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A Full Moon Jar

Updated: Jun 1

Well I didn't sleep well last night and I knew why...we can expect a full moon tomorrow known as the Worm Moon. According to the @farmersalmanac (where this image below is also sourced from), as the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. Spring is near in other words!

Northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signalled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

I have been learning to throw pottery for a year now and I produced a very different type of moon in the form of a Moon Jar. @Wikipedia explains that Moon Jar is a type of traditional Korean white porcelain which was made during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). The Joseon white porcelain was adopted as imperial ware in the fifteenth century. The name comes from its shape and milky colour of the glaze to resemble the coloration of the moon Often, it consists of two hemispherical halves that have been joined in the middle, which is the process I followed with my own moon jar. This traditional form has inspired many artists I admire such as Kim Whanki and Bernard Leach

Our next moon is the Pink Moon. For me, pink is a beautiful, soft, warm and comforting colour. How about you? I was inspired to paint by these stunning, romantic, perfect pink roses.

I painted using the alla prima technique and one of my favourite art magazines +Artists&Illustrators explains this wet on wet technique brilliantly if you were curious. Essentially, alla prima is an Italian phrase that means ‘at first attempt’. It refers to a wet-on-wet approach whereby wet paint is applied to previous layers of still-wet paint, often in a single sitting. Over the years, the technique has been adopted and adapted by artists from Van Gogh to Velázquez.

The result is a very expressive and impressionist painting as one does not have time to overthink it. It's a really great exercise to try if you haven't before. I am delighted that Roses in Jar has sold, incredibly within minutes of me posting it. What a humble and deep joy it is to sell one's work. Thank you to my kind and enthusiastic buyer.

I recently attended an exhibition in London of one of my favourite still life artists: Paul Cezanne at the Tate on until March 12th. If you are in London it really is a must-see. Here are a few of my favourites. I did post a reel on my instagram page if you did want to see more (spoiler alert). I also see a moon type jar in the bottom image which is a ginger jar I believe and which +kathykuo explains the significance of in her blog. @kathykuohome

Whether you are admiring roses or drinking a warm cup of ginger tea-have a very happy Monday.

With love,

Olga xx

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