Sunlight through Trees in Watercolour with Catherine Beale
Catherine will spend a day exploring themes from her new book ‘Capturing light’, using the beautiful watercolour subject of sunlight filtering through woodland. Watch her stepped demonstrations and learn to build expressive tree shapes from your source photo. Follow her ‘painting cycle’ from fluid, wet-in-wet mixing on the page to sharp detail and lifting-off paint until your own subtle landscape emerges from the page. The day will be full of demonstrations designed to show the full range of techniques Catherine employs in her work.
During the morning, we will adapt source photos and colour schemes to suit the desired subject and express atmosphere. We will develop a plan to ‘lock’ light in by saving white paper. We will practice wet-in-wet techniques, building up successive tree forms in controlled tones to create a wood.
After lunch, students will deepen shaded areas using thick tubed paint, and unify other areas through unifying layers. We will look to add subtle ‘lifted off’ marks that glow, and develop detail.
At the end, we will review composition and consider unifying layers and cropping, alongside other trouble shooting techniques.
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 moody, weather -filled skies over a low landscape horizon to include any/all of the following: cumuli nimbus storm clouds, sunbeams, rain storms, rain bows. 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
- 2B pencil and eraser
- Brushes to include a flat one inch watercolour brush plus a smaller, stubbier flat brush, and a fine brush or “rigger”
- Water jar
- Kitchen roll
- Generous sized palette with large wells
- Tubed watercolour paint. Suggested colours: Ultramarine Blue; Indigo: Sap Green; Raw Sienna; Burnt Umber; Turquoise; Violet/mauve; Alizarin crimson; Transparent yellow; Daniel Smith’s Moonglow (this colour will be available to use at the studio)
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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