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.

Last spaces @ Stourhead painting retreat

Stourhead May 2018 workshop A5 posterThere are just two spaces remaining on Monday 21st May and Tuesday 22nd May and one on Wednesday 23rd May. (I am offering a discount of £140 for two days painting.)

Our painting sessions will be in the much-in-demand Studio at First-View Gallery, deep in the National Trust’s Stourhead Estate and right outside the entrance to Stourhead’s world-famous gardens. It is such a lovely venue and the wonderful atmosphere of the gardens should inspire some fantastic images.

Entrance to the gardens is included and we will follow the pathways around the lake, taking in the temples and structures inspired by the mythical Greek journey of Aeneas.
You will collect images of shadows, colours and reflections in your own sketch book or ipad/electronic tablet and return to the studio to commit our ideas to paper.
There you will have access to luscious tube paints, watercolour pastels, salt and cling-film for additional texture. Watercolour pens are available to create line and lino-cut printing can be introduced to add mixed-media buildings.

Please email for a booking form and payment details…

The National Trust writes: “Stourhead was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn. Stourhead is breathtaking in any season but on sunny spring and autumn days, the flowering spring shrubs and the flaming autumnal colours of the trees reflected in the magnificent lake are breathtaking.”


Blogs recommence!

I am reinstating my website blogs after a bit of a gap. Here you can find out about latest workshop and exhibition news etc. You can also follow me on Twitter @catherinebeale_ , Facebook @BathPortraitArtist and Instagram catherinebealepainter.

Contemporary watercolour workshop 5th April

Bath Hillside

Have fun experiencing the joy of contemporary watercolour in a small group. Expert tuition, all materials plus lunch are provided, so you can develop your painting skills with the beautiful landscapes of Bath to inspire your imagination.
Venue: Ralph Allen Cornerstone, Combe Down, Bath
Wednesday 5th April 2017 10.30-3
Cost: £80

Cascading landscapes

What excites me as a painter is the gorgeous behaviour of flowing watercolour pigments. By experimenting freely with rich, running paint, I have developed a technique I call “gravity painting”. This cascading method of applying paint directly to the paper without prior mixing, preserves the paths of mingling pigments in your painting. It’s a sure way to create subtle passages on paper as paint flows and reacts within generous amounts of  water.

To free up your own watercolour painting style, why not try thoroughly wetting your support and then dropping in tube paints (diluted to a thick, single-cream consistency). Using deep colours, insures against watercolours paling during the drying process. It also allows you to thoroughly focus on the behaviour of the paint on the paper, rather than concentrating energies on mixing within the palette.

I share my painting techniques with art groups and hold Watercolour Workshops in Bath: Trees & Landscapes (Thursday 9th March 10.30-3) and Beautiful Bath Slopes (Wednesday 5th April 10.30-3) Stourhead Landscape Gardens (Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May).

Bath dreaming web
Bath Dreaming, watercolour

chose to improve in 2017?

Wanting to improve or kick-start your painting skills in 2017? Let me help you with a broad choice of adult watercolour workshops this spring, including ever popular “Beautiful Bath Slopes” from a heritage building in Bath and painting the landscape at First View Gallery in Stourhead Gardens.
Click here for all the dates: spring-2017-a5-workshop-flier
and Email me for a booking form.