Thursday, October 16, 2008

Painting Jelly

watercolor jelly jar Homemade Jelly
3" x 5" watercolor on paper
Stacy L. Rowan

Here is the second painting in my new KMBW series. This time I chose to paint a jar of homemade jelly. And before anyone asks - no, I didn't make it. It was actually a gift from one of my mother-in-law's friends. Can I tell you how much I love people who share their homemade jelly? It really is a completely different product than what you buy in the store.

As soon as I brought the jelly home, I took it right upstairs to my art table. I knew how it would glow from the late afternoon sun that comes in the windows next to my table. I couldn't wait to paint that glow. And I'm happy to say that I made it to the end of the painting without my family finding that jar and taking it for their breakfast toast!

One thing I've already learned from this new series is that I have to be careful that "quick and loose" doesn't become sloppy. I want to be quick and loose in a controlled manner, which seems contradictory even to me. Like most other things, I assume that balance will come with practice. I'll let you know.

On a different note...the October Virtual Sketch Date reference is being posted tomorrow over on the Virtual Sketch Date blog. If you want to participate, please read the guidelines first. There has been a small change in how the sketch date is being handled.

5 comments:

Kari Gibson said...

Oooh, fabulous jar of jam indeed. You are good at drawing elipses (takes me several attempts usually) and I love that colourful shadow!

Anita said...

This is cute - great colours! You should make your own jelly, its very easy!

Stacy said...

Thanks Kari! It takes me several attempts with drawing elipses too. I just keep drawing around and around then erase the lines I don't need. And that colorful shadow just felt right to me. Glad you like it too.

Thanks Anita! I don't think I should try jelly unsupervised. I have visions of a big sticky mess.

Jeanette said...

Nice capture of light and colour here Stacy.

I love the light through glass and translucent objects. Mary Pratt, one of my favourite Canadian painters, has done some amazing paintings of jelly jars. The light just glows in them. They even appeared as a Canadian stamp!

http://steelwhitetable.org/2005/03/08/rodin-and-mary-pratt/

Stacy said...

Thank you for the link Jeanette! What a beautiful painting! I really had to restrain myself from getting detailed with this since it is supposed to be a loose and quick exercise for me. I may have to have another go and lose myself in the details.