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The value of a positive wish

Jean Haines encourages you to make a wish list and live your dreams by feeding the power of positivity into your watercolour paintings, as she demonstrates here

’I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.’ Muriel Strode

Jean Haines tutors watercolour workshops for artists in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the Society of Women Artists and has won numerous awards for her work, and exhibits in a number of galleries. For more information about her books, DVDs and workshops, see

Everyone has a dream, something they would love to do that may seem impossible.

Since childhood, I have kept a wish list and although some things are way out of my grasp, other simple little things make me feel brilliant when they happen.

I have always been inspired by Claude Monet (1840–1926). I always dreamt of visiting his home in Giverny, France, and one day I did. Seeing his garden and wonderful water lily pond was literally a dream come true for me.

I stood silently, aware that I was standing in the very same spot that he once did.

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Welcome to the June issue of The Artist. As we look forward to the UK summer Martin Taylor demonstrates how to paint a seasonal bluebell wood, whilst cover artist, Haidee-Jo Summers, invites us to join her in painting our gardens and focus on capturing light and colour. Learn how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, try sketching on the go with James Willis, bring your waves to life in your coastal scenes with Jenny Aitken, and know when and how to varnish your oil paintings with guidance from Graham Webber. Our top artist-contributors also offer advice, step-by-step demonstrations and inspirational practical features on working from different source material, painting characterful faces, how to select a core palette of colours for landscape painting, the benefits of working with water-mixable oils, the value of a positive wish list, and much more. Enter our various competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs and understand how to use regular e-newsletters to promote your work with some great tips from our regular gallerist Mark David Hatwood. Enjoy developing your skills in all media with The Artist this month!