Jean Haines' Atmospheric Watercolours: Painting with Expression, Freedom and Style (Hardback)
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DescriptionAccomplished artist Jean Haines shares her passion for watercolours in this wonderfully practical book. Known for her exciting techniques and love of colour, Jean takes you on an inspirational painting journey on which you'll encounter, amongst other things, magical watercolour flow, glorious washes, sunbursts, and a magnificent 'hotting it up' finale. With her simple exercises, clear advice and easy-to-follow projects, Jean pushes the boundaries and will alter the way you think about watercolours and painting for ever. With a selection of popular subjects, including animals, landscapes, buildings,flowers and people, there is something for everyone here, whatever their artistic ability.
- Published: 01 August 2012
- Format: Hardback 176 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781844486748 ISBN 10: 1844486745
- Sales rank: 7,533
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Reviews for Jean Haines' Atmospheric Watercolours
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Like having an inspiring watercolor friend by your side as you paint!
This book is like having an inspiring watercolor friend by your side as you paint! Not only are the techniques in this book well explained and demonstrated, they are infused with much life and fun making them both enjoyable exercises and beneficial learning experiences. The book is also a beautiful and inspiring read, such that it can also be perused and read even for pleasure. It's quite unique for a watercolor book to be able to combine the two. Jean is very generous in sharing her tips and tricks such as the 'Venetian technique' which creates some interesting textures.
There is never a dull moment and energy and excitement lifts off the pages of this book, much like Jean's work itself. I think the key to doing the exercises is to not to rush through them. As whenever you are trying something new, especially new subjects, if you paint it more than once, you will often get better and better results each time.
I can't wait to make my way to get to the Bridge of Sighs demonstration towards the end. I look forward to continuing my journey through this incredibly inspiring book, which I would highly recommend to other watercolor enthusiasts who want to paint in a loose expressive style that makes most of this endlessly beautiful medium. by Sophia
Atmospheric Watercolours by Jean Haines (and sleepless nights!!!)
Well haven't finished it yet but am savouring every page!!!! It's stopped me eating and sleeping a good thing maybe???
Haven't done a book review before (and after reading this you may think "hope she never does one again!!!!") and maybe I should wait until it's finished but am just a lot excited about this one!!!!! It is full of Jean's secrets written in her own easy, inimitable, encouraging way, as if she is talking intimately to you, the reader. She shares moments and memories of her past..... a lovely insight into the Jean we don't get to hear about.....
I have done the first few exercises in the book following just what she did and guess what?????? They turned out and I think the penny might finally be dropping. If any of you have been lucky enough to either see Jean demonstrate or go to a workshop, she makes things look so easy.... well we all know it isn't... right????
Easy comes from years of practice, experience and desire, but.... and this is what I really want to share, this book opens the door and certainly for me has given me those all so sought after glimpses of what I'm looking for...... that's why I was so excited about it and apart from everything else, retiring, exhibition on Saturday, holiday next Wednesday etc etc....... well you can now understand why I couldn't sleep. I said to my husband at 3:30 I think I might get up... he said "What are you going to do.... paint?" Of course I said no....... hmmmm thought she indignantly does he really think I was going to get up and paint at 3;30 in the morning, how ridiculous!!!!!! Am beginning to think he knows me too well (note to self... need to become more mysterious!!!)
So hope to read and reread more today and the next weeks and months of course, I think Jean was wise to have this published in hardback as I think it will become one of those "bible" sort of books which in paperback may become too worn!!! Am sorry for those of you who have to wait for a copy, it will be worth the wait I promise!!! Will keep you updated and maybe write another review when I have had more chance to work through and digest... it is a treat for sure. I normally like to flick through books before I buy but I had faith that this one would be what I was looking for and it is ...... in bucket loads!!!!!! It is a book full of hope, colour and life and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!!
http://judithfarnworthart.blogspot.co.uk/ by Judith