‘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

Annabel Eley

A series of studies on paper made during and after Emily Ball’s February 2022 Paint Fit course, along with some small paintings on board.

Whilst I love wild places and rolling landscape, I also find that industrial locations can offer interesting juxtapositions of shape, and unexpectedly beautiful colour combinations and texture.

Docks and harbours have a particular draw for me. I have a sketchbook containing drawings I made a few years ago of Falmouth Docks, it is an area that I am familiar with, having visited all my life, mainly looking from a small boat at the outside, and so I leaped at the opportunity to draw it from the inside. The subject still excites me, the strong verticals in the structure of the wharves, the railings, sheds, and strange grace of the cranes. Pops of incongruous colour provided by containers, forklifts, ropes, buoys, chains, and other marine ephemera. The looming presence of enormous ships, especially when viewed close-up from a small sailing boat through the eyes of a child, I am in awe of their vastness and weight, and yet somehow they float.

Whilst the first small series of paintings made from the dockyard sketches were semi-representational, there is so much for me still to explore in this subject.

In these studies, I am experimenting with marks and colour, trying to evoke the experience of being there, not just the visual sense, but the sounds, smells and touch, oil, rust, and salt in the breeze, and the thrill it ignites within me.

The small paintings on board evolved from the studies, perhaps they point the way forward to the next set of paintings.



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