Developing Your Watercolours is a sequel to David Bellamy's bestselling Watercolour Landscape Course. Although it is aimed at those who already have some experience in watercolour painting, much of the book will be of interest and value to beginners and more experienced artists alike.
In Developing your Watercolours the emphasis is on the importance of direct observation and on those techniques that will enable you to build on your existing skills. The book is structured to encourage a sense of achievement at every stage:
The first section concentrates on suitable art materials and how to get the most out of sketching and painting on location.
The second section is concerned with using source material effectively to give your work greater visual impact.
The third section explores colour and techniques, to enable you to create a powerful sense of atmosphere and vitality in your work.
The fourth section looks at ways of continuing your progress, exhibiting your work and exploring new directions.
Developing your Watercolours features practical exercises, linked to a gallery of painting at the end of the book. These exercises, together with step-by-step demonstrations, offer an ideal opportunity for putting newly learned skills into practice. This book is superbly illustrated with David Bellamy's evocative paintings, a marvellous source of inspiration for all aspiring watercolourists.
David Bellamy is well known for his atmospheric watercolour paintings, which can be found in private collections around the world, and is the author of several books published by HarperCollins. Highly regarded as a teacher of art, he has a tremendous following among amateur painters, runs extremely popular courses and workshops and has produced a number of successful videos on watercolour painting.