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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with flaps
  • Publication: 31 May 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218937
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Innovative Artist

The Innovative Artist: Capturing Light


Creating radiant landscapes in watercolour by Catherine Beale

Book Description

Capturing Light is a must for artists who wish to investigate the golden qualities of light with the emphasis on creating dramatic, imaginative landscapes. Loving the fluidity of watercolours, Catherine has developed a painting technique by experimenting with, and exploring, modern watercolour pigments and the boundaries of the medium. The method uses lots of water and rich tube paint which creates a natural way of working, keeping colours luminous and mobile without any ‘muddying’. The book starts with an explanation of the technique, the materials and colours used and the importance of capturing the essence of a landscape. There are numerous progressively challenging small exercises, demonstrations and inspirational finished pictures illustrating the alluring effects of reflections, mists and shadows and showing the dramatic effects of different skies. Developments of ideas for landscapes are introduced as the book progresses, plus projects exploring how to build up light-filled effects. This is a practical guide to an essential subject, written by a contemporary artist who offers new ways of interpreting light in all its different moods. Catherine’s method helps free up painting styles, promote brave colour use and produce pictures full of life and dramatic light.

Table of Contents

My inspiration12
Materials & tools28
Light & shade50
More advanced techniques94

Aerial Perspective112
Clouds, Storms & Rain128
Blinding Sun & Hard Shadows134
Dappled Woodland Light140
Sparkling Light on the Sea146
Bleached by High Summer Sun152
Artificial Light164


About the Author

About Catherine Beale

Catherine Beale is known for her light-filled watercolours, the luminosity in which is influenced
by past years spent in Asia where light and colour pervaded every facet of her local daily life.
During time spent there her clients included the British High Commission, the British Club
and US Embassy in Singapore, organizations including Caltex, BNP and Reuters, and the
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Malaysia. Her work was also gifted to the British royal
family, Singapore’s President, and was sold at airports, hotels and expatriate exhibitions.
Catherine now works from her studio in Bath painting commissions for private collectors
including galleries, art shop owners and schools. Her pictures can be found in Bath’s
Imagianation Gallery, Stourhead’s First View Gallery, the Bath Art Fair and during the Wylye
Valley and Bath’s Open Studios. She exhibits annually with the Society of Women Artists at
the Mall Galleries, and has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal
Institute of Painters. Catherine has contributed to The Artist Magazine (UK), and runs workshops for art groups, the SAA, in community art projects and on holiday retreats.

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