Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Watercolour Workshops 2015: UK and USA

A Blast Of Colour

Watercolour Workshops 2015

Next year is going to be a very  exciting twelve months as I have a full itinery with wonderful art events and a new book launch.  I thought it might be a good idea to catch up on my blog for anyone interested in attending my watercolour workshops.

UK  Watercolour Workshops 2015.
These are held in Hampshire in Jane Austen countryside. If anyone is coming from overseas and would like information on places to visit or stay whilst here just let me know.

I am currently working on my 2015 schedule  and details will be released to all artists who are already on my email contact list. There are new courses as well as firm favourites. Places will go very quickly so please book as soon as you recieve the information to avoid disappointment.
To be on my workshop list please email

USA 2015 Watercolour Workshop Tour
 I am thrilled to be returning to USA for the launch of my new book there. My tour includes  New York, California, West Virginia and St Louis. An update on bookings is as follows.

California :  All workshops are FULLY BOOKED
West Virginia and St Louis will not be confirming bookings until January 2015
New York :  Dates have now been released and bookings are being taken so please get in touch as a few spaces at this moment in typing are still available.

To be put in touch with the  organisers of these events please contact me on


Cailfornia : Plein Air Convention April  2015

I will be demonstrating at the Plein Air Convention in April 2015 plus signing copies of my books.  Full details are available via this link.


Patchings Art Festival : June 2015

My new book "Jean Haines World of Watercolour" will be launched at Patchings Art Festival so if you would like a signed copy I will be there in June and looking forward to celebrating its' release. Demonstrations will be on the new subjects and techniques in this fabulous new publication.
More details to be given at a later date!


Wednesday : Day Three : Getting Into My Art

 Adding Horses to one of my horse racing paintings
( Copyright Jean Haines ) 

I had the best day ever painting yesterday. All the stress from worrying about my wonderful dog Bailey, who was very ill ,has left me. I am playing lively music with sparks almost flying off my brushes as my new gallery collection comes to life,for my next solo exhibition at the Wey Gallery in Godalming, Surrey.

I have to move when I paint action scenes. And I get far better results if I play music full volume which helps to drown out the imaginary noise of the horses hooves as they race towards me. I do tend to get so involved while painting these pieces that, at times, I genuinely feel I can hear the thunder of the hooves hurtling towards me at great speed. So much so I need to take breaks now and then when working on a particularly lively painting. I am alright while painting the jockeys but as soon as the horses appear  I get the incredible sensation I am about to be knocked over by them! There comes a point when I have to leave my studio just to gain a stationary feeling once more.

How is that for getting into your art?

More to follow!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday : Day Two of the Race

A second jockey appears on my new large painting of a horse racing scene

I must admit last night I couldn't wait to return to my studio this morning, to continue working on my new horse racing scene. I have now added the second jockey.  At this stage I haven't decided how many will be in the race. Whether there will be a strong lead with just two  horses out in front and several  trying to catch up in the distance or will I make this a photo finish with an exciting dash to the finishing line?

The painting will guide me as it evolves. This is such an exciting way to create. I'm not telling the story , the pigments are and they will make this drama unfold as my brushes move across paper!

More soon!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday Morning : Blank Piece of White Paper Day!

Gorgeous white paper waiting to be painted on.
A new horse racing scene is about to appear!

I love Mondays. They always have that exciting feel about them, as you never know exactly what the week ahead will bring. For me the last few months have been so hectic as I have worked on my new book, held workshops, demonstrated and juggled a few interviews plus written art features.  I am also working on my USA tour 2015/16. 

But right now I am  really eagerly working on a brand new collection of watercolours for my annual exhibition at the Wey Gallery in Godalming which opens in September 2014. My show would not be complete minus my horse racing scenes which are always included in this gallery show.

Today I took a large piece of white paper and started painting with a bright red " jockey" who will be flanked by others alongside him. Will he be the winning lead? Or will he be behind another leading horse determined to win? I am not sure yet. I'm going to let the painting evolve and take me where it wishes to go. But I know one thing. My brushstrokes will be fast as the speed in this race is exceptional!

Happy Monday!


Final Photography Session for my New Book : 2014

The "A Team"
Photography Shoot for my new book 2014
Roddy, Me, Jo and Katie.

Last week flew by, almost like a blur. I left home last Tuesday evening to head for a hotel the night before the final photography shoot of my new book, which will be launched next year.  As the photography studio had moved to temporary premises I set out the next day armed with the post code and address, leaving early to make sure I arrived in good time.

To cut a very long story short, my wonderful Sat Nav gave me that dreaded message " You have reached your destination" while I was sat in the middle of nowhere facing a field of cows.  As beautiful as they were I needed to contact my publishers and let them know I would a) be late for the photography shoot b) let them know I was lost and c) also ask for new directions. Great idea but there was no mobile phone  connection!

Luckily I wasn't that far away, found the studio and  arrived to a worried looking team who had wondered where I was. I am one of  those people who usually turn up early for events so this was quite unusual!  The all important coffee turned up quickly as a rescue, I had a really exciting meeting with my publisher first then we all down to work following the planned agenda of filming fo rthe day which I had prepared earlier.

Once we started filming, it was a fabulous day. I needed to ensure the images for the final sections in my new book showed not only clearly show how  I work but also are easy to follow step by step demonstrations.  It was fabulous listening to the " Oohs and aahs" of the team behind me when certain subjects came to life via my brushstrokes. And even more thrilling watching the gorgeous photography stills on the screen after each new subject was painted.

There were lovely landscapes photographed in this session  that should be very tempting for readers to try. And if, like me, you love travelling you should be seeing inspiration at every new holiday location from here in. Once you see these demonstrations and read these chapters.

