"On the Beach"
Original watercolour by Jean Haines
A sense of movement, life and emotion.
Sometimes I return to favourite subjects that I have painted previously. This child is a young lad I saw when I was in Hong Kong visiting one of the islands. From a fish restaurant nearby I sat and watched as he found treasure after treasure.Shells, small pebbles and items that many adults would simply pass by. To this small boy each was something incredible worth taking the time to touch, study and enjoy.
We grow and as our lives become busy we often miss so much. It is the same whilst painting in watercolour. We can miss the small wonders of a painting as it develops purely by being in such a race to get to the finished result. For me every brushstroke brings the joy felt by a child such as this on the beach. Each mark on paper is a treasure that leads to another and every stage leads me to somewhere else that is just as fantastic.
How we learn from the innocence of a child in so many ways.