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I was invited as a feature artist to the APAT exhibition in Sydney, October 2013, I taught some demonstrations there too, read more here. This post records a little of my research information for the painting which I exhibited in the Art Deco theme section, I don’t have much time to write a lot Here is a pic taken by artist Tony Johansen who I met up with during my week in Sydney ( I’ll show more picks about other artists too shortly )
I’ve made a quick video of this plate so that you can see the light reflections of the lustre work… further in this post.
This painting was planned a few months ago, and was inspired by the poetry by Dorothy Parker. Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, satirist and critic who explored 20th-century urban foibles. I have always enjoyed her works for their sparkling wit and points of life from a savvy female’s perspective, many accounts of which have not changed much since the early parts of last century- maybe in my own thinking and experience See my other art inspired by literature. So I went back to reading her prose about love, and among a few select poems which I’ll use to inspire other paintings, I’ve chosen “Song of one of the girls” 1926, as the muse for this art deco painting.
Song Of One Of The Girls, 1926 from the volume: Enough Rope
Here in my heart I am Helen;I’m Aspasia and Hero, at least.I’m Judith, and Jael, and Madame de Stael;I’m Salome, moon of the East.Here in my soul I am Sappho;Lady Hamilton am I, as well.In me Recamier vies with Kitty O’Shea, With Dido, and Eve, and poor Nell.I’m of the glamorous ladiesAt whose beckoning history shook.But you are a man, and see only my pan,So I stay at home with a book.Dorothy Parker
“Song for the girls does the rounds” Ingrid Lee, 2013. Porcelain plate, 38cm, lustre, platinum and gold
This painting is part of a larger collection of 30 paintings on canvas and porcelain about “Destiny and Love.” It was inspired by the female artists during the art deco era, in particular the poem Song of one of the Girls, written by Dorothy Parker (1926) and the art work of Tamara Lempicka. The use of lustres, gold and platinum sets a modern tone for this painting, while still capturing the flavour of art deco.
This poem was written during the art deco period, which I think links well with the inspiration for the art work. One of my most favourite artists of the art deco period is Tamara Lempika, and I think connecting both Parker and Lempika’s works as inspiration for my painting allows me to create a new style, influenced by two prominent and strong female artists who offered society in their time boundless potential of a new idea of being female.
The art deco inspired motifs of roses in the background, still embody strong geometric shapes and bold lines, but with a modern flavour. The use of circular imagery from the rose motifs to the dot patterns in the background symbolise the circle of time connecting the art deco period to today. As the title of this painting and the central female figure, typical of Lempicka’s work, implies that Parker’s notion of the appeal strong empowered women hasn’t changed much over nearly 100 years- indicative of the title of this painting.
Some of my notes if you’re interested
The art deco period is one of my favourites, the transition of western culture, identity, art and fashion between WWI and WWII really influenced a lot of my art in my early 20s. I love the eclectic stylisation of bold geometric shapes and lavish glamorous ornamentation, and the design is less organic, but smooth, seek, industrial and assertively modern. The genres of Cubism, Futurism, and influence of the Bauhaus and became the dominant art form of Paris between 1920 through 1930. Read more: http://www.ukessays.com/essays/arts/art-deco-style.php#ixzz2fCZ7QfnP Read more here One of my most favourite artists of the art deco period is Tamara Lempika, and I think connecting both Parker and Lempika’s works as inspiration for my painting allows me to create a new style, influenced by two prominent and strong female artists who offered society in their time boundless potential of a new idea of being female. It was argued that Art Deco functioned as a trademark for popular notions of femininity during a time when women were said to be the consumers of the average household. A genre of the time it appealed to women and was used as a selling point for cosmetics, clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, and art objects largely through the cinema and Hollywood movie stars too. Lempika represented a bold new woman of her time…and I think she expressed herself fearlessly through her art. I made a connection to this painting when I first started my time of personal change about 4 years ago, to me it embodied a strong, successful female both sexually in terms of feminine power, financially…she is behind the driving wheel of her life. It is interesting now that I revisit her work, when I am starting my next spiritual path for truth. and in contrast to the poetry by Parker, Read more here and here.
In the early 1920s Her style evolved very rapidly during these years, from the classic feature and heavy brushwork of her beginnings to a smoother technique, and to lighter colors, which she deliberately restricted for the sake of harmony. Still attracted by Expressionism, she continued to prefer models with gnarled, muscular bodies as well as, occasionally, extremely virile female figures in strong contrast to the dreamy young women she portrayed in parallel. then to cubism 1930s , Lempicka filled the backgrounds of her new portraits of women with idealized buildings that look like dark crystal rocks, as if to conjure up the mineral outline of a future city. In the same spirit, her female models became perfect matches for their dehumanized backdrops. She used a trademark combination of soft, rounded forms set against architectural lines and shapes that reflected a new sophisticated urbanity to those she painted in highly mannered portraits. Read more here.
