Saturday, 19 August 2017

UK Watercolour Workshops 2018 : How To Book

My Cottage Garden
Hard work but so worth it!

UK WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOPS 2018 
Open for booking now!

Following on from my last blog post I would like to explain how booking for my UK Watercolour Workshops is working this year.  In the past, I had a fabulous PA, Christine, who kindly sent out  my UK workshop programmes to everyone who was on my email contact list. Christine retired last year but we both realised that places on my courses were sold out long before I even had the chance to advertise them.  Because of this situation I have been inundated with emails over the last few years from artists and newcomers to my work asking me "How on earth do people get a place on your workshops?" There has even been a joke recently that getting a place on my workshops is similar to getting tickets at Glastonbury, such is their popularity!

It is true my courses in the past have sold out the minute dates have been announced. I do put my all into each course and I'm not happy unless everyone attending has left feeling 100% inspired from my sessions.

But this year I am doing things very differently. To give everyone a fair chance at getting a place I have told everyone to keep en eye on my blog for  UK workshop announcements. The programme of 2018 courses has now been formed and is ready to be sent out to anyone who is interested in coming to one of my courses. If you are reading this you are among the first this week to hear about my next years programme.  But I have already been inundated with messages and as I am handling the bookings personally it is taking me time to even forward the workshop list and from Monday next week I will have contacted everyone who has contacted me so far. 

How to find out what courses are available?
There are a limited number of two day and one day courses available in 2018 in April, May and August. Because I travel for my international courses and exhibit , my time to teach in UK is now getting less each year.
 Email me as on jeanhaines@hotmail.com
You will be sent a workshop list with all the information you need on courses, dates, fees and location. 

How do I select a course?
 Choose a course that appeals to you most of all. But bear in mind all are intended to be exciting, highly inspirational and motivational.

 What level of artist do I have to be to come?
 My workshops appeal to everyone. I have many professional artists come to me because they have lost the buzz when they paint. All their enthusiasm has been lost so I give them a boost, a renewed energy bringing back the joy in their approach to painting. Beginners come too and they love being introduced to the fantastic world that is watercolour. So everyone is welcome but do mention when you book a course if you are new to painting, as it will help me guide you to your best workshop selection choice.

Should I be nervous?
Absolutely NOT! 
If you come on one of my courses in minutes you will be at ease and I can safely say that I'll help you relax and love painting.  

How do I pay ?
Once you have selected your  workshop you will be sent a second  email with paying options and only when this  payment has been cleared your course  and place is confirmed. 

Cancellation Fee and Refund Policy
Please read this carefully if you are thinking of booking a course.  In the past I have been really generous by either not having a cancellation fee or refund policy in place but it hasn't worked for several reasons. Full details are now given at the time of booking.

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So next week I will be contacting everyone who has already got in touch or who is still to contact me.

Stage 1. Email me for course details
Stage 2. Email me your workshop choice
Stage 3. Pay to confirm your booking.

As simple  as one,two,three!

So if you haven't contacted me already, please do so now!

jeanhaines@hotmail.com
Title of your email:  UK Workshops 


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Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK Watercolour Workshops 2018

Jeans cottage garden full of gorgeous  flowers and wildlife just waiting to be painted!
Hampshire, U.K. 


I know everyone has eagerly and patiently waiting for me to announce next years UK workshop programme.Well I have good news! It is ready and bookings will be open from next week. Booking is very different this year. In the past  everyone on my email list has received early notification about my upcoming workshops before they were published online. This meant my courses were virtually sold out before many newcomers even knew about them. To be fair , I have changed the way bookings are taken. Now everyone gets the news at exactly the same time and has the same chance to gain a place. I laughed when an artist recently commented that getting a place on my UK workshops is almost like getting tickets for Glastonbury! But here we are.

Location : My workshops are always held in 

Winchfield Village Hall
Station Hill
Winchfield
Hampshire
UK
RG27 8BX 

Accommodation : There are many local Bed and Breakfasts nearby, plus hotels easily found online.

Courses: There are one and two day courses available but as always, places are strictly limited on each to ensure everyone has my personal attention throughout the session. Each workshop is aimed at being highly motivational and inspirational. The idea is to leave eager to paint when you return home or to your studio!

Dates : UK Workshops  run in April , May and August 2018 .
Full details will be sent with course descriptions and workshop fee to all interested artists on application for a place..

Depending on weather,  the two day workshops may include a visit to my garden after the first days session. 

So what do you if you wish to book a workshop in UK with me next year? Email me straight away!

Please note, all bookings will be taken by me personally by email. On a first come first served basis. No booking is confirmed until full payment has been cleared.  And please read the refund policy before signing up.

