My 100th print!
I can't believe I've just finished my 100th print - the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle!
In July 2015, we bought our own printing kit to make prints of my originals. Late one evening, at the end of a bottle of wine, one of us came up with the idea of creating our own travel poster prints. (As it proved to be a really good idea, I'm sure it was me!) A stream of requests for new places soon followed, and 4 years later, we're now zig-zagging around the country following your "votes" (about 5,000 votes so far) for Britain's lovely cities, towns and villages. So there's now 100 to choose from, from Aberdeen to St Ives, and only another 47,900 or so to go... I'd better get a move on!
If you want to check if your vote made it to the top of my list yet, all 100 are already on this website, with more coming soon!
And if you don't follow me already, it'd be really great to say hi on Instagram or Facebook.
Love, Susie x
Very Happy Artist!
A Letter from America...
Yes, that's Doppy, my Cowparade cow, in the rather fabulous looking photoshoot above! Her new owner very kindly got in touch this week - Doppy's been flown all the way to Florida! (It does sound like something from an episode of "Cabin Pressure"!) She looks like she's really enjoying her new movie star lifestyle... and leaving me a little jealous! (That pool does look nice...) But thank you so much to her new owner, and very happy that The Brigitte Trust charity will be benefitting from her sale.
Out and About
Cows, cakes, Capel - it's a Surrey Life!
On 20th August, I'll be at Capel Fair, so this week I've had a quick trip to research an image for my latest print. It's a beautiful little village to the south of Dorking, with a 13th Century church, alms houses, and pretty little gardens in full bloom with neat wooden fences as far as the eye can see.
On the way home, we stopped off at Tanhouse Farm by Newdigate, for lunch, including the best carrot cake ever!
Now the difficult bit - deciding what view to use for the print...
Surrey Life August issue
I was delighted to be asked for some of my towns and villages images to illustrate the August 'celebration' issue of Surrey Life magazine. I'd only expected a postage-sized stamp of each, and so was over the moon to open it and find three full-page images of my Epsom Downs, Guildford and Dorking prints. Thank you, Surrey Life! There's lots to read and lots of suggestions for places to go and things to do over the rest of the Summer. (See Cowparade below.) I do love Surrey!
Back at the end of March, I was asked if I'd be interested in painting a cow... and not just a painting of a cow. It turned out to be a full-size, fibreglass, Swiss cow (if you know your cows). It's all part of Cowparade, the world's largest public art event, now in Surrey, with Cowparade Surrey Hills . You may already have seen some fabulous, brightly-coloured cows decorating the Surrey Hills. There's even a mobile app to "collect" them with a prize for the most collected.
My cow, Doppy, is sponsored by AEW UK Ltd, owners of Dorking Office Park, and will help raise money for Dorking-based charity The Brigitte Trust, who provide support for people and families facing life-threatening illness.
Doppy made her first appearance, with red carpet, on Thursday, at the Prudential Ride London Expo at the Excel Centre in London. Some time next week, she'll be moooving to a Dorking location... Keep an eye on the Cowparade app for her mooovements...
STOP PRESS! (Sun 31st) After a coo-vert night-time operation, Doppy is now waiting for Chris Froome and friends at the top of Ranmore Common, near postcode RH5 6SR.
STOP STOP PRESS! (Mon 1st Aug) After her udderly amazing appearances on the BBC Ride London coverage yesterday, including a long, lingering aerial shot from the heli'cow'pter, Doppy has now moooved into position on Ranmore Road, by Dorking Office Park, (near The Triangle). She's very happy to say hello to everyone!
LATEST DOPPY NEWS - Very happy to hear Doppy sold at auction, and looking forward to seeing the proceeds going to The Brigitte Trust to help their fabulous work!
Vote for your favourite place
If you have a suggestion for where you'd like me to go (in the nicest possible way!), please just use the form to vote.
Some popular requests at the moment:
Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, Swanage, Haslemere, Kingston, Fetcham, Brockham, Padstow, Salcombe, Oxford, and Ockley!
A lovely, eclectic mix as always!