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Gesture and expression: mark-making in abstract watercolour landscape


  • Darley House Matlock DE4 3BP (map)
The River Derwent, 10 minutes walk away, will be useful as a prompt to gestural drawing and painting.

The River Derwent, 10 minutes walk away, will be useful as a prompt to gestural drawing and painting.

Explore how to let rip in watercolour by gaining control of the medium with Ella’s unique insights into handling watercolour, and finding your own mark-making rhythm in gestural work. You’ll  explore various processes of working from Dales landscapes, the gardens, and the nearby River Derwent, and translating drawings into energetic planes of transparent watercolour on various different paper formats and scales. We’ll consider examples by artists Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon, Joan Mitchell and Alf Löhr.

Treat yourself to an immersive painting retreat, based in a luxurious and recently restored private Georgian house. Stay on-site, in one of the beautifully appointed rooms, enjoying exquisite food by Master Chef Charlie Ratcliffe. Or there are several places for non-resident painters.

Development of paintings back in the studio.

Development of paintings back in the studio.

Full brochure and online booking will be available soon. For now, click to browse images of previous Derbyshire art retreats here:

See more about the venue here: http://darleyhouse.com