How to Paint: Colour & Light in Water Colour

How to Paint: Colour & Light in Water Colour

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Encapsulating Jean Haines' enthusiasm and passion for art, this stunning book, packed full of ideas, tips and expert advice, opens up a whole new world filled with colour and light that will not fail to inspire and excite you. Drawing on many years' experience as an accomplished and well-known watercolour artist, Jean guides you through every stage of the painting process, filling you with enthusiasm for painting beautiful watercolour paintings of your own in her characteristic loose and expressive style. The book includes sections on materials and techniques, composition, colour and light, and there are three step-by-step projects to help you put everything you have learnt into practice. The huge range of subjects covered, including portraits, still-lifes, animals, flowers and landscapes, has a truly international flavour, reflecting the experiences Jean has gained from living all over the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 210 x 286 x 6mm | 299.37g
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 160 Illustrations, color
  • 1844484882
  • 9781844484881
  • 28,234

About Jean Haines

A member of the Society for Women Artists (SWA), international watercolourist Jean Haines is well-known for her love of her chosen medium. Having lived and travelled in many countries, this popular artist has had the opportunity to develop her skills whilst under the influence of masters from many countries, including Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She studied brush control while living in China and this had the greatest impact on her style. Later, when working with artists from India and Pakistan, she became inspired by the vibrant colours they used. The combination of East meets West in Jean's style is to be enjoyed. The magical free flow of water and colour straight on to a blank working surface (with no initial drawing) creates amazing results, often leaving her audience breathless with delight. Her paintings can be found in homes all over the world and in 2009 she won the Anthony J Lester Award during the SWA Annual Exhibition, where her work was likened to Joseph Crawhalls of the famous Glasgow Boys group of artists. She regularly writes for art magazines and exhibits in a number of galleries. Her hugely successful workshops are held regularly in the UK, and in 2014 she visited Australia for a Book Signing and Workshop Tour. In 2015 she will be visiting California, New York and St Louis in the USA to hold workshops and launch her new book 'Jean Haines' Watercolour World'. Jean lives in Crookham Village, Hampshire.
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Sept 10

Jean shows us in this book how to create light in our paintings by way of her clear simple instructions, using a few simple guidelines. She describes in the introduction how for her the capture of light is an addiction - she aims to show us how to look for reflected colours and how to use colour to its fullest extent to create drama and vibrancy in our work. She begins by explaining what colours she uses and why, and that some colours are naturally granulating and some naturally flocculate. She shows us how to use these natural paint properties to best advantage. She also covers what brushes and paper to choose to get the best effects and adds a few tips on other useful materials such as salt, inks and gouache.

Jean tells us how to mix and play with colours to really get to know their properties and how they react with one another. Its an important step for any artist and she encourages us to experiment and see what results. When showing us ways to create light she uses some simple illustrations that make it easier to see what she is telling us, and that light is not simply a strip of lighter colour on a highlighted edge but can take many differing forms, such as dark against light, white sections, using transparent colours and colour fusions. She has some interesting illustrations showing us how to focus on composition in an unusual manner to create paintings full of life.

The three demonstration paintings cover different approaches using the techniques of colours mixing and texture creating discussed previously and by using them one learns more about the value of these approaches to create stunning loose and lively paintings.

An amazing book full of tips for those who want to create stunning paintings full of life and light. * * Issue 111

This stunning book is packed full of bright ideas, tips & expert advice to help you create dazzling watercolours that exclude colour and light. Featuring detailed, step-by-step projects and sections covering materials, techniques & composition - this is the perfect guide for loosening up your painting and unlocking your expressive style. * SAA *
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Table of contents

Filled with enthusiasm for her subject, Jean Haines book will not fail to inspire you to produce beautiful paintings in the author's loose and expressive style
Thorough coverage of materials, techniques and composition, and how to inject colour and light into your paintings
Three step-by-step projects to help you put into practice what you have learnt and to gain the confidence to take your painting further
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Incredible is the word I continually find myself using as I look through Jean's book at her beautiful paintings. I received this book and sat down and read it word for word, cover to cover immediately. Then I did a couple of the exercises and painted an original of my own that I am extremely pleased with, using just a few of the tips I gleaned from this book. One thing so special about it is that it makes the reader BELIEVE that they WILL also be able to create beautiful paintings just as Jean has, and many will I am sure. I cannot recommend it highly enough! It will be very helpful to not only the beginner, but also the intermediate and even the established artist. I have been dabbling at watercolour painting for many years, mostly for my own enjoyment, and I own around 300 art and watercolour books. This one in my opinion is a ''must have'' book for all watercolorists, especially those who are aspiring to "loosen up" in their painting as I am. Jean is a very clear teacher and every tip, and there are many, is useful and valuable. She presents several wonderful step by step demonstrations that are perfectly illustrated, each with plenty of excellent photos and clear and concise instructional text. Her use of colour and light is phenomenal. She has already changed my painting to ''lightfilled." Most importantly you will get the feeling that she really CARES that you learn and are able to experience the JOY of watercolour as she clearly does. Through this book, she becomes a special friend, guiding me along. It is one of my favorite's of all time. I will buy any book she ever writes...and any of her DVD's that might appear on the scene also. I hope all watercolourists discover this book!show more
by Louise Christian
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