Sparkling Light on the Sea in Watercolour with Catherine Beale
Learn to manipulate wet-in-wet watercolour to create a beautiful seascape brimming with light and atmosphere. Explore themes in Catherine’s new book ‘Capturing light’ and watch her demonstrate techniques from her ‘painting lifecycle’. Experiment with mixing fluid paint on the page, use tubed pigment to deepen tone for dramatic effect and try lifting-off paint for further subtle light effects. The day will be full of demonstrations designed to show the full range of techniques Catherine employs in her work.
During the morning you will look at how to adapt source photos and colour schemes to suit the subject and paintings mood. You will develop a plan to ‘lock’ light in, and practice wet-in-wet techniques to ‘lay down’ atmospheric paint layers to resemble sea and sky.
After lunch, students will look at brush handling techniques to deepen shaded areas for increased tonal variation, and unify through upper paint layers. You will increase sharp detail and strong boundaries and add subtle ‘lifted off’ marks that glow and develop detail. At the end, we will review composition and consider unifying layers and cropping.
Catherine has painted professionally for nearly thirty years and has specialised in watercolours for the last fifteen. She is an award-winning member of the Society of Women Artists and frequently demonstrates in London’s Mall Galleries. Her new watercolour landscape book ‘Capturing Light’ is published by Search Press and reached the top ten in Amazon’s bestseller list. It explores her particular range of watercolour techniques as part of their ‘Innovative Artist Series’ which will be explored in a range of articles in 2024 in The Artist Magazine. Catherine enjoys painting watercolour portraits and landscapes to commission and exploring the landscape for exhibition and teaching trips.
Source photo(s) of a seascape that includes significant sparkling surface shine and/or translucent waves. Bring your own camera phone or iPad to borrow images from Catherine if required (It is often easier to paint enthusiastically from a scene that you know.)
- A3 sized watercolour paper
- MDF/wood board and a rest (eg tin/case/ramekin etc)
- 2B pencil and eraser
- Watercolour brushes to include a flat one inch watercolour brush plus a smaller, stubbier flat brush; a fine brush or “rigger”
- removable masking fluid and brush/applicator
- water jar
- Kitchen roll
- Generous sized Palette with large wells
- Tubed watercolour paint to include these suggested colours: Ultramarine Blue; Indigo: Raw Sienna; Burnt Umber; Turquoise; Violet/mauve; Transparent yellow.
Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required
- Drawing boards
- Water jars
All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.
Catherine’s new watercolour landscape book ‘Capturing Light’ is published by Search Press and reached the top ten in Amazon’s bestseller list. It explores her particular range of watercolour techniques as part of their ‘Innovative Artist Series’ which will be explored in a range of articles in 2024 in The Artist Magazine.Find Out More
Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.
On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.
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