Amanda Brett, Watercolour Artist
I am thrilled to be teaching my next European watercolour workshops in Lucca and Palermo next May 2020, come join me for lots of painting and laughs and fun!! http://www.amandabrett.net Creating is what I am meant to do and, luckily for me, I am able to live my dream painting in Italy for 4 months every year. I prefer capriccio painting. I rarely set up a still-life from which to paint, instead, I design my composition from my imagination and one or two reference sources. This ensures I create an essence of the light and the subject, providing an opportunity to play with shapes and create unique effects all without the distraction of detail. My goal is to make the most of wet-in-wet watercolour painting. For me, this is the most ‘true’ watercolour technique; I don’t try to control wet in wet washes, I let the natural laws of watercolour play out. I’m very happy to watch the paint settle and dry by itself thus achieving more unique, painterly passages of colour. My aim is to design beautiful wet in wet colour blends that mysteriously materialise into nothing. I create watercolour washes that contain hidden depths, inexplicable layers and unexpected details. I love painting light and colour! I believe in quality, beauty, craftsmanship and passion. Whatever my subject of the time, I spend many hours researching, designing and drawing and use that research to create several artworks, sometimes over several months. This wide range of subject matter pushes me to become a better artist. I’m completely committed to watercolour, other mediums just don’t do it for me so I have spent a lot time studying watercolour painting and art privately. There are effects that you just simply cannot get in any other medium; I love the luminosity I can achieve and I love the way I can leave the pigments to just do their thing – I love watching paint dry!!
A lot of my students ask me how to choose a palette.…