Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Keep painting, keep positive
images: Floribunda course 2019, Sharon by Emily Ball, still from 'Fat Paint' film
I hope you are keeping safe, well and positive. We have put together a newsletter for you to hopefully inspire and keep you connected to our fantastic community of talented artists. We are missing you all, but it is good to keep in touch with emails and photos of what you have been doing. We have included some of the photos and messages for you.
Before the lock down in March I had asked film maker, Noah Carter, to come to my studio and film me doing some short demonstrations about paint and a drawing process that could be on our Seawhite Studio YouTube Channel. These films are not so much about instruction as a reminder to keep your courage up when you are working; be generous with the paint, experiment, layer, smudge, repaint so that you can benefit from the full repertoire of possibilities that paint can offer your work.
I am very excited to be able to announce that I will be running our first online painting course. Next week I will be teaching Floribunda from my studio at home. I have had a wonderful time setting up my studio, preparing the course and getting tech ready! A new adventure. There are more online courses that will be added to the website in the next week or so. We will keep you posted.
Both Katie Sollohub and I have been short listed for the Derwent Drawing Prize. The first prize winner will be announced very soon but in the meantime the public can vote for their favourite drawing. Have you voted yet?
Also I wanted to let you know that Seawhite are still working hard, delivering art materials to artists in need. I know you might say I am biased, but they truly are a brilliant and excellent company providing amazing products at great prices. To order materials from them go to their website. https://www.artesaver.co.uk/
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With best wishes,
Introducing Emily Ball Online
These three short films by filmmaker Noah Carter were made on location at Emily's home studio (listen carefully and you can hear the chickens in the background!). The films offer a wonderful – and to Seawhite Studio students, familiar – insight into Emily’s approach to different materials. We hope the films offer practical ideas and inspiration to you in your home studio. Click on the images to watch each film on our YouTube channel.
In ‘Polishing Paint', Emily demonstrates how to achieve different marks, moods and textures using items in her painting toolkit.
‘Fat Paint’ is – as it suggests – all about generously using thick paint, mediums and paint butter: wet on wet, mixed with palette knives, applied with thick brushes, and rubbed off with bare hands. If you like the physicality of paint –this film will be a joy to watch!
‘Painting from Drawing’ provides a window into Emily’s process of using drawings as a way of really looking at her paintings. Making exact-scale drawings of her paintings can act as a trigger to start a new painting or provide new ways of revisiting an existing one.
Floribunda is a hugely popular, four-day painting course. Sadly the courses planned in the Seawhite studio had to be cancelled but I decided that all the flowers that I had grown especially for the course would still be put to good use. We are excited to announce that this course will run online next week.
In essence, the course is a celebration of flowers, plants and paint, which at this time could not be more appropriate and needed. The subject is full of colour, texture, pattern and sculptural form......a gift for painting.
Students attending the course will be given demonstrations, both live online and with pre-recorded films, on how to tackle this complex and beautiful subject. As well as this there will be additional support in the form of course notes to download. I will offer exercises that unpack the process of making expressive paintings. It will give students the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the experience of painting and drawing; embracing not only the visual joy of the subject but also the heady scents and tactile sensations whilst in the comfort of their own home and studios.
A gallery page on the website has been set up for students attending the course where I will put their work on line. We will be able to look at the results of each days work. This will be a way of celebrating our shared experience and getting extra inspiration. It also gives me the opportunity to see the work and give each student one to one feedback each day, to help their progress and confidence.
I am very excited and have had a wonderful time setting up all my plants and flowers in my sunny studio. Come and join me amongst the flowers!
To book your place on next week's online course, click on the course title below:
Please note, the Floribunda Course Online, can be found on the COURSES drop down menu at the top of the studio's homepage
Derwent Art Prize - Vote for the People's Choice online.
Emily Ball's drawing 'Sharon' (2019) has been shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize.
Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub have both been shortlisted for this year’s Derwent Art Prize. The exhibitions – due to take place in London and Paris this Spring - have been postponed, but for the first time ever the exhibition is now available to view online, so you can still see the 70 artworks shortlisted for the prize. Click here to see the online exhibition.
You can also vote for which of the 70 artworks shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize is your favourite. The 2 artists to receive the most votes will win a share of the £1,000 prize money.
Voting closes on 1 May 2020 at 12 noon BST and the People’s Choice winners will be announced on 12 May 2020.
Katie Sollohub's drawing 'Blue Bedchamber, Strawberry Hill House' (2017) has been shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize.
#keeppositive #keeppainting #keepdrawing
As the lockdown extends, the need for positivity and the support and inspiration we can offer one another a community of artists is more essential than ever. Through our Instagram and Facebook posts, we have been sharing exercises and tutor’s thoughts on how to maintain a painting/drawing practice in these uncertain times. It has been so heartening and motivating to see how people have responded to these posts and hear how they have approached self-isolation in their home studio. Here are a few examples to share with you.
“As I am supposed to sit inside for a while I take Nick’s [Bodimeade’s] advice and progress from my sketchbook which I use every day, and venture into some thing larger. I am overlooking the Sea which is for me the Cathedral of Nature, and remember what the French Painter CHARDIN said: use the colours for the feelings. All this keeps me busy. Maybe other lovely Artists I met at your workshops can use the time similarly. Al the best to all and we will survive this time and enjoy lots more classes together!” Edith Burtenshaw
“a W-I-P in the corner of my studio, together with my basket of yoga necessities as it is doubling as my yoga studio for the duration” Lis Hobden
Image: Jacky Bellamy's studio
“I organise my day around creativity, painting, sketching, stitching, making(hats), gardening. These activities are intersected by cleaning, sorting, gardening, cooking and dog walking. I am a little resentful of the later activities.” Jacky Bellamy
A few weeks ago, we shared a simple exercise on Instagram that tutor Simon Carter suggested - drawing the space around the kettle in the time it takes the kettle to boil. It was great to so many students - and tutors - take up the challenge and give this simple yet powerful exercise a go. Here are some of the results - many thanks to all who took part and for sharing your drawings with us.
We’ve also had some wonderful advice from the tutors at the studio. Here are Gary Goodman’s wise words about how to work in self isolation from the wonderful Gary Goodman:
Image: Gary Goodman
“It's easy to feel panicked and afraid but I've decided to take it one day at a time. There are some fantastic initiatives to encourage artists to keep creating, plus the Artist Support Pledge @artistsupportpledge set up by Matthew Burrows, which is also helping artists to get a little income because a lot of us make our money through teaching and running workshops which have now been shelved.
I doubt any of us live in a windowless cell, so I suggest you look out your windows - day or night - it's a wonderful world out there; spring blossom is out, flowers are blooming, more wild animals are coming round - we have foxes and hedgehogs in our garden. There was a blue tit in one of the bushes this morning and a huge bumble bee visited us in the kitchen today. There are butterflies, moths after dark.
I have a bit of a vivid imagination, so have been making paintings while looking out, and I suggest you all do the same - like a free cinema or TV set, it's all there (in front of you, and inside you).”
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