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).
Wanting to improve or kick-start your painting skills in 2017? Let me help you with a broad choice of adult watercolour workshops this spring, including ever popular “Beautiful Bath Slopes” from a heritage building in Bath and painting the landscape at First View Gallery in Stourhead Gardens.
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and Email me for a booking form. Catherine
Bath Dreaming – giclee print available
Temple on the lake, Stourhead Gardens (detail) watercolour
Improve or kick-start your painting skills in 2017 with these watercolour workshops: “Beautiful Bath Slopes” Wednesday 5th April(10.30-3) – ever popular, this fantastic subject celebrates Bath’s stunning buildings whilst allowing you to escape into your imagination. Learn how to protect whites whilst embracing fully flowing watercolours to create hillsides studded with fairytale architecture. “Capturing water” Tuesday 16th May (10.30-3) – one of watercolour’s most successful subjects which can also be one of the most tricky to pull off. Control pigments to match the quality of water – from the mirrored surface of Bath’s canals to waves breaking over Cornish rocks.
Full schedule of workshops: spring-2017-pdf-a5-workshop-flier Email me for further details and a booking form.
It’s time once again to consider applying to the wealth of art competitions and open exhibitions accepting entries this winter holidays. Why not try the Society of Women Artists? We are a professional and friendly group of female artists creating a large body of work, some of which is on show at our annual exhibition in London’s Mall Galleries each year. This year’s exhibition runs 4-9 July 2017 and opens first thing in 2017. Good luck!
Waterfalls of watercolour: Spring Workshops Programme – a perfect gift this Christmas. Workshop gift vouchers available, please email. spring-2017-a5-workshop-flier.
Combine powerful watercolour techniques with art-filled conversation in a perfect venue on the edge of the heritage city of Bath. Mix wet-in-wet waterfalls of colour directly onto board to loosen up and brighten your paintings. The landscape courses are an ideal way to kick start your painting and suitable for beginners or more experienced painters. The portrait day is more technical and will help more experienced painters explore tone and control more complex areas of watercolour.