Its the end of JULY already!!!!

dont forget your mask…..

Greetings from Bristol, I hope you are all managing to stay safe and well. Wow… what strange times we are living through, as lockdown is gradually lifting we are all having to adjust to the ‘new normal’ whatever that is!!!

BV Studios – M3

As an update from the studio I actually moved into BV Studios during lockdown – I have to say it was a bit bonkers as I did it on my own and nearly killed myself. I have been super lucky to have been allowed to paint right through the whole period which has been fabulous. I didn’t really see anyone else but it gave me an excuse to get out of the house for a change of scene.

Benjamin adjusting the cameras in the studio during the shoot
Sal as an avatar painting !

My augmented reality project ‘ABSTRACTED’ has undergone a rather massive change in scope due to our friend ‘covid 19’ ! I did have a fabulous exhibition tour all booked for the month of May in major public venues across Bristol but sadly this all had to be cancelled due to the venues being closed and no one being allowed out!

Quick rethink as I wanted to keep momentum going with the project even though we couldn’t meet etc… so we decided to repurpose the funding slightly and aim to develop an app. which means anyone globally will be able to download from their iPhone or iPad and watch a scaled down performance in 3D on their kitchen table! Check out the ‘Abstracted’ page on my website which explains what its all about and includes a short film of the making!

App due for public release beginning of August – I will let you all know & send you a link :O)

Salthouse gallery, St Ives. Solo show Aug 8th – 14th 2020

So just cos I didn’t want to get bored Ive painted a whole new series of paintings especially for my show in St Ives!! Its just 2 weeks away as of today and of course Im not panicking aaaahhhh….. :O)

I think Im pretty well sorted, its just all the logistics to get organised, but Im really looking forward to it. I have the whole Salthouse Gallery to myself so Im spreading out with loads of paintings for sale. Red Dog Glass is coming as well, so I will have plenty of glass samples on show to tempt visitors into treating themselves to a beautiful bespoke fine art kitchen splashback, a new shower wall or if they happen to own a hotel or bar I have just the thing for them!!

If you or friends are coming down to Cornwall in early August I would absolutely love it if you popped in :O) I promise to give you a personal tour of each painting! I will be there from 10am – 6pm everyday – obviously social distancing and appropriate PPE will be in place, make sure you have your mask !!

I think Im going to stop chatting now and let you get on with your day, trusting you are keeping well and adjusting to this new way of living, which quite frankly is quite odd, all the masks and no hugging unless you’re in a bubble…. keep smiling and heres to a sunny and fun summer :O)

The ABSTRACTED painting – 10hrs of painting condensed into 4 mins of film

Tootle pip for now

Sal xx

2020 off to a flying start!!

Fab news – funding awarded by the Arts Council for my augmented reality painting project

The stage is set at the Bristol VR lab – my painting overalls, the green screen ready for filming and a blank canvas
Ben ready to get techy … thats a dummy in the foreground by the way, not me!!

Test day – I dressed up in a motion capture suit to enable Ben to develop some early animations of the various movements I make when Im painting – capturing the painterly process (without paint at this stage!!)

This whole process is far more complex than I had ever imagined, I guess ignorance is bliss sometimes but one thing is for sure, I come out of meetings with Scott and Ben and my head hurts!! Its a whole different stratosphere of thinking but it really is very exciting. I am extremely lucky to have 2 brilliant technology specialists who find it quite normal to think virtually!! :O)

I was totally thrilled when I heard we had successfully secured Arts Council Funding for my newest venture into the world of Augmented Reality and painting. I would like to present the ‘A’ team,as you are going to hear from us over the coming months. Theres just 3 of us and we are here to astound the world!! :O) Scott our digital specialist and Producer, Ben our whizzo immersive experience designer and myself who is the artist and painter. Between the 3 of us we are going to create an immersive technological experience which will give viewers insight into how I approach abstract painting. Viewing the paint layering up on the canvas, the mark making process, you will be able to see me painting (in the form of an avatar) and I hope to also narrate what will be 6hours of painting condensed into a 5 minute immersive experience for the viewer. I have secured venues across Bristol and will be taking this on tour in May – so lots of opportunity to come and have a go :O) Im just finalising dates of venues and will let you know as soon as they are confirmed.

