Over the past two weeks I have been enjoying all of the artwork with Christmas themes which have been shared on facebook. So I have invited 13 artists and artisans to share their Christmas art works and a bonus how to video from Fiona Stolze, in porcelain painting, oil painting, decorative art, botanical painting, embroidery and more. I hope these artworks inspire your day…and maybe you’ll create a Christmas artwork yourself! The following artworks are in no particular order.
Silk painter and artist Fiona Stolze from Silk and Art
Porcelain from Artesana En Porcelana
Porcelain artist Brian O’Sullivan from Hillgrove Porcelain Ireland
Watercolourist Solveig Rimstad
Artist and designer Pablo da Luz
Figurative Artist Phil Beck
Decorative artist of Romantic style furnishings Debi Coules
Silk ribbon and embroiderer Ewa Kokowszka
Porcelain artist Patricia Zellmer from Art on Porcelain
Mother and daughter artists from Corilees Cottage, Donna Lee Parella and Corilee
Artist in Porcelain and other mediums, Mary Gosden
Botanical Artist Sigrid Frensen
Watercolourist Trevor Waugh
I just want to thank each of these artists who have shared their work, and if you enjoy their creations, please leave your comments below, and visit their websites or fanpages by clicking on the links, or share this blog post with your friends
Pablo Picasso explains that “Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”
Here is a contemporary porcelain painting of fuchsias. While the painting technique is very simple, basically using layers of shading and penwork, the design and colour work is more complex. It is knowing which elements of art and design you’ll use to focus on in an art work to communicate your thought or feeling, and which subject matter will best suit your idea too.
Some elements which artists on porcelain add to their contemporary designs include enamel for textures, raised paste and gold work, acid etching, and combinations of traditional and modern techniques ( a technique which is quite popular). See other paintings.
For my painting of Fuchsia Views, my focus was on the subject matter and it’s impression, rather than a decorative element. I chose fuchsias because I liked the way they hang on a bush (I used life samples from my garden) and the movement they have when a breeze whisks by. They are an intricate and very detailed flower, which I also found interesting, hence why it was titled “Fuchsia Views.”
Initially I saw bits and pieces of this design in my mind before I started planning, usually I think in colour first then line. So the oranges and purples and aqua came to mind immediately, followed by the curved lines.
I wanted to keep the paint work simple, but use penwork for the linear design which would express the different aspects or views of the fuchsias.
What do think of these designs? Have you wanted to try and design your own contemporary artwork?
I know I’ve said before that I’m no landscape painter (see my other landscape painting), but this beach scene of Esperance really stirred me to capture the beautiful deep aqua blue of the water. A friend had gone on a holiday there, and taken some happy snaps…this is one which inspired me to paint a landscape. Later in this post, I’ll share with you the basic techniques I used for painting aqua blue water on porcelain.
The beaches surrounding Esperance in Western Australia, are a brilliant snow white. The waters are a bright aqua blue, changing to deeper, darker marina blue as the coastline drops away into the deep ocean. Here is a photo of the area which my painting represents (the darker aqua colours shown in this photo are not present in my painting, as the sky was lighter in the original picture I worked from):
To capture this intense brilliant, blue green colour, I used Designer Meissen Blue and Meissen Green colours for the water as I found them to be most clean and clear. The initial first firing of the water was under painted in Meissen Yellow, merging out into a light wash of blue. The next firing included a blending of Meissen blue and green. The subsequent firings were completed in single layers of Meissen Blue, fired, then Meissen green, with touches of pink. I wanted to keep the colours clean and intense, hence the seperate layers of colours being fired in between.
Have you ever used a similar technique in your porcelain painting? Please share your approaches in the comments, or do you think this might be a technqiue you’d use?
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
The wonderful part of being creative is that I can intermix my medias and mediums to create new enjoyable journeys, like hand painting on cakes, or marrying my handpainted porcelain and silk ribbon embroidery. I’ll share one of the projects I have been working on recently, which is a porcelain shoe with ribbon embroidery.
This porcelain shoe was painted with raised paste roses and gilded. I also added gold pen work rose buds. I “borrowed” this porcelain piece from my Mother’s china cabinet a year ago, (she knows where they are now that I’ve written this post!) and I wanted to add a little extra work to really complete this shoe. I decided on filling the opening of the shoe with a bouquet of silk ribbon embroidered flowers to complement the decoration I had painted on them. But this wasn’t going to be as simple as I thought!!
Here is the porcelain shoe
Here are the silk ribbons I’ve used….they are hand died silk ribbons by ColourStreams.
These are one of my favourite ribbons to work with. I wanted a dramatic effect with the ribbon roses, so I chose this gorgeous colour of Aubergine silk (13mm)…it is varigated in the deepest black purple, then blending to silver grey and golds. I felt this colour would set the mood of the piece and make it a striking feature of the overall piece.
The small gold roses where made with colourstream gold (7mm) hand died silk ribbon- a very fiddly job.
Initially I thought the design would just comprise of these rolled roses in large and small ones…but I realised it wasn’t going to work. The overall design would be boring and the beautiful colours of the roses would be lost to a poorly constructed design.
So how did I solve the problem?
I decided I needed another texture to lift the central design, so I added some white organza rolled ribbon roses, and the I made a pale blue rose which was to look like it had opened to full bloom- like a blown rose. Yes, I like to create a mini artwork within an artwork, but that’s how I work!
All of the colours in this bouquet reflect the colour you seee reflected off the gold paint and off the white white porcelain which is why it is more harmonious. Glass beads were added to add lift to the design.
Here are some photos of the development and sewing together of the embroidery bouquet:
Here is the finished piece:
Do you think the design is successful of mixing the two mediums? Do you like to create your ideas in a mixture of mediums and or media? I’d really like to know