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Product Details

  • Series: How to Paint
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484881
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jean Haines is a unique and imaginative artist. She has an incredible talent for creating watercolours that appear spontaneous and are flooded with light and saturated with translucent colour."  —The Artist

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Jean Haines is an award-winning artist and instructor.

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Well written with easy to follow instructions.
sarah r
I would recommend it to all watercolorists that wants to paint freely.
Sandee P.
Jean Haines is a terrific artist and I love her style of painting.
Florence E. Fessler

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Henderson on August 12, 2011
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How to Paint Color and Light in Watercolour, by Jean Haines, is a lucious book full of the artist's vibrant paintings and her jewels of wisdom, as she shares her style and how she achieves it. And that style is unique, characterized by no pencil sketching before painting--just loose and joyful applications of color, light, and imagination.

While painting Jean likes to "break rules", letting the water and pigment flow, forgoing conventional efforts to control the medium. Instead, she aims for a painting that gives a fresh and unique interpretation of the subject leaving plenty of room for the viewer's imagination. This means blooms (watermarks) and drips are welcome, as well as, exciting and unusual combinations of color. She encourages every artist to practice, experiment, and above all, smile and enjoy the process of discovering their own unique style of painting.

For the eager artist student, Jean introduces her favorite materials, important things to know about using color, ways of seeing light and painting it, a range of watercolor techniques, and some basics to keep in mind while arranging a painting's composition. The last chapter is devoted to three demonstrations that the reader will find useful for practice and to get started. And throughout the book, you will find easy to read boxes with quick tips and "try this" exercises to get you started painting.

My favorite sections of this book are the two chapters on light: Light and how we see it and Painting Light. Jean introduces the topic of painting light, by saying: "If you think seeing light is exciting, try deliberately setting out to paint it! Put the subject completely out of your mind and focus only on where you can see light". That caught my attention!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Daniels on September 26, 2011
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For me,this book illustrates a very unfamiliar use of watercolor technique. I found that this method of painting is very relaxing, quick, and forces the painter into a looser style of painting. I like it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronald K. Ridley on July 5, 2011
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Jean is a great artist, especially her Rooster paintings. The photos of her paintings are great. Written instruction could be better. Hard to follow some of the instruction. She has pictures of paintings that would have been nice to have demonstration step by step instruction on. Overall, this book has a few demonstrations good for loosening up your painting. Less design and more running paint, which allows you to have a simple focus point. This is good because it makes it easier for the view to see what is happening. Sincerely, Ron Ridley from the Ridley Art Studio
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linde on November 30, 2010
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How to paint colour and light in watercolour by Jean Haines. I first saw this book in the library and after enthusiasticaly paging through it I knew that I just had to own it.
The book is packed full of ideas, tips and expert advice on how to achieve using this very difficult medium. The images will certainly inspire any emerging artist, like me, to create scenes in this loose wet into wet expressive style.
I would say HAVE A GO! BEST OF LUCK - Linde
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Kelly on December 5, 2012
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A well respected and accomplished artist shows the practical elements and boundless possibilities of developing the eye of the aspiring artist as well as the professional artist.

Light is the sum of the total of what we see. Without light there is no image and no color. While this is obvious to anyone, it is the essence of a painting in any medium. But to paint well requires the artist to give much more brain energy to these fundamentals than most seem to give.

The book is broadly illuminating, if you'll excuse the pun. I learned to develop a keeness of observational skills using light and color to define depth and more fully enrich the point of interest in a piece of art. The trick now is to retain these skills consistently in every painting I do. Style cannot be developed, no matter how clever the artist, without understanding the relationship between light and color. It is the most important aspect of art.

I suggest it has a valuable place on your shelf of reference books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nan Thompson on December 8, 2012
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I ordered this and her other book - Atmospheric Watercolors at the same time. Probably don't need both; but that's OK.
Atmospheric Watercolors is written later and I think better. I love her work and style. The following should have been put in the review of that second book -Sorry. I've only read a little so far, and skimmed the rest; but I'm thrilled and impressed. Can't wait to get started (recent knee replacement).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Brennan on June 15, 2013
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Jean Haine's is fluid and free in her work. I also have "Atmospheric Watercolours" - I highly recommend by her. I love the way she captures the essence of a subject - whether it be a cat's eye, a doorway in Venice, or daffodils - because she allows the colors to mingle and drip and knows when to stop painting and walk away. Her paintings are mystical and dream-like, a wonderful way of looking at the natural world. If you like tight, botanical, detailed paintings, she is not for you, but if you are drawn to free flowing movement, you will love her art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. White on September 15, 2011
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I bought this book having read the recommendations on Amazon. She does illustrate a truely gorgeous style of watercolour painting but I was disappointed with the lack of demos as the chapters went along, even though there are good long demos at the end. I think this would benefit from an accompanying DVD of techniques. I feel this is more directed towards experienced watercolour practitioners. Would be very good for loosening up experienced peoples work by mixing on the page instead of on the palette. Have added to my library but may not use too much.
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