Mary Pratt “Jelly Shelf” Print

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.

Watercolour Painting – Week 3

We learned about tones (or values) in watercolour class this week, in addition to more techniques.

Tones are variations in shading, from light to dark. It’s a simple concept, but its effect is startling when applied. Values can help you determine how much pigment to use (resulting in darker tones), along with what to highlight for depth and highlighting.

The image below on the left is my first attempt at depicting values, and the image on the right is my first real sketch of anything. Our homework is to paint an image from the sketch.

sketch values landscape sketch #1

(Click images for larger view. Please pardon the shitty photos – lighting wasn’t good. The paper is white, not gray or yellow.)

I’m pleased with the course’s progressions. We seem to be learning the foundation of painting techniques. I’ve heard of some people not learning about sketching at all, diving right into painting, and I had my doubts too when I saw we were going to be drawing stuff; but then, I not only enjoyed the sketching, but it’s helping me learn how to paint, too.

My main hangups are wanting to end up with a product too quick. I was stumped when we were asked to paint an image from the sketch – I didn’t know where to start. I intentionally put away the photo from which the sketch was drawn – I wanted my imagination to get to work on the painting; but I was dumb-struck. The instructor gave some exactly advice, including:

  • Work from big to small
  • Work from wet to dry
  • Work from light to dark

I need the guidelines to figure out the progressions of things to do. The advice she’s giving seems obvious after I see it applied, but I credit her teaching skills for that – she’s an excellent coach.

I’ve been doing more googling about watercolour painting, learning its history and well-known artists. I’ve been looking into modern artists too, considering purchasing something, including my instructor, Joan Gregory.

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Watercolour Painting – Week 2

In the the first week of watercolour painting we learned the basics of the equipment used and some techniques.

This week we practiced the wet-in-wet techniques more:

wet-in-wet watercolour

We did our first real painting that was based on a sketch that everyone followed. My first watercolour painting is titled A Distant City (7.5″ X 5.5″ on paper):

a distant city - watercolour painting by jody cairns

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Can The Art of Watercolour Painting Be Taught?

joan gregory watercolourI’m taking Watercolour: Introductory Steps to Confident Watercolour Painting at the local community college next month. The instructor, Joan Gregory, describes the course as

…the very fundamentals of watercolour painting. The 1st evening we will be discussing materials… and I do my best to make it as simple as possible… also without too many supplies… just basic… and then, if you fall in love with watercolour, you can add more later.

Exactly what I’m looking for.

I don’t draw or paint as a hobby; I just have an interest in it, as I do most everything; however, I think this is the most accessible to me.

I’ll be posting updates of my path to greatness!

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(image from Joan Gregory’s website)