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!

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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

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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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