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© 2023 Watters, Fig (Ficus carica)

watercolor on vellum

Watters-Fig (Ficus carica) watercolor on vellum.jpg

FIGS: Luminous Darks, Watercolor on Paper, with Catherine Watters

Online Zoom

© 2023 Catherine Watters, Fig (Ficus carica)

watercolor on vellum

Explore the various colors used to create the luminous dark hues of figs.
Catherine will demonstrate how to layer transparent colors transitioning from pale yellow-green to deep blue-violet.

Additional topics will cover reflected light, applying a delicate bloom, and painting a discreet cast shadow to ground the subject.
Limited to 20 participants.
The workshop will be recorded—Catherine has generously agreed to allow us to video this workshop demonstration so those who are unable to participate on the day of the live event, or those who simply want to review will be able to watch it for two weeks following the workshop. Everyone who signs up for the workshop will have access to both the workshop and the recording.

Materials List

Drawing Paper:

Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 series, 8” x 10”


Watercolor Paper:

Arches 140# Hot Press, 8” x 10” cut from full sheet, 22” x 29

Tracing Paper:

Canson Vidalon Translucent Vellum, 8” x 10”

2 Graphite Pencils:

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 - grade H & 3H

2 Erasers:

Tombo Mono Zero (round tip)

Kneaded Rubber

Paper Blending Stump for graphite tonal drawings

Divider, a measuring tool with 2 points (no adjusting wheel)



Your favorite (Catherine uses a ceramic palette)



Your favorite sable brushes (Catherine uses Winsor & Newton Series 7, Sable #1, #2, #3 and Princeton Select Flat Shader #2), Princeton Dakota 6300B (Bright), Princeton Select Flat Shader, Sekaido Filbert 1650 Size 2, Rosemary & Co Spotter Series 93, Sizes #1 and #2


Watercolors, in addition to a standard palette:             

Aureolin (Winsor & Newton)

Cobalt (Winsor & Newton)

Quinacridone Violet (Daniel Smith)

Perylene Violet (Daniel Smith or Winsor & Newton)

Sap Green (Daniel Smith)

Indigo (Daniel Smith)

Ultramarine Violet (Schmincke)

White Gouache or Chinese White (Winsor & Newton)

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Information at a Glance



Saturday, November 11, 2023

9:00  am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time


This is an online, Zoom workshop. 

Limited to 20 participants.

BAGSC Members: $65.00 US

Non-Members: $75.00 US

This workshop will be recorded and available for two weeks following the live workshop. A new link will be sent to view the recording.


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About the Instructor

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Catherine has been teaching for 24 years throughout the U.S. and in France. She co-developed the Botanical Art Certificate Program at Filoli, Woodside, CA.

Her illustrations appear in several publications, including Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and ‘Botanical Art Techniques, American Society of Botanical Artists’, Timber Press. She is a member of the ASBA, currently serving on the Board of Directors. Catherine received her BA from the University of California at Davis.

Catherine’s paintings are held in several collections including: The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation; The Brooklyn Botanic Garden; The National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; The Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney; The Museum of Natural History in Paris, and The Alisa and Isaac Sutton Collection. She is the co-founder of the Alcatraz Florilegium, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Florilegium, the Château de Brécy Florilegium in France.

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