Friday, 20 August 2021

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show 2021

Here's to a very successful #GillinghamandShaftesburyShow 2021! #HazeltheMallMoll sets up a beautiful bright fresh display ~ and the punters come. In their droves! 


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

New polo shirt bought me by #HazeltheMallMoll

There I am with a cow 🐄 on one shoulder and a cactus 🌵 on the other with one of my awards on the top shelf. 🏆#HazeltheMallMoll buys me a new shirt today, gets me in it and shoots me.🎬Thank you, Hazel! 😘

Monday, 26 July 2021

Wearing #waybackwhen summer clothes

Wearing shorts and t-shirt from #waybackwhen, while my other stuff's in the wash. Implication: I'm still the same #weight as #waybackwhen. Good #healthy food, fresh air and daily #exercise.😘

Saturday, 24 July 2021


Sally clone-brushed out my thumbs up from my positive happy portrait. Must have taken her ages!

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 17:46
To: Sally Edwards

And above are another two portraits without the thumbs up!

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On Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 16:40, Grenville Allen <> wrote:
Oops! Just missed 'original' literal. There's a missing 'a' at the end of 'original'. Reads 'originl' at the moment.

Tiny tweak.

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On Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 13:29, Grenville Allen <> wrote:
All looking super! Very remiss of me not to include the details for A Quiet Stretch which are as follows:
Image size: 40cm x 50cm
Limited edition giclée print:  £28 mounted; £58 framed

Thanks very much, Sally. Brilliant!


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On Fri, 23 Jul 2021 at 13:08, Sally Edwards <> wrote:
Hi Grenville,

I have created an Artist page on for you and have attached screenshots below.

Please check for typos and that all details are correct, especially for your art work.

I have tweaked the start of your profile to include all 8 of the paintings you submitted.

Please forward the details for The Quiet Stretch and I will add them.

Best regards

Sally Edwards

07870 495 225
Instagram: Salisbury Arts Scene

Please note: I am often away from my desk during the day. All enquires will be replied to as soon as possible.

Salisbury Arts Scene will use the information you provide to be in touch with you with regards your enquiry, booking and relevant news and offers only.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021



My Profile

Below is an acrylic I painted at seventeen titled Suburbia. I believed I'd instigated a new art movement, 'Suburban fantasy'. In other words, I've been painting and drawing since childhood. My father said,"Yes, we know you can draw. Now get on with some maths and English." Which I duly did, ultimately becoming an award-winning London ad agency copywriter.

My wife ~ who'd only known me as a writer ~ was very surprised one day to see me drawing en plein air the village of Heaverham in Kent where we temporarily rented West Lodge on the St Clere Estate which I also drew. 

Then came my Old Kentish Cottage just down the road in the neighbouring village of Kemsing. This I printed and it became a bestseller at craft fairs and the like. 

And so my range developed over the years and now we're in Dorset with further inspiration: witness my Gold Hill Rising From a Rolling Mist for example.

I like to do figurative work with a twist. Hallucinating Hare is a wildlife painting with a hare surrounded by half-nibbled toadstools. Get Sett Go! is another wildlife scene this time with racing badgers in hot pursuit of the finishing line. Off-Roading Can Be Fun features a hedgehog scrambling about in the undergrowth. While Road Hogs and Road Hogs With Toddler features the same hedgehog after he meets a female and then starts a family.

I've continued painting with acrylics but in an old English watercolour style without the use of white paint. This gives an added translucency. My paintings positively glow.

Twitter: @grenvilleallen

Facebook: GrenvilleAllenartist

Instagram: @grenvilleallen

Mobile number: 07936 206600


My Art

    A Cottage in the Country
Image size: 40cm x 50cm
Signed edition giclée:  £28 mounted; £58 framed

Hilltop Poppies
Image size: 57cm x 70cm
Original acrylic: £950; ltd edition giclées £95 framed, £55 mounted

Scarlet & Black
Image size: 38cm x 30cm
Ltd edition giclées £40 framed, £22 mounted

Get Sett Go!
Image size: 30cm x 60cm
Original acrylic: £395; ltd edition giclées £58 framed, £28 mounted

Dreaming Spires
Image size: 40cm x 50cm
Original acrylic: £495; ltd edition giclées £58 framed, £28 mounted

Gold Hill Rising From a Rolling Mist
Image size: 38cm x 30cm
Original acrylic: £295; ltd edition giclées £40framed, £22 mounted

