Allotments development with Emily Ball

This week I spent three days working with Emily Ball.

It is a full on painting workshop for twelve artists that I organise every year, in February. Where else would you rather be on a grey weekend??

We were set homework –  a lot of drawing, which I had incorporated into my allotment studies.  We were encouraged to use these drawings to find our subject, not to copy them. I am happy and confident when making marks with the delights of charcoal, posca pens, inks and artgraf but slippery paint is a different beast and it takes time to learn it’s language. A lifetime!

Our job was to animate. I wanted to intensify the detritus of the allotment and tried to get the paint to give this back to me in a relevant language that is exciting and painterly. I am on the journey, but still lots to do!

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