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NEW WORK: a challenge in blue and white

pagoda cup with drying verbena leaves

blue and white ceramics with pin cushion

saki cups and feathers

I love a challenge - well, some of the time... and was in the mood to work on a small series of still life works. Looking about my collections of ceramics, old and new, I decided upon revisiting a favourite theme: blue and white. My starting point was a cup I call the pagoda cup - it's probably English made and I bought it from a local market. This cup has already featured in a few paintings before now and is now in two of three paintings above.

So my challenge was to create three still life paintings with a blue and white theme, yet each painting should have its own mood and palette. I decided to just get on with the painting and see how it felt. I painted one at a time, putting them to one side so I did not refer back to each or others. It was an interesting process. Had I found myself feeling like I repeating myself I would not have enjoyed it and might have stopped at one - b…

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