Does Amanda allow students or others to copy her paintings?
Amanda realizes that copying a painting is an effective way to learn specific techniques and principles but strongly emphasizes the importance of respecting International Copyright laws as they apply to Intellectual Property. A copied piece of art, if you have permission to do so, should be considered a learning tool and SHOULD NEVER be sold or entered into a competition. Doing so is highly unethical as well as illegal and can result in Civil and Criminal prosecution. Any time that you copy a piece of art it is highly recommended that you receive permission from the artist before doing so. This is an all-encompassing law that also includes copying photographs or producing reproductions of artwork.
With so much easy access to the internet now, it’s easy for people to copy images. Feel free to copy as part of your learning process but I recommend you do not post them on the internet and do not exhibit the final artwork publicly. The masters (da vinci, michaelangelo, Vermeer, Klimt, Brandt, Post etc) all learnt SOME of their skills by copying and then moved on to form their own styles and methods - I don't know any artist who hasn't worked long and hard to develop their unique style/subject interpretation, there is no such thing as overnight success. Competitions and Exhibitions are very clear that all work must be original and not created with supervision or in a class.
I'm interested in purchasing a painting from Amanda's online store. How are the paintings shipped?
Paintings are shipped unframed in a heavy duty large mailing tube to assure that they arrive undamaged. Shipping charges will be determined by the retail price and destination of the painting.
I have been told that Amanda offers a discount on her watercolour paintings to her students. Is that correct and how much is the discount?
Yes, Amanda does offer a substantial discount on her watercolour paintings exclusively to current and former students. If you see a painting on the website you are interested in purchasing, contact and request the student price and ordering instructions. Be sure to include the title of the piece and the workshop you attended.
Are Amanda’s watercolour workshops for all skill levels? I'm relatively new at watercolours.
Yes, a typical workshop has participants of all skill levels, however from time-to-time, Amanda also offers a specific Beginners workshop.
What colours does Amanda have on her palette?
Amanda uses mostly Winsor & Newton Professional watercolours also Schmincke and Holbein. Below is a list of her colours. Beginner’s paint sets are available to workshop attendees:
Winsor Blue (red shade)
Winsor Blue (Green Shade
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Over the years Amanda has collected many other pigment colours that are used less often but are thrown into her mix from time-to-time.
Why does Amanda recommend Winsor & Newton Artist Quality Watercolour pigments?
Amanda has been using them for more than 25 years - further, she has also used many other brands but always comes back to W&N. W&N have a higher pigment loading than any other brand, however, Schmincke are also at the top of her list. In comparison, Amanda has found that tube for tube, she will need a lot more paint from another brand to do the same job as W&N; IE you will need a 14ml tube of another brand to do the same job as a W&N 5ml - it's that simple!
Why just 4 artist colours for Beginners?
to help you get used to the pigments and their reactions to each other and also to get you to mix your colours. More is not better nor easier. Economically speaking, artist quality paints are cheaper than "cheap" paint and 14ml tubes are more economical than 5ml! Pre-selected sets seem to be made up with colours that are not suited to New Zealand light - not much use to you!
Will Amanda's products be available for purchase at her workshops?
Amanda usually has a supply of Beginner’s brushes, paint sets, and watercolour paper at workshops depending on availability. To ensure you are adequately prepared, please plan on bringing everything you think you might need to a workshop. Unless otherwise specified, Amanda DOES NOT sell paper at workshops, so be sure and bring plenty of paper with you. Amanda recommends you bring at least 3 or 4 pieces for each day of classes and workshops.
Do workshop participants have to paint the same subject and style as Amanda?
Not at all. Amanda's emphasis is on helping you develop your own style. Each day Amanda will create a complete painting in the morning. After lunch, participants can work on their own painting which can be any subject or style. Students are encouraged to paint whatever size they are comfortable painting. It’s advisable to bring a good selection of reference photographs to classes and workshops such as a mix of landscapes, floral, water scenes, architectural scenes, etc. Amanda assists each student in turn with their paintings throughout the remainder of the lesson each day.
What can I expect to see demonstrated at one of Amanda’s workshops?
In a typical three day workshop, Amanda will paint a wide variety of subjects. Each day she will paint a complete and different painting in the mornings followed by an afternoon of participant painting. She may paint a landscape one day, a floral the next day, and an abstract the next and so on. Quite often, she will do a quick demonstration of a specific subject or technique late in the afternoon. A multitude of watercolour techniques are shown and explained during the course.
Does Amanda allow photos to be taken during her demonstrations?
Yes, reviewing photographs of workshop demonstrations is an excellent way to refresh your memory of specific techniques when you return home. Amanda, however, DOES NOT allow video recording or any form of filming at her workshops.
Are Amanda's demonstration paintings available for sale at workshops?
Yes, Amanda always has artwork for sale at her workshops including her demonstration paintings. Her original paintings are offered at a special wholesale price for her students. She also offers the same wholesale price to anyone who has taken one of her workshops.
What brand of watercolour paper does Amanda use and why?
Amanda prefers Fabriano Artistico cold pressed watercolour paper and Arches Aquarelle medium 300gsm. She has found both to be an excellent quality papers that work well with the watercolour techniques she uses and teaches.
We are interested in having Amanda teach a watercolour workshop in our area. What is the process for booking a workshop?
Amanda will gladly send information about teaching a workshop to the person in charge of booking workshops in your group. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, send Amanda an email.
Does Amanda provide critiques to workshop participants?
Yes, part of your learning process is a discussion about your painting and part of Amanda's teaching process is provide individual critiques of participant’s paintings during her workshops.
Does Amanda offer online critiques of student paintings?
Current Student's paintings are reviewed in classes and workshops otherwise you can also take advantage of her online critique service.
Does Amanda offer private lessons?
Not at the present time. Her busy exhibition and workshop schedule prohibits time for private instruction.
YOUR PAINTING IS YOUR PAINTING
ALWAYS bring spare watercolour paper and a sketch/note book to class. Amanda will not touch your painting but she is happy to provide individual demonstrations, if you want to keep this demonstration, please bring your own paper.
BEGINNERS, recommended supply list
3 most important things:
1. if you can't get what is on my recommendation list - don't worry, just use what you already have.
2. when you go to the art supply store
ESSENTIALS - SUBSTITUTES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED
Paint - TUBE paints only please
Artist Quality (14ml or 5ml) - ESSENTIAL
Recommended Brands: Winsor & Newton or Schmincke
You’ll be able to mix every colour and tone imaginable using these pigments.
Some other pretties if you desire:
Raw Sienna or yellow ochre
Cobalt turquoise or Winsor green
Quinacridone magenta or permanent Rose
The best watercolour brushes are very soft natural bristle but these student synthetic brushes are good substitutes. You can paint all your work with just 3 brushes and they will last many years if properly cared for:
Watercolour Paper - essential
Fabriano Artistico, 300gsm, CP, 100% cotton rag, full sheet 76x56cm – 1 sheet cut into quarters
Bockingford is acceptable.
SUBSTITUTES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED
WHAT TO BRING FROM HOME
Palette, white dinner plate (use gladwrap to cover after to stop dust and cats!!) OR plastic folding palette
Drawing Paper, A4 sketch book
Spray Bottle, Small, clean/cheap/empty from home to fill with water (payless plastics 50ml $3)
Artist's Masking Tape, 1” wide, to tape paper to board and divide paper up for exercises (from art supply store)
Pencils 4b or 6B pencil, Craft Knife
plastic eraser and ruler
gatorboard or foam board 5mm or 10mm, 40cm x 30cm minimum for a quarter sheet painting
old tea towel and old hand towel, kitchen paper
new, flat 1" kitchen sponge
natural sea sponge with tiny pores (from your cosmetic counter)
ALWAYS bring spare watercolour paper and a sketch/note book to class. Amanda is happy to provide individual demonstrations, if you want to keep this demonstration, please bring spare watercolour paper.