Contact me now on jeanhaines@hotmail.com

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Hampshire is a beautiful place to visit so accompanying non artists usually have a terrific time and are welcome to join us on the two day workshop get together after class.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Brush With a Woman Exhibition Collection 2017



 "Badgering On "
Original Watercolour
£620
Size : W70cms x  H60 cms

"A BRUSH WITH A WOMAN"
Solo Exhibition at 
THE FRAME GALLERY 
81, High Street,
Odiham
Hampshire
UK
RG29 1LB 
 Tel : 01256 701082 

My solo exhibition opens at the Frame Gallery on 1st September 2017 with a preview event to celebrate this exciting new body of work. there will be favourite subjects in the show but as always, often only one of each subject. The above is the only badger in the collection and it is a beauty. The claws, eye and fine detail bring this wonderful animal to life. Badgers have always been close to my heart and I watch them regularly, usually at dusk. Magical, magnificent and a sight to behold.

To see or purchase this original painting please contact Jan at the Frame Gallery.

Please note: Paintings can be reserved in advance as favourite subjects tend to go quickly.

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Something Out Of Nothing



A colourful accidental blob of colour turns into a posy of red flowers 

A wonderful start to my day was a call from my publishers to go through the early proof of the first half of my new book.  I had previously sent off my text and images and my ideas for the initial lay out, and the publisher has come back with the look and feel of the book as it will be when the book is published. There is something so very exciting about this stage of writing. The book has taken a life of its' own and is looking so gorgeous already, that writing the next chapters is all I want to do at the moment and with no workshops for the next few weeks my focus can solely be on writing and putting the next temptingly pleasing demonstration sections together.

I usually stretch myself too thinly between teaching, exhibiting and writing when my I know that my heart purely wants to paint. And it has taken me some time, and courage to back away from teaching in UK for a whole year to simply do just that. Paint. But my art work is now so much better and I have so much more to share. I love the description that we, as humans, are like cars, and we can't run on empty.  Whilst I admit that I wasn't running on " empty" with inspiration, I wasn't giving myself enough free time to " top up my inspirational tank" to research new ideas. I have done that now and feel so much better for it!

However , back to my book. Towards the end of the discussion on changes to be made I walked to my easel and allowed colour  to run over a scrap of paper. I let this colour dry completely while the conversation began to close and slowly, bit by bit, afterwards I added shapes where I could see them in the original red " colour blob". 

My garden must be continually on my mind as small flowers and individual petals emerged with encouragement from my brush work and colour additions.


 
 Colour blob before too many detail of flowers has been added

It is strange how something can be made out of  nothing. Just a random red wash.
A throw away piece, just playing with colour, relaxing. Thinking about nothing else in the world. 
Just finding that time to unwind and simply paint no matter what the painting is.

Joy.

Calm

Fun.

And a break.

But now its' time to paint seriously again and work on my book.

I'm looking forward to it! 

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Artists Tip for the day

 Don't take yourself too seriously when you paint. Allow yourself to just play with colour now and then. You may discover something new, you may just love the freedom of playing and most of all, you will be moving your brush minus the pressure of always having to paint a serious piece.

Monday, 14 August 2017

My Life Is In Your Hands

Sweet Pea flowers appearing in the first stages of a new watercolour composition

This week I sent a very long reply to an email I had received and as I pressed send I realised I should possibly share some of my response. Purely because it may be helpful to other artists, art teachers and beginners to painting. 

The email title that I received was " My life is in your hands"  and the message had landed in my junk mail. I get so many messages daily that I do look through and delete any that may appear to be spam. I am afraid with this title I was on the point of deleting it when I realised the message was completely genuine. It wasn't asking for money or a donation. It was sincerely asking for my help as a professional artist. The message was long but it explained why it had been written. To ask my help for the sender to become a professional and successful artist. I was asked to guide them to making a career from painting. Which was a compliment as the sender admired my art and my own career.

Bearing in mind that I didn't know the sender or hadn't met them on a workshop, my advise in one way could only be limited . But I took time to absorb what they were asking of me. I slept on my reply and then responded. Basically, this is how I feel so I am sharing my advise here on my blog too.

Success comes from hard work at any skill, which means you need to take time to learn. Success isn't an instant thing that anyone can simply achieve because they hold a desire to be famous or indeed successful. It takes far more than simply wanting that goal to reach it.

I need to explain that in my case I do not see myself as , nor did I aim to be, a famous artist or indeed one that is necessarily successful.  I do what I am passionate about and I share my passion for working in watercolour. It is this love, and this love alone that I feel has aided me in reaching the point in my career where I am now. And because of my journey, and how much I have loved it, I am in a very good position to help others reach their goals or make their dreams come true. Which I try so hard to do with my books and  on my workshops.

