04 August 2007
copy of a jesty painting
Arches CP 300gsm 10" x 14". 4 hours.
in shirley trevena's second book on painting i found a few paintings by ronald jesty. i copied this one to understand its composition primarily, but also the illusion of light through the clouds.
i made a careful inquiry of how one makes a good composition within a rectangle, which i call the format proportions. i found jesty's composition was very careful to reflect the left to right spacing of landscape features to echo the vertical bands of clouds and landscape.
i also found that jesty worked with much thicker paint mixtures than i assumed just by looking at the painting; to approach his value structure i ended up using many more layers of paint than he did. and this is visible, because each of his wash edges show clearly in the reproduction.
despite the fact that he has been published in at least two watercolor tutorials that i know of, jesty is a bit of mystery. he has no web site, has authored no book, and seems to have no current gallery representation. i've written to one of his students to see if i can track him down.
Posted by Bruce at 9:00 PM