Painting by Jean Haines
A while back I purchased her book, Atmospheric Watercolours: Painting with Freedom, Expression and Style. Although her style appears effortless, it does take a lot of practice. And I continue to practice.
Here is what Haines says about her daily painting sessions: "I have a wonderful daily routine where I start each painting session with watercolor play. I take three scraps of paper and use different colors, pigments and techniques on each."
"My focus in these watercolor warm-ups is to enjoy painting by experimenting, to remove any negative thoughts from outside daily influences. I enable myself to reach a place in my mind that I call the peaceful zone. It’s at this point, when I have reached a state of calm, that I can paint at my best. This is when I would begin a serious painting."
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