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:

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

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

watercolour classes sue hutchings_dorset studio

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)