I will keep you posted on progress – Ben is busy post filming on Friday testing things and I need to prepare for the full on shoot on the 20th March.

Exhibition news

Its been a supremely busy start to the new year exhibiting wise and was fabulous to be able to show my work on the walls of Alchemy 198 throughout Jan. I received some really lovely feedback and as always its just such a privilege to be able to show my my work to the public :O)

I was offered a pop up in Bath for Feb and March – a fantastic open gallery very close to the Holburne Museum, thank you Martin for being such a fab host and allowing the population of Bath to see some of my work! and thanks to al the lovely visitors that took time to pop in and have a chat about my work, so lovely to meet you all. This space is soon to become Dexters Coffee Shop, a fabulous cafe run by the lovely Claire and Matt so get yourselves over there before the coffee machine takes over!!!

Just to add to the mix, another exhibition popped up out of left field in February. Not one to turn down an opportunity, I of course said yes!! :O)

Contemporary Art 2020 – 20 painters from the South West of England – what a fabulous experience and a great privilege to exhibit with fellow painters from across the region – amazing talent.

New Studio space…. moving down the road to BV Studios

As many of you may be aware my fantastic studio space @ The Works in Bedminster is a meanwhile space – this means its up for demolition once planning permission is granted. Our lovely studios will become a massive tower block! As my practice is growing, I feel that I really want to secure a permanent home for my studio so……. drum roll….. I have managed to secure a lovely space at BV Studios, home of about 120 studio holders mostly creatives so very exciting. I have the keys and guess what??? Im just in time to take part in their annual ‘Open Studios’. This year its a special 10 year anniversary event but a great opportunity for any of you that love all things creative to be able to come along and have a look around all the studios and buy direct from the artist themselves. Always a fabulous weekend not to be missed so pop the date in the diary.

Gosh lots to fill you in on for this newsletter, I am going to let you go now, but before I do I also what to let you know I have managed to secure a gallery space @ the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives from Sat 8th – 14th August 2020. so watch this space Ive got some painting to do before then!!!

Im going to let you crack on, stay safe and keep washing your hands – dont let that coronavirus get in the way of things.

Tootle pip for now

Sal x

Welcome 2020!!

Photograph: Lizzie Everard

Happy New Year to one and all, I hope you had a fine festive season and are now ready to let rip and take 2020 by storm ! After a busy 2019, ending with the fantastic solo show at Hidden Gallery which was AMAZING…. lots of wonderful people came to view, Poppy & Daisy at the Gallery were super supportive and I have to say I ended the year on a high.

So whats planned for 2020 ??? Well funnily enough quite a lot :O) Never a dull moment. I have just spent the last 2 days hanging my paintings at Alchemy 198, a most wonderful drinking establishment on the Gloucester Rd where I live in addition to filling the windows of Room 212 with more of my paintings and samples of Red Dog glass. For those that are wondering what Red Dog Glass Design is, take a look at the website.

Do pop into Alchemy 198 if you are passing and browse the artwork, my work fills the top bar and the wine is to be recommended :O)

So a few things in the pipeline, I’m waiting to hear from The Other Art Fair (Saatchi) if I have been accepted to the Trumans Brewery Art Fair in March. Some of you may remember I took part in this last year and it was amazing. Probably near to 17,000 people through the doors over 4 days. Fingers crossed they accept me, if they do I shall let you all know and free passes will be available to you all :O)

I have just submitted an Arts Council Grant application to do some experimental art using Augmented Reality. I will be working with 2 digital experts and myself of course the painter. What is super exciting is that we have secured some amazing venues to exhibit the final painting including 4 galleries, an arts centre, Bristol Aquarium & ‘We the Curious’ (The science museum in Bristol) so…… we should hear at the end of January if we have been successful with funding, then hopefully it will be all systems go. I will keep you posted on progress.

