special.
Freeman here was a very well behaved dog, and very photogenic with a lovely glossy coat which gave a  lovely contrast between light and dark, and he was fond growling for his stick lol. I go through the photos at the time to confirm which one is the best angle to use with my clients, and in this case this photo was the one chose, although with a non growling mouth. I used several of the other photos to make his mouth normal.



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I always start a painting with a detailed drawing of my dog or cat, and include where my light and shadow areas are, and any requested alterations, in this case, the mouth chance. I then transfer this drawing onto my watercolour surface, using graphite on the back of the drawing and pressing it through carefully with pencil, but not too hard to score the underlying paper. My main reason for doing this, is that the watercolour paper surface is so delicate, that to rub out on it means that the painting suffers as a result.
Once I have pressed out my drawing, I cover the whole area with a large piece of paper and remove the area aperture to paint through. I have in my early years discovered that you only need a small blob of paint on your hand to ruin a painting you have spent an age on. It is a practical life saver to small splashes and marks that can happen while painting. I then use several pieces of paper under my hand to directly lean on to stop any grease on my hands transferring to the watercolour paper also.

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I like to begin by painting in some of the light tonal values to give me some shape, before then going onto the eyes.


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For me it is the eyes that give a painting it’s life, and I like to get those started first. I work into great detail into the eyes, and often include the owner in the reflections. See the last photo for a close up of this.


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I paint as much as I feel I can to know I am happy before moving onto the detail surrounding the eyes, giving them tonal value and working in layers at building in the depth. at a later time, I go back to the eyes and complete the shadows that I need the surrounding tones to balance them with. Too much too fast can kill a painting using this medium.


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I then move to the nose, and get most of the tones in and the textures in. while painting I find it important to take lots of small breaks away from the work, so that i can keep coming back to it with ‘new eyes’. It was one of the things I remember very well from my early years, labouring lovingly on something and being so engrossed to even skip meals, only to find that something was not quiet right, and I would have to remove a great deal of the work to get back to an earlier point again, or start a new. Taking some time, especially with the starting point of the base drawing is so important, and it does pay off later.


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Now it is just drawing out the detail in layers and layers of thin washed, and lots of negative painting.


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My brushes vary from a large but pointed no 12 brush for starting the paintings washes, using wet in wet techniques, to then using no 0 – 3 sable brushes, sometimes a sable/synthetic mix. My main reason for using a no 3 brush in a Pro Arte range is that it holds enough paint to complete the strokes I need especially when building up long fur strokes, especially here between the ear and mouth areas, but retains a lovely point. Some of the smaller brushes you are forever dipping into paint between strokes, and you can get broken lines which is not an effect I am after. The smoother the paper, the less line breakage you get. I like to use a not texture paper as it has a little amount of tooth and comes through on the painting.


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I then moved onto the mouth and downwards towards his tag. I like to leave the collars and tags till last, so that I have the right tonal values surrounding them to fill them in.


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More work on the ears and more detailed layers all over add more dept, before completing the chest fur to a nice point, and then painting in the whiskers, and other small details that need to be added last


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And here is the finished painting.


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Lastly,  close up of the eye detail including Tracey :-)


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Here is the testimonial that Tracey has sent me after receiving the painting:


“Well Sue did it again. This is the fourth family pet portrait we have commissioned and she has truly captured Freeman’s character and regal looks. Two portraits sit pride of place in Edmonton, Canada of my brothers feline family. The two my parents commissioned for us of our 25 year old cat, Scooby and Freeman the Flatcoat have pride of place on our wall in Dorchester. The process from photography to final art is seamless and to see how he was created on the blog is fabulous. We loved the fact that through Freeman’s eyes my image was reflected and found this a realistic and great touch. Thanks Sue we look forward to you being commissioned for Freeman’s brother or sister…”

Family Tree Card Cut

BlogPublished March 22, 2014 at 20:16 No Comments

A new creation for a lovely client, Vanessa.
These card cuts have been really popular over the last 12 months, and here is yet another, with the four names of the family, lovingly hand painted, and hand cut on acid free textured card stock, will colour coordinated hand cut leaves, all assembled to give you the finished result, in this case framed in a lovely country style white 8″ x 10″ frame.
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Great for that special gift, or simply because you want a treasured memento of your family, costs just £57 inc P&P within the UK. Email me or comment here to place an order or to discuss other designs or quotes you may want.

Zac, the Alsatian

BlogPublished February 13, 2014 at 12:58 No Comments

I need to spend a long time updating some of my recent work, and I will find a time to do it soon, but for now, rather busy painting to various deadlines.

There is time to get this painting of Zac up though. Painted for Dave here in the village of Charlton Marshall, Zac is a wonderful character, and sat so well for the photos.

Watercolour portrait of Zac the Alsatian by Sue Hutchings

Watercolour portrait of Zac the Alsatian by Sue Hutchings

Watercolour portrait of Zac the Alsatian by Sue Hutchings

The amount of people that say they enjoy seeing how a painting develops is as interesting as looking at the finished thing, so here are a few additional shots of this one in progress.

One more picture to show the close up of the eye detail. Several of my recent clients have noticed the surroundings painted in their animals eyes, Dave recognised his shed in Zac’s eyes. My being able to meet the animals and take my own photos opens me up to provide these small details that help to make a painting extra special.

Watercolour portrait of Zac the Alsatian, close up eyes detail

Thanks Dave for asking me to paint Zac. x

Happy Christmas 2013

BlogPublished December 24, 2013 at 12:27 No Comments

Happy Christmas. :-)

Thank you for all your support I have had this year. I have met many new lovely people, and worked again for many I already know. What an interesting year it turned out to be, with lots of new things, many hard challenges, and the prospect of a full and rather involved 2014. More to follow as things happen.

Wishing you a lovely Christmas, and a blessed 2014,
Sue xx

(not forgetting Mr Burt in the photo….)


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Design Seeds, a really useful resource

BlogPublished June 1, 2013 at 17:06 No Comments

I discovered this not too long ago, and it is a fantastic way to find colour combinations in nature, especially for those who don’t have the time to go and do it all your self. Has been a great tool for me to use with my decal designs, although I am constantly inspired by many combinations dotted around my art studio!

Design Seeds website

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Water colour poppies demonstration

BlogPublished April 27, 2013 at 14:42 3 Comments

I have been asked if I can demonstrate my watercolour poppies for the lighthouse art group in June, and thought I would post up a previous poppies in the making as an example of what it will look like to those watching, although it is likely to be less watery as this one, because it will be on an easel, and is going to run! it’s not a topic you can paint flat as the 40 or so members won’t be able to see! I am really looking forward to it.

Click here to see the full set of piccies

Jungle Decal, corner tree version

BlogPublished March 8, 2013 at 12:40 No Comments

jungle decal wall sticker children's kids _ sue hutchings at dorset studio designs
My latest decal design, a jungle theme, which sits nicely into the corner of a room which is great for those who don’t have a whole wall free but still want to do something creative using wall stickers in their children’s bedrooms. I enjoyed coming up with this concept of a crafty corner design :-)
I shall be designing the cutting plates for the standard tree design next. This Jungle theme will come in many different animal combinations to suit all tastes, and there will be some different colours introduced at a later stage.

Card Cut painted tree

BlogPublished March 6, 2013 at 12:15 No Comments

Following the requests I have had for my cards, I was asked if I could do a bigger version of the owl design, using this quote, for Mother’s Day. I chose to do a muted green and cream and brown colour theme, which works well with the vintage papers I used in the design.
Again as with my cards, I use a really nice quality off white textured card that is 300gsm and acid free. Drawn, hand painted and then cut out and arranged using a 3D effect, which casts lovely shows and stops a flat look to the over all design. The leaves as you can see creep out past the mounts boundary to soften the effect.

