December 09, 2008

Creative Catalyst Video

I have just returned from Oregon where I filmed my upcoming instructional video with Creative Catalyst. What a pleasure to get to know the staff at CCP and to go through the process of filming a video. I look forward to the edited version, available later in 2009.

Open Water 2008 The Charles Comfort Medal for an Outstanding Figurative Work'

The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour's annual international exhibition "Open Water" has an award given out only at the discretion of the jury for outstanding figurative work. The award is entitled The Charles Comfort Medal and was presented to me for my painting "Material Girl"

Photograph of Ray Cattell and Jean Pederson with "Material Girl" in background.

October 21, 2008

Algonquin Park

What a trip!
Eight artists met at a cabin in the northern part of Algonquin park to paint for a week. I arrived a few days late with fellow artist Laura Culic as we both had conflicting teaching commitments.
The landscape was sensational. We painted long days and then enjoyed great meals and laughter every night before retiring to sleeping bags on bunk beds.
It will be exciting to see what comes from everyone over the next year as a result of this incredible painting trip.

October 15, 2008

Georgia on My Mind!

I had the most wonderful time in Valdosta Georgia teaching a workshop and judging their State exhibition.
I was treated to the finest of southern hospitality and showered with food that I had only heard of (and some that I had never heard of before!)
The participants of the workshop were seasoned artists, I always learn something from all the places that I travel.
Thank you Georgia for a wonderful week and "Bless your little heart!!"

October 10, 2008

Open Water C.S.P.W.C.

Material girl has been juried into the 2008 Open Water Exhibition with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.
The exhibitions runs from October 28 to November 21.

August 21, 2008

New Gallery! White Rock Gallery

The White Rock Gallery in White Rock British Columbia has just accepted new work. Four portraits and four still life will be posted on their web site by the weekend. The gallery web site address is


July 21, 2008

Book Signings

Over the past six weeks I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in three book signings; Indigo West Hills in Calgary, Red Deer Museum in Red Deer and Delta Art Supplies in Edmonton all hosted a signing. I would like to thank all those who made these opportunities possible!
Thank you to all the art readers out there who took the time to meet me and have their books signed, I had a blast!

June 08, 2008


May 21 the Alicat put on another great show with record breaking sales!
The Annual Spring group exhibition featured my paintings this year with "Wrapped in Silk" on the invitation.

Lorna Docstader took this photo of me clowning around in front of one of may paintings as I held my book. Thank you Lorna!

Fellow artists Phil Buytendorp, Marilyn Lambert-Gerwing, David Langevin and Michael O'Toole brought their usual high standard of work to the exhibition. People lines up as early as 8:00am to assure the purchase of their favorite painting!

May 20, 2008


Wednesday through Friday the Alicat Gallery will have a preveiw of works from thier Spring Exhibition. My work will be featured, I will have 17 paintings on display.
Come out fo a fabulous evening of art, food and friends!

May 15, 2008

Calgary Herald

The Calgary Herald printed a lovely article discussing Expressive Portraits and other events from the past year.

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Luminous Artist pushes the medium
Jean Pederson's 'watercolours are incredible'
Claire Young, Neighbours
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2008

Jean Pederson's watercolours stand out -- rich, deep colour with luminous highlights characterize her portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

As she was perfecting her craft -- teaching art at Calgary public schools and painting, then moving exclusively to painting 12 years ago -- she found she was taken with the purity of watercolour.

"I gave myself the challenge to push the medium as much as I could, to try to get some rich, dark in the watercolour so that it had a little more substance to it," Pederson said during a recent interview at her Collingwood home in the city's northwest where she paints in a bright, airy loft.

Jean Pederson is a Calgary artist whose work has received international recognition.

Pederson's work is appealing because it crosses many boundaries subject- and style-wise, says James Gibson of Alicat Gallery in Bragg Creek, 30 minutes west of Calgary. Pederson is the featured artist at the gallery's new show that opens May 23 and runs until June 1.

"It's that strong diversity that allows her to appeal to many people," Gibson says. "She layers a lot and spends a lot of time glazing, so there's a luminescence to her work. Her watercolours are incredible."

Also at the show are works by painters Phil Buytendorp, Marilyn Lambert-Gerwing, David Langevin and Michael O'Toole. About 15 of Pederson's paintings will be for sale, ranging in price from $850 to $7,800.
Gibson thought it was time to have Pederson headline a show again, as her production was picking up after a lull while she wrote her book, Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People, which came out late last year.

It is a gorgeous book, filled with beautiful examples to illustrate her various points. She draws on her background as a teacher -- she teaches at Alberta College of Art and Design and Red Deer College -- to clearly explain watercolour technique. (Pederson signs her book at Indigo Books, 5570 Signal Hill Ctr. S.W., on June 21, from noon to 4 p.m.)

This is a year where many different sources have taken notice of Pederson's talents. She recently returned from New York where she received the Mario Cooper and Dale Meyers Medal from the American Watercolor Society for a painting titled Silk Wrapped. It was displayed at the Salmagundi Club in New York, a famous centre for arts, and she also won the Jarvis Award at the 82nd Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Open Water Exhibition in February.

The painting is of a black woman looking out a(n implied) window, her hair swathed in silk. Susan, a model Pederson has worked with many times over the years, and her family are from Uganda.

"I'm always looking for different ways of approaching a subject if I've painted them many times. We went over to Fabricland and this silk was on sale. We bought all these beautiful colours and came home and had fun playing with wrapping her with the silk. That's where the title came from -- Silk Wrapped," she says.

Pederson's ability to capture feeling in her portraits means that people want to hang them on their walls even though they don't know the individual, says Gibson.

"Her portraiture captures the essence of the person," he says. "You feel like you're looking at a sense of being at the time.

Pederson's website,, was featured in the March issue of Artist's Magazine. The article prompted a reader to write this comment: "The photo of your work on the lead page piqued my interest. I initially thought the watercolour Silk Wrapped was a beautiful photograph! I was stunned to realize that is is a watercolour. Absolutely beautiful! As an observer it makes me wonder who the woman is and why she has wears that expression."

May 08, 2008

Canadian Brushstrokes

I had the pleasure of meeting with the editor of Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine for an interview. Susan Blackman put me at ease and asked me very thoughtful questions for her article.

I hope that you will go to the Brushstrokes site to read the May/June issue; let us know what you think of the publication!

View the May/June 2008 Issue of the Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine

April 08, 2008 #1

Thank you to everyone who has entered a comment on my blog.

Today I checked out and for that time period, found that my book "Expressive Portraits; Creative Methods for Painting People" was ranked #1 in three categories! Sales Rank: #1,866 in Books (See Bestsellers in Books)

February 01, 2008

Art Bits

The Artist Magazine has an article devoted to artist's web sites in this months issue; this site is one of those being featured! I hope that everyone is enjoying the artwork and the layout of the web site.

Carla, I want to thank you for your kind words on the 21st of January I very much appreciate your feedback on "Expressive Portraits"!

I have three book signings coming up; please come out if you are located in the Calgary or Red Deer area. Keep checking the site for updates on upcoming book signings, workshops and special events.

Yesterday I started a 60" x 60" painting of a still life. I can't wait to see how my brush finishes off the image, it is an exciting time.


January 13, 2008

Inspired to "go for it"


Thank you for your posting about Expressive Portraits. I am glad to hear the you enjoyed the article from Watercolor Artist; I thought that they did a very good job describing parts of the book.

I haven't painted a lot of children because I am concerned about making them too sweet and I admire you for taking on the task!

Today I began another portrait, we will see where it goes! That is the fun of it!

All the Best,

January 11, 2008

The New Year

I have included a photo of all the snow we found in Kimberly over the holidays. The skiing was fantastic, truly a winter wonderland! My family and I had a great break and now it is time to get back to work! Yesterday I started a still life in watercolour.

Thank you for the comments Pastel Artist, it is always interesting to hear from someone working in a different medium. Good luck with your portrait. I appreciate the heads up with your problem manoeuvring the web site. I had no problem getting around the web site, perhaps the network was busy when you were surfing?