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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 31 January 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219590
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $52.99

Atmospheric Animals in Watercolour


Painting with spirit & vitality by Jean Haines

Book Description

The inimitable Jean Haines guides you, step-by-step, through breathing life into your watercolour animal paintings.

From domestic cats and dogs to wild lions and giraffes, bestselling artist and author Jean Haines shows the reader how to bring a touch of life to their animal artwork. Known for the vibrant colours and exciting, innovative painting techniques that she brings to her work, Jean's latest book is a course that invites beginners and experts alike to share a journey through painting animals from around the world.

For lifelike results, painting animals requires a delicacy of touch and a deep understanding of their lifestyle. Jean presents a course for the reader, working from simple one-paint artworks through to more vivid paintings that incorporate exciting textural effects. Using lessons from nature to help bring the reader closer to the animals, Jean shows the reader how to bring vitality and that vital sense of life to the work through step-by-step instructions.

Suitable for all abilities, from first-time painters to experienced artists, Jean shares all the materials and secret techniques she uses, and provides a wealth of expert tips and advice inspired by the animals themselves, helping the reader to progress and find their own path. Jean uses Daniel Smith materials in this book but other materials can be used to achieve similar results.

Scattered throughout the book are dozens of Jean’s wonderful paintings; showcasing a veritable Noah's ark of different animals artists of all abilities will find these inspiring and encouraging. 

Table of Contents

Author’s welcome6
Igniting the passion10
The bear necessities14
My approach to painting animals22
Getting started: Simple studies30
Step-by-step Elephant in monochrome34
Learning from animals38
Step-by-step Hedgehog44
Inspiration from nature48
For the love of dogs52
Step-by-step Italian Spinone: Humphrey64
Feline fine68
Step-by-step Socks74
A walk on the wild side80
Down under94
Step-by-step Sleepy Koala96
Under the sea106
Step-by-step Starfish108
Step-by-step Octopus116
A mammoth task122
Seeing double132
Be unique: sheep138
Bugs and butterflies144
Creative art152
Magical interpretations158

About the Author

About Jean Haines

Prize-winning and inspirational watercolourist Jean Haines is well-known for her love of her chosen medium and the ability to instil enthusiasm and motivation in all around her. Having lived and travelled in many countries, this popular international artist and teacher has developed her skills while under the influence of masters from many countries, including Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The magical free flow of water and colour straight on to a blank working surface creates amazing results, often leaving her sell-out audiences breathless with delight.

Jean runs hugely popular international watercolour workshops for artists from around the globe, and her highly sought-after paintings can similarly be found in homes all over the world. Jean is a member of the SWA, Society for Women Artists, and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Anthony J Lester Award during the SWA Annual Exhibition, and the SAA Professional Artist of the Year, Experimental and Abstract Award. She regularly writes for art magazines and exhibits in a number of galleries.

Jean lives in Hampshire, UK.


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