Preview Evening: Thursday 15th September 6-8.30pm with live music from Las Tordas. At 44AD, 4 Abbey St. Bath BA1 1NN (http://www.44ad.net/). Exhibition continues Thursday 15th-Saturday 17th (12-6pm) and Sunday 18th (1-4pm) September. Workshops 13 & 14 September during exhibition week Email me for details/bookings or an invitation to the Preview evening.
“Body of Water” is a collection of my newest works. The first exhibition space contains my flowing watercolours, inspired by the vertical landscapes of Bath’s reflecting waterways and cascading terraces. The second contains recent oil portraits, including my studies of the students of Bath Dance College.
I mix pure pigment upon a wetted canvas, promoting the natural running and mixing of paint. I use minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst which granulate and channel like rivers across the painted surface. I have also begun to grind and paint my own ochre pigment from Bath’s own Oolitic limestone. These new experiments at local paint production will be on display.
I am giving two workshops at 44AD where participants are invited to share my painting methods. The painting subject matter will be based around the exhibition themes and participants will draw on these for inspiration. My techniques are also shared in my articles for The Artist Magazine.
I use my “gravity painting” methods in my portraits too. I have painted portraits internationally for twenty years. They contain intricately varied tones to represent the play of light over faces. My work has sold at regional and national exhibitions including with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour. I am an Associate of the Society of Women Artists.
I have had four works accepted into the Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition where I am an Associate member. Held at Mall Galleries, London SW1, the exhibition commences with a Private View on Wednesday 27 July 2016 when HRH Princess Michael of Kent will be presenting the Awards and Daphne Todd OBE PPRP – an Honorary SWA and renowned portraitist – will be opening the show.
EXHIBITION DATES Open to the Public Thursday 28 July – Sunday 7 August 10am – 5pm daily (closing 3pm final day) Special Charity Evening Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30pm Guest of Honour Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Diversity is our strength and in 2016 our exhibitors have provided an eclectic range of works including bronze sculpture, pastels and oil paintings. President of the SWA Sue Jelley writes “we are a modern tradition and are proud to celebrate the work of female artists past and present. Our aims to encourage and nurture tomorrow’s artists is of paramount importance to us and … we are now probably more popular as a society than we have ever been”
These stand-alone, day courses explore my approach to watercolours which I have called “gravity painting”. Try them out and take away what you find useful! The landscape courses are an ideal way to kick start your painting and suitable for beginners or more experienced painters. The portrait days are more technical and help you explore more deeply your control of watercolours.
Adult and children’s Watercolour Workshops: Saturday 14th May: Imaginary Underwater Worlds for children (families welcome):
1 1/2 hour sessions at Widcombe Junior School starting at 11am and 1pm – have fun with watercolours. Step-by-step, create a busy scene beneath the waves using thick, running paint to add corals, fish, seahorses and star fish.
£15 per session. Tuition and all materials provided. Email me for enquiries & to book.
Sunday 15th May: Imaginary Bath Landscapes for adults:
1 1/2 hour sessions at Widcombe Social Club starting at 11am and 1pm – 1 1/2 hour sessions starting at 11am and 1pm – using Bath’s gorgeous slopes as a starting point for your imagination, try my methods of “gravity painting” – lots of thick paint mixed by running it down a sloping board with startling results.
£20 per session. Tuition and all materials provided. Email me for enquiries & to book.
I have a new exhibition of my recent landscapes of Bath and watercolour portraits hanging in the south Corridor of Bath’s Royal United Hospital until July 2016, part of the hospital’s “Art at the Heart” Programme of events.
“Art at the Heart supports the RUH Bath with an award winning art and design programme that stimulates healing and well-being and creates an uplifting environment for patients, visitors and staff.” Find out more at http://artatruh.org/whats-on/
NOW BOOKING: Watercolours with Catherine Beale: Spring 2016
Set aside time to paint with like-minded participants in 2016! Learn to mix colours on your painting using watercolour board. Create brave washes using flat brushes and pool rich pigments wet-in-wet.
Spring 2016 Landscape workshop dates: Tuesday 26th January 10.30am – 3pm: winter trees; Tuesday 22nd March 10.30am – 3pm: views with clouds & weather Tuesday 24th May 10.30am – 3pm: Bath slopes I will have photos of each subject for inspiration but feel free to bring your own images. This day is suitable for beginners as well as painters with experience.
Spring 2016 Head & shoulder portraitsworkshop dates: Wednesday 27th January 10.30 – 3pm
Wednesday 23rd March 10.30 – 3pm
Wednesday 25th May 2016 10.30am – 3pm Deepen your understanding of building complex form,combining “wet-in-wet” techniques and the subtleties of “lifting-off”. Use an enlarged A4 photo to inspire you or pick from one of my subjects. Suitable for painters with a little experience.
COST: £80 per day. Watercolour board, brushes and artists’ tube paints are all provided. Includes a lovely lunch and tea/coffee “on tap”. Just bring yourself.
More about the venue:
Ralph Allen Cornerstone, 54a Combe Road, Combe Down, Bath BA2 5HZ This lovely, well lit space is housed in an unusual, restored building – Combe Down’s new heritage and information centre. The village is located on the southern edge of Bath, not far from National Trust’s Prior Park gardens. There’s free on-street parking & the no. 1 bus stops 20 metres away.http://www.ralphallencornerstone.org.uk/
“thank you for today, I found your methods very exciting. I was so amazed by the freedom possibilities of using the paints your way…”
“Just wanted to say thanks for a very helpful course…I really enjoyed it. It was so helpful to be taken through all the steps in creating a watercolour portrait. I keep remembering tips – there was a lot of good information.”
“just a brief note to say how much I valued the portrait course…I particularly appreciated the idea of the two flat brushes…Colours used were interesting too – combined with an excellent lunch…a profitable day as I progress with portraits.”