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“Platinum Love” was exhibited in Sydney at The Grace Hotel in October 2013. This vase is part of the Destiny and Love series- see more paintings.
The word platinum culturally connotes a sense of endurance, overcoming challenge, so for this painting of roses- which symbolize love, the use of platinum paint represents long lasting love and it’s sustainability in a relationship. This painting’s place within the series follows on from the last few porcelain paintings When will Grief Let go? and Introspection. While endurance of a relationship is something most of us desire, it is not necessarily in our destiny. Here time, is focused on in this painting, linking the art work “When will grief let go” to the dynamic process which is love. In the relation to previous porcelain painting, with time added to the equation I think that which ever facet of love we experience, it’s endurance is relative to the process of grief -> fear -> trust -> letting go- a process of endurance in the search for self love (Introspection).
The design for this painting was started a long while ago, I’d done some sketches of roses from my garden, and stylised them, focusing on shape and form over detail. Here are some of the sketches used for this painting.
The platinum work was painted first, then paste applied, fired and platinum was added again. I chose to keep the vase pure white as a striking contrast to the platinum. The movement in the shape of the vase also creates great energy to the design, which I really like.
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At the APAT Porcelain Convention and exhibition 2013, I conducted a few demonstrations, one of which was a FREE event of poppies with lustres. The final paintings were raffled off at the Gala dinner to raise money for APAT NSW; here are the winners of the completed vases: Sook Ok and Caroline
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The great thing was that the porcelain vases and lustres were kindly donated by Interdec Australia, thanks Paul Good (Shown below with the talented porcelain artist Debbi Good at their sales area at the APAT convention 2013).
A video of the full demonstration was made by Wordify- Social Media Ghost Writing for business, thanks to Elle Butler- she is the most wonderful assistant and PR person, thank you my dear friend.
Here we are just before going out the Official Welcome evening at The Grace Hotel for the convention…
What did the porcelain painting demonstration involve?
This porcelain painting demonstration of poppies with lustre paints went for three days, as each layer had to be fired, ready for the next stage of painting on the following day. Participants were invited to take part in the demonstration and paint on the porcelain while I explained my unique techniques.
Day 2: Adding a wash of colour on yesterday’s work
Day 3: I’m demonstrating the gold detail painting, and some background techniques with lustres
This is what Angela Timmer from APAT New Zealand had to say about her experience at my demo after day 1
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More happy snaps from the gala dinner, the APAT event and my other roses demo shortly!
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Researching and inspiration from the shadows of Gentileschi…...this post is a continuation from The Journey of Destiny and Love and what I’m painting. I briefly noted that I’m researching Artemisia Gentileschi for some new paintings on canvas and porcelain (completed porcelain towards the end of this post). I am interested in the strength of her themes, as well as the technique of tenebrism. I have has a long time interest in her works, ever since I had taken a small group of my students from my gallery, on an art trip to the National Gallery Victoria to see Darkness & Light Caravaggio & his World (2004). I enjoyed the exhibition of Carvaggio’s works, but I was greatly intrigued and inspired by the art works by the female Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Her painting of Judith Slaying Holofernes has always left an impression on me (you’ll see in the videos below), so I wanted to return to study the technique of tenebrism through the works of Gentileschi, and look at a few modern artist’s inspired by this technique also.
It was interesting to compare it to the Judith painting I saw in St Petersburg at The Hermitage Musuem on my study trip in 2011 by Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco) 1477-1510, while less dramatic, the simplicity of the style, but the power of the form still delights.
Strong colours of the women’s clothes, I love her softness to the women she paints while each female still has strength either though their expressions, position in the composition, interaction with other subject matter…I never get a feeling of weakness or that the females are merely fulfilling an male fantasy or allegory to the status of women in society. Studying this artist has helped formed some new ideas for my next series of works on a new theme, which is exciting- but I have to stop these ideas flowing until I finish my current body of work.
My last painting (previously described in the Journey of Destiny blog post link) reflected an abstract expressionist adaptation of the style (though not figurative) was the first step at changing my use of colour and looking at light in this way. Here is the completed painting again:
I wanted to use my techniques of layering intense complimentary colours in contrast to darker background, to show reveal the composition and forms (in place of the figure), and stylized figures in abstract expressionist style. Now I am working on two paintings to develop this approach to my work, one porcelain and the other canvas (still in progress). So I have been looking at Gentileschi and modern artists also.
