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CMW’s October 10th Meeting-Demo Artist Catherine Hearding-Sunlight and Shadows


CMW’s October Membership meeting will be held on Monday October 10 beginning at 6 pm at the Paramount – lower level – in downtown St. Cloud, MN. There will be a brief business meeting followed by Catherine Hearding’s demo focusing on sunlight and shadow. Please join us. Interested non-members can attend one meeting under no obligation.

Catherine writes: As a landscape painter, the emphasis of my watercolors is on the elements of color, shape, value and light, inviting the viewer to see the subject from a unique perspective. To accomplish this goal, I focus on more intimate views of the landscape. Many of my landscapes have a high horizon line, thus bringing more attention to the foreground and details that might be passed over. Every subject that I paint starts with a basic abstract pattern of shapes and values. This helps to simplify the subject and to eliminate unnecessary detail and invites the viewer to engage in the subject and fill in the details.

I use a three-step process for my paintings: save the whites and pour light values to tone the paper, add mid-tone large shapes, finish with dark values and smaller shapes for contrast and detail. Most of my paintings start with a poured under-painting of two or three colors over the entire sheet, letting these colors mix freely on the paper and creating wonderful color transitions across the page. Whites are saved before pouring, by using masking fluid or leaving areas dry. The poured wash represents the lightest values in the painting and insures that these colors will be there to add a glow to the finished piece. Each composition is painted as a whole, rather than focusing on sections of the painting separately. Colors used are chosen specifically for each painting and typically, only 3-4 colors are used in each painting, creating beautiful harmony and bright, clean color.

Catherine Hearding has more than 40 years of experience painting in watercolor.

Catherine has been teaching courses in basic watercolor techniques since 2004. She also teaches a full schedule of classes and workshops in color theory, landscape painting and composition. She works from her home studio in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

Here are a couple examples of Catherine Hearding’s watercolor paintings.

Hearding-Fire and Ice

Catherine Hearding painting

For more examples and further information about Catherine Hearding, visit her website:

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