atmospherics: solo exhibition 11-14 October

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I hold a Solo Exhibition once every two years. This year it is open 11-14 October 2018 10-6 at 44AD Artspace, Bath with a Private View on Thursday 11 October 6-8pm. Please email if you would like to come.
I am holding a Bath Watercolour Workshop amongst the exhibition paintings:
Bath Cityscapes on Wednesday 10 October 10:30-3pm.
More workshops information: Autumn Watercolour Workshops Published

Press release:  atmospherics – luminous new works by Catherine Beale ASWA
Award-winning Bath-based painter Catherine Beale’s solo exhibition bursts with colour and luminosity. It is a celebration of the power of modern paints and a year of dramatic weather over our City – from towering shadows of thunder storms to the long, hot summer and holiday jets tracking vapour trails across clear skies.

Also featuring are her latest portraits fresh from the Society of Women Artists exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries where she is an Associate member. Catherine is grateful to kind clients who have loaned back a few of her commissioned portraits of loved ones just for the show.

Catherine says “ I really want to convey the excitement of “fast and loose” watercolours. New paints are like ink in their intensity and can be applied onto all sorts of surfaces. By dropping running paints into water, I mingle then together naturally, with surprising results. I now use intense paints from the US which contain minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst. They channel like rivers across the surface.”

Combe Down Art Trail Weekend

2018 artists venue 10 emailI am collaborating with three creative friends at Venue 10 of this year’s Combe Down Art Trail on the southern edge of Bath. We will be taking over the King William IV pub with our latest works. Last year was the first art trail and it was fantastic – this year it’s got bigger!

Portrait news

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.

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Heavenly spheres – water soluble oils – work in progress

double pencil portrait
Double portrait – pencil, soon to be watercolour fresco – work commenced

New painting retreat at the manor…

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.

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Combe Grove Manor Hotel – painting retreats

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: 

07891 409490

Watercolour without barriers

banner small - the calling by catherine beale, watercolours on wood
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.