Card Cut for Mother's Day but Sue Hutchings @ Dorset Studio
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These are customisable designs, and can be created in blues, pinks, purples, aquas and browns. Please email me to place an order for one.
This design is in a 10” x 8” mount and comes unframed for just £39 or framed for £57 inc P&P within the UK

Watercolour class, part one

BlogPublished March 4, 2013 at 18:13 No Comments

Well, what a wonderful start to the lessons. It was a joy to meet my 3 ladies today and help them on their way to getting knowledgeable about watercolours papers and colours. not to mention the chatting and the coffee (with jaffa cakes too) :-) I am really looking forward to seeing them again next week, where we will continue the colour chart before moving on to having some fun with different brushes on different papers :-)

It is fascinating to me that some things I completely take for granted like having 2 pots for painting water, one for the dirty brushes and then one to get clean water from, or using salt to get a nice pattern when watercolour is setting, have come as a useful knowledge  to share. Next weeks effects should be very interesting



Dorset Studio ready for art lessons

Watercolour Classes

BlogPublished February 27, 2013 at 16:16 No Comments

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My new watercolour classes commence at Dorset studio in the garden from Monday 4th March! I am running a series of 6 sessions for beginners watercolours, and I am really excited. Looking forward to meeting these lovely ladies again who signed up last year during Dorset Art Weeks. All the prep is done, the only thing that needs doing is to get some chocolate biscuits in :-)

Mother’s Day cards in the making.

BlogPublished February 26, 2013 at 16:31 4 Comments

I thought I would go into how I go about making my handmade cards. I love the fact that I am using a combination of watercolours and papers to make these, and then cutting out the elements using a nice handy swivel scalpel. I use a really nice quality off white textured card that is 300gsm and acid free. It took a lot of searching for a card that was a little different than just hammered or linen which is a popular choice with hand made creations.

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After I have doodled out my design, and like the end result, I draw and make a template so that I can get the same element each time. This is some of the template pieces I currently have in use.

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I use the template to repeat the design on just one piece of card so I can keep track of the pieces, and it makes life easier to paint them too.

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I tend to paint the part of the design I am going to need to attach the papers to first to give it the most time to dry, so in this case I start with the birds (as you can see I like variety in my work…) I then move onto the branches and then the leaves. I just paint the leaves straight onto the card with my large brush, rather than draw them first.

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You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, but I find that the heat buckles the card too much and can cause blooms in the paint, so I like to let it all dry at it’s own speed. Once it is all dry, I start to work on my vintage paper elements. I use a mixture of cutters and a scalpel to create the sizes I need for my designs, and as this shot shows the different combinations I like to make. These are pretty for many different card types, and in lots of colour combinations.

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Once the glue has set I cut out the image leaving a small white stroke around it’s outside.

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Here are my elements gathered ready to assemble using 3D foam pads. These are thin enough to have the card post as a normal sized postage stamp, but deep enough to make the details stand out with a nice shadow.

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The finished card. The final touch is a sweet hand written greeting, that can made with any custom wording on it.

If you are after a card for a special occasion, feel free to contact me for anything custom. These cards come sealed in a celo bag with its envelope, and is posted in a card backed envelope. £3.25 including the postage (within the UK)

Frozen water at Charlton Marshall

Blog PhotographyPublished January 21, 2013 at 11:44 1 Comment

Took the chance to get the camera out and down the road this morning, while we still had the snow as there was a spell of breaking cloud first thing. I love sunlight when it comes to winter photography, it makes all the difference. I shall be using this image in my next set of printed cards :-)



Woodland animals and friends wall sticker design

BlogPublished January 19, 2013 at 16:03 2 Comments

Here are some preview images of the different colours chosen for the designs, as well as being an example of the 4 different sized kits available. It also shows that the small branch, whether part of the largest kit or on it’s own, is fully reversible for more flexibility in its placement in the bedroom. There is blue and pink, autumn, blue and orange, pink and finally, blue. The largest size covers an area of 160 x 80 inches but can be scaled down in size if needed at the printers end. The extra large kit contains the whole woodland scene available including: the tree and side branch, a fox, badger, bunny rabbit, hedgehog, owls, squirrel, birds, insects and butterflies. The extra large kit also contains  bird house and a swing for the owls to sit on.

