My name is Kate Osborne and I’m from Brighton, Sussex, U.K. (follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and visit my website!) My initial training was as a textile designer, and for many years I was the floral designer for various textile agents in the U.K. and textile companies in the USA, (where I lived in L.A and New Mexico for five years, in the early eighties).
When I returned to U.K., I went sideways into illustration and did work for various publishers (gardening books) and advertising agencies (packaging, posters, labels etc). I really started out on watercolour back in my student days and have been very faithful to the wonderful medium that it is. During the early years working in great detail, gradually loosening up considerably over time.
These days I am being less of a purist about it and add watercolour sticks and pencils, collage, monoprinting, and gouache to my list of materials and methods.
Being a slow developer it took me a number of years to drift sideways from flowers and still life into painting animals, natural history subjects, chickens and finally people (though I’m very new to that and keep telling myself to do more life drawing). I also seem to be allergic to straight lines.
I love Arches paper, and Saunders Waterford, usually rough and 140lb, but am getting addicted to Saunders Waterford hardback cold press sketchbooks. They are just great for sketching, and its where I will work out ideas to take on into finished paintings. And Saunders traditionally produce an off-white paper, which I much prefer.
But when it comes to materials, I will use all sorts including Langton sketchbooks and Sennelier concertina books, a current favourite as they look lovely when they’re done and opened out. My paints include Winsor & Newton, QoR, Lukas, Russian White Nights, and Daniel Smith.
Current colour addictions include transparent pyrrole orange (DS), transparent yellow, opera pink, green gold, and perylene green; perennial favourite is the White Nights green which is a gorgeous deep mid green easily cooled or warmed up and perfect for the lazy painter.
I‘m much more of a studio painter than plein air, down to the commercial, studio-based artist in me, and a sensitivity to distraction I think! I have taught watercolour classes and workshops for many years, both privately and in various art colleges in south east England and the emphasis is always on encouraging students to free up with both their use of colour and their technique. Thinking less about the ‘product’ and more about the process and the fun to be had with it.
Lately, I have been posting short time-lapse videos on Instagram and other social media sites involving the various techniques I use. In a busy world and life it gives me a discipline to adhere to, as along with being easily distracted I am, as stated earlier, somewhat lazy.
I’ve lived in Brighton on the south coast of the U.K. for the last thirty plus years and love it, sandwiched between the sea and the beautiful Downs. It’s a thriving buzzing place, and within easy reach of London and its galleries, whenever inspiration is needed!