Friday 22 December 2023

Double trouble!

It's those cloned 'brothers' making a special festive appearance! Aargh!

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Thursday 12 October 2023

Life at the RSC

Thar's my Richard III performance in a nutshell. 'Course I played William Page in Merry Wives, another part in Twelth Night and a girl in long velvet dress in Duchess of Malfi. Understudied for Mamillius in Winter's Tale. And enjoyed the perks of playing tennis and swimming at The Hill.🥰
All during my three years at the RSC. They wanted me back at sixteen which would have given me an Equity card and changed the course of my whole life. 😮


Thursday 5 October 2023

Sue's super Cygnet window displays

Sue's window displays have just received a  from Caroline Smith who with her friend have run the Silver Sheep shop in T wells for years. A real compliment as years ago I asked Caroline for some tips when Diana and Gingergirlmakes were doing the Cygnet window displays. 

And btw Sue's displays were featured in the recent Autumn In Shaftesbury post on This Is Alfred.

Caroline Smith
The Silver Sheep, Tunbridge Wells


Monday 2 October 2023

Cygnet statement September 2023

Yet another brill month at the super Cygnet! £508 taken!

Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2023 at 08:13
Subject: Cygnet statement September 2023

1/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 22
2/9 Daisy Chain 22
2/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 58
2/9 Gold Hill 22
4/9 Scarlett & black 22
5/9 Gold Hill 40
5/9 Melbury Hill 40
5/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 12
8/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 20
8/9 Off Roading 22
11/9 Poppy picture 12
11/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 22
11/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 22
21/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 12
23/9 Gold Hill 22
23/9 Gold Hill 22
23/9 Hedgehog & Kingfisher 44
23/9 Sunrise at Gold Hill 22
23/9 On a good wicket 12
24/9 Cat print 12
24/9 Kingfisher 12
26/9 Gold Hill 12

Total 102 404

Card Sales 404

Balance 397.17
Cash Sales 102
Err in sale 8/9 2
TOTAL £501.17

Sunday 24 September 2023

Another fab day in the super Cygnet

Six Grenville sales. Click/tap on image to enlarge


Thursday 7 September 2023

Hazel hands over to Miranda & Peter

 Another fab day in the super Cygnet. Click/tap on image below....

Tuesday 1 August 2023

Yet another brilliant month in the super Cygnet!

£596 taken for July!

Date Item Cash Card
1/7 Sunrise Gold HIll 22
1/7 Daisy Chain 22
1/7 Hilltop Poppies 22
2/7 Sunrise Gold HIll 12
4/7 Woodland Stream 12
6/7 Hilltop Poppies 12
6/7 Goldhill print 40
6/7 Scarlet & Black 22
7/7 Daisy Chain 12
7/7 Poppies 12
7/7 Scarlet & Black 22
8/7 4 x print @ £22 88
8/7 Gold hill 22
8/7 Scarlet & Black 12
15/7 Sunrise at gold hill 22
15/7 Sunrise Gold HIll 12
16/7 Gold hill 12
16/7 Poppies 12
17/7 Ducks 28
20/7 Sunrise Gold HIll 12
21/7 Off roading 12
22/7 Gold hill 58
22/7 Home for lunch 12
23/7 Sunrise at gold hill 22
28/7 Woodland Stream 22
29/7 Sunrise at gold hill 22
29/7 Roadhogs 18


Card Sales 516

Balance 507.28
Cash Sales 80
TOTAL £587.28

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Saturday 1 July 2023

Sibling rivalry

The cloned 'brothers' are at it again....


Wednesday 14 June 2023

Monday 12 June 2023

Next project

Building up to working on my next masterpiece: Melbury Hill from the Artist's Garden

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Monday 29 May 2023

Sue Hannant going beyond the call of duty!

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Pavla Andrews 
Date: Mon, 29 May 2023 at 12:41
Subject: Cygnet Bulletin 22
From: Paula Andrews 
Dear artists 

Another quiet week, as far as news goes. 