Videos of Gentileschi’s paintings:
Here are more pics of my completed porcelain painting applying tenebrist style to abstract expressionism.
I’ve used lustres, platinum and copper. The inspiration for this painting came from Sade’s King of Sorrow and Buika. Using the dramatic effect of tenebrism, I wanted to convey the notion of wanting to let go of grieving for a past relationship, grieving for what you have, might have or might lose. My understandings from this piece is a progression from the painting “Introspection” here. I’m looking at that process of grief -> fear -> trust -> letting go. The central figure holds their head in their hands with grief, tears flowing behind; the contrast of shadows and light representing the joy and not so happy times. I’ve used layers of dark blue lustre, light blue lustre and black lustre to create this atmosphere of grief.
In traditional tenebrist paintings it is largely black or a solid colour, however, black lustres doesn’t achieve such depth, and I wanted to use the translucency of the porcelain to enhance the overall feel and emotion of the painting, as compared to a flat lifeless black background. On the back of the vase are arms of lovers intertwined, but disconnected.
So what do you think of my approach to tenebrism in modern porcelain painting? Let me know in the comments, I’d like to hear from you
Finally the finished painting which I started here , called “Introspection” abstract expressionism on porcelain vase 435 x 185 mm. The painting is completed with lustres, platinum, burnishing gold and accents of liquid bright gold.
I’m looking at expressing the notion of introspection when you are not in love, but really wishing you were, and questioning why you’re not in a relationship with someone. So I’m looking at the intense relationship we have within our head and selves when we don’t want to be alone and are desperate to be be in love, and looking at the representations that reflect the broken record that plays in our minds of “why doesn’t he/she…?” “why can’t I find someone who….?” “I’ll never find…” “nobody wants me” “why can’t I look like/be like…” for example. This process of introspection often causes us to stay trapped in our heads….it can be paralyzing, tiring, hurtful, loathsome, saddening, makes us angry, and even pitiful when we ask “why me again” etc…Sometimes we can spend so much time looking into ourselves, not accepting ourselves and loving ourselves for who we are, that we miss the moment for the next relationship. It is this intensity of introspection that I’m wanting to express.
Here when you look top down into the vase, it is in the shape of an eye- the centre represents the iris which I’ve painted in platinum, and creates a mirror for the viewer, another interactive element for the viewer.
What is the writing all about?
The use of asemic writing for this piece took a while to explore, read more here. I was trying to figure out part of my ‘eyes on porcelain’ painting for a while…there was an element missing to the concept around it which asemic writing would help unlock for me. The more I played with the designs in sketches, and discussed the ideas for the concepts behind this painting with a great friend, I realised the missing link. The missing link is about missing the moment, and if you miss the moment, it’s because you didn’t trust in that moment. It seems that when love is all around you, you miss the moment because you didn’t trust in the time, the person, or yourself to be open to that space which will allow love.
So then it makes me wonder about the correlation between destiny and trust.
My interpretation of asemic writing
Some of what I’ve done is following the idea that the symbols leave the design open to interpretation, other times, I’ve written the full word but it’s how it is positioned or repeated or interwoven which creates the abstraction. There are natural gap in the backgound lustre work, into which I have squeezed words that represent or repeat ‘trapped’ there are notions of I want, quiet, noisy and other representations of the emotions one feels when being introspective.
Here are some more links for asemic writing to show other inspirations:
Photo courtesy: Nancy Bell Scott
Photo courtesy: Post Literate
Photo courtesy: The New Post Literate
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I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of this art work…some pieces take more time in the planning- most of my abstract or expressionist work does! Sometimes waiting for the right piece of porcelain to express a concept is worth the time- like my spider vase last year, see here. Big thanks to my Australian porcelain supplier Interdec Australia who invest in bringing these beautiful pieces of porcelain here- it makes my creative process easier
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A few months ago I was asked by editor Doris Ackilli to contribute a four page article in the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Inc magazine- Porcelain Artist magazine. Thanks Doris for this opportunity to share my work with your readers worldwide. The article has now been published in 2013′s Volume 53, Number 3, July, August, September magazine, here is an excerpt from one of the pages:
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Finally finished this porcelain plate which I’ve titled “Time will set us free, in the light of our dreams.” You can see the progress of this painting, and explanation of the abstract expressionist techniques with lustre paints here on this video.
This plate complements the painting on another oval plate, which you can see here. The other plate, “Floating in my Freedom” was completed with liquid bright gold, however for this plate, I’ve used burnishing gold, because it is a warmer gold, and compliments the warm colours used on this plate. In the photo below, I show you how the reflections fired (as compared the the previous video) to create movement and the notion of time moving to freedom.
