Early update
from Jill Tattersall, The Wolf at the Door
Dejeuner sur l’herbe,  with thanks to Pauline McBride at Sussex Prairies
A belated  greeting from Jill Tattersall and the Wolf at the Door. 

The intention was to hibernate through January and gradually wake up in February.  Actually it’s been all go – never a quiet moment!  A lot of learning and exploration.  A lot of admin.  And, yes, some painting.

 Two courses on art marketing and the business/practical aspects of being an artist: painful but necessary.  One in Eastbourne, led by the very successful artist, Julian Sutherland-BeatsonAnd one in London led by (non-artist) coach and mentor Kathryn Roberts,  Both excellent , each  so  different!  No space for details here; more soon on my website. 

The Wolf also ran up against the end-January print deadline for May’s Artists’ Open House .  We had a few last-minute changes to sort out.  The line-up this year will be really novel and interesting.  Painting, ceramics, glass, cutting-edge digital art, kinetic art and stone sculpture – and Siobhan’s divine cakes and refreshments. 
We’re sticking to the less hectic model so appreciated by us and visitors last year.  Fewer artists,  more space and tranquillity, and gorgeous refreshments.   Details in the next newsletter.  We will much appreciate your help in forwarding this and the next newsletters to help bring  new visitors to the Wolf.
Siobhan’s divine cakes and refreshments 
We also chanced on the lovely  Made in Hastings shop – and there in the window were Judith Berrill’s naughty embroidered duster ‘It’s so much more fun with a feather duster,’ and my own not much better  ‘Ironing is Pants’!  Part of Vanessa Marr’s fascinating  Women and Domesticity project.


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Among other things  I’ve been trying to finish new work in time for the Affordable Art Fair next week (details here).   Do go!  There should be some of my work on show with the Nicholas Bowlby gallery.  We’ll be there on Friday 11th March

In my studio here are four paintings which are just holding out on me.  This happens, and experience shows that if you stick with them they will probably suddenly resolve themselves.  Or I might just have to chuck them out.   In the meantime it’s a shambles in there!  Don’t be deceived if you see it all looking tidy for Open House!

We’re all longing for Spring.  I have just sold this very wintry new piece to lovely purchasers.  People who buy paintings don’t realise they become almost like part of the family!

If you’re up for something challenging, go and see The New Immortals, an exhibition that explores life and death and the changes brought by science to our ways of considering them.  Phoenix Arts Centre, Brighton, till 20 March.
(On 19th March you can join Judith Alder of the Blue Monkey artists’ network in the gallery for a Lab event with tours and talks about the work throughout the day.)
Some lighter moments.    If it’s not decorating a gin bottle it’s painting a surfboard  - I had my way with a reclaimed board for a charity auction to help whales, using debris and netting from the sea. (Gale Warning is in the background, below)


Talking of Hastings…

My most exciting project:  to paint the night sky on the day the Battle of Hastings was fought - October 14th, 1066.  This year is the 950th anniversary!  There’s going to be a big commemoration in both Battle and Hastings, and I’ve been visiting  these lovely towns to look for good places to display my very large canvas.   (below)  Top and bottom are panels with cartoon-like details inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry. 

In April that year  people were awed and apprehensive at the sight of Halley’s Comet in the sky – people wondered what it portended. I was a medievalist before I was an artist!  I even used to teach the kind of French spoken here in England after the Norman Conquest
Applying some gold leaf to Halley's Comet

Finally, I’ve become involved with a  brand-new Hastings-based website and journal on culture, art, science and everything  cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary.  Set up by two distinguished Hastings residents, Chandra  Masoliver and Sean O’Shea . See ‘Critical Times’ – good name -  we are indeed afloat in powerful  and uncertain cross-currents. 
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