An Interview With Watercolour Artist David Bellamy


We caught up with internationally renowned skilled watercolourist David Bellamy to uncover out a lot more about his inventive approaches and influences and the publication of his new reserve, Arabian Gentle.


Tell us about which artists influenced your get the job done and how you started out as an artist.

As a youngster I experienced always been fascinated in art so when I began climbing mountains and viewing dramatic scenes, generally wreathed in thrilling atmospheric outcomes, I simply just experienced to capture them on paper.  Watercolour was the apparent medium for rapid and effortlessly transportable function but it’s not the most straightforward of mediums.  Early influences have been Turner and John Offer Cotman.

Outer Siq, Petra
Outer Siq, Petra

Do you have any formal schooling or are you self-taught?

I had no official art instruction apart from night lessons in everyday living drawing in Hampstead. There have been no films in those days but the several artwork books did enable enormously. There was no person around to notify me how to paint mountain crags in a storm, with wind and rain lashing the paper. Character did its greatest for the consequences of gentle rain on a dark watercolour wash. The fashion that mud included to a composition when the sketch unintentionally fell into a puddle did often improve my appalling initiatives! I created a approach using dark watercolour pencils to draw into damp washes and rain-soaked paper to generate moody illustrations or photos, even nevertheless significantly of the color might be washed off!

Irfon at Caer Beris
Irfon at Caer Beris

What is a day in the existence of a expert artist like?

No two times are the similar. At property I usually function in the studio through the early morning when I am most alert and react very best with my painting. The afternoons are frequently spent composing and on e-mail which acquire up so significantly of the time, and prevent me from exploiting so numerous of the creative thoughts I so wish to do the job on. I consider to get out into nature all through the working day if achievable.

What drives you to make a piece of art?

Naturally, there are occasions when I have to do paintings I’m not way too energized about and need to paint when I never sense like it. Even so, at its very best the inspirational muse when I witness a dramatic scene can fireplace me to considerably greater endeavours. It generally pays to have a potent affinity with your topics.

How do you get started your portray? Do you have a established strategy or does your technique range from portray to portray?

Typically I do the job from my sketches finished on location, and these supply a composition that has already been worked out. If I work from a photograph I prefer to start out with a studio sketch ahead of doing the job on the concluded painting. I lay on as minimal pencil drawing as will suffice.

Which painting of yours are you most very pleased of, or consider a specific favourite?

Mountainous Icebergs, Illulissat is a particular favorite as it embodies all the drama of an Arctic ice-scape. I sketched the scene from a boat. The towering icebergs seeming to hover in the sky, with a purely natural ice arch framing a fishing boat.

Mountainous Icebergs, Ilulissat
Mountainous Icebergs, Ilulissat

Your new reserve, Arabian Light-weight, is your twenty-1st guide! What is it all about?

Arabian Gentle covers my several adventures sketching, hiking and exploring in the Middle East. A vibrant and thrilling put the place engaging with the local folks is both satisfying and entertaining. The mountains and canyons of Oman took my breath absent with sensational cliffs, moody twilight scenes and passionate castles the effervescent humour of the Egyptians shone by means of almost everywhere, particularly in the souks and streets of Islamic Cairo an expedition deep into the heart of the Sahara brought remarkable new desert compositions the ruins of Petra in Jordan blew my mind away, and sketching in Hezbollah country in Lebanon was not without having its comical times. The e book is crammed with watercolours and sketches of landscapes, people today, city scenes, and so a great deal much more, and will hopefully inspire artists, although it is not a useful artwork ebook.

You have travelled extensively, do you have a favourite area that you have painted?

I’ve appreciated sketching in the high Arctic, the Himalayas, the Alps, the Center East, the Pembrokeshire coastline, the wild places of Africa and South America, but one place that has had a profound effect on me is the Dolomites of Italy. Observing robust sunlight flooding across the awesome colours of Dolomitic limestone reworked my portray of mountain scenery.

Cairo Street At Dusk
Cairo Avenue At Dusk

Is there a area or landscape you would enjoy to have the prospect to paint?

The jungles of Borneo are a position I would like to pay a visit to. Observing not only the landscapes but wildlife as nicely, significantly the orang-utangs.

What guidance would you give to an aspiring artist?

It is essential to focus on the form of matter substance that you have an affinity with, and persevere – do not give up if things really do not operate the initially time. It can take time to come to be adept at portray, primarily in watercolour.

Finally, if you had been stranded on a desert island, what would be your major 5 essential art materials?

I would require a block of Saunders Waterford watercolour paper, a box of Daniel Smith extra wonderful watercolours, a set of sable brushes, some 4B pencils and a drawing board. Empty coconut shells would no doubt get the job done for water pots and little palettes.

Angle, Pembrokeshire
Angle, Pembrokeshire

To see a lot more of David’s function visit his web page: https://www.davidbellamy.co.british isles

David will be demonstrating watercolour painting at the Patchings Art Competition on 14-16th July 2022.

David’s next exhibition is at the Osborne Studio Gallery,  2 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU to launch the Arabian Light-weight book from 18th to 27th May possibly. He will be exhibiting most of the e-book illustrations.

Acquire David’s new book on our web page

Arabian Light by David Bellamy - 176 pages showing the artist's journey through deserts, mountains and souks. Be inspired by David's ability to capture sweeping vistas, create a sense of space and distill the essence of a place into his paintings.



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