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Workshop: Painting a Mountain Farm with David Bellamy

Join artist and author David Bellamy as he walks you through painting a mountain farm in watercolour. Filmed live from Wales on 25th Feb 2021.


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In this workshop using a sketch of a farm in Nant Efrancoc, you will learn how to create a misty mountain background suggesting the merging of mountain peaks with swirling cloud formations. David will teach you how to capture local characteristics that impart a sense of place to your work, moving features to suit your composition, how to lose edges, rusticate landscape features, injecting life, introducing colours not seen in the original scene, producing a semi-abstract foreground, and much more.

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

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


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.

David uses Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours, and while many of these are the traditional colours as shown above, he especially likes 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

Drawing board

Other items: Soft Eraser, Masking fluid, Craft knife for sharpening pencils, Water pot, Rags, Tissues and Wet wipes are all useful


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