Sue paints in watercolours with a contemporary flair, Artist, watercolourist, watercolours, techniques in watercolour, wet into wet, saving light places, softening edges, washing out, clean water, no masking fluid, no pencil, vibrant colours, clean, clear, glorious, blowsy,Floral artist, flower painter, contemporary painter, following the paint, painting intuitively, no formal training, exploring depth of colour, areas of sharp focus, areas of blur, freedom to negotiate the image, large and loose, Dorset, Hambledon Hill, countryside, Shroton, Iwerne Minster, garden, studio, celery leaf green, willows, trees, iris, irises, poppy, poppies, hellebores, leaf studies, Stourhead Gardens, snowdrops, Wessex, Gallery on the Wey, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, First - View Gallery, Dorset Art Week, Dorset Visual Arts, New Dorset Art Group, Clare Shepherd, Cranborne Artist, Open Studio, Art Trails, Forum Framers, Demonstrations, exhibitions, cards, prints, originals, Homerton College, Footlights Revue Group, Overstone School


Sue Bates









Works in Progress




quick march
I have been playing with figures and their movement. This time I have tried figures walking from left to right. I only suggest the detail of the people trying to be as economical as I can with my brush strokes

This is a record of Patti's Plum, first dampen the paper, then float the colours in, gradually build up the layers using lost and found edges, letting the paper dry if you want a really crisp edge.


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Patty's Plum on Khadi paper


I have had some fun with hares, each hare is painted with three colours, each layer going down a little drier than the one before. The authenticity of the hare isn't important to me, it's what the watercolour does that fascinates me. I have tried many different blends of hot and cold colours, and swapped yellows and blues

 cool dude
over my shoulder











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