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/

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

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
Card Cut mothers day-sue hutchings-dorset studio designs

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

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 :-)