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Sally Scott latest news...

Winter Opening Times




Hello everyone!

It's been ages since I've 'blogged' but life's been open days for my little yellow car's been driving all over the countryside and it's been great fun. Freya's applying for an animation degree course and hopes to go to Bournemouth Uni....fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, I've been busy painting and planning art classes for the new watch this space!

AND there's a BIG SALE on in my little studio, so come along and grab yourself a bargain.....what could be better as a brilliant Christmas present than a gorgeous original Sally Scott watercolour painting or print.

Right, I'm off now to make a start on homemade Christmas present tags...come and say hello, it's cold outside but the heater's on in the studio, so you're guaranteed a warm welcome!








Sally Scott Studio



August's been quiet, but I'm still smiling! The summery weather's been wonderful for displays outside the studio...really eyecatching from the road with  lots of new customers popping in having seen my new blackboard sign on the bank. The nursery's having new signage too soon, so I'm expecting to meet lots more lovely customers.





Studio Days!

Well, summer's flying by and already the fickle weather keeps me running in and out of the studio, one minute putting out my baskets of prints, cards originals, the next minute I'm bringing them all back inside.......last Saturday I did this at least four times!

I thought I'd share some of the latest pictures of me in action in the Sally Scott Gallery. I'm painting some very tranquil Sussex scenes at the moment, a change from the zappy sunflowers and zingy bright flower collection of last week.










Starting a painting....

Sometimes the hardest part is actually's the beginning of one of my Sussex landscape scenes.



Chickens....running out of the studio!



Original chicken watercolours, from £30.                                                 

Cock - a- doodle doo!

My chicken paintings are the best sellers! They've literally been clucking out the door this week, so hurry if you're a poultry fan!

I've had a fun week in the studio - lovely weather, door open, lots of goodies in my baskets outside. I was very excited to start painting a new range of cards and notelets too, they're going to be tall and thin, a bit quirky! It's always fun to start a new project and my little handmade cards will be ideal for all your special occasions.

I've also started painting some lovely little box canvasses acrylics, they're easy to hang anywhere and make a really special keepsake. I'm also using some very indulgent gold leaf.....ooooh! I love using real gold, there's definitely something very special about it, very precious and luxurious!




East Grinstead Watercolour


I've just finished this interesting scene of East Grinstead's old high street.These two photos show the two stages of painting. I had to make sure the drawing was really detailed before starting the painting.   






Vibrant Colours to Chase Away the Winter Blues!


It's cold...I know, but these will warm up the coldest of walls!

All in the sale ..... they're big, bold watercolours, approximately 18'' x 24'' in old money, only £50 now in the sale (down from £80) come on, pop in and see for yourself....they'll transform a winter wall in your home or office.




Having had a great time painting the school mural in acrylics, I decided to introduce some big, bright, happy acrylic paintings to the gallery to contrast with my traditional watercolours. They're really vibrant and I'm painting onto stretched canvas boxes which are easy to hang. Hope you like them!





QVC The Shopping Channel and Me!

Tune in and Switch on to QVC The Shopping Channel (640 Sky or 16 Freeview!)


Tonight, May 5th at 7pm and Saturday 8th at 10am, (Channel 640 Sky, 16 Freeview) I’ll be presenting live on QVC The

Shopping Channel
, selling beautifully designed and illustrated RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) candles, drawer liners,

reed diffusers and scented sachets for a whole hour!


I’m nervous but very excited as this is a dream come true! Three years ago I was shortlisted from thousands, in the QVC

Search for a Presenter
and I’m already doing some presenting on the Painting and Drawing Channel with the  SAA and

Teaching Art Ltd, (Society of All Artists), but QVC is really special as it’s a massive, well established brand, in fact it’s the

USA’s second largest TV channel.

I’ll be broadcasting live from the QVC building (Marco Polo House) , Battersea, so I hope you can tune in and join me.


The mural is finished!









Seventy hours, five bottles of acrylic and four paint brushes's complete! The St Mary's C of E Primary School, East Grinstead, mural is complete! I stepped off the step ladder for the last time this afternoon....Can't wait to see the children's faces tomorrow at school. One thing I do know is they'll be my strongest critics....but I'm ready to hear their feedback...What do you think?



