What Makes Jean Haines Tick? A Watercolor Artist Q&A
In Wait by Jean Haines, watercolor
Cheeky by Jean Haines, watercolor
Many funny things happen on them and I know if I wrote a book I could wind up with it being a much adored laugh a minute” book. But which narrative to opt to share? Perhaps I should only write the book!
Luckily I moved to Asia and functioned with a Shanghainese mentor who had used a pencil. I’ve not ever looked back. I have grown and trust I’m still climbing.
I do love teaching. I feel very humbled that I am fortunate enough to be invited all over the world by fantastic artwork societies or artwork centers who wish to host my classes.
I lost the will to both live and paint and decided that maybe I did not want to be an artist after all. That is until I found painting how I do now and wow, I fell in love with painting all over again and have never return.
She actually has magical in her hands free! But she’s also amazing when it comes to sharing her inspirations and what makes her ready to make in the studio daily.
Another great question. I sketched every detail in the time and then painted adding shade which possibly looking back felt somewhat like painting by numbers.
My enthusiasm is always at an all-time high that is usually pretty clear!
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You teach constantly. I’d really like to find out more about your adventures teaching, what the memorable course was, or what was the strangest thing that ever happened during a class. Maybe if students have some interesting differences in different nations as far as they approach painting watercolor?
Jean, you clarifies yourself as a bit of a watercolor enthusiast,” that I find interesting because it actually appears to be accurate when viewing you paint. Perhaps you have had that joy during your career as a painter, particularly when you’re learning, or if there was ever a time when it had been frustrating for you?
I must explain I adore botanical artwork and admire the greatest artists working within this discipline so much for their amazing attention to detail which takes much skill to catch in their job. But for me, after a while painting this manner seemed to kill my artistic spirit and dampen my enthusiasm for creating.
I love this question. I have truthfully always enjoyed painting since I was a child. I love colour and there isn’t a topic I can not fall in love with. But there was a time once I dropped my way as an artist. I believed I absolutely loved art but I was going to weekly art group years ago and everybody was painting the exact same thing in exactly the exact same manner. At the conclusion of every session everyone held up their virtually identical painting.
I understand in Texas one woman artist answered her phone and elatedly shared the news with the group which, It’s a boy.” I congratulated her
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Tell me about your choice to not ever use a pencil drawing when you paint. Did you always paint like this, and if not, when and why did you begin? I also wonder whether there are any exceptions – topics or compositions that require a drawing to pull off?
This is a negative of watercolour and bringing individuals together that we shouldn’t ever dismiss.
One reluctantly had been that the nurse who had looked after another’s little granddaughter, who had sadly lost her battle to cancer. These two girls had never found closed. Touchingly they did through art, through my publications and attending my course and meeting each other. The entire group cried when I shared with their story and all of us felt privileged to be a part of it.
I was at an exhibition recently where somebody I didn’t know approached me and inquired if an artist whose portrait that they has just seen had studied under me since they could easily view my style and influence in their work.
The Middle East taught me so much about portraiture and I studied with the top artists while there with this very subject and I am happy to have influenced many newer artists on the way to paint faces leaving several sections to the viewers imagination.
I enjoy sharing all of the tips I have found with others so that they can enjoy them too. What is life if we can’t give the things we love so much to others that will enjoy them? I give everything publicly in my own teaching.
Watercolour is a gorgeous medium but in the West we try to control it much too much. As I did breathing life.
My favorite and most emotional story has to be two female artists that didn’t know each other before they came to my workshop but ended up sitting near to each other.
I understand you studied in China, and it’d be really interesting to learn more about that. Everything you heard there, what you incorporated into you style and what you didn’t. If there was anything you heard in China that maybe you could not have heard elsewhere? Your website also mentions that you studied in India and Pakistan-how were these encounters?
That can be an interesting question to ponder. I do fulfill mainly professional artists who really admit they despise painting. They, in their own words, churn out art”
I was surprised and said their instinct was put on, as the artist had really studied . I’m lucky, I have traveled and still travel and I know where I proceed.
You seem to be very much an advocate of painting and mindfulness to improve your disposition. You put a significant emphasis on appreciating yourself as you paint, therefore I would be curious to know what you thinks about the tortured artist” trope, and maybe what you’d have to say to people who find themselves at a love-hate relationship with being an artist.
Asia influenced me considerably in the way I use my own brush. In the West we often think about how we select up colour. From the East I discovered how to let it go, releasing it from my brush and allowing the pigments socialize without my aid.
I am able to shout now thinking of that magical day and union that was meant to be. Can you imagine how bewitching their being collectively meeting that way was? How moving? They are now the best of buddies and I am honoured to say I too am their friend and always will be. We stay in touch and I am so very fond of them both. There’s often much more to an art course than artwork.
Autumn Flow by Jean Haines, watercolor
On being a new grandma but’d misheard. It ended up being a male, but not a baby. It turned out to be a new prize bull that was born! I can’t say that has happened on many of my workshops.
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I am experimenting with iridescent colours in copper and gold as well. Why not? Life as I always say is far too brief to be boring so that it’s out” with any old colors and in” with new ones.
I find anybody hating painting really sad but it’s never been my main wish to paint to market or be renowned. But that is not my main reason for painting.
I would also like to ask about the way you balance realism and expressive painting. For example, on your most recent movie on painting flowers, you get really expressive with all the brushwork, but take great pains to acquire the colors true. Your paintings can sometimes seem to be fading away into fog, filled with missing edges, but there is just enough solidity there that a viewer could identify the subject. How do you find that perfect point?
Most of us have experienced anxiety in our own lives in scenarios that often cannot be avoided. My artwork has taught me how to switch off, on or cope with them. I highly recommend studying mindfulness in art. It is well worth taking that time out to achieve that. As well as the artists that feel tortured, perhaps a new look at your life and art is overdue. Life is far too short not to enjoy it.
Over the years my method of painting has changed somewhat in that I have discovered why I am so joyful, so calm, so patient and so very much in love with life. It is simple. Art is my yoga. I relax when a brush is in my hands. Completely. I have daily exercises using colour to raise my mood, energize me or simply make me feel good.
Colour is so therapeutic. The action of pigment can affect the body and mind in ways we actually could find difficult to comprehend unless we’ve felt the very same amazing benefits. I understand my life is genuinely richer in many ways because of everything I do using watercolour and when I write I try to get that point across.
It’s beautiful and has changed me greatly as a individual and artist. I can’t wait to share it!
At this point it is a gorgeous soul touching second that cannot be described in words. It’s spiritual and uplifting.
Some openly admit they hate instruction also. My response to this last point is simply Don’t teach!” As it isn’t fair to anybody who pays to see you in the event that you do.
Beautiful words. However, the truth is I do not. That’perfect point’ finds me! Seriously! This is the zen component of my painting technique. I move to a calm state of being when I create and my topic will look sooner or later in the creative procedure. I can see it’s there. Magically. In an almost understated manner.
To sell and they hate painting exactly the same things differently.
In addition you get excited to talk about colour – you tend to talk about every color having a personality, almost a life of its own, which I adore and which resonates so powerfully with me. So what colors are inspiring you lately and do your color moods change with seasons?
It’s Autumn in UK and now I’m surrounded by large pine trees glowingly adorned in their autumnal wardrobe of the year. Rusts, golds and reds are shining from sunlight so my influence from nature guides my artists attention to using Quinachridone Gold and Daniel Smiths stunning Aussie Red Gold.
When artists study together and learn my techniques they too feel it and they can be moved to tears as soon as it occurs. It is lovely and part of my artistic style.