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.

Blogs recommence!

I am reinstating my website blogs after a bit of a gap. Here you can find out about latest workshop and exhibition news etc. You can also follow me on Twitter @catherinebeale_ , Facebook @BathPortraitArtist and Instagram catherinebealepainter.

Cascading landscapes

What excites me as a painter is the gorgeous behaviour of flowing watercolour pigments. By experimenting freely with rich, running paint, I have developed a technique I call “gravity painting”. This cascading method of applying paint directly to the paper without prior mixing, preserves the paths of mingling pigments in your painting. It’s a sure way to create subtle passages on paper as paint flows and reacts within generous amounts of  water.

To free up your own watercolour painting style, why not try thoroughly wetting your support and then dropping in tube paints (diluted to a thick, single-cream consistency). Using deep colours, insures against watercolours paling during the drying process. It also allows you to thoroughly focus on the behaviour of the paint on the paper, rather than concentrating energies on mixing within the palette.

I share my painting techniques with art groups and hold Watercolour Workshops in Bath: Trees & Landscapes (Thursday 9th March 10.30-3) and Beautiful Bath Slopes (Wednesday 5th April 10.30-3) Stourhead Landscape Gardens (Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May).

Bath dreaming web
Bath Dreaming, watercolour