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BIDDINGTON'S CREATIVE PROCESS interviews portrait and still life artist Kate Wattson in her Hudson River studio.
Kate Wattson: In the studio, I design the still life set-up or the set-up for the model. So, I am composing long before I start painting.
Kate Wattson: I used to work in a large space shared with two other painters in DUMBO--the artists' neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Kate Wattson: Now my studio is outside of New York City in a hillside town along the Hudson River. The town looks very 19th century. Even the air is different here. "Fairy-Tale View" shows the rooftops from my studio windows.
Kate Wattson still life Brown Bag
Kate Wattson: In my still lifes, I often choose very ordinary objects; I like the challenge of painting something unglamorous.
Kate Wattson: I know what I want, and I work quickly. I accept the fact that many paintings are not successful. I'm not reluctant to just start again completely painting over the ones that don't work.
Kate Wattson: In fact, I love painting over my older paintings because it gives a wonderful texture.
Textural detail from Kate Wattson still life
Kate Wattson still life pastel "Study in Pink"
Kate Wattson: For inspiration on surface I look at Soutine; he blows me away with his texture.
Kate Wattson: In my figure paintings and portraits, I usually work with models. But I have been working on two versions of this image from a photograph. I was fascinated by the relationship between the two women.
Kate Wattson in studio with "California Chat" (in progress)
and California Interior
Kate Wattson: I did a studio art/art history major as an undergraduate. After my sons were older, I studied at the National Academy of Design (in New York City) with Mary Beth McKenzie. I found it a very congenial place to work on basic techniques and to get good classical training.
Kate Wattson portrait drawing in pastel
Kate Wattson: I no longer enjoy reading about art, but I do like to look at it. I like Jacques Louis David--those big ceremonial canvases are hard to keep going. A pastel artist can't go wrong with Degas.
Kate Wattson: I like working from models and painting portraits. I think of myself as a colorist--that's my interest and my strength. I'm intrigued by a model's coloring and skin tones. But when painting a model, I feel a responsibility to get the personality as well as the appearance.
Detail of Kate Wattson figure painting
Kate Wattson: While my art is representational in its references, I'm not a strict realist. Many of the elements within my paintings read abstractly.
Kate Wattson large figurative painting
Kate Wattson: Since I truly enjoy working from a model, I do accept portrait commissions--in pastels or in oils.
Artist Kate Wattson in Her Studio
Still Life and Cityscape Paintings
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