Sue Preston ‘Marks and Surface’ course review

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Artist, Sue Preston, ran a fascinating course at Rabley last week delving through primed surfaces to reveal, explore, remove and exhaust layers with various means of mark making and drawing.

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To begin the course Sue took her students up to the agricultural farm buildings to gather resources and inspiration. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t exactly ideal for drawing outside, so everyone gathered quick sketches, photographs and found objects back to bring back to the studio to work from.

Working on gesso primed paper Sue firstly took everyone through various means of applying monochromatic, dry material such as charcoal and graphite.

By building up layers, scraping and rubbing back into the surface it opens up huge potential for drawing and mark making. The studio was quiet with concentration as everyone was totally engrossed in experimenting and feeling their way through the layers.

By Days 2 & 3 Sue had introduced colour and wet media, extended time was spent on developing select drawings. Sue encouraged all to experiment and persevere, to work things through to exhaustion.

Over the three days everyone built up an armoury of various techniques to push tone and create great movement and depth in surface. What was expressed visually through the work produced occupied this hinterland between drawing and painting.

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The group worked really well together to engage, support and absorb from one another. We look forward to seeing how your work develops and hopefully see you at Rabley again soon. As Sue said ‘Workshops generate ways of working’, now all your have to do is ‘Stay on the bus!’

IMG_3996Sue’s exhibition Panel Paintings is currently on show at the Rabley Contemporary Gallery, this was extremely useful for everyone on the course to begin to understand Sue’s approach, and she was able to give valuable insight into her methods, influences and points of reference.

See some of Sue’s Panel Paintings and her new print in her exhibition on our website:

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SUSAN PRESTON

Rose Splash /25

Intaglio

25.7 x 19.2 cms

Edition of 25
Printed on Somerset Satin white 300gsm

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/drawingsandprints/artist/gallery/300/susan-preston/panel-paintings

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Contact Meryl or Amy-Jane if you would like information about future courses:

info@rableydrawingcentre.com / 01672 511999

www.rableydrawingcentre.com

 

One thought on “Sue Preston ‘Marks and Surface’ course review

  1. Sue’s course was a joy to participate in. There was freedom within the course to develop one’s path towards one’s own marks and surfaces whilst benefiting from Sue’s advice and guidance. All course members remarked on the variety of styles developed within the outlines of the course. All members enjoyed Sue’s tuition, humour and erudition and I who can speak only for myself had a feeling of completeness yet wanting more. JH.

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