Working with Wendy and Tony has been wonderful and great to know that my design skills has set them on their way to being able to start their business :-)



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Last but by no means least, is the autumn woodland side branch, a huge best seller. Please email me directly for enquiries or to make a purchase.

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Children’s wall decal designs

BlogPublished December 5, 2012 at 09:45 No Comments

Here is the first post of different elements that are making up the first woodland design for the wall decals for Children’s bedrooms.

I discussed with my client Wendy what we wanted from the first range, and it was obvious (as a British product) that should include some quintessential english countryside species, so naturally, a badger, fox, bunny, hedgehog and owls were all must haves!

These samples are all from the Autumn range, but there are 4 other variations of colours available, for boys and girls.

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Dorset Studio Designs

BlogPublished November 27, 2012 at 14:01 No Comments

Well it is official. 2 months ago I become a designer of children’s wall designs. I am working exclusively with a small local start up company and the designs will be available soon from their online shop! It is lovely to be able to design for them as having never used design software before, they really are starting at the beginning of a design process. After years of experience with design, it has been a real joy to turn my skills towards the children’s market. My first design is almost complete, just need to do the cutting plates. So, with this in mind, I am extending my web page presence to include ‘dorsetstudiodesigns.com’ More details and previews to follow soon.

Off to go grab a coffee before completeing the next stage in the design process. My head is so full of ideas sometimes it is hard to get them all out on paper!

Hawthorn gallery in Blandford Forum

BlogPublished September 18, 2012 at 05:26 No Comments

Here is a photo of some of the work I now have up at the Hawthorn Gallery.



More images of the work in the shop can be seen at the Hawthorn Craft Facebook Page HERE :-)

Work in Hawthorn Craft in Blandford Forum

BlogPublished September 8, 2012 at 10:04 No Comments

I am going to be dropping some work of to a lovely gallery in Blandford that specialise in hand made crafts, and I am taking in some of my fabric pictures for her walls.

It is like a treasure trove in there for really unique gifts for that special person, or just something to treat yourself with. Well worth a visit!

Go take a peek! http://www.hawthorncraft.co.uk/



Photos of my new stuff I will post up in a few days, including some in between shots :-)

New Designs

BlogPublished August 21, 2012 at 07:45 No Comments

Been sat this morning making a start on some designs for children’s products, starting with a pirate ship, and I will also be doing some butterflies and fairy ones too. I am looking forward to getting some of these done in watercolour to show the client :-)

Dorset Art and Crafts Association 2012

BlogPublished August 8, 2012 at 12:54 No Comments

I have had a wonderful time at this years DACA held at bovington school. it was my first year as the Fine Arts Director, and thourouly enjoyed hanging all the artwork for the exhibition. I was also able to resume my demonstrating while there, and did several topics, including a watercolour poppies painting, and also work done on a Hebridean Ram I am currently painting for myself around my busy portrait painting waiting list.

The local reporter for the Blandford Forum Focus took a lovely photo of me, that she was kind enough to forward on.



I look forward to next years display.

Home again

BlogPublished June 27, 2012 at 10:44 No Comments

After an extended stay in Essex, we are now home! Much designing for logos, and some commissions for other designs (coming soon!) I also felt I needed to change my twitter background to reflect the calm in the studio.

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I have planning to get done for the dorset Art and Craft Association, as I have taken over the Art Director roll for the next 3 years, so will be discussing more at the next committee meeting on Wednesday. I shall find the time to complete a painting of a Hebridean Horned Ram that I can include as work I will have on show there too. All good things, and it is just round the corner now… August will be upon me in a flash!

Dorset Art Weeks is over….

BlogPublished June 13, 2012 at 14:56 No Comments

Well, that was a hugely exciting time, and i am so glad hubby and I put all the extra effort in to getting the garden right for the studio warming too. I had an over whelming response for people wanting art lessons, for acrylics, watercolours and fabric work. so, I now have an intense time getting the house straight and working out orders from many of the new canvas prints I am offering. we are off to Essex to house sit for a lovely couple while they go off on honeymoon. I will take work with me, but will take it as a good time to reflect on Art Weeks 2012, and start preparing for 2014!

