Higham Hall Workshop: Capturing Skye #1

The art studio at Higham Hall is off the courtyard at the back, a bright, quirky space that’s got an area for group work and lots of nooks for individual working.

Higham Hall courtyard

Higham Hall view from studio into courtyard

Higham Hall Art Studio May 2017

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall May 2017

The first full day of my “Capturing Skye” workshop started with an activity designed to put the focus on colour and shape, as building blocks for a layered painting. As always, it’s fascinating and inspiring to see what 10 people do from the same set of instructions, how our individual inclinations, preferences, hesitations influence us. And how it changes and develops when repeating the activity once you know what the elements of it are, rather than following an instruction without knowing where it’s leading. Great work, and inspiring pushing with the concept to develop it individually.

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

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Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

In the afternoon we explored ink and stick (aka “st-ink”) using a bamboo pen/brush that is cut to a nib on one end and has a brush at the other (buy here: affiliate link). I find black ink dramatic to work with, easily overdone and all too easy to drop a bit where you don’t want it. But it can be oh so beautiful and expressive. Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

My new long-handle big brush was also inaugurated, used to add drama to a sky in a few big sweeps across the top of a painting.

Expressive Skye at Higham Hall Day 1

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2 Replies to “Higham Hall Workshop: Capturing Skye #1”

  1. Thank you for the pictures. It looks like a great place. Because of a stroke some years ago I don’t get to go to workshops and painting lessons anymore. I still get my art fix on line however so I really appreciate your posts.

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