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    Sharing 13 artist and artisan Christmas art works

    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 :)

    A contemporary design in porcelain painting

    Do you know what makes a great contemporary design?  While some contemporary or modern artworks look like a child could have completed it, there is a lot that goes into planning or inspiring these designs.  Some contemporary designs in art work, whether it is on porcelain or canvas, can be simple to execute technically, but there is a lot of thought behind the design, to communicate an idea effectively.

    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.”

    Fuchsia Views, Ingrid Lee


    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?


    Techniques for painting aqua blue water on porcelain

    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. 

    Esperance Beach, Porcelain Tile, Ingrid Lee 1999.

    Esperance Beach, Porcelain Tile 29cm x 15cm, Ingrid Lee 1999.

      Esperance Beach, Ingrid Lee, 1999.

    Esperance Beach, Ingrid Lee 1999.

    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?

    5 Top Easter Inspired Artworks on Porcelain

    I have the privilege of sharing with you 5 Top Easter Artworks on porcelain, by artists Sol BrienRigoberto 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 Brien
    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.  

    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg

    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg

    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg
    Rigoberto Huanchicay Barcos
    Rigoberto is a porcelain artist from Brazil who also teaches this fine art.  The egg which Rigoberto is sharing was inspired by the ornamental stone Jade.  To create a modern interpretation of the beauty of this stone and dull green effect, Rigoberto used moss green and Chinese green mixed with zinc oxide to be dull, firing the egg at 780 degrees.  After this firing, pen work in moss green and green petroleum was used to paint the detail of flowers and decorative scrolls, then fired at 770 degrees.  Finally, white relief and light green relief are added for the last details, and then fired at 760.
    Rigoberto Huanchicay Barcos, Porcelain Egg
    Amy Enright Medina
    Amy, a porcelain artist from Southern California, specializes in the vintage art of china painting in the style of the old Victorian masters as well as the romantic, shabby and cottage chic style.  Amy is sharing her Victorian style egg, and explains that while “this porcelain painting doesn’t exactly represent Easter, I have chosen to include this piece because it is a painted porcelain egg to represent Spring.  This Porcelain Egg Trinket Box has a hidden surprise!  A small perfume bottle! “
    Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg    Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg 
    Amy designed this porcelain egg box to have a “spring time” feel.  She explains, “I chose the colors soft pink and a very light green.. I kept the background colors light to really make the roses stand out. I designed the decoration on the egg to flow seamlessly from the top lid to the bottom.”   Amy added some white relief dots were added on the green for textured lacy detail.  She continued to describe that “since this little box holds a perfume bottle, I wanted the egg to have a very feminine feel to it.”
    Alexei Nordin
    Porcelain artist Alexei Nordin studied at the Imperial Porcelain Manufacture in St.Petersburg, and continues to work in a professional capacity for a porcelain studio in St Petersburg.   Alexei’s sculpture portrays the death of Christ on a Russian Orthodox crucifix.   This sculpture embodies the orthodox symbology and beliefs of Christ’s death.  Firstly the Russian Orthodox cross has an additional third crossbar, to which Christ’s feet are nailed.  In typical orthodoxy, Christ’s feet are angled upward, facing the viewer’s left,  toward the penitent thief Saint Dismas  and downward (the viewer’s right) toward the impenitent thief Gestas.  The portrayal of Jesus in this sculpture is one of peace and somber after death, the colours in this piece are not morbid, rather they respectfully reflect the mood of this theme.  Instead of a crown of thorns, Christ’s head is surrounded by a halo, depicting his triumph over sin and death, again staying with orthodox traditions.  At the top of the crucifix, is a mini Christ, clothed in robes, triumphantly raising his arms, appearing to rise up from the cross.  At the bottom of the crucifix, is a typical symobl of a skull below the corpus, referring to Golgotha, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.
    Crucifix, Alexei Nordin
     Crucifix, Alexei Nordin
    Nelia Ferreira
    Neila is an exceptional portrait artist on porcelain.  She explains that her portraits “play with shadows to portray characters that seem to emerge from them.”  This can be clearly seen in the powerful and emotionally charged  images she has painted around the theme of Christ’s crucifixion.   This series of paintings were inspired from the movie The Passion of the Christ. and show the raw and emotional responses of Mary, The Devil and soldier and lastly Mary again, toward Christ’s crucifixion.


    The Passion of Christ, Nelia Ferreira 
                                                                “NO MORE,” THE PASSION OF CHRIST, Nelia Ferreira

     "I ALWAYS" from the movie The Passion of Christ

                                                     “I ALWAYS” from the movie The Passion of Christ, Nelia Ferreira.

    "La Dolorosa" (the Madonna, Our Lady of Sorrow) from The Passion

                                    “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 :)

    A marriage of porcelain painting and silk ribbon embroidery

    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

    Gold Roses on porcelain shoe, Ingrid Lee

    Detail of raised paste rose


    Ribbon Embroidery

    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:

     Silk ribbon embroidery    Silk ribbon embroidery

    Here is the finished piece:

    Silk ribbon roses and handpainted porcelain shoe, Ingrid Lee

    Silk ribbon roses and handpainted porcelain shoe, Ingrid Lee

    Silk Roses


    Porcelain shoe

    Silk ribbons


    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 :)

    See more of my ribbon roses

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