I have something very exciting planned for August this year but Ill tell you all about that in the next update.

Tootle pip for now and Happy 2020 everyone.


Exciting times………

Greetings everyone,

A sunny September day in my studio

I hope you have had a fab summer, full of sunshine, ice-cream and laughter. So what has the studio of Sal been getting up to over the summer??

Well, Ive actually been working hard, preparing for my first ever ‘solo show’. As a valued friend you have a personal invite to the PV on 3rd Oct. There will be fizz and everything! If you can’t make the 3rd, please do drop into the gallery for a browse during October.

Heres a bit about the exhibition……..

A contemporary twist on Turner’

When: Friday 4th October till 3rd November | Private View Thursday 3rd October 2019 @ 18.00 – 20.00hrs
Where:   Hidden Gallery, 6-10 The Clifton Arcade, Boyce’s Avenue, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 4AA 

This is the write up associated with the exhibition :

Sally Coulden comes from diverse background of global careers & travel. In 2014, she embarked on her art career. She attended Art School in Bristol and then worked under the tutelage of a professional abstract artist to build her knowledge, experience and painting techniques.  Sally’s instinctive approach to painting is inspired by her life experiences and the landscape surrounding her. Primarily working with a strong, vibrant colour palate, her energy and vigour translates directly into her work. Capturing the concept of non-containment is key, as she has a deep-seated need for a sense of space and infinity in both life and work.

Her new body of work ‘A contemporary twist on Turner’ has been inspired by JMW Turners late works. This 21st Century interpretation is translated onto materials such as Perspex, canvas, linen, and paper with some subtle variations in modernising the subject matter.

Sally has collections of her work hanging globally.

Gyclee prints – Seamonsters I – IX

A little teaser …. I have also teamed up with an amazing digital artist | creative director Scott Fletcher. We are currently applying to the Arts Council, requesting support for an Augmented Reality project we would like to explore together … very very exciting! I will keep you posted.

Im going to sign off now only because it means I will actually press the publish button and you will recieve this newsletter this side of Xmas!! :O)

Hoping to see you at the exhibition, if not, I will be in touch again soon,

Tootle pip for now,


Newsflash………… Come & take a look behind the scenes @ our Open Studios

‘The Works’ Open Studio

We are opening our studio doors next weekend !!

Come and take a sneaky peek behind the scenes in our creative space – with over 50 artists, makers, a music studio and 2 amazing art galleries PLUS theres workshops to get involved with if you fancy it.

I will be there wielding my paint brush and paints! Paintings galore and you may even be lucky and get a cup of tea!

It would be amazing to see you if you can make it!

Tootle pip


Spring has sprung ……..

A long time coming… and yes Im referring to my complete tardiness at posting a newsletter this year!! No excuses … better late than never :O) I would also like to welcome my most recent readers whom I met at The Other Art Fair, Brick Lane earlier this month, welcome!

Lots has been happening in my world down here in Bristol. Before I start though, I just have to rave for a moment, about my stupendously amazing studio space, which I share with the multitalented arts collective ‘Caraboo Projects’. I am constantly in awe of their energy, professionalism and pure talent. Ceramics, film making, painting, sculpture their expertise and talent is endless. I am so lucky to be sharing creative space with such amazing people, its so inspirational. Check out their website Caraboo Projects – do come and join us at any of the events they have planned.

Speaking of my fantastic studio space, as you may know its in a disused printing factory. Gathering Voices run the collective of buildings on the large site which is known as The Works. PrintWorks where Caraboo and myself are based are just one of those building. A property developer has submitted plans to knock it down and build a massive block of apartments (boo!), we don’t know when this is going to happen but we will get a few months notice. Forever an optimist, Im hoping planning permission will take ages/ years :O) so we can continue to build our practices in this fabulous space … I have a big smile every time I come to the studio, each day a bonus.. ‘carpe diem’ !

