Accomplished artist Jean Haines of the Watercolor Freedom series has a simple way of demystifying watercolor pigment theory, and she explains it all in this quick watercolor video tip.
“I get asked so many times why [pigments are] different and what the different qualities are. And actually, reading theory can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’ve just started painting,” Haines explains. “There is a simple way to think about the pigments you use.”
Jean asks us to imagine we have all been invited to a party or gathering full of interesting people. Thinking of watercolor pigments as people at a party with distinctive personalities. It is an easy way to determine what distinguishes transparent pigments from opaques.
The transparent pigments are the quiet, friendly people who want to mix and mingle with everyone, explains Haines. On the other hand, you can think of the opaques as the louder, boisterous partygoers who happily stay off to the side to enjoy the party on their own.
The demonstration below shows you what Haines is talking about in pigment theory—think of it as your invitation to the Watercolor Pigment Party.
Meet Jean Haines
Well known for her passion for art, Jean Haines teaches hundreds of inspiring artists, hosting watercolor workshops worldwide.
We’ve been lucky enough to have lessons from her on Getting Trashed, Being Not-So-Afraid of the Dark and more. Jean has also just finished her latest Watercolor Freedom video workshop series, which is also available as a digital collection.
With an assortment of international awards she’s collected and numerous exhibitions she’s been juried into, Haines is an ideal instructor because of her accomplishments and her ability to clearly convey the techniques you want to learn.
Haines is a member of the SWA, Society of Women Artists, and is a recipient of the Anthony J. Lester Award. Visit JeanHaines.com for more information on her art and upcoming workshops.