THE ARTIST - December 2011
Review by Oliver Lange
Although the winter in the UK is not the best time for plein-air painting, there is much that can be done in the studio in preparation for such work and so lead to a more confident approach in the future. Amanda Hyatt's forte is plein-air painting in watercolour on a very large scale and with a more expressionist technique. In Five Steps to Watercolour
she encourages us not to be daunted by scale and complex subjects, but instead aim for bold treatment, vigorous brushwork and our own interpretation.
Amanda paints five large watercolours inspired by the scenery around Lake Como, in Italy. She stresses five key qualities to focus on in painting: composition, colour, tonal values, mood and pulling it all together. This is big, bold plein-air painting at its best.