Just Watercolor with David Howell available at The Artists' Place online

Just Watercolour with David Howell


 

$39.95

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David's approach to painting is very much concerned with capturing atmosphere and a sense of time and place.

He works as much as possible outdoors, starting with an initial sketch using pencil and coloured crayons. His watercolours are then painted without pencil drawing, resulting in fresh and lively paintings.

 In this film we follow him as he paints on the Somerset Levels and then along the south Devon coast at Brixham and Salcombe.

110 min APV Films. This DVD is NTSC for the US, Canada, Japan and other copuntries needing this format.

David Howell travels light. It’s the motorbike, which doesn’t really cater for large or heavy equipment.

This stripped-down approach does, however, allow him to concentrate on the painting, the “Just Watercolour” of the title. A small half-pan box, a couple of brushes, a block of paper and a really quite generous roll of pencils are all he needs.

Ah yes, the pencils. David explains at the beginning that he doesn’t like to sketch on the watercolour block itself; rather he prefers to make a coloured pencil sketch that gets the composition, provides a record “in case anything changes” and also helps with details that may be important later.

With this done, David works straight onto the paper. His first outing, on the Somerset levels, is a series of washes that blend into one another, with more defined shapes, such as a gateway, done wet-in-wet, the result being a graduated progression of colours that captures a misty morning perfectly.

Later demonstrations at Brixham and Salcombe are more complex scenes with boats and buildings and it is interesting to see how David uses blocks of colour, building up a composition of initially unconnected shapes, gradually bringing them together using the pencil sketch as a guide.
The result is an intriguing and delightful wander through the ways of watercolour, with lots of good advice along the way.