Whilst following a link from Jem Bowden’s website regarding a workshop he’s running next year, I discovered that David Bellamy (no….. Not THAT David Bellamy…. Gwapple me gwapenuts) but none other than one of my favourite artists is running a 3 day workshop at East Devon Art Academy. To say I’m excited is putting it mildly. I’m broke now until payday, but who cares. I’m really happy. I have loads of his books and DVD’s. It will be a BIG plein air experience. Roll on June 8th – 10th 🙂
As I sit here on this miserable Tuesday afternoon, what better way to spend it than with a good book. I popped out this morning to track down the latest bargain from Aldi (18v battery drill to be precise), only to find on my return Steve Halls latest book on watercolour in my mailbox. On a day like today the idiot postman had left it sticking out of the mailbox. Fortunately it hadn’t got wet. For those of you who don’t know of Steve Hall, his style of painting is very much in the Ted Wesson/Ted Seago vein, but sufficiently different for him to be his own man. Well, what can I say. The book is inspiring, crammed full of Steve’s paintings as well as excellent advice on watercolour painting. It really makes me want to emulate the style contained within its covers. I have other books and DVD’s by Steve, but this book, for me, is the icing on the cake. Did someone mention cake?? That’s a great idea with a cup of coffee while I carry on reading.