Recent Journal Entries
Seana Mallen, an award-winning Californian artist, met a Yorkshireman in Hong Kong in the '80's, fell in love with him...
and then fell in love with England and the glorious English landscape...
and she's has been here more or less ever since.
She feels so lucky to have a studio in the friendly creative community of Stanmer Craft Museum, set in beautiful Stanmer Park, where the bluebells, the forest and the South Downs are a constant inspiration.
As well as painting, she has been inspiring and encouraging people to explore their creativity through art for many years. Seana is passionate about helping others find their own artistic voice and has a deep understanding of the value of art in our lives. She is an incredible teacher and mentor, and her enthusiasm for her craft is contagious.
Brighton Artists Open Houses
First, I am delighted to be a guest artist at Ilana Richardson's beautiful house on the West Hove trail.
We will be open every weekend in May from 11am-5pm, including the first bank holiday Monday. That's May 6th/7th/8th, 13th/14th, 20th/21st, and 27th/28th!
I will definitely be there to meet and greet every Saturday.
I feel honoured to be with such a varied group of wonderful artists.
Please come and visit us
In June, I'm excited to open up my new studio in Shoreham for the first time as part of the Adur Art Trail. I'll be showing my new collection of semi-abstract landscapes inspired by river and the salt marsh.
The studio is in my new house, with beautiful views up the river towards Lancing College. (and I know that lots of people go to Artists Open houses more to see the houses than the artwork... You are very welcome either way!)
I'll send out more info closer to the time, but please save the dates.
Salt Marsh Studio
39 Salt Marsh Road
Shoreham-By-Sea, BN43 5 QJ
June 3/4, 10/11, and 17/18
Art Retreats at One Garden Brighton
Imagine a day that begins with an invitation to wander...
in woods and gardens, and in your own imagination.
Connect with nature, breathe deep, and then paint and learn new techniques to express yourself, completely immersed in the creative process in this beautiful setting.
One Garden Brighton is the fabulous new garden, restaurant, cafe and garden centre, right next door to my studio in Stanmer Park.
I'm so happy to be running a series of workshops there this spring and summer.
I will guide you and nurture your creative spirit.
We'll enjoy a delicious lunch, prepared with locally sourced ingredients from the One Garden Kitchen, as well as a taste of Plumpton's fine wine!) (so you'll have lots of energy to keep creating!)
You'll have time to soak up the aromas and colours of the garden before the afternoon's painting session where you'll complete your work and sit back and admire your work, feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
Absolutely no experience necessary.
£90 includes all materials and lunch at the One Garden Kitchen
May 11: Bluebell Walk & a step into Abstraction
June 8/9: Mixed-Media Collage on Canvas
July 4: Botanical Gelli-Printing
August 3. Watercolour Magic.
August 4: Concertina Sketchbooks.
If you would like to book, please just email me and I will give you my bank details or you can send me a cheque.
The Art Retreats on August 3 and 4 can be booked together for the reduced price of £160. The two day Mixed media Collage on June 8/9 is also £160.
Painting and Wine Tasting at One Garden Brighton
What a perfect way to enjoy an evening at One Garden!
Taste the award winning local Plumpton wines, introduced by a local expert, and then with a glass by your side, I will guide you through a creative, fun and experimental painting session.
You will learn new techniques to express yourself (not copy someone else's painting!) And a few sips will help quiet that pesky inner critic, open your artist's eye and let your creative juices flow.
All materials are provided and all abilities are welcome.
Absolutely no experience necessary. Limited to 12 tasters and painters.
May 17: Springtime trees: painting without a brush
June 14: Flowers and Leaves in simple brushstrokes
July 12: Botanical Gelli-Printing
Aug. 16: Let's go to the beach
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
All materials and wine included for £45 per evening
(other refreshments available if preferred)
For more info click the links above to go to the One Garden Website.