A Day in the Life of Catherine Bagnall


I think of myself as a painter rather than an illustrator. I think this is because my full-time job is as a teacher, and so the painting happens when I am not teaching. On We Go is the first book that I have published of my paintings—usually I exhibit my work in galleries.


At the moment I am painting in watercolours because I like the way the paint is so watery and fluid. The paint seeps into the paper and it is quite hard to control depending on how much water you fill up the paint brush with. With the watercolour paint, I can layer up the colour and density, and because the paint has a translucent quality,the colours underneath shift and change density depending on how watery the next layer of paint is. Colours subtly change or bleed into each other and there is a lack of control, which I love.’

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