Jean Haines is well known for her passion for working in her favourite medium, watercolour. Here at Jackson’s we stock a range of products which Jean has worked on developing, including the Jean Haines Table Easel which is a Jackson’s exclusive. As a respected watercolourist with her unique style, we thought it would be a great idea for Jean to judge a watercolour competition. The prize? All 4 of Jean Haines Watercolour Brushes, 4 Books, 3 DVDs and the Table Easel. That’s a combined value of £395!
The first part of the prize is a selection of painting materials: four watercolour brushes and a Jean Haines Beech Table Easel. This model is a replica of an easel which was made for Jean while she was living in Dubai and which she has used ever since. It was made by Jackson’s and was designed to take a half or quarter sheet of watercolour paper with ease. The watercolour brushes are made for Jean by Rosemary and Co., and are as follows:
- A Jean Haines Squirrel Mop, for washes and bold wet work.
- A Jean Haines Kolinsky Sable Pointed Round (Size 12), “the perfect brush for all manner of watercolour work – I would be lost without it!” (Jean Haines).
- A Jean Haines Kolinsky Sable Pointed Round (Size 10), a versatile watercolour brush which is, as Jean says, “great for working on all subjects”.
- A Jean Haines Kolinsky Sable Rigger, “fantastic for not only adding detail but picking up small amounts of pigment to strengthen individual sections of a painting.” (Jean Haines).
The second part of the prize bundle is a selection of Jean’s books and DVDs which will help you to make the most of these painting materials. The books include ‘Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours’, the new and extended edition of ‘Colour and Light in Watercolour‘, ‘Jean Haines’ World of Watercolour‘ and Jean’s newest book, ‘Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour‘. The instructional DVDs are ‘Amazing Ways With Watercolour‘, ‘Watercolour Inspiration: Jean Haines‘ and ‘Watercolour Passion: Jean Haines SWA‘.
We left the theming of the Jean Haines Watercolour Competition entirely up to Jean, so we’ll let her take it from here:
“I have been invited to set a watercolour competition with an amazing prize. The winner will receive all of my watercolour books, DVDs, my personal collection of brushes (which are awesome to use) and my new easel sold exclusively by Jackson’s Art Supplies. That’s a lot of prizes for one competition!
And so I thought about who would benefit most from winning the prizes. Well, someone who adores working in watercolour obviously, or someone who is thinking of moving to watercolour from another medium, or someone who paints in a tight style wishing to loosen up. Or someone who is new to painting altogether. So how could I create a theme for a competition that would appeal to everyone?
Also don’t you find you often want to enter a competition but the description of what you have to do to win doesn’t appeal to you? I am also meeting many people who feel they simply aren’t good enough to enter a competition or they feel they don’t stand a chance of winning. If that is you please read on!”
This competition is easy.
“All you have to do is show me what you are painting, right now. Don’t worry if you think you aren’t good enough or be concerned if your painting style is different to mine. I want to get to know you and see how you would enjoy winning the prize of a collection of my art books and equipment. Paint your favourite subject in your favourite way, using your favourite colours. If you are new to painting just try. That sounds easy enough doesn’t it. But of course there is a catch. I want to feel your passion for your chosen subject. So if you are painting a favourite landscape for example I want you to take me there or at least make me feel I want to go there. Or if you are painting a pet, show me their character in a way that tugs at my emotions, making me smile or want to hug them. Or simply use colour!
I am passionate about working in watercolour. And everyone on my workshops becomes as addicted to working in this medium as I am.
So I don’t mind what level of artist you are. Beginner to advanced. Paint something you love and show me!”
“Any style, any subject, any technique but as I will be judging, your work has to show me you have created your painting in pure watercolour. I want to see that my favourite medium has been used.
And as this is such a terrific competition how about sharing it with a friend? You could pass this information on to someone you feel could be too shy to enter without your push. Go on, make this your good deed for the day and encourage someone that you think is talented to enter. That nudge from you might be starting them on a road to success and happiness!”
Entries to the Jean Haines Watercolour Competition are being accepted from 1st December with the deadline for submission being 21st December. Only one entry per artist please! The winner will be chosen by Jean Haines and will be announced on Friday 23rd December. What a great Christmas present!
Enter below using the entry form, and don’t forget to share and encourage artists and friends to enter. We look forward to seeing all of your entries!