Road Hogs With Toddler
Ltd edition giclées £40 framed, £22 mounted

"I saw the Sunseekers picture on a day trip to Shaftesbury in the Cygnet Gallery. It looked exactly like our cat Arthur who loves the sun and has made our sun lounge his home, which conincidentally is painted in limewashed green! It was on our way home to Gosport in Hampshire that I kept thinking about your picture and wishing I had bought it. Once home I did some detective work and found you and the picture and was so pleased. It will look superb and l'm sure Arthur will like it too."
Karen Stubington
via email

"...Your large print of 'Drama Queen' is stunning in my living room; so happy with it."
Ann Fairburn
via email

"...I also wanted to say how much I like the beautiful painting, which was presented to me by the Association. Grenville you have a wonderful talent and the picture will take pride of place in one of my guest rooms, once the renovations to my house on Dartmoor are complete."
The Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP
The House of Commons, London

"Hi Grenville. That will impress my dad with Michael Vaughan having the same picture; I'll tell him he's in good company! Thank you for your prompt service. Dad got it in good time for his birthday and loved the picture!"
Sarah Booker
Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

"I think 'Beached' is quite sweet (and salty) and has a simple honesty — and at £65 for an original — I'll take it please, if it's still available. Let me know about frames and payment etc."
Graham Cooke
San Jose, California

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Monday, 5 July 2021

Resignation from committee/radio interview

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Grenville Allen <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2021 at 09:11
Subject: My resignation from the Cygnet committee
To: <>

There ya go, Lorrie and Lyn. As promised: just click/tap here.

And to listen to our interview with This Is Alfred click/tap on this and then click on the blue Soundcloud link midway down the column of blurb about Hazel and me.

Happy listening ~ and reading....

Cheers! 👍🎨📽🎬💻

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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Draft Agenda for Wed 23rd June, 6.30pm (Zoom)

Re: Draft Agenda for Wed 23rd June, 6.30pm (Zoom)
To: Cali Norton 

'Morning Cygnet Committee

Thanks for all your tireless efforts, Cali. Your draft agenda is as thorough as ever.

However, it has highlighted a number of bugbears that periodically rankle with me.

*High Street window (Anna)
This is displaying the back of a piece of display furniture which is not attractive. Is it
possible to have the main window facing the High Street and the one facing the Yard clear
of display furniture, unless placed there by Diana?

Is the above 'display furniture' referring to my plinth that someone has moved from its original position? Its original position ~ where I placed it at an angle hid the back of Cali's picture on the window sill. Now all the back of her pic is showing ~ warts and all. I presumed either Diana or Gaynor had moved it as part of their eminent window display policy. Which is why I left it where it now stands.

Clear Floor policy (Anna). Is it possible to have a clear floor policy i.e. no pictures on the
floor or in small easels? This will help with cleaning and avoid visitors tripping over work

Again, two of my sheep pics had been moved from where I'd placed them discreetly tucked behind my browser within my allocated space. Someone had moved them out to be more prominently seen. Which I thought was nice but would probably cause an outcry. It seems I've been proved right on this assumption. Talking of things tripping people up, the number of unwieldy and dilapidated card carousels never gets a mention. Or the ugly blue chair with what looks like urinary stains all across it. And now Des is bringing in Trojan gifts. More about him anon.

I'm putting all this in an email because as is the nature of meetings ~ and particularly Zoom ones ~ two or three people (in this case Cali, Roz and Anna) take over and dominate. So it's difficult to get a word in edgeways. I have for instance repeatedly offered to zing up the wording on the website and create a consistent message running through from social media to advertising etc. All to no avail. I've spent twenty-five years or more writing award-winning copy for London ad agencies for blue chip clients like Air France, Vimto, Yamaha, the NSPCC and so on. But does anyone pay any attention to my advice? No way. 

I would at this juncture point out the artists I've managed to recruit and the products I've managed to sell since I've been producing FB posts, tweeting and writing, designing and producing good old traditional A4 posters.

And now back to mention of Des's request for a free space in the gallery for one of his charges. We've just denied Gaynor a week or two of space for which she offered to pay! (the Trust apparently being insistent that no one is allowed a space without covering a shift and paying the licence fee). So really the idea of Des wheedling his way back in is anathema to me.

Anyway, and finally in the light of all this I'd now like to resign from my place on the committee. Of course I'll continue with all my other Cygnet duties but just not from a committee member's position à la Stuart Craven.

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On Wed, 16 Jun 2021 at 20:13, Cali Norton wrote:
Dear All,
Please find attached the draft Agenda for our next Committee meeting. I've sent it in both Word and Pages, and if you want to add/amend anything, can you highlight all amendments in red for me please!