Many thanks for all those who came and help to make it the success it was!

Sue x

Dorset Art Weeks 2012 venue 318

BlogPublished May 23, 2012 at 08:06 2 Comments

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Sue Hutchings dorset art weeks 2012 preview image



Here is a teaser of just a few of the things I will have up here at my home and new garden studio during 2012 Dorset Arts Weeks.

I will have over 40 pieces of work available to view and buy, and now offer a print to canvas service for most things on show.

I will be having a studio opening and preview on the 19th May 10am to 3pm details on directions are available here at my DAW page on the main event website. http://www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk/index.php/daw/venue/daw1413.html

10% of all takings during the preview will go to the Blandford Evangelical Church, which support many local initiatives. During the main event, 10% will go to 3 various causes close to my heart: Macmillan Cancer Support, Endometriosis Uk and The Water Project in Uganda with Sue and Simon Morgan.

My studio will be open daily 9.30am – 6.30pm. Late night opening till 8.30pm Thursdays & Fridays.

Now accepting PayPal payments!

BlogPublished May 22, 2012 at 10:28 No Comments

I have included a payment by PayPal feature on the website for those who wish to pay on the day and want to use a credit or debit card, and you don’t even need an account!

You can find it on the Payment tab :-)

A look at what’s at Dorset Studio during Art Weeks

BlogPublished May 21, 2012 at 12:14 1 Comment

Here are some shots of the garden and the studio, and some of the work up on display from a distance. I took them just before my preview which was on Saturday, and it went wonderfully. Many thanks to my previous clients and friends that came :-)

May the sun shine as nicely as it did for the preview, during then next 3 weeks. :-)

My Moo business cards.

BlogPublished May 21, 2012 at 09:14 No Comments

Just a quick post to shout about my moo business cards i had printed. Here is a sample of them but they are wonderful things to have in a handbag! thanks to Moo.com you can have as many as 50 different images on your cards! I went for 20 this time and will have a change around for the next batch.

Dorset Art Weeks – a long journey to get here

BlogPublished April 28, 2012 at 07:16 1 Comment

Well, time is drawing closer to the launch of dorset art weeks 2012. I am so glad to be doing this, this year. I was unable to take part in the last one in 2010 as I was struck down with cronic abdominal nerve pain in late summer of 2008, and then being diagnosed with endometriosis and a following operation. It has been a long road of recovery for me, and one filled with the prospect of medication as the only help. I had to stop painting for a long time which was a sad and depressing fact of my condition, and after a long struggle I only found my feet again last year, when I discovered that caffeine was exasperating the symptoms I was feeling, and I have now got a handle on my pain.

I made the choice to return to art full time when I was able to, I also began to regain my fitness, and despite early on suffering a badly sprained ankle, I found other ways to get fit and have not looked back since (and don’t miss my 2 1/2 stones either!)

My husband and I put a plan in motion to build a garden studio at home, as a place of sanctuary where I could be as creative as I could be (and no worries about splashing paint on a wall or carpet!) We started the project in July last year, and after winter stopping play, we finally got electricity put in in January this year, and I have never been so happy, or at peace while working.

So after this very long and troubled road that has been 4 years in the recovery of, I am back, doing what I love, in a place that is full of God’s peace. Being able to take part in something like DAW again, is a huge step for me emotionally, and I want to say a huge thank you for those who have supported me in getting here, both with prayer, and help :-)

On that last note, I am going to start the process of framing my work, to be hung, and the transformation from home and studio to gallery.

A Misty March Morning

BlogPublished March 27, 2012 at 21:05 No Comments

I went out and about with the camera this morning for an hour, and stopped at a place I have passed but never paused at before, not far from Upton, in Poole. It was wonderfully misty today (I adore mist) and the roads were quiet, almost erie. I saw some lovely distance shots of trees vanishing well into the mist, so here is one, coming to a watercolour painting near you soon 😉




It is the pool of water I see frequently, and it was just revealing it’s secrets through the mist when I got there. A few minutes more and the mist had all but lifted.




