I may be a bit ‘biased’ but I truly believe that Watercolor Paintings of any form are special treasurers of the Art World. It is tremendously undervalued. I intend to find the creators of these treasurers and present them to my readers (as I promised in my blog Intro post).
Today, I am thrilled to present my first discovery.
I found a beautiful children’s Watercolor Art on one of the Art exhibit websites and contacted the Artist for an interview. Here, you can read an inspiring story of a talented Artist and find out what it takes to become one. Her dedication and passion towards creating Art is very inspiring.
“A Girl on the Rocker” by Catharine (from Deep Cove Flower)
1. When did you find yourself creating Art?
I grew up with very creative parents and was surrounded by writers and painters. There were always art supplies around and creative mess was encouraged.
2. How long have you been making Watercolour Art?
I have been painting with watercolours for thirty years, though very little when my children were young and when I first went back to work full time. This past year and a half I have pushed myself to paint consistently. I challenged myself to take part in a few art challenges each week or at least once a week, started a blog and made the commitment (Even if it is to only satisfy me). Some weeks are better than others but I look at it as a practice.
3. Are you a full time Artist?
I would love to be a full time artist but I do work full time. I am grateful to have an interesting job that I love, working in the public library system with children’s programming. I have in the past tried to make a living from art and found it very stressful. I really commend artists who make a go of it and acknowledge how hard they work.
“Stripes” by Catharine (from Deep Cove Flower)
4. Your watercolor children’s illustrations are fun and whimsical. Have you ever been published?
I have been published in an online magazine storiesforchildrenmagazine.org which has just folded. It was a good opportunity to get a feel for the process, and to work with an editor. I would love to illustrate children’s books, and to write & illustrate picture books.
5. Do you gravitate towards certain type of illustrations, color schemes, techniques, etc.?
I love vintage children’s illustrations and soft colour schemes. I like to see the watercolour showing through with some transparency, some hard edges and introduction of inks….there are so many great combinations of media that can be added to watercolour.
6. Do you have any tips for the aspiring Watercolour Artists?
Practice, practice, practice and use good paints and supplies.
7. What is your most favourite Watercolour product or brand (e.g. pallets, brushes, papers, etc.)?
Windsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good paints. When I was first painting I used cheap paints and wondered why the colours were flat, good paint has wonderful richness. I use all kinds of brushes, not really expensive ones though. I like both hot and cold pressed papers, the hot pressed scans in better for digital work.
“Polka Dot Dress” by Catharine (from Deep Cove Flower
8. What is your most favourite color?
Love so many colours…Cerulean blue, and a new colour for me Daniel Smith Quinacrdone Fushia watered down is a beautiful pink.
9. Do you work with any other medium?
I have worked with a fashion designer years ago with hand painted silk fabric and I did hand thrown pottery, which I loved! Then I had a family and young children and all the messy arts went out the door. Both the textile and pottery required strict time lines for production. Watercolour painting and illustration is more forgiving.
10. How can my readers contact you?
I am considering opening an online shop for my Art. For now, please visit me at
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It was a pleasure meeting Catharine. Wish you all the best with your new venture!