"The Artist" Magazine have given my book " How to Paint Colour and Light In Watercolour" a wonderful review this month and I am thrilled.
The Artist , Aug 10
"This book is, quite simply, mouth watering. 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. Although she uses her experiences and understanding of the medium to inform her work, in the book she explains how to achieve different looks in a straightforward and enthusiastic way, so it seems as if with concentration and effort, anyone can do it. She begins with helpful suggestions about materials to use, a list of the 11 pigments she has used throughout the book and suggests that instead of trying to control your watercolour, you 'enjoy its many facets,' allowing it to run and blend without fearing the results, to give your paints the freedom to move on your paper without worrying that they might misbehave. With lots of stunning images and several demonstrations, the vibrant, light-filled paintings and instructions guide readers through those most difficult of problems – of knowing when to stop, when to relax and when to take control".
With a thousand copies sold within the first weeks of my books launch at the Mall Galleries in London I am absolutely over the moon. Considering writing was really simply a dream a short while ago I cannot begin to explain how I feel at the moment.