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!



Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your new book! Your last book was a wonderful addition to my art studio :).
Stay inspired!

Marian Fearon said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I love reading your blog and I'm so looking forward to your new book next year. You're an amazing artist Jean Haines. Xx