- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Search Press (1 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844485838
- ISBN-13: 978-1844485833
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 28.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,07,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Bellamy's Mountains & Moorlands in Watercolour Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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Dec 10 If you want your landscape paintings to pack a punch, tackling impressive views of towering mountains and bleak, windswept moors is a good choice of subject. In this book you can learn how to capture these inspiring images in watercolors. Firstly, you can hear me cheering when I read that Mr Bellamy suggests buying student quality paints is a good plan for anybody starting out or practising. That is after all what they are for (there is a big clue in the name) and here is one of the very few art instruction primer writers to agree with me. This sets the tone for a sensible, realistic book that does not advocate buying everything in the store and which has good advice for outdoor sketching as well as working from photographs. I particularly like the two paintings showing how not to lay out a landscape, and what constitutes a well constructed picture. There are sections on how to draw the elements that make up this type of painting, from rocky textures to animals and human figures, trees, water and skies. As actually having a go is the best way to learn there are also several projects to work through, with step-by-step pictures with captions showing how the painting is built up and how to do the various effects. I enjoyed the way that such a daunting subject was broken up into manageable elements, with plenty of instruction on how to achieve them along the way. A useful addition to your bookshelf, which for once does not advocate breaking the bank! * Myshelf.com *
About the Author
David Bellamy has always been fascinated by the world's wild places. Highly regarded as a teacher of art, he has a tremendous following among leisure painters, many of whom have attended his extremely popular courses and workshops both in the UK and overseas. He gives demonstrations and talks, produces successful DVDs, has written many books on watercolour painting and is a regular contributor to art magazines. David lives in Builth Wells, Wales.
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A lot of time is spent on creating effective components of the painting but he does also give some step-by-step instructions on how to do a few paintings. But he still concentrates using previously learned items and enhancing them in a composition.
If you're looking for a lot of hand-holding, this isn't for you. If you're looking to learn more than the basics of how to make a good painting and learn how to effectively create components that can be used anywhere then you've found a good book.
I haven't read many of Mr Bellamy's other books, but after this one I am inclined to. I'm open to many different styles and incorporate what I like to make my own. I think Mr Bellamy has a few good things for everyone here.