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with Richard Heys

Cost £160

Join me for the weekend and step into the immersive, colourful world of the studio – painting in the beautiful surrounds of Emerson College. In this process-led workshop I will demonstrate and share techniques and approaches to the dynamics of painting. We’ll explore Presence in abstract painting, deepening colour space and exploring structure. We’ll build compositions, experience differing colour moods and relationships by focusing on wholeness. Each morning we shall take a little time for to explore and experience nature, just to cleanse and reset our perceptions before uncorking the colours.
“Perception of the inner substance of things can only be acquired through practise.”

-Joseph Beuys

We’re all seeking wholeness in life and this can be experienced in contemplating nature. Our inner impressions can renew and transform our artistic endeavours, just as they renew and replenish ourselves.

Goethe found that the eye delights in polarities; warm and cool colours, light and darkness. In the act of looking the eye actively creates inner colours in response to the outer, so seeking a wholeness to balance each moment.

The artist Paul Klee wrote in his Manifesto for the Art of the Inner Eye (1924)

“chosen are those artists who penetrate to the region of that secret place where primeval power nurtures all evolution … who is the artist who would not dwell there? In the womb of nature at the source of creation where the secret key to all lies guarded.”

We will use the sensitive immediacy and versatility of acrylics to explore these dynamics and exciting colour conversations.

Further Information

05 August 2023
to 06 Aug 2023


Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX United Kingdom