Birds eye view of my studio…. I’m not lounging around the whole time!!!

A busy start to the year preparing for The Saatchi Arts Fair in London (March) – cracked on with some new paintings, mainly inspired by my experiences down in the Floating Harbour in the rowing boat. The fair was a triumph, my first in London ! Many thanks to everyone that came to say hi and supported me, it was really appreciated. I met so many lovely, interesting people and sold paintings – what could be better. Having taken a week to recover… these fairs are absolutely exhausting … I have reflected on what made it so great and what I could learn from it. The biggest learning as an artist investing in exhibiting at an Arts Fair is, make sure you research & take time to understand the demographics attending the Fair in question. You can be a genius modern day Michelangelo, but if your style doesn’t fit with the demographic visiting the fair, you’re not going to have the impact. The visitors at Brick Lane, for me, were generally after interesting, edgy abstraction & new concepts – If Im lucky enough to get accepted next year Im going to get a bigger stand, make bigger, bolder and slightly wilder work… can’t wait!!! :O)

What next…. well we have an Open Studio in April so a bit of prep for that, I will be part of a creatives ‘Dop up event’ in May, with Doppler Effect (excuse the pun!) in the heart of Bristol and then …… Teddington Arts Fair May 17-19th. Do drop me a line if you have any questions about anything Im up to or you would just like to say hello :O)

Hope you have a fabulous Easter and I promise I won’t leave it so long before the next update :O)

Tootle pip for now, Sal.

A big dollop of bright green always brightens up the day!!

October …. its nearly Christmas !

Hello Chaps

Oh my word… where has this summer gone?? This newsletter is rather overdue – I can only blame it on the fact the summer has been glorious, Ive been beavering away …. all to be revealed and I have only just come up for air!

Moving Studio … Thornbury to downtown Bedminster, BS3

Absolutely love my new studio space in a derelict printing factory – I don’t know how long we have it because the site is due to be redeveloped into luxury flats but all the artists renting space are hoping there are delays with planning :O) so could be 6 months or 2 years – who knows but its all about making the most of it! Im sharing the Print Works with a new arts collective called Carraboo, young, vibrant multi talented artists – all very exciting and inspiring – I really am very lucky.

Exhibitions and things………..


July: TOAF | Saatchi in Bristol – great success sold 4 paintings and invites for 2 exhibitions.


Sept to Nov –  ‘Art Cru’ Group exhibition,  Avery’s Wine Cellar, Bristol. Anticipating a huge footfall of ~2000 people so great visibility – lets see if I can sell one or two paintings :O) – Oh Private view for this exhibition is on Sat 17 Nov at 6.30pm – if you’d like to come please do – can guarantee good wine :O)


Nov – Dec – Hidden Gallery, Clifton Arcade, Bristol. Showing of my Urban Series through to xmas. Do come along a take a peep at some amazing art work – Chris has an amazing collection of ‘Rare Works’ as well if you’re feeling flush! Well worth a browse.








News Flash, Sals new business …….. Red Dog Glass Design launched !!!!!!

Many of you may have guessed I had something brewing, well I can now officially announce the launch of my new contemporary art, glass panel company. I wanted to create a company that I could work with my creative side as well as pull on the business side of my careers – have to admit this is the first time I have started my own business though…. its extremely exciting.

Fanfare of trumpets ………take a look at my new website Red Dog Glass Design  

Im working with an amazing glass panel manufacturer Opticolour  to bring to the world the most amazing kitchen glass splash backs !  I aim to target kitchens initially but the plan is to expand the range into bathrooms, hotels and hopefully commercial buildings next year. Heres a link to the e-brochure

3 orders in already, one going into the showroom of The Kitchen Man , a kitchen design company in Clifton, Bristol. and another into the open kitchen at the amazing Alchemy 198, a brand new Arts Bar on Gloucester Rd – it’s so new, the opening party is on Sat 17th November.

More to come on my marketing plans and I will be in touch soon ….

Tootle pip


Its June already!!!!