Firstly, I would like to share a message from Grenville and Hazel, that surely resonates with all of us:

This is just a quick note to express our thanks to Sue. She went in at nine yesterday to steam clean the floor, opened at ten prompt and then never stopped selling till way after three, filling two sales sheets and taking just over three hundred quid! 

Hazel and I popped in last night to restock as Sue rang to say she'd sold four of mine including The Greeting, one of my latest, featuring a mallard paddling up to a white Aylesbury duck in a duckhouse. 

Which just goes to show why the Cygnet needs to stay open on Sundays right through the summer season.

Well done, Sue, and thanks again!

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Secondly, a reminder to all. If you have any topics that you would like discussed at the upcoming Committee Meeting, please let me have the details and I will present them on your behalf. 
Thank you. 

And that's all from me, enjoy another short week 

Kind regards 


Wednesday 3 May 2023

Life changing day!

April 29 four years ago we'd just completed. And here we are celebrating in Dorchester with iced coffee before our move into our new pad in North Dorset. #ExcitingTimesAhead! 🤩


Saturday 22 April 2023

Gettng physical


Pockets all round


Sunday 16 April 2023

Monday 6 March 2023

The story so far....

From: Grenville 
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2023 at 12:38
Subject: Re: Hello
To: Claire 

'Afternoon Claire

Many thanks for your email. And yes we have moved to Dorset ~ East Melbury nr Shaftesbury to be more specific. Glad you liked my website which we'd updated at that very moment to include the following show page ~ just click/tap here. As you can see, Hazel and I are in a cooperative gallery in Shaftesbury now which I do all the social media for. It's located in a place called Swans Yard ~ hence the swans I'm fond of photoshopping in here and there. My twenty-five years' experience in advertising has come in v handy! 

My Cygnet Gallery bestseller is Sunrise at Gold Hill (pictured below in the window and on the wall inside). Click/tap here to see one of my recent posts I concocted in its entirety. I used to work with an art director during my ad career. Now I do everything ~ words, pics, logo, the lot. Quite apart from doing the odd painting ~ mad March hares presently. So we're both always busy.

My pics on the gallery website which I also maintain and update: click/tap here.

If you click/tap here you can see what I create on Instagram. Apparently, someone asked how long Swans Yard had been flooded!  😂 Here I am with a blackbird! And a two=page Instagram post for Swans Yard itself HERE! I've promoted the adjacent Ugly Duckling café on that one (simply click on the arrow).

Finally, here I am at a nearby show ~ just click/tap on this! Chilly!

I hope you're all keeping well and once again, thank you for remembering us! It made our evening!

Cheers! 👍🎨

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On Sun, 5 Mar 2023 at 21:14, Claire Blackburn wrote:

Hello Grenville and Hazel ,
Hope all is well with you both and I haven't looked for any paintings for a while ! But there was a programme on about our rivers and it reminded me of the "Silent Place" that I purchased for my husband for a birthday and had a long look at your  website and new paintings all still very lovely . The last time I had seen you was in Tunbridge Wells ! My Mum purchased The Waiting Game  . I noticed you may be living in Dorset now ? I came to your home in Iden and you changed some of my frames for me and that message is still on your page which was lovely to see . Well I thought I would send a note to say hello and I still have my Grenville Allen gallery wall .
Claire Blackburn
Sent from my iPad

Sunday 5 March 2023

Insta kismet

What a coincidence: everything and everybody is looking at the adjoining frame on this Insta screenshot! #Whoosh!

Wednesday 1 March 2023



Hi Grenville & Hazel,

Thank you so much, this is brilliant, I love it!

You are so clever and really made my day.

All the best to you both,

Ginette & Matilda xx

P.S. Many thanks from Melvin too, for sending him birthday wishes.

-----Original Message-----
From: Grenville Allen <>
To: Ginette Rainbow 
Sent: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 7:40

All our fondest, Ginette! 😘 Receiving a MATILDA!

G & H

Sunday 19 February 2023

Wednesday 15 February 2023

2003 sees a bearded Grenville

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