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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with flaps
  • Publication: 31 May 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218937
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £17.99
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The Innovative Artist: Capturing Light


Creating radiant landscapes in watercolour by Catherine Beale (Author)

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Book Description

Capturing Light is a must for artists who wish to investigate the subtle qualities of light with an 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 on a sloping board which Catherine calls gravity painting, 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 nine projects exploring how to build up light-filled effects. Catherine’s method will free up your painting style, embolden your colour choices and show you how to create vibrant pictures full of dramatic light.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
My inspiration 12
Materials & tools 28
Colour 40
Light & shade 50
Techniques 62
More advanced techniques 94

Projects 110
Aerial Perspective 112, Mists 120, Clouds, Storms & Rain 128, Bleached by High Summer Sun 134, Blinding Sun & Hard Shadows 140, Dappled Woodland Light 146, Sparkling Light on the Sea 152, Sunset 158, Artificial Light 164

Index 176

About the Author

About Catherine Beale

Catherine Beale is known for her light-filled watercolours, the luminosity of which is influenced by 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 BNP Paribas and Reuters, and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Malaysia. Her work was also gifted to the British Royal Family and Singapore's President.

Catherine now works from her studio in Bath, UK painting commissions for private collectors including galleries, art shop owners and schools. Her pictures can be found in Bath’s Flamingo Gallery, Stourhead's First View Gallery and White Chalk in Devizes. She is often in the Bath Society of Artists Annual Exhibition 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 and the Royal West of England Academy Bristol. See her website at catherinebeale.com


Customer Review

The Innovative Artist: Capturing Light by Catherine Beale is a great comprehensive book. It covers everything you will need to know about capturing light in your paintings. The book is set in chapters which then cover the different stages of each section whether it be observation and imagination, times of day, inspiration, camera and developing ones style.

The first chapter is about how Catherine gets her inspiration, then onto materials and tools then colour, and different ways of creating texture. After that she shares techniques and more advanced techniques. It then goes onto projects for you to try. Catherine paints in a mostly wet in wet style which is lovely. This book really does cover everything you will need to know about creating radiant landscapes in watercolour. Well worth getting for either beginners or more advanced artists. A book that you will be able to refer back to time and time again and learn something new each time.

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