New workshops schedule out now

Dear fellow painters,I am excited to attach the new schedule of Bath Watercolour Workshops at the Museum of Bath Stone in Combe Down.
I have created some brand new subjects for past attendees, including

  • a romantic new line and wash subject
  • a look at becoming more abstract with garden subjects
  • a special, in-depth portraits offering.
    And I am also reprising the ever-popular subject of misty, atmospheric landscapes for beginners to enjoy.

The last Zoom class for a while is next Wednesday 20 April.
We will be looking at richly blue, dusky skies – brilliant for those who want to try pouring paint! We’ll be taking a break from Zoom over the summer.

It has been over twenty-five years now since I started painting full time and five years since I decided to devote my time to painting in watercolour in particular. I have loved delving deeper into the medium through experimentation and I am having a blast sharing my findings with other enthusiastic painters. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

New portraits

Two new portraits

Two new watercolour head and shoulder portraits for the New year.
I love to get in close to my subjects so that there is plenty of room between their features for the watercolours to mingle, flow and “sing”. I often get them to pose in strong, one-directional light to emphasise the shadows and create a more three dimensional effect.

Spring has sprung!

Spring appears to be on the way, with the first crocuses open in the garden (though maybe it’s a little early here in England as Storm Eunice prepares to hit us!)

Looking ahead, I have a couple of brand new workshops planned for May and June. A vibrant cafe scene to help us practice loose figures. And a chance to expand out of representational subjects towards the semi-abstract with some gorgeous garden borders.
Click here to book online

New subjects to explore with Catherine!

Spaces remain for a dramatic seascapes session

There are a couple of spaces remaining on next week’s watercolour seascapes workshop on Wednesday 9 February (10-3:30) at Museum of Bath Stone (BA2 5HZ).

Take a trip to the seaside, using this dynamic beach scene to try reserving white paper for wave crests, manipulating sea-green hues to suggest movement and adding texture to rocks to culminate in a dramatic marine painting.

£80 includes all materials, coffee and lunch.
Bookings are being taken here:

Off the cuff demo from the imagination

Today I enjoyed showing visitors to Cam Valley Arts Trail a small sample of how I go about constructing an image from wet-in-wet watercolours and my imagination.
The hardest thing was choosing the colour scheme as I went along. You may have noticed that I have a mount offered up to the painting. This is a useful tip to help me identify the final shape of the painting around the focal point and it also helped me pare back the colours.