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/

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

“Studland” Watercolour – Sold

Watercolour LandscapesPublished February 6, 2011 at 22:27 No Comments

Mounted to fit a 14′ x 11″ frame

“Seascape” Acrylic – SOLD

Acrylic LandscapesPublished February 6, 2011 at 21:43 No Comments

Textured acrylic and mixed media
– 25cm x 25cm to fit a 40cm x 40cm frame

“Tempest” Acrylic and Mixed Media

Acrylic LandscapesPublished February 6, 2011 at 21:41 No Comments

Textured acrylic and mixed media
– 15cm x 15cm to fit a 30cm x 30cm frame

“Ebb and Flow” Acrylic and Mixed Media

Acrylic LandscapesPublished February 6, 2011 at 21:37 No Comments

Textured acrylic and mixed media
– 15cm x 15cm to fit a 30cm x 30cm frame