Responses to Painting Together with Earth Pigments!

We had great fun at our Bideford Black day with Pete Ward & Francesca Owen, last Wednesday. Here’s what some of our workshop participants had to say about working with earth pigments for the first time :


Gemma making her mark with earth pigments

A fantastic day was started by collecting earth pigments from Greencliff, whilst discovering how they were formed and the background behind the pigments. Back at the gallery, the messy part began as we mixed the earth pigments to create the paints, with the painting process starting before even putting paint onto canvas. The nature of earth pigments and mixing the paints ourselves meant how each pigment would work on the canvas was unpredictable, allowing us to be more free and spontaneous with our mark making. It was great to create artwork by working collaboratively alongside other artists as this was different to the way I usually work, which I would love to do again. It was very inspiring to see how everyone worked, as we all came from a variety of artistic backgrounds and also how our ideas combined together to create the final paintings. It was great to get an insight into the methods and materials Pete and Francesca used to create their exhibition. Thanks Pete and Francesca for a great day! – Gemma, Art Student,



The workshop opened new horizons for Clare in her background of art and work practice

It was an excellent day out with a great little group of artists. It started with a walk down to the coast where we learnt a lot about the history of the coastline and the Bideford Black from Pete and Francesca. After an exciting morning foraging for pigment we returned to the gallery to get messy making paints and producing two communal paintings. It was a completely inspiring and instructive day which opened new horizons for me in my background knowledge of art and my work practice. It was well organised with friendly, fun company and Francesca and Pete were there every step to help out and get everyone sharing ideas . The communal painting was a completely different way to work compared to my usual isolated studio existence and is something I would definitely get involved in again. – Clare, Illustrator,



Get messy at our last workshop day tomorrow, Saturday 25 July!


Our final painting together workshop with eARTh artists Pete Ward and Francesca Owen will take place tomorrow at White Moose from 11 am – 4 pm. All earth materials collected from local sites will be provided. Great opportunity to learn how to make your own organic paints and to loosen up your painting approach working alongside others!

Pete and Francesca will also be doing an In Conversation on Wednesday 29 July from 6:30 pm, where you will be able to learn more about their innovative painting process and the issues surrounding collaborative work.

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