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    Pebbles are among the most beautiful, mysterious and unpredictable objects in our world, unique little worlds in themselves, adorned with indecypherable heiroglyphics or punctured, scarred and textured by the elements or the burrowings of creatures.

    Pebble Dash is a simple way to pay homage to pebbles, starting with a handful of pastel fragments pressed into and scraped across a sheet of black paper, then formed into a shape by a pale surrounding and turned into 3D illusions by adding light. Thus a few seconds of random mark-making becomes the impersonation of an object you might want to hold in your palm.

      Here are some examples of pebbles created in this way by students at some of my classes and workshops

      Study of  real pebble
      Imaginary pebble

    Pebble ......................................................

    (for Tom Walker, inspired by his painting, Pebble)

    How did it happen

    the voice of Pebble -

    shuffled and stroked

    for millennia by sea

    and the grey hands of winds?

    An ordinary stone

    rewarded for its patience

    with the slow piercing of its throat -

    One of the chosen from

    millions of rolling stones -

    And under Tom's hands

    his coaching of Pebble -

    Pebble began to bloom

    Pebble began to sing

    rising to the X-factor -

    Of its cosmic beginnings

    Grace Nichols