Colour & Light in Watercolour (How to Paint) || Jean Haines

Colour and light are two of the most important elements in the composition of any painting, so a simple guide that sets you on the right road is to be welcomed.

However, before you part with your hard-earned cash, a word of caution. Jean Haines has a very loose, almost abstract style that makes heavy use of washes and spattering and is by no means going to be to everyone’s taste; in fact, at times it’s so extreme that the form tends to obscure the message it’s trying to get across. The irony is that, if they’d called it How to Paint Wet-in-Wet, I’d be here telling you what a masterclass it was.

I have no complaint with the basic ideas or the way they’re explained, but I’m really not sure that Jean’s style is suited to what, when it comes down to it is, or ought to be, a fairly technical manual.

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