My Annual Open Studio.

My latest engraving Hunting Low which should be unveiled at my annual Open Studio, part of Chiddingly festival's Artist Open Studios.

 

 Chiddingly Festival (www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk) is an amazing art festival which I have always enjoyed. This will be the 4th year I have opened my workshop and studio and taken part in Chiddingly Artist Open Studios (web site here). The open studios have always been hugely successful, with lots and lots of visitors. The  Festival and the Open Studios that have grown from it mark the beginning of my adventure in to the art world- This marks the third full year of offering my engravings to you all.

Looking back over the past 12 months it has been another exciting year- Two bonfire sculpture commissions (Here and Here) as well as the annual Community bonfire sculpture (A Box of Frogs) has kept me busy. This  November bonfire looms ever closer- and with this the 100 anniversary year of the beginning of World War 1 increases the pressure to build something that does due honour to the all that experienced that period of our history. I was involved in a new venue for Brighton's Artist Open Houses Trail in May. It was such an exciting month, a wonderful venue (Peanut Butter Tree House), a brilliant mix of artists- and, we won the House of the Year award- voted by the public out of over 200 houses. June saw work start on a major sculptural commission 'Ulmus Memoriam' a hugely exciting project which has been part of 'Ulmus Maritime'- the sculpture (to see amazing photos of the sculpture click HERE) has been finished and is going to be unveiled at Bentley Widfowl's Weald Wood Fair at the end of September. Which almost bring us up to date, I sit here writing this to you amongst the post Lewes Artwave chaos - I had an exceptional Artwave this year - Lots of visitors to my venue at the Hive, and whats more- lots of sales. Although it now leaves me with a huge clean up operation to carry out before I'm ready to throw open the doors to the workshop for your visit in a little over a weeks time!

New for this year I'm being joined in the workshop by another artist Rupert Denyer, Rupert is a well known, local plein air artist- we are both inspired by the same beautiful landscape we're all so fortunate to live in- with much of our work sharing similar views.

I look forwad to you visiting my workshop- I shall be demonstrating the art of engraving- you're welcome to browse through my sketch books and have a go at printing yourself on my Adana.

And of course there are my neighbours! the incredibly talented photographer Jim Holden is next door and is sharing his Studio with the exceptionally lovely and talented Lorna Holdcroft and Jenny Pellet. Next door to him is the Sussex Flower School they'll be hosting several artist too And if all that isn't enough to persuade you to visit- and of course the queen of beads herself Becca Weddell who will be running regular demonstrations of her glass bead making.

You'll find us all here: Google Map

And we'll be here on the 27th and 28th of September and the 4th and 5th of October between 11am and 5pm. More details about all the other venues at this years   There is a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered (and a few pubs too) around the lanes of Chiddingly.

 I am due to be at Bentley Wildfowl over the first weekend with my elm sculpture (more Here). So I can't garuantee I will be present for the first weekend- Rupert shall doing some live painting demonstrations so there will still be a lot to see- however if you would like to see me in person then it may be best to come along for the second weekend.

 

 

Tags: Wood engraving, East Hoathly, Open studio, Chiddingly Festival, Keith Pettit, Rupert Denyer, Chidingly Artist Open Studios