Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hummingbird :: the return of the Watercolor Rebel

                         Hummingbird ~ Watercolor on paper 16"x12"
*click on image to see it larger*

I'm still in the throes of a full-flight love affair with my watercolor paints... And it has also started to dawn on me that I might just be a little bit of a Watercolor Renegade!  A rebel.   
This painting above is the proof.

Let me explain...When it comes to all the rules surrounding what is deemed the standard practice with watercolor, I happily find my way of painting is very non-traditional and non-conformist!

This was brought into sharp focus in the library yesterday while looking through some books on the subject. To a lot of people, clearly watercolor painting is seen (and used) in a rather conservative way, resulting in delicate washed-out landscapes, often a little flat, maybe even.... stuffy? dull? Can be so bold as to suggest such a thing?   
Anyway, that's what I've seen so far... there are of course exceptions to every rule...and I intend to be one of them! 

Viva de l'aquarelle Revolucion!

Catherine Athena xo

• • •My journey through the senses• • •
taste:: A hearty vegetable soup ; pumpkin, parsnip, pearl barley, potatoes, carrots, cubed green beans, onion, garlic, coriander, marjoram & stock. Perfect on a chilly Spring day
smell:: The rich damp fragrance of Earth as the Hedgerows begin to explode into new foliage.
touch:: Seedpods and Leaves; inspiration everywhere when I walk in nature!
see:: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett - I love this film, it seems to be able to tap me right into the premise of living in the present moment, and the bitter sweetness that nothing ever lasts forever.
hear:: Destiny's Child ~ 'Survivor' - a wonderful punchy soundtrack in the background of my life, as I get my paint on, reminding me to keep my eye on the goal ahead.
think:: I'm really looking forward to my one day off a week tomorrow (from my day job)
feel:: So delighted with my new painting (Hummingbird) above - pleasantly unexpected results (that exceed expectations) from moments of wild abandon and play!
read:: "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" ~ Susanna Clarke; dark fairy tales described as 'Angela Carter meets Jane Austen' - the story 'Mr Simonelli or the Fairy Widower' (my favourite in the book) was plugging right back into the magic the author created with 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell'.
intuit:: A hopi dance rattle could transport me into whole new worlds! 


  1. Hi Cat I am a real color lover and I think your bright, beautiful colors in water color are inspiring to the eye. Love this. MJ

  2. This is so beautiful Cat! I love it!

  3. I love this, especially the dark color of the bird and flower in front of the beautifully colorful background!

    1. Thanks Larry, means a lot, especially coming from a painter as talented as you! C x

  4. Be unconventional! It suits you :)

    Here via Willowing and have enjoyed my visit so much, I'm following your art journey now!

    So nice to meet you!

    1. Bless you... thanks for stopping by to visit and your kind words! Lovely to meet you Cameron! C x

  5. Fantastic! You are a great artist,too. Now that I have found your blog. I'll come back in the evening!

    1. Thanks Connie, so kind of you to say that. Terrific that you've found my page, thanks so much for visiting! C x


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