On walking back to the car I passed a lovely place full of mini daffodils so dainty and bright, all covered with moisture clinging to them.




More often than not, when there is lingering mist about, it is not a morning I have a car to appreciate it! so it was bliss to do this today :-)

‘The Hobbit’ Poster

Blog GraphicsPublished March 15, 2012 at 09:39 2 Comments

I recently made this and entered it into an online contest, to design a Hobbit poster, for which it placed First. At this moment in time, there are not many promotional images available to choose from, and so had to do a lot of searching for the right ones. I am delighted with how it came out.
Thanks to David Nemer for the landscape photo and James Fisher for the Gandalf photo

'The Hobbit' Poster by Sue Hutchings at Dorset Studio

Teacup with Blossoms

BlogPublished March 8, 2012 at 17:44 No Comments

When the sun is shining and in the afternoon on a nice spring day, I get the opportunity to take some shots that really appeal to me. I love pinks and blues and aquas all together, so these shots make me smile.

Teacup with Blossom-1 by Sue Hutchings

Teacup with Blossom-2 by Sue Hutchings

Dorset Art Weeks 2012

BlogPublished March 8, 2012 at 14:06 No Comments

I am in the process of getting ready for Dorset Arts Weeks. we have a proof read of the final book entry we have paid for in just a few weeks. DAW is going to run from 26th May till the 10th June 2012. I am really excited to be apart of it this year, after not being able to take part in last years, but enjoyed the two before that. I have a new garden studio, that will be opened during this time, as well as two reception rooms in the house. There should be around 45 pieces of artwork on display, a complete mixture of portraiture, landscapes, fabric work, and contemporary works, and I will be demonstrating throughout the whole two weeks.

Sherborne Castle asked me if I would care to demonstrate from them on the Jubilee bank holiday Monday, so I am thrilled to be able to go there too! this is all a huge adventure and a great way to meet people who like and enjoy art.

Bring on the 26th of June :-)

Floral fabric design – twitter background

Blog GraphicsPublished March 8, 2012 at 13:53 No Comments

I wanted a fresh new look to my twitter page (as well as the facebook cover photo’s) so designed this. I bought a length of fabric made by Clarke and Clarke, for my new studio blinds, and the feel of it inspired this creation.

Cat Portrait, Casper

BlogPublished March 8, 2012 at 13:34 No Comments

A cat painting of a very happy cat, Casper, in Christchurch. Anne, the woman who I painted this for, did the most exquisite Japanese embroidery! very skilled, and very very clever.

Casper a cat painting by Sue Hutchings

Dog Portrait, Bobo

BlogPublished March 8, 2012 at 09:30 2 Comments

A painting of a most beautiful and energetic dog, Bobo. She really has a wonderful character, and I spent a good deal of time with her, taking the shots that I used to paint this.

Bobo watercolour portrait by sue hutchings

Pink Tulips

BlogPublished March 16, 2011 at 23:45 3 Comments

I was given some stunning pink tulips on monday night, what better thing to do than to take some outdoor shots of them. I want to build up my collection of greetings cards, so that I can have a nice selection for craft shows coming up, as well as for Dorset Art Weeks next year.




Havana cat portrait, Llandra

BlogPublished March 15, 2011 at 21:14 No Comments

I have finished and delivered this watercolour portrait of a Havana Cat, Llandra, to a lovely and special couple. This is their 3rd cat portrait I have completed for them

llandra watercolour portrait by sue hutchings

Shaftsbury’s Gold Hill

BlogPublished March 14, 2011 at 00:59 1 Comment

We went here this weekend with a good friend, as the weather was lovely before lunch….. and then the clouds came rolling in.
Gold Hill, Shaftsbury by Sue Hutchings
'Woman on bench' by Sue Hutchings

