2017 Resolutions | #BeInspired

Every year, I intend to be more creative. I imagine myself painting everyday, watching brushstrokes become birds, leaves and landscapes on the paper before me. And every year I paint maybe once or twice.

But this is something I want to do. I’ve always wanted to create. Cass Art challenged me to create a piece of art about what inspires me. And I’m challenging myself to create an illustration every week for the whole of 2017.

Cass Art Be InspiredCass Art Be Inspired Watercolour Challenge

The lovely people at Cass Art sent me some art supplies to complete their challenge. I received a Windsor and Newton Watercolour Set, a fantastic lightweight sketchers box with 24 brilliant shades.

My bag of goodies also included a set of 5 Cass Art Sable Brushes and a pad of Cass Art Jumbo Smooth Hot Press Paper. There was also a pot of Ecoline Liquid Watercolour in the shade 545 Red Violet. Although I’ve used watercolour paper before, I’ve always used the heavily textured variety. Painting on smooth hot press paper is a dream! I’m certainly a convert.

Cass Art Watercolour Challenge

I always look to nature for my inspiration. There’s somthing special about capturing the movement of animals with a medium that is as fluid and etheral as watercolours. I especially love creating the texture of feathers and that’s why I chose a cockerel and a hummingbird for these two pieces.

I laid down washes of colour, each layer becoming brighter and more vibrant. This allowed me to pick up a smaller brush and use simple mark-making techniques to create the texture and pattern of the feathers.

Watercolour Painting Hummingbird Catherine Braithwaite Blog Watercolour Painting Catherine Braithwaite Blog

I’m looking forward to the next 52 weeks of personal challenges. It’s going to be amazing to have a collection of art to look back on – and hopefully track some progress! Be sure to see how I’m doing on Instagram.

There’ll be more challenges from Cass Art throughout the year. Keep up to date with the #BeInspired hashtag! I’m excited to see what a creative 2017 will bring!

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