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Sun Goddess 16 x 20 inches Watercolour and Collage

Sun Goddess 16 x 20 inches Watercolour and Collage

Transcending the ordinary, my Watercolours offer glimpses into Ethereal Worlds.

 

 

Drawing on themes from nature, literature, and mythology, I weave the magical moments of life into a tapestry of dreams.

 

Why I love watercolour

Kate Bedell

Kate Bedell

I first became attracted to watercolour over 30 years ago on a painting holiday in Cornwall. I loved the immediacy and fluidity of the medium. When I painted the old rooftops of the quirky yet beautiful old buildings, colours ran together giving an organic feel to the moss and old slates.  I felt like I'd discovered a magic colouring book! The watercolour captured the essence of my subjects in an ethereal way.

Enchanted by the possibilities of creating a new, dream-like reality within my paintings, I developed my style with an emphasis on the effects I could achieve with Watercolour, by letting the paint and water form patterns in their own way.  I love to break the old fashioned rules of the medium, pushing it to its limits.  As watercolour is a translucent medium in which layers of colour are built up in stages, I further enhance this layering process, by incorporating collage with pieces of mulberry tissue and lace paper.  The threads within the silk paper give a beautiful, loose graphic effect which contrast with the printed word used as a formal 'pattern'.

I am an intuitive painter.  I believe that the artist is in communion with the painting and as such it is a living thing.  Often I am aware that I can channel a different energy in each piece and I love the freedom and spontaneity that the medium of watercolour gives me. It suits my personality and offers me the variety that I need which stimulates my creative process. I get so excited about what I can discover with watercolour that I love to impart this knowledge to others through workshops, online classes (coming soon) and my facebook page.

 

Praise for Kate's Creations

 
 
Commission from Actor Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones)

Commission from Actor Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones)

Tortoise-shell Butterfly

" Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking on this work!! Your painting touches my heart at the depth of its most profound joy!! Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) commissioned the "Tortoise-shell Butterfly", after a walk together in the People's park, and I don't know what he said or explained to you, but whatever it was, it's been exactly what's in my heart.. you have visualised and created with watercolours a portrait of my soul picture!!!!  I am speechless at how you've managed to capture exactly what my butterfly is and represents to me. In utter awe!!! I'm receiving your gem with such gratitude, it's a gift I will treasure for life..!!"

Frances  U.K.

 
Homeland. Collection of L.G. Brighton

Homeland. Collection of L.G. Brighton

Homeland

“Hi Kate, the parcel arrived, thank you for wrapping it so carefully. I love it, it captures for me wonderfully the majesty and mysticism of the landscape and speaks to my inner sense of playfulness, innocence and beauty. I have selected a spot for it where the light from the stained glass window panel in the door meets the wall. I look forward to having it framed so that it can be admired by all who enter our home.

Many blessings,” L. G.  Brighton, U.K.

 

Painting Demonstrations

Painting Demonstration at Dún Laoghaire Art Gallery

Painting Demonstration at Dún Laoghaire Art Gallery

“Thanks so much for an inspiring Saturday morning and most beautiful and uplifting exhibition. I really loved every moment. I look forward to attending many more and as I mentioned would love to attend your workshop. Congratulations and best wishes”

Sheila, Dublin 14