Water, ink and grit.

My annual trip to Ullapool and Bridge House Art postponed from last year went ahead this summer  – a fascinating course lead by Debbie Loane of Lund Studios.

Good company and chat infused the week – a much appreciated slice of social, face to face life restored.

Outdoor work was at the river and later at Rhue.

Over two days the Ullapool River was transformed by typical west coast deluge, from a boulder strewn river bed to  raging torrent, filling the garden at BHA with a deafening roar.

Back in the studio Debbie demonstrated how she uses a mixture of media to build layers of texture. She incorporates materials gathered  from the land into her work along with textured media, and encourages her students to create mark making tools with found objects.

Keeping space, closer values and slowing down the whole process of creating new surfaces was my focus for the week.