Painting and Drawing Channel filming.


Excitement filled the air as I arrived at the Painting and Drawing Channel studio last week!

We've got a new studio and it's looking fab! We spent three days filming with the wonderful Terry Harrison, working through some amazing watercolour scenes which will definitely inspire and motivate you into picking up those paint brushes.

Watch out for the latest details of broadcast times - should be also shown on Freeview now. Hooray! Happy painting artists.


Sunny Sissinghurst

I just wanted to share with you a wonderful day that my lovely boy Jack and I spent at Sissinghurst Castle. The spring weather was perfect! There were lovely painting ideas!



Mural Painting at St Mary's C of E Primary School, East Grinstead

Spring has at last sprung.....I'm looking out of my window and a pretty trail of primroses rambling up the garden....but it's been a busy, busy week painting on a grand scale! I've been commissioned to paint a 10 x 5 m mural at my son's school! So up and down ladders I've been, balancing, stretching, trying not to spill too much paint! I asked the children in Year 6 to think up some ideas and had a brilliant response! Thank you, you creative team! So now, I'm incorporating as many as I can for a Fairytale theme for the wall of the new library.. .... Here's how it's going so far...






Bespoke Wedding Stationery



I'm delighted to offer a new service! A range of beautiful, bespoke wedding stationery....

Perfect Country Wedding Bespoke Watercolour Stationery


Place settings

Table plan

Napkin tags

Thank you cards

And anything else you may need to make your special day even more perfect..Just ask me. 


Invitations Printed design (your choice of flower) with envelope £1.99 or if using a notelet design already in my range, £6.50 for a pack of six.
Place settings  4" x 3" original watercolour with Edwardian style printing for name  £2.50 each
Guest seating plan up to 35" x 24" sheet of heavy watercolour paper with handpainted border ready for you to draw table lay out £45
Napkin tags 3" x 2" original watercolour design £1 each
Thank you cards 3" x 3" original watercolour on  a 5" x 5" card and envelope £3.99 each 



We've had an incredible amount of snow already this year, so Jack, Freya and I made good use of the school closure, setting about to build an igloo! Watercolour paintings had to be put on the back burner...I mean, back freezer....and the creative glacier creaked it's way across our Sussex garden. Freya was chief igloo builder, I made the bricks using a bucket, a bit like building sand castles, and Jack hauled sledgefuls of fresh snow to use as cement! Making sure there were ventilation holes, we built a couple of shelves for the candles and sat inside eating our dinner! The acoustics were amazing - it really was a little magical wonderland. Perhaps we really are related to Scott of the Antarctic!

I won't be long........

Despite the snow, there's always a warm welcome in the Sally Scott Studio!


Latest News on the Snow!

Due to the white stuff, I'm unable to get to the studio at the moment, so apologies to all my customers!

See you as soon as possible! Please check via email or phone before visiting the studio at the moment.

The schools are closed so I'm baking cakes and biscuits, and building igloos and snowmen with Jack and Freya, to satisfy creativity and avoid watercolourpainting withdrawals for now!

Happy New Year and hope to see you all very soon!



Snow Drifts at the Sally Scott Gallery!

After a slippery, slidy and treacherous journey to the studio today, I swept the snow drift away from the door, switched on the heater and crunched a few pine branches underfoot to give a Christmassy smell to the place!

Not even extreme weather will stop me from watercolour painting - and I was in the mood for sunflowers, poppies and tulips today, so pop in and see them if you're sledging by! It's looking chilly on the outside, but I promise you a warm welcome.


Christmas in the Sally Scott Gallery

The mince pies are in the building!

Christmas cards, £1.95 each or 6 for £6.50

With the soft flurry of snow this afternoon and Bing quietly crooning from my ipod, I have to admit beginning to feel quite excited about the festivities next week. Don't forget to come in for last minute presents - paintings and prints from only £4.99 - they make such good presents! And there are Christmas cards and notelets too, so no excuses!

I'll be open until 5.30 pm on Christmas Eve, then re open 2nd January.

Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!


Birthday Fun for Jack









This week was Jack's seventh birthday! We had a lovley meal at fabulous Java and Jazz in Forest Row...thank you Mum!  Jack also had an art party at Saltmarsh Art Shop in Tunbridge Wells where he and five friends spent a happy two hours making and painting elephants, all under the very professional supervision of wonderful Gill!The boys all had great fun and came back for an energetic birthday tea, followed by a typically boystrous rough and tumble in the lounge!!


Creating a Stir....!

It's October and the clocks are falling back this weekend, so Jack and I have been busy making Christmas Puddings! I love these old traditions and really enjoy passing them down a generation. The puddings have a much better flavour when they're made this early and allowed to mature for a few months before December. And we've even hidden in one of the three puddings, the two shilling piece I'd found earlier in the year in Chichester! I wonder who the lucky finder will be? 

Lets hope our watercolour painting wishes come true!

Ooh and don't forget to book your watercolour painting house or garden commissions now ready for Christmas.  Here's one I did earlier. It's a beautiful Art Nouveau (or Jugenstiel) style house in the Netherlands, near Gouda, complete with little stream in the foreground.




Warming up in the studio!

Well, things aren't exactly that warm...temperature wise that is...Yes, autumn is certainly upon us and I admit to now being the proud wearer of thermals, (and I don't mean the aerodynamic type!) as I sit and paint in my wonderful studio.

Talking of TV, there's more from Keith Fenwick and I this week on Channel 166 Sky from 4.30pm during the week, so tune in if you get the chance.

Don't forget to get your commission orders in now for Christmas! Prices start at £150.


Latest news in the local paper.

Here's the latest news in the local papers.


Busy Weekend in the Sally Scott Gallery!

Well, after a lot of elbow grease and hands to the pump, the gallery's just about complete. It even has electricity! (Thanks Mike and Dave, I won't buy the thermal vests now!)

What's more, not least due to the gorgeous weather this weekend, and even though it's November, the gallery's been buzzing with lovely customers! There's been a real sense of excitement and curiosity; something I've really missed over the last few years. It's great to be back in a studio creating, planning paintings, researching ideas and most importantly, meeting some really wonderful people - passionate and so enthusiastic about my work! Thank you to everyone for your brilliant encouragement and compliments! It's exactly what drives me on to paint and paint; I can't tell you how amazing it is to see someone's face light up when they see a watercolour painting that they just know will be the perfect addition to their home. It's very humbling and something that I always appreciate.  


TV appearance and a new studio!

                                                    At long last, my wonderful little studio is open! 

The children and I have been donning our overalls and getting down to work, wire brushing, washing and repainting the walls of this dear little old Victorian tool shed or bothy at Orchard Nursery, Holtye Road, East Grinstead. Having previously worked at the nursery, (a superb place for watercolour painting inspiration!) I am now resident artist! It's a dream come true and something that Lynda Bradford (the nursery's owner) and I had talked about two years ago. It's the perfect place for painting after years struggling with the distractions of trying to work from home!

                                          A little help from my friends!

Lynda and her family have just opened their new shop, officially opened last Friday 11th September 2009 by the wonderful David Shepherd OBE. I was so delighted to spend time chatting to him and his lovely wife Avril. What an amazing man, warm and genuine, a devoted wildlife conservator and of course an incredible artist. Do have a look at his website. 

Now, on a rather different note, on Friday 18th September at 6.30 pm, BBC2, my mother and children are on the telly! We're appearing in the series 'Trust Me, I'm a Dealer' with presenter and antiques dealer, Paul Martin. What a laugh we had filming (see previous blog pages) and now it's about to be broadcast, but I won't spill the beans and tell you the outcome!! 


The New Studio!

This is Day One of Renovation! Don't worry, we'll move the fertiliser bags!

Well it's an exciting time as we're renovating a little studio in front of Orchard Nursery, Holtye Road, East Grinstead, a fantastic nursery - not a garden centre, but a real, down to earth, family run nursery where passionate plantspeople are only too happy to help with all your horticultural needs. I used to work there and just love the atmosphere, so like the prodigal daughter I've returned as resident artist, installed in what used to be the bothy, or tool shed! Perfect!

