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 - but it seemed I did have three paintings to 'say', so it was for me something interesting to do. I hope you may enjoy these. I'm certainly happiest when using gouache, I have to say. I do like acrylics but over time I have worked out how to paint in just the way I want, using gouache and I feel i can layer up and create a sense of space using what is quite a basic chalky paint. I know some people feel oils are the 'thing' but even if I had the space to work in oils I am not sure now that I would be too fussed....
These and other works in tomorrow's shop update (2pm UK time). Expect to see new tiny works (landscapes and portraits) and a few monoprints....