Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Plein Air Sketches, Dioramas and a Dilemma

Hammonasset Waterway, watercolor & pen, 5x7
copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe
We have had such beautiful spring like weather that I couldn't resist the urge to get out and paint. Today I took my Daniel Smith Prima Tek Extra Fine Watercolors. They are such a treat to paint with, the best watercolors I have found, even better than my Yarka set!
Flooded Marsh, Hammonasset, watercolor & pen, 5x7
copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe
The recent heavy rains have the marshes flooded and the waterways, streams and rivers running fast and high.
The Prima Tek colors are unusual because they are made with pigments mined directly from the earth, which is perfect for landscapes which are paintings of the earth!
My palette of colors for today consisted of:
Ultramarine Blue
Burgundy Yellow Ochre
Serpentine Genuine (this is a green)
Quinacridone Deep Gold (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
Tiger Eye Genuine
The Dioramas at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
You may recall my recent post about the plein air paintings of James Perry Wilson, the creator of some of the finest dioramas at the Peabody and American Museum of Natural History.
Today my local paper, The Harbor News, had a wonderful article about the project of creating and installing the Wilson diorama the museum has recently acquired. There is a blog written by Museum Preparator, Michael Anderson documenting the entire, amazing and painstaking process which is a fascinating blend of science and art. Here's the link to the James Perry Wilson Blog
A Dilemma: Should You be Allowed to Take Photos and Video in a Museum?
This is a very interesting question in light of all the social media sharing that goes on today. If you're at a museum and view a work of art that just stops you dead and takes your breath away should you be allowed to snap a photo with your iphone and instantly post it to twitter or Facebook so all your friends can see and share your experience?
Do bloggers (like me) help museums by writing about exhibits and sharing photos and video?
Read this very interesting article on the CT Humanities Council blog written by David Rau, Director of Education and Outreach at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT and decide for yourself! If you have an opinion on this then please feel free to leave a comment over on the article, and here too if you'd like.


AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, Jan. I think I like your watercolors and inks even better than your oils. These are so beautiful!!

I also love dioramas. They are always so pretty. As to your questions on whether we should be allowed to snap photos in museums? Much as I'd like to say 'yes,' I think it has been proven that the pieces themselves can be harmed by the light flashes over time (or so I've read in relation to the super old paintings)...In which case I think no. Photos can always be found in books or online to share, right? If newer works, then as along as the artist doesn't mind...

Corina.- said...

Jan, I love these watercolors, they are great!!! Didn't know you did watercolors as well. Good for you!!!

By the way, I just tagged you on my blog, so please stop by my blog tomorrow morning to read more about it and follow the trend...