The use of lustres and copper work creates the dream like state as previously explained. The love between this couple is waiting for the moment which is being held in their dreams. In relation to the theme of Destiny and Love, this painting explores the idea that often we wait for the right moment to find or commit to love, and simply live in our dreams, waiting for destiny.
Our dreams are a safe warm place where passion and desires are fulfilled and promises of truth accepted without question or fear. The use of warm tones of copper, deep purples, and reds expresses this notion, as the light reflections of gold and turquoise reflects the sense of time which will set this couple to freedom- love.
When creating expressionist work, (or any painting) it’s important to understand the function of colour in your work, as colour is more than simply aesthetics, it can communicate many things to your viewer, and express your ideas and feelings.
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The secrets of colour, please click here
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What is it like to learn porcelain painting with Ingrid Lee? Well, last weekend I was invited to teach at an education weekend, the subject of Poppies in lustre on porcelain with APAT Vic, and during this blog post, I’ll share some of the experiences of that weekend. This course is from the Learn to Love lustres art education series- if you are interested in booking me to teach these courses at your venue read more here. Essentially, Learn to Love lustres is an experience based journey, which is step by step, hands on, easy to learn, practical and founded on formal art theory. The best thing is, that I’ve turned all the heavy art theory into simple and workable activities which will get you thinking, drawing, painting and designing in new ways.
Here is a section of my class sample below, but all 12 participants were required to draw and create their own designs.
Thanks to Louisse Bosscheiter, President of APAT Vic, for holding this event at her Porcelain painting studio in Montrose, and for her lovely hospitality- I had a wonderful time. And all of the participants were great to work with, which makes teaching a pleasure I look forward to seeing you again soon!
During this seminar, the participants:
- Understood how to layer and blend lustres without burning the colours.
- Learned the techniques on modernising designs.
- Found out how to plan your colours and understand firing temperatures for multi firing lustre work.
- Created contemporary paintings with a strong focus on design elements which they could further develop at home.
- Applied techniques of underpainting used by the old masters in oil paintings to modern porcelain.
- Created their own designs.
Here are some photos showing some of the work created, and some comments about the course:
Firstly students created their own designs, and sketched the designs on their porcelain.
Then they applied the lustre techniques for the first firing:
After the first firing, I evaluated and discussed each students’ next step for their painting with the whole group…lustres always produce interesting results
Back to work!
Before it goes in the kiln, it’s important to check your design notes…when everything looks green, yellow or brown, it’s hard to remember what you’ve done! I share the same strategies and approaches I use for all of my paintings.
My final demonstration of the pen work and talking about creating value and contrast for these poppies:
More information about my classes:
Some of the participants asked whether I have a studio I teach from, I only have my working studio and a salon by appointment to view my paintings or inquire about courses and other projects. After running home based studios in my early career, and later a retail gallery and teaching premises for over 10 years, I have different commitments now (see more of what I do here) and business direction. I mainly travel teach around Australia and internationally, to other people’s studios or businesses, or at venues to teach from which I or painting groups and associations organize. So, if you have a group of students interested in learning with me, let me know here, and I will send you more information.
- If you want to see me demonstrate lustre roses and poppies at the Sydney APAT Convention in October, click here.
- Maybe you aren’t sure of my style of painting and teaching, but you’re thinking you’d like to learn with me Did you know you can organise a live skype demonstration anywhere in the world? Here is some information about a live skype demonstration with students in St Petersburg Russia, then I will be sharing more experiences in person with them next year when I return to Russia for other exhibitions and masterclass demonstrations. Request more information about a live skype demonstration here.
Other blog posts and information about my courses you might like:
Learn to design your own art work in the You were Born to create art education series.
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Are you happy with your painting? A few weeks ago I decided to write an e-Book to help you if you are wondering this, essentially it’s about evaluating your paintings and ideas about how to improve them.
Well, over the near 20 years I’ve been teaching art classes and working as an artist (see more here), I have found that students and myself are confronted with similar questions about the final product of their creativity. There are always the questions of am I happy with my painting, and why? How can I improve it? What happened to my painting- it didn’t turn out like I planned!?
Also, you might be happy with your work, but how can you evaluate what you’ve done well, so that you can use those techniques or ideas on another painting?
Of course there are many more questions, but I have found that these questions are the most common.
So are there solutions to these questions about improving your painting?
YES! In my e-book!
This e-book is a FREE guide, you just download it. I have put together 100 ways that you can evaluate your painting, whether it is on porcelain or on canvas or watercolour- what ever medium, so that you have some practical ways to improve your art.
In this e-book, you’ll get 100 useful tips on how to constructively view your own art work to:
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