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When will Mary Pratt‘s “Jelly Shelf” painting be released as a high quality print?
We already have one of her prints framed and mounted on a wall in our dining room area, and we love it. But we’ve been hoping to see the jars painting (as we’ve always called it) available as a print since we first saw it in person at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2005 (see my Rodin and Mary Pratt post). Seeing the painting on a 52 cent stamp is nice, but it might be the worst thing that could have been done to a painting that needs to be viewed in its full size to really get it. I wrote this after I saw it in Nova Scotia:
It looks like a photograph, but up close you can see the actual brush strokes. The effect of slowly walking back from the painting as it reveals itself is so dramatic, I don’t know what to tell you except that you have to see it to believe it…
I’ve written this post in the hopes that whoever owns the painting will realize that there is a market for a high quality print of it. I know I’d pay good money for it.
We went on a catamaran boat tour in Varadero, Cuba, this past Xmas. We were first taken out to a concrete pen in the middle of the ocean to swim with some dolphins. I’m not a bleeding heart animal activist, but that whole experience felt wrong. It was also a case of false advertising. A dolphin did some tricks for us and we got to touch it, but we never got in the water and swam with it. After that we stopped at a coral reef for some snorkelling.
Everyone put on a small floatation belt, masks and snorkels were handed out, and we jumped off the end of the boat after receiving not a word instruction. We just jumped into the water, the warmest ocean water I’ve ever been in.
This is the part where I nearly died.
If you like chocolate, make sure to bring your own before you go to Cuba. We couldn’t find any kind of quality chocolate there. Even in the resort’s buffet hall, few of the desserts had chocolate, only some chocolate syrup for ice cream or cakes. (Most of the desserts were nevertheless delicious.)
I bought this box of chocolates at a little shop on the resort thinking, “Okay, Nestlé, they make half decent chocolate,” but I was wrong. It was chocolate flavoured goo.
Next time I’ll tell you about my snorkelling adventure in Cuba.
UPDATE (March 21/11): I just noticed that I wrote about the lack of good Cuban chocolate already: Bus Tour to Havana, Cuba. Oh well. It’s still good to know. You might want to bring a few rolls of your favourite toilet paper too, especially during any trips in Havana. (You’ll see.)
Posts about our trip to Cuba are filed under Varadero.