Cherry Blossom has bloomed

BlogPublished March 13, 2011 at 23:37 2 Comments

At long last, the cherry blossom has bloomed! I have been waiting for this for what feels like forever, as I missed the opertunity to capture them last year. This is one of my favorite flowers because of it’s delicate and fragile petals.
cherryblossom by sue hutchings
cherryblossom by sue hutchings
cherryblossom by sue hutchings

New painting – a Boxer

BlogPublished March 6, 2011 at 18:22 5 Comments

I have been commissioned to do a new painting of a Boxer, which I start my preparations for tomorrow.
Here is the main photo I will work from, but I will use another 4 to cover all the angels of her face to help build up her character.
Boxer dog photo: Lola

This final drawing which I now have to transfer onto the ‘Not’ textured watercolour board to then begin painting. I cannot draw straight onto the board, as I am unable to use an eraser, which destroys the painting surface.
primary drawing of lola by sue hutchings

Here are the series of photos and the development of the boxer. The colours vary slightly as I was taking the photos at different times of the day.





And this is the finished painting.

Ice patterns

BlogPublished March 5, 2011 at 23:52 No Comments

I experienced the most wonderful ice patterns on my car first thing this morning, it was like the fairies had been out with their fairy dust and left a magic spell behind. The beauty was wonderful, so when the sun came out and reflected it’s deep peach glow through the windows, they just came to light in this wonderful twinkling display of beauty.
ice patterns by Sue Hutchings
ice patterns by Sue Hutchings
ice patterns by Sue Hutchings

Sunset over Piddle Hinton

BlogPublished March 4, 2011 at 19:20 4 Comments

I stayed at my sisters this evening and saw this lovely mellow colour seep into the lounge, and knew the sky outside would be beautiful. She has such beautiful, rolling fields literally on her door step, so hobbled outside to go and capture it. I do love Dorset!

Piddle Hinton at sunset by Sue HUtchings

Example logo designs

BlogPublished March 3, 2011 at 16:46 No Comments

Spent some time this morning creating some logo designs in Illustrator. This is the latest arm of my business that is growing fast!


nana's garden logo sample by Sue Hutchings
plant and grow logo sample by Sue Hutchings

Spring snowdrops

BlogPublished March 2, 2011 at 19:54 No Comments

Spring is not spring without snowdrops….
These were taken on the river bank at Sturminster Marshall.
snowdrops-1-sue-hutchings_dorset-studio

snowdrops-2-sue-hutchings_dorset-studio

Portland Lighthouse

BlogPublished March 1, 2011 at 21:51 4 Comments

I drove to portland Lighthouse, at Portland Bill, in Dorset. I was there years ago with a small point and shoot camera, so it was lovely to go back this time with something more substantial. The only fly in the ointment was the sprained ankle I gained while navigating over the rocks. I didn’t stay as long as I would have liked this time as I wanted to get ice on my foot, but I still came away with some wonderful memories of the place, knowing I will have to go back again soon (like I need an excuse to go back – the place is wonderful!)

Chesil Beach
chesil beach by sue hutchings at dorset studio

A couple of shots of the lighthouse. I would have walked to the other side of the lighthouse, but that is one I will have to save for next time.
portland lighthouse-1 by sue hutchings at dorset studio

portland lighthouse-2 by sue hutchings at dorset studio

The cloud came over not long after I arrived, but it was letting through the most wonderful rays of sunlight, hitting the sea.
portland sea by sue hutchings at dorset studio

Flourish design for twitter

Blog GraphicsPublished February 20, 2011 at 20:40 4 Comments

I have finally gotten round to making myself a new vector brush from one of my doodles.

I decided to use it for my custom twitter background :- )

Marketing Workshop

BlogPublished February 6, 2011 at 20:42 No Comments

Off to a marketing workshop in Poundbury this morning – looking forward to picking up some useful tips and meeting some interesting people.

Now where did I put those business cards?…………

Web Wizardry

BlogPublished February 6, 2011 at 20:27 No Comments

Phew! My new website has really come together in the last few days – I know they say a little knowledge is dangerous, but without it I would never have been able to do all the little tweaks to make it ‘just so’.