But what is success? Is it making money from a career or being happy? Or ideally a combination of both.  I don't see what I do as a job. I see painting as a wonderful way of enriching my life. But what happened from my own time spent painting over the years has led me to a fantastic place in life where I enjoy meeting people from all over the world on my courses . And invitations  keep coming in for me to hold more at home in UK and internationally. Also, I love writing my books hoping to inspire others.

 I advised the sender of the email to take time to consider where they want to be and how they are going to get there. I explained this point clearly. I fear when anyone places their focus on success alone, they may miss out on the joy of creating because the pressure they place on their shoulders to sell art or be famous can overtake it. Which is the complete opposite to my of working which is to be consistently passionate about painting. I believe if you love your own art, as in you love creating it and enjoy  striving to be better each time you paint you will eventually get somewhere as an artist.

Many people simply paint because they love painting. And that is  wonderful.

But if you want to be successful as an artist professionally here are my tips.

1) Study from the best artists whose style you admire. Really study from them including looking at how long it has taken them to be successful in their careers. You should find their success hasn't happened over night.

2) Practise. Practise non stop and keep finding ways to improve your art. Never be satisfied, always want more from yourself.

3) Be unique. This is the most important tip. In my early years of exhibiting, galleries used to tell me they had turned away other artists who seemed to be too much like me. Their answer to the new artist to the  gallery was " We already have one Jean Haines , sorry" which sounds harsh but it was true. You need to be yourself, original and interesting which leads me to my next tip.

4) Be you. Find your own style. Yes there are many artists out there already painting everything in so many ways but I honestly believe that style is a huge part of who we are so let your personality shine and realise there is only one you and that is who a gallery wants to see. You.

5) Never give up. No matter what happens if your dream is to be successful keep fighting for that dream to come true.There may come a time when you need to face the fact you should follow another path but there are many roads to a successful career in art and you may just be on the wrong one.

6) Take rejection on the chin. It happens to everyone. Not every person that you meet is going to like your art. Accept it and realise that you too might not like their idea of a great painting!

7) Understand that success isn't given to you on a plate.  You have to work really hard for it.

8) Finally.  As much as other artists can offer you advise, it may not be the advise you want to hear. Have confidence in your own judgements. And your own ability.

I must admit I was really concerned to read that someones life was in my hands regarding their art career. But we never know what is happening on the other side of a computer screen and this artist asked for and needed my help. I hope I gave it well.

Keep painting. keep loving moving your brushes and keep looking for ways to make your work even more interesting.

For now I am getting back to painting the sweet pea flowers seen at the top of this blog post. I can't wait to finish them!

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Brush With a Woman Exhibition 2017 : SOLD

"Taking Flight"
Blue Tit in Flight
Painting from my next solo exhibition 2017
  (Reserved)

It's started happening already! 

My next solo exhibition takes place in September and already I have received interest in favourite subjects long before the show has even opened. The above painting of a blue tit in flight has been reserved before the show as someone really loved it and desperately wanted to make sure it was theirs. This happens quite often with my shows as collectors seem to know there might only be one of each subject such as hare or wildlife.

I do have some fantastic pieces in this new collection and everyone is welcome to attend.  But if you are after a certain favourite subject please keep an eye on my blog as I will share some of the paintings with full details from time to time before the show so that you can get an idea of what will be available and for sale.

If you wish to come to the Preview Evening please contact Jan, the owner of the gallery for an invitation. Please bear in mind you will be most welcome, I will be there and happy to sign books and greet you.



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Finland 2017

Interview in Finland

I am home from a wonderful trip to Finland where I taught two sold out workshops. Beautifully hosted and organised by Gunvor  Sarelin Sjoblom. My time their literally flew by and I met so many wonderful people. I really would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended my courses there but a huge special thank you must go to Gunvor because this idea was her " baby".

Gunvor attended my workshops in UK last year and loved them so much that she invited me to hold workshops in Finland where she lives. At first I thought my schedule for 2017 was already so tight that I held back on accepting the proposal. But finally I realised I had a one week slot available and gave these dates to Gunvor. That was it! From there everything was arranged as in venue, and artists started to book one of the two courses.  Both workshops sold out and had wait lists for cancellation places.

When I arrived I was thrilled with the teaching venue, full of natural light and every artist had plenty of personal space to work.  I loved each group so very much. I have to also say this is the first time a group of artists broke into song whilst I was demonstrating. The atmosphere was happy and light and so magical.

All too soon it was time to return to UK and I have some lovely photographs to share when I have more free time but right now I am desperately catching up in my studio. I have many new invitations for workshops to reply to. It never ceases to amaze me that just one person wanting me to visit their country can be as wonderfully effective as this last week in Finland.

Gunvor was that one special person on this trip who made things happen. A dream come true.

Thank you Gunvor and thank you to every artist making my first teaching trip to Finland so fantastic!

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