Bronwen Coussens

A Dog is a Potter’s Best Friend

Not only is her dog company in her studio, but dog-walks provide Bronwen Coussens with the ideal excuse to ramble through the local countryside collecting grasses, seeds and wild flowers to inspire her beautiful ceramic vessels.  Bronwen is originally from South Africa but currently lives in the picturesque riverside town of Henley-on-Thames.  Preferring to hand-build…

tomato harvest

Food for Thought

As the abundant autumn harvest comes in and larders are flush with fruits, pickles and preserves, it appears artists are inspired too, to paint the feast of plenty.  Thick oil paint, rich colour tones and a tumbling profusion of fruit and flora fill these canvas boards by Cape artist Sonja Nel, coming up on our…

printed cards

Small does Matter

I recently had an email requesting a card.  Not a large purchase, and we did not have the exact one available.  But I pursued the matter and obtained the request.  This is the reply we had back;- “Thank you so much for remembering me and my love of that card. What a lovely way to start…

African art

Art on Track

As we steam towards our winter exhibition in November, the art begins to roll in.  Whilst most work flies in by air, sometimes it chugs into our local train station.  As was the case this week, when I met Chris Nel, husband of talented SA artist Sonja Nel, on the 13.36 from Solihull to London.…

Artists paint ‘en plein air’

The West Wycombe Art Group chose Fillingdon Farm as the venue for their first outdoor painting class of the season this month.  A beautiful windless, warmish spring evening presented itself, and a dozen or so talented local artists enjoyed the panoramic views as well as tea and biscuits and a good chat!  The nearby bluebell…

Not a Flower Show

It is an art show, but with daffodils down the drive; daisies in the field; magnolia in the garden; cowslips in the paddock; hyacinths in the flower beds; primroses round the pond; jasmine on the pergola and lily-of-the-valley in the yard – it may be the prettiest yet!  We are expecting spring sunshine tomorrow too,…

A Global Village

Did you hear the one about a vase made by a South African, selected by a Zimbabwean, exhibited in Britain, bought by a Spaniard and exported to Belgium?  No, not a joke but the real story of this gorgeous ceramic vessel fresh from the Gauteng kiln of talented artist Christine Williams, which we chose as…

oil painting

The Early Bird

They say the early bird catches the worm;- or in this case the cheetah.   No sooner had the first e-invitation for “Primary Palette” pinged in people’s in-boxes, than the phone rang with an enquiry.   This adorable cheetah cub was hung in the gallery on Saturday; the interested party arranged a private visit on…

cape 2015

The Cape Fires – a personal view

Fire, fire, burning bright; In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye; Could frame thy fearful symmetry? With apologies to William Blake, this poem sprang to mind as 5,500 hectares of nature reserve burnt in the Cape fires a fortnight ago, when I was out on my annual sourcing trip.  The evening of Sunday…

Artist

Tools of the Trade

It is a privilege to have access to the inner sanctum of an artist’s studio.  The strong smell of oil paint and turps is usually common to all, but what differs is the state of organisation – or in some cases – lack of it!  Nadia Kisseleva is a very organised artist.  I have never…