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Ingrid Lee, is an international award winning artist in modern porcelain painting, abstract expressionist acrylic and mixed media paintings, fabric art. She teaches masterclasses and creates collaborative art projects to share creativity and inspire art enthusiasts in Australia and overseas. When she’s not painting or writing, she’s baking and tending her rose garden. For information about Ingrid’s exhibitions, masterclasses, projects or commissions contact ingridleeart.com ingridleeart.com
I enjoy painting in this style, abstract expressionism…it is a direct emotional responses to a thought or feeling I have. The colour (particularly important for me), forms, and placement represent the response…this is my head and heart at work through art. This painting communicates an intense period of love for me at the time. Colour for me is my immediate mode for metacognition or intensity- and it it intensity of colour or juxtapositioning of colour which I use to represent that energy See Playing with complimentary and intense colours.
I adore silk ribbon embroidery…while I enjoy most forms of sewing or needle work, ribbon embroidery is close to my heart, and it enables me to ‘paint’ in another medium. Unfortunately I have not had the time, but I would like to start on my work book of ideas…the time is coming soon…….so much to do, not enough time!!!! Such is the problem when you work in too many mediums!!!!! Here are some of my favourite pieces which I will build new creations from.
This is a “Delta Sarah’s” fuchsia, the source of inspiration:
Here is my impression of the different views of fuchsias using onglaze paints with penwork on a porcelain tile.
I don’t like watercolours, but I love inks because they are more intense, and I prefer the viscosity of the paint…this piece was started a few years ago, I just lost time to finish it. This contemporary painting with inks was purely an experiment with colour and technique. I was exploring ink effects and textures with salt and methylated spirits and other bits and pieces. I used Art Spectrum inks on laminated watercolour board…seriously Ingrid, finish the nose and it’s done! Very rarely do I not finish a painting….pull your finger out!!! ;)
The painting subject matter was found after the experimentation with product and medium…a technique I often use for contemporary porcelain. The silver work reminded me of two things, a process of washing away thoughts or something to that effect and the solarization technique in Man Ray’s photos, hence why I referred to his photo as the main source for the subject matter. Due to the paint effects, I had to change the positioning of the figure in order to keep the bits I liked. I enjoy painting in this style, and will look at completing some more works soon.
It was inspired by the photography from Man Ray, in particular the portrait: No title (Natacha) 1931. I was lucky to see an exhibition of his photography and early film works at the Victorian Art Gallery about 8 years ago. This website covers all large body of Man Ray’s artworks
Anyway, back to colour….I was experimenting to see how the underlayers would affect the final intensity of the chartreuese and oranges. The painting was undercoated in a pale lilac (seen on the side of the canvas).
I chose this lilac colour because it complements the oranges, and greys down the chartreuse, while still leaving it to stand out, where that luminous green is more built up.
I also wanted to place complementary colours boldly with brushstrokes to create energy.
Why do I create art??? Sometimes my brain wouldn’t hurt so much if I didn’t But there is that deep seated drive to do what I do…and if I don’t get my thoughts out- who else will? ;) French philosopher Simone Weil sums it up best:
The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make – Simone Weil
So when I think I’m creating shit, or it’s not working out…at least noone else will make it!! ha-ha-ha!!!!
I love the sharp lines and solid design of the red back spider, or black widow. The overall form is elegant…mind you when they are in the backyard or hiding in the hose reel, I just see a yuck spider that will soon come to its demise ;|
I decided to use this subject matter of a red back spider for a porcelain project. Rather than painting it in lustres, I wanted to try give it more shape and substance, so this painting was a trial or test piece. I used raised paste and burnishing gold, marking the red spot with red lustre. The background is dark blue and carmine red lustre, with platinum webs. I like this piece, the porcelain box is 8.5cm x 4cm, so the overall design is small. I’m thinking of trying another design with spiders, but on plates.
Other spiders I’m thinking of designing with are orb spiders or weaver spiders, they are particularly stunning, including their webs, body colours and patterns.