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Workshop: Autumn Waterfall with David Bellamy

Join professional watercolour artist and author David Bellamy for this in-depth look at painting waterfalls. A 2-3 hour workshop webinar, broadcast live from Wales on 13 May 2021.


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In this popular workshop, David will teach the negative painting technique and wet into wet background whilst walking you through painting effective, falling water in the Brecon Beacons. You will look at how to simplify a scene tackling the foreground rocks and stones and how to make the most of trees and vegetation in your composition to bring your painting alive.

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PAPER: Watercolour paper in at least 200 lb weight unless you wish to stretch a lighter paper; or use watercolour blocks. A NOT surface is the most versatile, although for strong textures a rough paper is excellent as on this occasion. David prefers Saunders Waterford paper, but Bockingford is an excellent, lessexpensive alternative.

A cartridge sketch book is invaluable for doing preliminary thumbnail sketches and testing colour mixes.

BRUSHES: Rosemary & Co. brushes. Numbers 4, 8 and 12 round (or 4, 6 and 10 if preferre Number 1 rigger, large wash brush (minimum) sable brushes are best for watercolours but modern synthetic ones can be effective and are cheaper.

PAINTS: Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours: Burnt Sienna; Burnt Umber; Raw Sienna/Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Light Red; Cadmium Red; French Ultramarine; Cobalt Blue; Pthalo Blue; Cadmium Orange; Naples Yellow; Crimson Alizarin; New Gamboge; Indigo; quinacridone gold, Lunar Blue, Green Apatite Genuine, Aussie red gold, Quinacridone Sienna, Sodalite genuine, and Transparent red oxide.

PALETTE with some deep wells for larger washes. A saucer would be useful if you don't have deep wells.

Pencils: 3B and/or 4B

OTHER ITEMS: Drawing board, soft Eraser, masking fluid, craft knife for sharpening pencils, water pot, rags, tissues and wet wipes are all useful


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