Freya and Jack have been helping and we're aiming to be up and running by 11th September, when Orchard Nursery's fabulous new shop opens, so come and see us!



It's All About Art Event

It's All About Art

Yesterday I spent a brilliant day at the Business Design Centre Islington filming for the Society for all Artists fabulous event.

The venue was perfect; a magnificent example of Victorian engineering, similar to Paddington or Euston train stations. Opened in 1986, and formerly the Royal Agricultural Hall, the building was rescued from demolition in 1981 by entrepreneur Sam Morris and was fully restored and re-opened as the UK’s first integrated trade, exhibition and conference complex.  

Within its light and airy wrought ironwork bubbled a creative tumult as painting demonstrations took place watched by wide eyed enthusiasts, with 'have a go' tables filling excitedly with artists of all ages and abilities. The atmosphere was electric and shopping bags quickly filled with all kinds of paint, paper, brushes, equipment, books and DVD's inspiring and enthusing keen artisans from all over the country. People really had come from far and wide to be part of this annual, and now exclusively in the BDC, art event.

I interviewed some amazingly talented artists as well as wonderfully enthusiastic and very lovely people. It was a joy to see the pride and suprise on the faces of people who'd never picked up a paint brush or pastel in their lives, beaming as they held up their own masterpiece of the day. Best of all, I came away freshly enthused and dying to try out some new painting techniques!

A real must for anyone who loves painting. Watch out for more details on the SAA website.




Sibelius - A Painting Inspirer



I was driving along towards Tunbridge Wells today listening to Sibelius' Songs - I'd first heard Luonnottar sung by Karita Mattila two years ago at the Proms with my daughter. Staggeringly beautiful and haunting, I've loved Sibelius ever since.

 And as I drove throught the forest near High Rocks, the sun began to slowly creep out onto the wet ferns - pteridium aquilinum I think a friend once told me in Latin - and a magical luminescence shimmered thouroughout, steam rising like spirits in a Viking tale. The Finnish genius evoked such eupohoria I had to memorise the scene for a painting. I stopped the car to reach down for my camera (pity Freya wasn't there to take one of her many stunning pictures - she's going to be, and already is for her young years, an incredible photographer) but didn't have the camera with me. So I stared and stared in attempt to embed it into my memory.


Windy Chichester

There's nothing like a bracing walk on the beach for some painting inspiration!

Dodging the showers, Freya and I visited Chichester today and trusting the trusty Sat Nav, put in Chichester Harbour as our destination. Freya's entering a photography competition they're running, so today would be useful for us both. But, little did we realise that Chichester Harbour is a vast area of the south coast and for some reason, Mrs Sat Nav bossily insisted on directing us there via Hayling Island. We ran out of land and to the amusement of the car park attendants we then had to ask for directions, who laughingly informed us that at the end of the island, the only way to Chichester Harbour was through the water (and my little car isn't James Bond equipped) , so we turned back and headed towards Chichester...again. 

Weaving through one way systems and narrow, flint clad houses and shops, to my amazement we happened to drive by an old friend of mine. Harry, a fellow PGCE chum from five years ago at Brighton. Shouting his name out of the window, and greeted with a look of astonishment,  we whizzed back round the one way..again..eventually finding a place to stop and talk! Good old Harry gave us sensible directions to Dell Quay and a very pretty (and useful) pub. I even found a 1956 two shilling coin on the mud flats.



Filming in Richmond


We've had an interesting couple of days!

Freya, my mum and I stayed in a beautiful hotel in Richmond - The Petersham - as we were filming for a programme that'll be on in the autumn called 'Trust Me I'm a Dealer' with Paul Martin. We were also celebrating my mum's birthday, so it was a really special time all round.

Having tried to persuade my mum to come with us on the boat, Freya and I set off....''Of course I can row!'' I called out to the boat hire man, a friendly Czech, as I attempted to row forwards awkwardly....!  Sensible Freya took over and I just enjoyed the views....perhaps I should stick to painting!


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