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.
Zoom: 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!
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 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
Bath Watercolour Workshop Watercolour Seascapes on Wednesday 9 February is now full but I have several other workshops booking this spring (below) and lovely new subjects in the pipeline. Email to join the workshop mailing list to be kept “in the picture” – I look forward to painting together. Catherine
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.
My January beginners workshop (Bath Canal) is now full and a new date has been added to the schedule:
Saturday 23 April 2022Beginners’ retreat – local landscape (10 – 3:30) In this packed day we will be experimenting with watercolours before completing a beautiful motif of a hilltop near Bath in saturated colour.
I’m excited to have sourced a sleek, black frame for my limited edition prints. I think it provides a nice contrast to the watercolour detail. Signed, giclee prints are £70 or £90 framed plus £8 UK postage. Last orders for Christmas post is Wednesday 15 December. Delivery/collection available in Bath area until 24 December.
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.