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Five steps to a successful painting

Amanda Hyatt demonstrates an alla-prima painting using her Five Steps to Watercolour technique, and sets an exercise for you to try

WATER COLOUR WORK SHOP: 2ND OF 6

Amanda Hyatt has been a professional watercolour artist for 35 years and has exhibited widely, including in New York and China. She has won many major Australian art awards and is a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute, the Victorian Artists Society and the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. Her paintings are in collections throughout the world. She has three DVDs, available from APV Films (www.apvfilms.com) and her book Watercolour: Tonal Impressionism is available from Amazon.

http://amandahyatt.com.au See page 46 for details of Amanda’s free video tutorial for all readers

Reference photo This shows my analysis of the scene and the decisions I made about the composition
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About The Artist

Welcome to our June issue with plenty to inspire artists in all media. Watercolourists will love Amanda Hyatt's Five Steps to Watercolour technique with a 10-minute exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to let go of reality and get creative with the medium, Jean Haines' advice on how to paint white flowers, while Julie Collins shows how adding ink can create definition and impact. For inspiration for oil painters don't miss cover artist Jason Sacran's step-by-step self-portrait, Patrick Cullen's article on painting in India and Paul Brown's advice on using just six colours to paint a landscape. For acrylic painters we have Michael Kidd talking about his stylised acrylic compositions, Jo Quigley's demonstration on how to paint successful reflections in acrylics and Marie Antoniou on how to transform a dull photo into an interesting painting, while Barry Herniman demonstrates the versatility of the under-used medium of gouache. With all this and much more, why not try a new medium or technique in the coming weeks under the guidance of our fantastic contributing artists!