My recent pencil portrait commission. It was made to match another, created in 1958 by the artist Delmar Harmood Banner 1896-1983. Interestingly, in 1938 he painted an oil portrait of the elderly Beatrix Potter, now in the National Portrait Gallery – exciting!
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
Bath Society of Artists big and beautiful exhibition is on now until 12 May. Two of my watercolour portraits hang at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery with the eclectic mix of colourful 3D and 2D work. Follow the link for more details: