Wednesday, 13 July 2016

USA Workshops 2016/2017

"California Dreaming"

An update on my USA workshops  for 2106 and 2017

Whilst Fall 2016 and and Spring 2017 are fully booked, new courses have been confirmed for Fall 2017 and contact details for these will be  announced in a new blog post shortly.

USA Workshops  Fall 2016
Lake Tahoe 
 All Fully Booked 

USA Workshops Spring 2017
New Orleans
All Fully Booked 

USA Workshops Fall 2017
Booking enquiry details to be announced shortly



Roses in Watercolour: Summer 2016

Single Rose in Watercolour
Daniel Smith Opera Pink and Cadmium Yellow 

I have had a wonderful time painting roses in my cottage garden this summer. I have a rose bush that is called " Compassion" and it never fails to produce beautiful blooms each year. The more I cut for  floral arrangements the more blooms this plant seems to give me, and they are perfect for painting in watercolour.

I choose shades to capture their delicate hues carefully and my favourite colour to paint these particualr roses is Opera Pink by Daniel Smith. Why? It can be as vibrant as I need it to be or I can dilute it heavily to create very subtle colours which are perfect for the almost translucent effect of the petals of these roses. If I add Cadmium Yellow to it a superb peach shade appears. This again can be as bold or as quiet as I wish, purely by the addition of water.

 Placing my painting next to the real flowers to see if they are working, matching in colour and shape. They are!

I always sit quietly studying my subject before I pick up my brushes. Then I begin by creating a gentle first wash of the outline shape of one rose as my starting point.

1) My first roses created with Cadmium Yellow and Opera Pink shades by Daniel Smith. Detail is omitted in places to create the illusion of sunlight hitting the flower.

Once I am happy with the first flower I can begin to work on the next one, and I decide where this will be in my composition as my painting evolves in the development process

2) The second rose is added. A different bloom facing a different direction. No preliminary sketch means I am free to work at will where ever I feel colour or a rose will work best in my painting.

 Matching my painting to the real thing.

With the two  first roses in place I can start building up my painting by adding other roses and buds in the background. I study the real flowers carefully before adding each brush stroke and new addition of colour. Taking my time, relaxing and loving looking at and smelling the gorgeous roses in my garden

A summers day spent painting roses.

I added very little green to this painting as I loved the effect of light given to this piece by leaving so much white paper. Sections to be filled in by the viewers imagination.

"Summer Heaven "

We race through life with so much to do each day that we often forget to seriously take time out to chill, relax and yes, smell the roses. So whatever you are doing take an artists' tip from me today. Find time just for you to paint something you love. Now, while you can. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to any of us so don't waste a minute.


And enjoy painting what you love when you want to.

You deserve it!


UK Workshops 2017 : NEWS

"Summer Whites"
Phlox  flowers, painted in my cottage garden 


I need to make an announcement that my schedule for 2017 is going to vary from previous years as I will not be holding any one day watercolour workshops in UK next year.

I will be working on a project which means I will need personal time to paint, rather than hold the regular one day courses that I have loved until now. These take so much of my personal time in administration. background preparation, setting up and the actual teaching of courses themselves.

What I have decided to do instead is host fabulous annual art events. Giving my all into each. These will be more personal with, weather permitting in Summer a visit to my cottage garden  and home as part of the event.

However for now there will be no workshop waiting lists. I will advertise the events on my blog and accept bookings on a first come, first serve basis.

This is a big change to my teaching routine. But much needed as I am finding my own time for painting is disappearing to such an extent that it isn't where I wish to be as an artist right now.

To everyone who has attended my workshops in UK you will have witnessed the energy and love I put into each one. Thank you so much for attending. The memories have been incredible and friends made for life  so amazing.

This is not a permanent break. But a year off to work on an exciting project that I have been offered and am very eager to do . One which will benefit everyone who loves watercolours!

For anyone who has missed my UK workshops or who would like to return please read my previous blog post about a few cancellations that have arisen for my upcoming 2016 workshops. There are a few places this year so jump in if you can and take one while they are available!

Happy painting !


