SUBMISSION FORM: Watercolors by the Students of Robert Leedy

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SUBMISSION FORM: Watercolors by the Students of Robert Leedy


A Checklist of What You Need to Do:

  • Make sure you are eligible for this show (see "Eligibility" below.)
  • Click on "Add To Cart" at the bottom of this page.
  • Complete the Submission Form (it will immediately pop up when you click) with 1 - 3 paintings in mind of what you would like to enter.
  • Pay the $10 Entry Fee.
  • Select Images of these 1 - 3 paintings and email to with the specific instructions outlined in "Image Guidelines" below.
  • Submission forms, payment and receipt of submitted digital images must arrive to the email address (see "Email Instructions" below) no later than Thursday, June 1st, 2017.
  • Students with accepted paintings will be notified Monday, June 5th, 2017.
  • If your painting(s) is accepted, you must have it wired & framed (no sawtooth hangers please!) Please review "Framing Guidelines" below.
  • Please deliver your accepted & framed painting(s) to Gallery 1037 between Friday, June 30th 2017 and Saturday, July 1st, 2017 BEFORE 12 pm. No paintings will be received after this time. If you cannot deliver your painting(s) during this schedule, please arrange for someone to do it for you.
  • Sign the contract Reddi-Arts will provide you upon delivery of your painting(s). The contract has details of liability, commission fees (25%), proof or receipt, etc.. If you will not be delivering the painting(s) personally, please call Patty Lorimier at Reddi-Arts (904) 398-3161, ext. 312 to make other arrangements to sign the agreement.
  • Mark Sunday, July 16th, 2017  from 2 pm  till 4 pm on your calendar for the reception and award notifications  at Gallery 1037, Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207, (904) 398-3161.
  • Invite friends & family through social media and the Facebook Event (<--- click on this link to share / invite). The reception is free and open to the public. Special guest judge, Mary O. Smith, will pick winning paintings. 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Runners Up will be announced at the reception on July 16th. Awards will be given also. The show will continue to run through July.
  • Pick up your paintings Tuesday, August 1st at Gallery 1037. If you are unable to do so, please have someone pick them up for you.


Any watercolor student of Robert Leedy who has taken one or more of his watercolor classes at the following locations:

  • Reddi-Arts
  • The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Archway Gallery
  • The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  • CoRK North Studio Classes
  • private instruction classes

What is eligible for submission?

Original Watercolors. Watercolor on paper, YUPO paper, Aquabord, or Clayboard works are eligible. Acrylic paintings are not acceptable though Gouache may be used in conjunction with watercolor. Paintings created outside of class are eligible though paintings created in class will have more weight in the selection process. Students may submit up to 3 works total. 


Image Guidelines:

A poor image is an easy way to disqualify an otherwise good painting. If you are not able to photograph your work personally, please have someone do it for you. A good digital image is cropped well with no mats, frames or Uncle Leo's fingers holding the painting - showing. Try to photograph your work before you frame it. Works under glass are very difficult to photograph due to reflections; if your painting is under glass, consider dismantling the framed painting to get a proper photograph. Pay attention to the framing (or lining up) of the image - no tilts or distorted edges due to wide angle lenses or improper camera angle / positioning. If your camera has an option of a grid as a guide, use it. The image must be in focus; a handheld image with an iPhone can be achieved but most likely, a tripod is required for a good shot. Exposure is very important. Correct white balance is key as well - unpainted white areas in your painting must appear white - not gray. Colors must be fairly good representations of how the true colors appear.

If you do not want to photograph your own work, Pablo Rivera can do it for you. He is offering 5 images - photographed and processed - for $35. Pablo is a professional photographer and follows the correct procedures for photographing artwork. He knows the image size requirements (below) for the show and can also label the images (also below) correctly for you. Call (904) 612-9307 or email

Many people also struggle with image size requirements. The most common problem when submitting images to shows is that the image submitted  is not large enough - it does not have enough resolution. Below are guidelines to follow if you can. If not, the higher the image quality / resolution, the better.