I spy with my little eye!


World Cup, Wimbledon, holidays, relaxing …… well not for me, Im busy beavering away here in sunny Bristol and loving it!

2 main stories for you today ….

I have been super lucky to be one of the 100 emerging artists (out of 500 applications) chosen to exhibit at The Other Art Fair, sponsored by Saatchi Art in Bristol this year.

In true consultant style I got myself a piece of paper and knocked up a mind map – all very high tech :O) Not much crossed off so far but Im working on it!


Opportunity :  Maximise the marketing opportunity to get my name out there. Saatchi have vast databases they use : 5,000 invites to gallerists, dealers, collectors, access to 110,000 Saatchi Art buyers,  etc. so as my friend and marketeer, Andy McGrath would say, ‘maximise the opportunity to get out there Sal!’

‘I’m on it, I’m all over it!!’

Take a peek…. My Saatchi Art profile  Sally Coulden

Very importantly I would like to offer you COMPLIMENTARY Tickets for the show.  I would be totally thrilled if you would like/ be able to come along and wander through the amazing artworks and of course come and say hi too !!  – This ticket will get you into the Private View on Friday 27th July 17.00 – 22.00 and all day Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July.

Just follow this link to Complementary Tickets and type in the code: COULDENCOMP  – any problems give me a shout.  Will keep you posted on progress this end.

Not a bad spot :O)

Sun setting over Wales

Oldbury-on-Severn Night painting – what a hoot! – a fabulous expedition to the banks of the River Severn with  paper and paints in tow. The tidal range in the Bristol Channel is massive sothe changing light through dusk and then darkness on the mudflats was amazing –  thanks to fellow painters Jen, Shirley and Maree for making it such a fun trip

Mudflats at low tide


In my next update Im going to let you know about my new business venture …….

‘Splashbacks by Red Dog’ Im working on it, just lots of other things going on but its all heading in the right direction :O)


Thanks for listening, hopefully see you at The Other Arts Fair and I shall crack on …..

Tootle pip






Lots happening, exciting times ……

First and foremost, apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of months but …..  you can hear the excuse coming now…   I’ve been ridiculously busy and thats my excuse :O) tee hee !


As you know in January I shared with you my ambition for this year and Im delighted to report Im making great progress :O). This year is all about experiencing and learning lots about, both developing my art practice but also how I might navigate through this complicated world of art and make a living!!


Arts Fairs and Arts Trails so far :   I was working with the lovely super talented Caroline Hulse and her JoeDaisy Studio at the Reading Arts Fair – it turned out to be the hottest weekend of the century, the fair was in a sports arena with a tin roof!!! It was BOILING! A great weekend and we managed to educate lots of visitors about the art weekends we host at the studio, not much buying happened though unfortunately.

JoeDaisy Studio Stand at Reading Arts Fair

Learning for me:

Take time to understand the demographic of the arts fair before you sign up for a stand – make sure your art and importantly pricing align with the demographic.



No sooner had I drawn breath from packing up the exhibition but I was on a plane heading to the stunning Rural Gites, Dordogne, France , masterminded and run by the amazing Annette Marshall.  I spent a fabulous few days discussing and starting to shape an artistic programme for a ‘Vision of France’ holiday – it will be a 1 week all inclusive holiday hosted at Rural Gites, where I will be teaming up with a professional photographer to host a photography and abstract painting week – even though I say it myself ….  it’s going to be amazing :O) We are still in the planning stages but the intention is to run two, 1 week holidays in 2019 and see how it is received. As far as we can see there is nothing else like it, so we are all super excited – I’ll let you know when it gets finalised – I’d be interested in your thoughts.

‘Rural Gites’ – view from the apartment out over the pool

Rural Gites have also commissioned me to paint a large abstract for the stairwell in the newly refurbished and supremely stylish ‘Sanglier’ top floor apartment, what an honour!!! Im extremely excited and have started work already in the Bristol studio.


I  got asked, very randomly, by an alpaca shearer in France if I would paint him shearing (as you do!)  Bit random, and I did explain I was an abstract artist and no one would recognise him…. suffice it to say he hasn’t been back in contact so I guess thats not going to happen!! :O)

Some very cold and shawn alpacas!!! They are so tiny once they loose their fleece.

Back on the theme of teaching I have officially started teaching an ‘Improvers Abstractweekend course at JoeDaisy Studio in Maple Durham.

Im booked in to do 5 weekends between now and the end of the year, so if you have had a go at abstract before and fancy a fun packed, productive improvers arty weekend check out the course here – I would love to have you along as it’s such an extraordinary studio to paint in.

‘Measle Studio’ where the classes are held. (Sibling of JoeDaisy Studio, Maple Durham)

The SevernVale Arts Trail beginning of May was great – I opened my studio at CLaSH Artspace to the public for 3 days and had over 100 visitors which was fab! I did a bit of painting and there was lots of chat to be had about abstraction and inspiration.

Me, in my VERY tidy studio !!



A good plan to have cards and prints available of
your artwork so if visitors are not in the market for an original big piece of artwork theres smaller options available.




Never one to turn a marketing opportunity down I was asked if I would be happy to  exhibit one of my paintings in a shop window in Thornbury (Cadman Wealth Management) for the duration of the Arts Trail. The really great news is the arts trail has finished but I have been asked if I can leave my work in the window as its attracting lots of viewers :O) excellent … plan is to rotate my paintings …. 


Its all about getting out there and being seen !!!!


You know what theres more…….. however, Im going to sign off now, but, I am going to continue part II next week … just thought you needed a break  … :O)

Learning:    Don’t leave it 4  months before sending a blog – theres too much to share!!!! Be back soon………….

Hello 2018 !!!

Welcome one and all to my 2018 blog !


Looking very tidy!! Newly painted studio

Bit of a late start to the year, apologies, but I have been busy decorating my new extended studio space (mine till October this year, woo hoo !), as well as being  knee deep in ‘post- it’ notes, planning for what is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year ahead :O) 

Aim of my blog:           To be fun, interesting & informative

The masterplan is to send you snippets of what Im up to,  maybe some short videos of me painting (oh yes its all about me :O)!!!!) some of my painting techniques, share with you  exciting trips or just general ‘arty farty’ stuff I think you might be interested in, or inspired by.

I really encourage you to drop me a line anytime, and I mean anytime, with your thoughts and comments on my ramblings or if you’d like me to cover any particular topics just let me know. Please drop a line to

Much loved brushes

So briefly,  ideas for my art career is bursting at the seams! Its great to have you joining me on my journey over the months to come –  heres a bit of a taster of just some of the projects I’m hatching:

Exploring the possibility of combining technology in the form of virtual and augmented reality with my large abstract paintings…. Extremely exciting!

Feasibility planning for a small art business. A cunning plan I have up my sleeve – attending  ‘setting up a small business’ course next week to get things going.

Teaching abstract this year – check out the new weekend painting course Improvers Abstract which I am teaching with Caroline Hulse. Starts in May. Come on you know you would love it!!!!.

Applied for a couple of National competitions along with 3 billion others but ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it!!’  or so someone said!!! :O) .. lets see what happens.

Arts Fairs & Arts Trails – I’m exhibiting and selling at the  Reading Contemporary Arts Fair 21/22 April 2018 – would be great to see you if you can make it.

Severn Vale Arts Trail – 5/6/7 May 2018 – come and visit me at my studio – you can have a go at painting if you fancy it :O)

Just a few of my plans and activities I won’t bore you with all of them now as we have plenty of time to go into details ….. oh did I mention Im off to France to scope out a commission (HUGE 200x200cm) as well as starting to design a fabulous painting holiday experience in Bordeaux for 2019, check out the planned location Rural Gites … more to come………. Ill shut up now :O)

Do get in touch  & follow me on:

Instagram – sallycoulden

Twitter – @sallycoulden

Tootle pip for now