UK Workshops 2016: Cancellation Places Available

 Spaces available.

My workshops this year are fully booked however due to unforeseen circimstances there are a few cancellation places available.

This is an unusual situation but if you are interested please contact me on

I cannot guarantee you will get a place but you will be on the waiting list and contacted as soon as possible!


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Foxgloves in Sunlight : Watercolour

 Foxgloves in sunlight

The foxgloves in our cottage garden this year have been incredible. Especially when the sun has been shining, which is rarely at the moment!  Even so I have several washes of foxgloves on the go. Above is a section of one painting in its' first wash stage. I love this section. Light is flooding into it. Glowing warmth is hitting the buds and blooms at the top of the flower stem. Its' so pretty as it highlights how gorgeous the foxgloves are from a profile view.

The cluster of foxgloves ,where I sat to paint this, growing in my garden look amazing in one particular flower bed. The group is captured in a larger painting which can be seen below. These flowers are quite interesting. I learned so much from observing them as my focus when painting foxgloves always seems to be on the dotted pattern inside each bell shape. But from this view I realised you couldn't even see any of these dots. There were just dark shadows in the inner flower bells that were clearly in view. So I could simplify and not add too much detail in this piece. Whic is yet to be completed.

 Full composition
Foxgloves in Sunlight

I am now sharing why I like painting from life, not from photographs. Compare the two paintings below. Both unfinished. One is painted in my garden. One from a photograph. Can you see how I was tempted to add darks and miss the natural light that is obvious in the lighter painting?

 Side by side : Foxglove paintings from life and a photograph.

The best advise I can give any new artist is to paint from life as much as possible. Study how colour is effected by sunlight and how shadows come into play in every single subject. Store all this wonderful information so that on rainy days or times when you cannot go outside to paint from life you will have an inner instinct, which has developed over time. So that you know how things can look much better when using light well in your art.

But now its time for me to paint again!

Have fun looking for light and capturing it in your paintings!


Delphinium Blues

"Delphinium Blues"
Painted from my cottage garden

It is ages since I last posted on my blog. This is a year that I will never forget for many reasons.
Both of my sons are now married. With weddings only weeks apart.  I have had a book launch and workshops in UK. You can imagine how busy I have been!  Emotionally, not just physically. And summer is definitely flying by. John and I have had several trips to France and will be over again next week for a friends 70th birthday. In fact so much is happening that for the first time in years I have found it rather difficult to race to my studio to paint.

Never in anyones' life has been the timing or title of a book launch so perfect.

"Paint Yourself Calm"

I have had to use my own new book "Paint Yourself Calm" on many occasions recently. Telling myself if I don't have time to paint a serious painting I can at least experiment with calming washes.On some days, I have chosen colours to deliberately calm me and used the techniques from my book have helped so much. Other days, I have chosen colours to energise my soul when things have all seemed too much. It is very rare for me to admit that I needed to be energised or lifted spiritually. But I did.

I love the good friends around me who have helped me. 

Thank you!

There has been a tiny hiccup with my health too which saw John race me to hospital where I was immediatey given an ECG. I am fine but he was right to step in and ignore my plea that I was fine. I AM fine but I had a warning to listen, to needing to rest and now happily I can say my batteries are recharged. Most importantly I am now bouncing around again as normal.

I am lucky. John has been an abolsute rock as always and I am now, back in my studio painting again which is where I find my inner peace! 

Long may this continue!


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Patchings Art Festival 2016

Filming in Cincinatti for Artists Network TV 2016
New DVDs will be available in July 2016 

I'm thrilled to share the news that I will be demonstrating at Patchings Art Festival in the main St Cuthberts Mill marquee this year at the following times.

 Jean Haines Demonstrations in the St Cuthbert Mills Marquee

Thursday 9th June     2.45p.m
Friday 10th June       10.45 a.m.
Saturday 11th June  12.45 p.m

I will also have my own marquee where I will  be selling and signing copies of my books. I hope to paint too time allowing!

For full details please see this link


Please know everyone is welcome at what I call the art event of the year!
Come and say Hi if you visit!