‘Paint Fit’ was a course that I invented in February 2021. The idea grew out of a realisation that many artists have the time, a studio space but sometimes lack the self belief, a routine and momentum to really push on with their work through the difficult stages. The support of like minded people helps, but having a Paint Fit ‘coach’ to get them going and not allow them to lose their focus and ambition seemed to be the missing ingrediant.

For an hour each morning, online, over 2 weeks I talked, motivated, demonstrated and gave them tools and processes to help them use the resources that they already had. I unpacked the process and stages of making a body of work. After the hour together we were warmed up and ready to spend the rest of the day in our studios working in a focused, positive way. We had made the commitment to be uncompromising and playful; open to the new possibilities of what might come up as we worked.

In February 2022 I taught Paint Fit again and worked with some wonderful artists who were very open and excited to be part of a group that shared and supported one another. This online exhibition shows how the course inspired them and has continued to feed their practise and help them make the paintings that they wanted to do. We still meet and encourage each other to be brave, bold and ambitious with our painting.

I will be teaching another 2 week Paint Fit course from October 31st – November 4th and November 7th – 11th 2022. Further details can be found here.

Emily Ball August 2022

Rikki Morgan Tamosunas

Paint Fit Online Exhibition: Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas


Much of my painting is about places which have a particular meaning for me. I have been gradually moving away from more literal representations to a more expressive, gestural response to the mood and feel of ‘being there’ at a particular moment.


The Paint Fit retreat was a really valuable, concentrated opportunity to reflect on this, and exchange thoughts, challenges and ideas in a very open and supportive way with other artists on their own creative journeys, at the same time as trying out some new approaches. Crucially, it helped me to develop a much sharper focus on the subject of the new work I have been working on since then around the constantly shifting interplay between land, water and light in the Cambridgeshire fenland. The paintings and sketches here are part of that journey of exploring and experimenting with colour, line and mark-making, as well as with the artmaking process itself.


This is still work in progress - drawing on some fascinating local history archive research as well as sketching, photographing and gathering ‘tools’ and materials out in the fens. The physical process of using and inscribing these materials into the work – soaking fen water into paper, mixing it into the paint and running and pooling it across surfaces, scratching and drawing with twigs, stones, stalks and reeds, incorporating collaged elements – seems to help me to understand and get closer to these mysterious and enigmatic places. Although their actual presence may be invisible, somehow embedding these ingredients within the fabric of the work gives it a stronger resonance for me.

Friday, 12 August 2022
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Emily Ball at Seawhite
Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom