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Tricks and fixes

Amanda Hyatt demonstrates how to transform a painting into a ‘piece of watercolour art’ by using her tricks and fixes

WATER COLOUR WORK SHOP: 4 TH OF 6

The Beagle Replica at Punta Arenas, Chile, watercolour, 29¼ ×21¼in (74 ×54cm). As I stood on the deck I was thrilled to realise that this is how it had been in Darwin’s time. I did this as a demonstration to 20 students that I took on a painting cruise workshop to Antartica, Chile, Argentina, the Falklands and Uruguay

So far in this series I have introduced you to my five steps to watercolour and tonal impressionism. This article is about tricks and fixes for producing a piece of watercolour art, rather than just a painting; the method of creating art can involve manipulation of the subject, colour and detail. It also involves a lot of trickery.

It is my aim to make the maximum impact with minimum brushstrokes in the spontaneous alla-prima style, and not to overwork the painting. It is also important to use different brushes for different parts of a painting – see the exercises (below) for details of which brushes you can use for different areas

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About The Artist

Welcome to our summer issue in which our team of top professional artists and tutors offer a sparkling range of inspirational features to help you create your best work over the summer months. Capture the sparkle of silver light on water with Chris Rose, enliven your watercolours with moving figures with Jake Winkle, use contre-jour for dramatic effect with Jo Quigley, paint spring and summer trees in watercolour with Ian Sidaway, or a coastal scene in acrylics with Paul Talbot-Greaves. Julie Collins goes back to basics with a look at colour theory and pigments, Ann Witheridge suggests using an extended palette for portraits, Amanda Hyatt offers a variety of tricks to help you produce better watercolours and there is a host of exercises to try throughout the issue. All this and much more, plus don't forget to enter this month's summer sketching challenge set by Adebanji Alade on page 46, for a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on art materials with GreatArt!