Summer Landscapes in Watercolour - David Bellamy


Summer Landscapes in Watercolour

Artist: David Bellamy
Language: English 90 mins
Format: PAL DVD
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After initial hints in his studio on colour mixing, David heads out to paint the English countryside. As well as showing how to tackle the preponderance of summer greens, he gives advice on painting trees in leaf, massed foliage and hedgerow plants, using colour to suggest distance. Many other aspects of painting the landscape are covered and he finishes with a studio painting.

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LEISURE PAINTER - October 2010

Review by Theodora Philcox

Many readers will know the work of intrepid artist, David Bellamy, whose work often features anything cold, wet and wild! His seventh film for APV, Summer Landscapes in Watercolour, is, however, the complete opposite, focusing on gentle sunny views, filled with the atmosphere of warm days out in the British countryside.

Starting in his studio, David provides advice on mixing greens and demonstrates two methods of creating trees that he later uses on location. His first painting is of buildings down a country road in full sunlight. He advises against using too many different greens as this can be overwhelming. He also demonstrates his practice of making small pencil sketches alongside his paintings, to provide detailed reference should he decide to work up the composition in the future.

Complex tangled hedgerows are commonplace within a landscape, and difficult to paint. Although they contain a wonderful range of species of plants, David shows how to sketch a generalised sense of massed foliage using a water-soluble graphite pencil. He then works into it with a brush pen, with sporadic definition added with the pencil. Worcester Beacon offers a wide vista for Davidís second painting demonstration. He explains how to manage the colour temperature of the greens to create depth; from the cool blue-grey of the distant trees on the hills, to the warmer ones in the foreground. The sheep, previously reserved white shapes, come to life as he adds legs with a rigger, and shadows underneath to reinforce the sunshine. Hints of texture are added on the field.

In the next section, David makes a pencil study of an iron gatepost but then returns to paint, with a view of the Upper Wye at Boughrood, featuring rocks, reflections, and a range of trees receding into the distance.

The film ends back in Davidís studio, where he returns to his painting of the Malvern Hills to liven up the colours and make it more summery. Finally, he uses his various sketches of the gatepost, field, and hedgerow to create a watercolour composition. Viewers will gain an excellent understanding of Bellamyís technique, and appreciate the pleasures of painting on location during the summer months.
THE ARTIST - December 2010

Review by Oliver Lange

David Bellamy manages to beat the weather and finds some perfect summer days for his film Summer Landscapes in Watercolour.

As he says, the dense foliage and intense greens of the summer landscape are aspects that many artists find difficult to handle. He considers these points, demonstrating how to mix and modify greens, and then he sets off into the glorious landscape of the Welsh Borders to sketch and paint various subjects that involve tree forms, massed foliage and hedgerow grasses, plants and flowers, including evocative views of the River Wye and towards Worcester Beacon, in the Malverns.

Back in the studio he shows how to assess and enhance paintings made on site and he also completes another watercolour painting from the pencil studies made earlier. As always from David there is a wealth of sound advice and instruction.

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