  • Images should not exceed 150 dpi and 2MB in size.
  • Is no more than 800 pixels on its widest or longest side

Labeling or Titling Your image:

Please name your file by following this format:


Example:  If Winslow Homer wanted to enter his painting, "Palm Trees, Florida" into the student show, he would send an image of his painting as a JPEG file and the file name would look like this:


(*Note: Winslow Homer never was a student of Robert Leedy nor did he have any experience with JPEG's. And no, Homer is not his first name.)

Email Instructions:

Once you have your images processed and saved in a safe place such as your computer's hard drive, an external hard drive, a cloud backup, email  each image separately to

In the subject heading, type: 

"StudentShow_YourLastName_YourFirstName_ArtWorkTitle _1of3"

"1of3" represents 1 of 3 images sent.

Example: If Winslow Homer was emailing me a digital image of his painting, "Palm Trees, Florida", and it was the only painting submitted, he would type into the email subject line as follows:


(*note: there is no reason why Winslow Homer would be emailing me nor did he have access to the Internet - not even in the Public Library.)

Copy & paste or type that same line into the body of your email.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that the info under "Entry #1" on the submission form corresponds to the same image / subject line labeled in your email as, "StudentShow_YourLastName_ YourFirstName_ ArtworkTitle_1of3".

These instructions may sound fussy, but they help me locate your email should it happen to get lost or wind up in my junk mail. If done correctly as a group, it also allows me to have all images filed together - in order - which makes my job easier. Any email coming into my Inbox with the subject heading beginning with "StudentShow_", will automatically be forwarded to a special Inbox. The separate submission form which comes in a separate email will allow me to cross reference. Thanks for your patience and participation!

Framing Guidelines:

The framing should never compete with the artwork. That is why I generally prefer to frame my paintings simply with a white or off white mat with a simple, neutral, wooden frame in either a light or dark wooden finish - or a white or black wooden frame. Sometimes I will double mat a white mat for a little visual interest and rarely do I use a colored mat liner. The latter is fine as long as the liner mat is not very wide. I opt for no color which keeps your work more neutral and also helps sell the piece. A colored mat may clash with a prospective buyer's taste so, it is best to avoid and allow the buyer to make that choice (if he has to use colored mats.)

The width of the mat is also important - don't go too small. I like to use a width of 4" - 5" on average, depending on size. Larger paintings have wider mats. I also like to visually weight a bit on the bottom edge by 20% - 25% so, a 4 1/2" mat on the top three sides might have a 5 1/2" mat edge on the bottom. This is a matter of taste and not required on your framing.

Try and use archival materials. This ensures longevity and hopefully your great, great grandchildren will enjoy the same framed artwork. 

Glass versus plexiglass is another point to consider. If you foresee a lot of traveling with a piece to different shows or galleries - or - if you are shipping the piece to a faraway place, plexiglass is the best choice. Not only does it save you from the risk of breaking glass destroying your painting, it is considerably lighter and thus cheaper to ship. You can buy UV protected plexiglass but I believe UV glass will offer better protection. Museum glass is  the best as it creates fewer reflections or glare but it is very expensive. There are lesser levels of glass that have a good UV rating at a better price. I use Conservation Clear. Avoid Non-Glare glass as it is nothing more than a diffusion filter that eliminates detail. 

As stated, your accepted artwork will require matting & framing that is wired and ready to hang. Absolutely no sawtooth hangers. Any accepted works that are not ready to hang will be rejected. 

Framing is also part of the aesthetic presentation. Banged up, shared frames can save you money but it might get your work rejected from the show. You owe your creative efforts more than a cheap, quick framing solution. Frame your works to sell. Imagine if you were the buyer of your piece: would you be happy with the frame. Sure, maybe the buyer will reframe anyway but it should leave your studio in a very presentable manner. It is an extension of you!

I have many paintings that have lived in frames that have been banged up as they go from show to show, gallery to gallery. I periodically reframe or re-mat when needed. Maybe this is a good opportunity to reassess the aesthetics of your work's framing?

Reddi-Arts is offering all Student Show participants a 30% framing discount! 
If you are interested, call Patty Lorimier in the Framing Dept. at Reddi-Arts, (904) 398-3161, ext. 312. Act quickly to give yourself plenty of time. 

If you have any questions, or are unsure about anything, please call or email me at (904) 401-2904 - or -

GOOD LUCK! - Robert




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