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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
Here is my last painting completed for 2011, so it is titled “To Friends and Opportunites” in acrylics on canvas 40″ x 40″. It is a celebration of all of the wonderful people I’ve met, friendships I’ve made, and opportunities which have presented themselves in 2011.
My journey to this painting of re-establishing my art career again started with Ingrid-creates , where I wanted to share my everyday creative passions like painting, baking, sewing and art, as well of the art and creativity of others back in August 2010…and now I am here, another website with Ingrid Lee Art, youtube channel, tweeting and meeting more people, writing articles for magazine and featuring on other people’s blogs and doing what I love. This year I travelled to Russia-who’d have thought I’d walk where Catherine II did? and I worked and met amazingly talented and generous artists and friends. I’m even going back next year to St Petersburg to exhibit artwork and teach a masterclass. I have had a very blessed year.
To all of you who have followed and supported me and my work, my creativity and other passions, I offer you my warmest heartfelt thanks…this painting I dedicate to you.
I have previously written about my love affair with Porcelain Painting and Roses…I don’t think love can really accurately describe the passion I have for porcelain painting and roses…or creating with roses in general, but you can read more about this article on my other site.
In this post, I am sharing one of my favourite pieces of porcelain I painted a few years ago, Deep Ruby purple roses on porcelain and photos of my roses from my garden. I love this technique, and I’m planning designs for new works with roses from my garden. The technique I use is called dusting, and it allows for a greater depth of colour and high shine to the work. The painting medium I use for this technique I used has changed, so I am trialling new products again…fingers crossed! This technique works best for large blooms on large pieces…I think anyway. I have trialled little porcelain pieces with roses, but the effect is not as grand.
The colours I used for these roses
My roses from my garden…the source of inspiration for my new porcelain paintings. I grow French Delbards and a Black Queen (a propogated cutting from my Grandfather’s roses in the 1960′s), they are heavily perfumed from the like Dioressence and Mitsuko, Camille Pisarro, Alred Sisley…I have 10 rose bushes, all standards. I grow other flowers also to photograph for my studies, these can be seen on my twitpix albums- subscribe to my tweets and you’ll get them as I photograph them. These are quick photos from my i-phone, but I also use a digital camera with a macro lens for other studies.
A quick and easy Tutorial for lustres and marbelizer as they are completed in 2 firings. This project is inspired by a creative thinking technique of looking for possibilities I’ve included some other examples of plates I’ve started and adapted the idea. In this first piece, the poppy flower was discovered from the lustred background after the decorative technique was completed…..
1) Clean your porcelain with methylated spirits.
2) Sponge Dark blue luster all over porcelain….I did not add lustre thinner.
3) While still wet, spatter with marbelizer. I dip an old toothbrush into marbelizer and run my finger along the wet brush and spatter it onto the porcelain. Make sure the brush is facing away from you. or you will spatter your eyes and face! I wear gloves!!!
4) You can see in the painting, there is a large white area. So I dampen a piece of folded paper towelling (I use handee ultra or viva- as there is no lint and they are thicker quality) into some methylated spirits and wipe out the shape of some poppy petals.
5) Allow to dry completely and fire at 750C.
6) Wipe over with plate with methylated spirits. Using a pen nib, paint the design of the poppy flower in liquid platinum. I used dot work, as this followed the desing element of ‘spots’ left behind by the marbeliser. Leaves are applied with a #3 round brush. Fire at 750-740C.
COMPLETED IN 2 FIRINGS!!!
Here are two other plates where I’ve used the similar techniques to give you some more ideas…both are painted by using left over lustres from other projects…so that your lustres don’t go to waste, I always have some pieces of porcelain that I can experiment with
The daisies on this piece are wiped out with a brush and dampened paper towelling and fired. The next firing will be adding platinum and gold penwork for definition.
This last piece…I have no idea!!! Like I said, I use left overs to experiment with for colour, textures and to push the boundaries of a product. One of the most important things I teach in my masterclasses is that while you can explore freedom and boundaries in art, you still must observe and record to make it purposeful and useful to develop you artwork further…keep a journal for this type of work, so that if you’re happy with something- you’ll remember how you did it!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below Check out more of my porcelain work in the gallery in the menu, or at my Ingrid Lee- Artist fan page.
At the moment I’m planning new artworks for canvas, ribbon embroidery and porcelain…too many ideas and not enough time.
New canvas work is for my exhibition in St Petersburg next year…I have finished assembling photos for inspiration…next to find music, then re-read some of Gogol’s stories, find the poetry I wrote while I was in Russia in October (I’m still looking for it)…and then a day or two of isolation to plan and think!!
Porcelain…I have some dusted flowers to create, and I wanted to start planning my orb spiders paintings next. I may do some porcelain for my exhibition in St Petersburg…not sure yet. I still have some porcelain shoes which I want to incporate with ribbon embroidery and tie in the rococco them I’m inspired by at the moment.
Ribbon embroidery I have the ideas organised…and today I had this video shared with me of one of my favourite female artists, Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée Lebrun famous artist of her time, who also painted Marie Antoinette…I’m going to hunt down her biography or something if I can, I’d love to know more about her. But I want to capture the feel of her works in my next series of large ribbon embroideries. I was also inspired by the gorgeous rococco artwork and rooms when I visited Catherine’s Palace…so we shall see what comes of this all.
Among a heap of other ideas I’m putting on hold, I have these to get through first.
I’m also organising my projects for my Masterclasses for next year…I wonder if I can function on 5.5 hours sleep??