‘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

Debbie Glencross

I am interested in abstracting the landscape and distilling the sense of a place or experience - so
that anyone who knows the place, can recognise it in the work, but without illustration. I see
abstracted landscape as a convergence of the horizontal elevation with aerial perspective,
combined with the layers beneath the surface; the stratification and manipulation of the land
below the surface that reflects the history of a place, geological or manufactured. I live in an old
gold mining city – Johannesburg – a modern capital built over hollowed out and hidden, miles of
mining tunnels. Jo’burg has more than a century of gold mining history. Accreted, enormous
mounds of limey and pale compacted silt, the tailings, scar the landscape – providing evidence
the hollowing out of the earth below the city in search of the precious metal and wealth. These
so-called ‘mine dumps’ mostly surround older and industrial parts of the city and surrounds. They
are golden in colour but deceiving; toxic piles of caked, parched and compacted acid waste earth
which punctuate the surrounding parched ‘veld’, the dry and dusty grasslands of muted sage
greens and dry beige interspersed with outcrops of rust and dark granite rock. The desecrated
landscape is contrasted against big sky, pale and plumbago-blue often though, ashen and grey
from pollution. In the summer months, the sky can become darkened and brooding, as
impending thunderstorms bring relief to the dusty dryness and temporarily wash away the dust.
The mine dumps are slowly disappearing from the Jo’burg landscape. These sedimented
embankments of silt are gradually being recycled and refined to extract the last of the remaining
gold. There is also illegal mining activity at play in deserted dumps and shafts.
In as few as ten years from now, the dumps may no longer exist. My latest body of work, my
painting, is my way of documenting my experience in living in the city but also my memory of
Jo’burg, my sense of the place I have lived in for the past 60 years.
Debbie Glencross

Saturday, 13 August 2022
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Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom