I have the privilege of sharing with you 5 Top Easter Artworks on porcelain, by artists Sol Brien, Rigoberto Huanchicay Barcos, Amy Enright Medina, Alexei Nordin and Nelia Ferreira . I invited each of these artists to share their works for this blog post, as I enjoy their wonderful artworks which are all so different in style, and I am so thankful that they have agreed to share their works here. (It’s a big post, so have a cuppa, and maybe some pre-Easter chocky eggs with you!)
Hand Painted Eggs
A hand painted egg for Easter made from porcelain is a gift that will last, and bring much joy all year round or for part of an Easter display…and it will not contribute to your waist line ;p Please enjoy the handpainted eggs from the following porcelain artists:
Sol, a porcelain artist and teacher in Candiac, Quebec, has been hand painting on porcelain since 2001 and teaching since 2005. Sol’s petite Limoges egg box (3in X 2in X 2in.) is based on a Sevres XVIIIth pattern. It has been painted with bands of cobalt blue alternating with gold bands, creating a richness of colour while staying true to the old Sevres pattern. Typical of artwork at this time are the raised gilt garlands which Sol has used to embellish the cobalt blue bands of colour. To finish the box, the top and inside of the box has been painted with a cobalt blue starlight design.
“I ALWAYS” from the movie The Passion of Christ, Nelia Ferreira.
“La Dolorosa” (the Madonna, Our Lady of Sorrow) from The Passion, Nelia Ferreira
I hope you’ve enjoyed these artworks, please leave your comments below, and don’t forget to check out these artist’s website
Most cultures which celebrate Easter, have a type of yeast cake, yeast plait or hot cross bun to symoblise the rising of Christ on Easter Sunday. Greek orthodox families celebrate Easter with Tsoureki, Traditonal Greek Easter Bread, and I found this fantastic site called CDKitchen which has recipes for a large range of traditional Easter breads from different countries.
The blessing of yeast cakes at church on Easter Sunday is a tradition also followed by many Christians, and here is an artwork kindly shared by a friend, the wonderful artist Andrey Lyssenko, titled ”Consecration of Easter Cakes. 80/70 cm. oil/canvas. 2010.”
Andrey’s paintings are always full of life and colour. In this painting I love the brighteness of light and seeing the rush of worshippers waiting for their cakes to be blessed at mass, so they can go on to celebrate Easter with their families. For me, this is a joyous painting and shares great insight into celebrating these Easter festivities.
One of the cakes I bake at Easter is a kulich, here is my photo…I know it is not in the correct tin (so please do not tell me off for this!!!) but I use what I have, which is an Angel food tin to get the height of the cake
Kulich is a traditional Russian Orthodox Easter cake, that usually has the initials ‘XB’ written in icing on the top, the Cyrillic initials for Christ is Risen. This dish is served with a sweet cheese and fruit dessert called Pashka. This yeast cake is a very rich, buttery yeast cake filled with fruits and almonds. I always make my yeast cake recipes in a bread maker to mix and rise the dough, it’s quicker and easier. This cake freezes well, and is best eaten on the day or by the following day. You could use this recipe for any type of yeast cake, and just shape it differently or bake it in another shaped tin.
Recipe for kulich (Russian Yeast Cake)
4 1/3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
130 grams vanilla castor sugar (or castor sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon bread improver
2 teaspoons dried yeast
250g softened unsalted butter
300ml full fat milk
1 ½ teaspoons lemon essence
1 cup of seedless raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons of rum or vodka, drained.
½ cup slivered blanched almonds
½ cup chopped candied peel
¼ cup currants
1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon milk
4 tablespoons pure icing sugar
1 ½ tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon or orange juice
2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
10 red glace cherries
Put milk, lemon essence and left over rum, followed by all dry ingredients in order of ingredients list in bread making pan. Add eggs, slightly whisked to break yolks. Break up butter into knobs and add to pan. Set bread maker to bread dough mixture. Check in the early mixing stages that the dough isn’t too dry and all ingredients are incorporated. If too dry add tablespoon fulls of milk at a time to the right consistency. If too wet and sticky add teaspoonfuls of flour. I add the fruit and nuts after the dough has finished rising, not during the fruit and nut beeper.
Turn oven on to 180C leave on for 10 mins. Turn dough onto a lightly floured board/bench top. Add nuts and fruit to dough and lightly knead in. Roll dough into a thick sausage, and place into tin.
If you do not have a tin, you can make a plait. Roll the douigh into a thick sausage shape, and cut into 3 even pieces. Roll longer sausages about 30cm long. If you want to make a traditional plait bread, then place the 3 ends together, join with a little water and tuck under, then continue to plait it till the end, join ends and turn under. Place onto tray lined with baking paper and sprayed with oil. Place into warm oven, turn off oven, shut door, and allow plait to rise and double in size (approx 20mins). Glaze over plait with egg wash. Turn on oven to 190C and bake for 30mins or until golden. The plait will spread so make sure your tray is large enough. Cool cake, make icing, drizzle icing over cake and decorate with nuts and cherries.
Another yeast cake recipe which is not as rich, but works just as well for this type of cake, I also have instructions for yeast baking here for you if you do not have a bread maker.
There are chocolates and bunnies and Easter decorations bursting out of the shops! I can’t believe how much merchandising there is for Easter (which I might say, has been building up only a few short weeks after Christmas!), is it like this where you live?
So, I ‘ll ask you..are you ready for Easter? I have been building up my own collection of Easter decorations and celebration recipes for a few years now. But I’m still waiting for the time to embroider a runner for my dresser, upon which all of my ornaments and decorations for Easter are placed…maybe next year!
Easter is the most important religious feasts in the Christian liturgical year. Many Easter cakes and desserts contain symbols and colours representing fertility (for the coming of Spring), new life, resurrection and Christ. While many Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate this cultural event with Easter Bunnies, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, there are many artworks, traditional cakes and desserts that also celebrate the end of lent.
In this post I wanted to share with you some of my decorative artworks which I’d painted for our home the celebrate Easter. Many of these decorations represent traditional parts of celebrating Easter for us, while I am Australian born, my family are Russian, German and Polish, and Hubby A is Hungarian…bit of a mix I know
Hand Painted wooden plate
I wanted to make an Easter plate for my display, so I was inspired to use this lovely porcelain bunny I bought from Villeroy and Boch as the study, and place him with an Easter chick, using a Vintage German Easter style of painting.
Here is the Villeroy and Boch bunny (with some other handpainted eggs I’ve made)
The Vintage German Easter card for inspiration
My painted plate.
My Easter Display
I have an Easter egg tree, around 40 hand painted wooden eggs (see more painted eggs) and other various handpainted plates and decorations.
See more of My Handpainted Paschal Candle
I hope you enjoy viewing some of my Easter paintings. Are you making anything special for Easter?