Portrait news

Works in progress are coming along well (though the studio around 5pm is super-hot!) Heavenly spheres is nearly finished – just the background to work up (water soluble oil painting of wonderful local violinist). My next commission is being drawn in parallel, to maintain a fresh perception of both works – a celebratory double portrait, soon to be a watercolour fresco.

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Heavenly spheres – water soluble oils – work in progress
double pencil portrait
Double portrait – pencil, soon to be watercolour fresco – work commenced

New painting retreat at the manor…

This is a special opportunity to immerse yourself in gorgeous Combe Grove Manor Hotel near Bath. Paint your own masterpiece in lovely surroundings – suitable for beginners and experienced painters and perfect as a Christmas gift.

Gather images in the grounds and return to the Drawing Room to follow Catherine’s demonstrations and “gravity painting” techniques. Drop luscious paint and watch pigments cascade in a kaleidoscope of colours.

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Combe Grove Manor Hotel – painting retreats 

When: Friday 2 November 2018 (10.30 – 16.00): for painters
Friday 25 January 2019 and/or Saturday 26 January 2019
(10.30 – 16.00): Introduction to painting with watercolours

Where: Combe Grove Manor Hotel, Brassknocker Hill, Bath BA2 7HU    

Cost: £95 per day including hotel lunch, all materials – watercolour board, tube paints, brush loan. Coffee & tea.

Testimonies: “thank you for today, I found your methods very exciting.”   “I was so amazed by the freedom of using paints your way.” “most amazing art day ever” “incredibly friendly” 

Email/phone Catherine for a booking form: catherine@catherinebeale.com 

07891 409490

Watercolour without barriers

banner small - the calling by catherine beale, watercolours on wood
My website’s new banner image is a detail from my latest painting “The Calling”. It’s a take on the Virgin Mary frescoes of old. I’ve placed the sitter in a “Marian” blue carer’s uniform, fresh from work.
This is part of my ongoing experiments with new painting surfaces in an effort to bring the viewer closer to my paintings by doing away with the glass barrier.

Last spaces @ Stourhead painting retreat

Stourhead May 2018 workshop A5 posterThere are just two spaces remaining on Monday 21st May and Tuesday 22nd May and one on Wednesday 23rd May. (I am offering a discount of £140 for two days painting.)

Our painting sessions will be in the much-in-demand Studio at First-View Gallery, deep in the National Trust’s Stourhead Estate and right outside the entrance to Stourhead’s world-famous gardens. It is such a lovely venue and the wonderful atmosphere of the gardens should inspire some fantastic images.

Entrance to the gardens is included and we will follow the pathways around the lake, taking in the temples and structures inspired by the mythical Greek journey of Aeneas.
You will collect images of shadows, colours and reflections in your own sketch book or ipad/electronic tablet and return to the studio to commit our ideas to paper.
There you will have access to luscious tube paints, watercolour pastels, salt and cling-film for additional texture. Watercolour pens are available to create line and lino-cut printing can be introduced to add mixed-media buildings.

Please email for a booking form and payment details…

The National Trust writes: “Stourhead was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn. Stourhead is breathtaking in any season but on sunny spring and autumn days, the flowering spring shrubs and the flaming autumnal colours of the trees reflected in the magnificent lake are breathtaking.”