The day flew by and I eventually packed my car for the journey home. After which the dreaded author photo had to be taken. The one that goes inside the cover of my book. I always laughingly dread this part! Then we took a team photo by which point we were all happily laughing.

I am so lucky to have these experiences. And so lucky to have such a great team of people backing me.

Now all I have to do is wait for the contact sheets to arrive so I can write about the new "step by step" images for the last section of my book. Then I need to write the close. After which  all these completed paintings and text go to my publishers where my final lay out is checked by the design team . I then get to have my say on the final proof of my new book which will be a very exciting time. After all of this the book goes to print, a stage in a books journey which can take up to six months. Hence the long wait for new books to be launched.  I can't wait to see the advanced copy!

There is so much to understand about being an author. You need patience, something to write about obviously, enthusiasm and time also play a huge part in writing. The process of  writing a book was a huge learning curve and as this  will be my third publication I have grown as an author. But as always I want to include so much information and many more tips that I have discovered since writing "Atmospheric Watercolours" .

Roll on the next stage of this books life and I will be sharing an updtae on its progress as soon as I can.

Watch this space!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Photography Shoot for New Book This Week

 Contact Sheets from Previous Photography Session for my new book

Time flies when you are having fun they say. My life is on "full speed ahead" continually!

I have been quietly working on my new book "Jean Haines World of Watercolour" and it has been such  joy to put together. I am at the terrible stage where I know it is nearly completed. I say terrible because I am loving writing this new book that I don't want this particular creative journey to ever end. I honestly have put every single tip I have been given over the years into demonstrations and step by steps. I have tried to make everything  in this publication not only easy to follow but achievable. I also want to inspire, create excitement and the glorious feeling of never wanting to finish reading it, as a book you can return to time and time again.

What happens when you write a book? 

Well in all honesty, if you love being an author,you almost become  anti -social once you get  well within the heart of what you are creating. A lot of my life has been given up where have been times when I haven't wanted to leave my studio. Many chapters have been far too interesting to leave. 

First, there is the initial idea, the birth of a creation which takes place between me and my wonderful publisher. We both knew where I was heading when I completed writing "Atmospheric Watercolours". The feedback from it was so  wonderful worldwide and  very kind personal messages from readers incredibly led me to this new opportunity. To write another book.  So to everyone who contacted me about my last book, this new one is because of you taking that time. Thank you! 

 Thank you to everyone who let me know by kind book reviews or personal messages how much you enjoyed my last book. "Atmospheric Watercolours".

It was decided that my new publication would be not only be about how I paint but why, inviting readers into my learning and creative process so that they can  enjoy exploring watercolour as much as I do.

While "Atmopsheric Watercolours" has been a success I wanted my next book to be even better, full of more ideas, ways to use favourite techniques  to grow as an artist. What I hadn't expected from writing it is how my own approach would grow. I thought I was already a watercolour addict but writing this new publication is turning on  massive buttons of inspiration that once switched on are impossible to switch off! I can't stop seeing things to paint or way to paint them in even more thrilling ways. Maybe one day I should write a book on how to turn off all these "inspiration buttons" but for now I don't think so. I want them turned on continually!

So here I am, today, preparing for the last photography shoot of this gorgeous new book which will be launched next year. Once completed it will be proof read and then I will have the task of approving the final design lay out. So far I have the chapters laid out with images and text  for each page but once the book is put together some may need to be moved. After this final process the book will go for printing which takes some months before the launch date.

And I will wait for it to come back to me in a finsihed state, and at that point my heart skips a beat!

This is one  incredible art journey and I am loving every single step of the way. If you are reading my blog, thank you so much for sharing my journey with me.

Back to packing!
 Art equipment and my book so far.

Paintings and text from my new book to be compiled into the finished article.

The work involved in creating an art book  requires  many hours but its so worth it!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Monterey, CA APRIL 13-17, 2015

Jean Haines
PleinAir magazine is pleased to announce that United Kingdom artist Jean Haines will headline the 4th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, to be held April 13-17, 2015.

Haines is considered the finest watercolor artist in the UK and one of the best in the world. She is among the most sought-after instructors for those studying watercolor; her workshops are always sold out with waiting lists.

Golden Pond by Jean Haines

"This is a rare appearance, and we are very fortunate to be able to feature Jean Haines at the Plein Air Convention," PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads said. "Jean is heavily booked and rarely does an appearance such as this. Watercolor painting has become an important part of the convention, and we are honored to have Jean headline our watercolor program this year. Chances are our watercolor stage will sell out once word of her appearance gets out." 

Grand National Sensation by Jean Haines

Haines will do a live watercolor demonstration during the convention and will be available throughout the week to work with watercolor artists during the convention's outdoor painting sessions. The Plein Air Convention offers a stage devoted to watercolor painting and a full agenda of watercolor painters, to be announced. 

Magical Catch by Jean Haines

Jean Haines is a watercolorist whose experience and inspiration derive from all over the globe. She began her art career as a little girl in Wales, drawing with oversized crayons given to her by her grandmother. As an adult, living in such places as Dubai and Hong Kong has profoundly influenced Jean's art, exposing her to everything from different lights to the varied ways in which art is influenced by culture. Today, Jean is well known around the world as a top watercolorist, and is a member of the Society of Women Artists.

About the Plein Air Convention

The Plein Air Convention takes place April 13-17, 2015 in Monterey, California. It includes three stages with big-screen HD video, featuring watercolor, oil, and pastel, and a fourth stage for additional demonstrations. The convention attracts more than 700 artists from all over the world, who come to see the world's top artists teaching their painting techniques live and for outdoor painting each day of the convention. It attracts plein air (outdoor) painters as well as painters who do landscape, figurative, portrait, still life and other forms of painting.

To register, PHONE 561.655.8778 or go to