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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
Just sharing a peek at my exhibition in St Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition is about my journey to St Petersburg, which began with my quest to enrich my artistic soul. My new kiln arrives this week, so I’ll share a little bit of my porcelain artworks in a few weeks. And be sure that I’ll share more about the exhibition, with full pictures in a few months time, once the exhibition has started.
To put all of the artworks for this exhibition into context for you, here is an excerpt from the publicity information I’ve written about my artwork.
……..My journey revealed more than heart and soul. It encapsulated an element of connectedness to the art of history, to time and place, to people past and present, to music and feelings, and as a result, to a greater sense of enlightenment….
Overview of Art works:
The artworks I have created since my first journey to St Petersburg are acrylic paintings on canvas and contemporary designs on porcelain. The canvas paintings are reflective of my experiences in St Petersburg and the interwoven threads and connections of my passion for this city.
I believe the journey of the artistic soul is a life long experience and St Petersburg is hopefully one of many in my growth and evolution as an artist. A place which was initially of just imagination and dreams, which finally became a reality, so my art could reflect my personal expression and interpretation of my immersion into the heart and soul of a city.
I’m sharing two paintings, but these paintings are not finished, and the photo quality is not good because I’ve used my i-phone….but they are a peek! When all of the artworks are completed, I will share high resolution photos.
Here is a close up of the bottom corner…these colours a little more accurate..but the bottom corner is painted with gold, and many of the highlights throughout the painting are in gold blends also, but again it is difficult to capture with i-phone.
My delivery of porcelain supplies arrived this week! Lustres, burnishing gold and texture reliefs…..all ready to start my plates which will be in contemporary designs to reflect the historical essence of Catherine Palace and St Petersburg.
Always nice to share a feature article on oneself! Check out this Spolight on me on Friday Art Share at Fiona Stolze’s site Inspired Art And Living. While you are there, check out some of Fiona’s wonderful Silk painting on her facebook page and the other amazing things she’s involved in. Thanks Fiona for the opportunity to share my work with your readers
This project was finished last year, where I creating art with porcelain and ribbon embroidery, but it entailed a lot of problem solving along the way. Sometimes I like to create a mini artworks within an artwork, so I painted a small porcelain shoe with raised paste roses and gilding, added gold pen work rose buds, and filled the opening of the shoe with a bouquet of silk ribbon embroidered flowers to complement the paint work. All of the colours in the embroidery bouquet reflect the colour you see reflected off the gold paint and off the white white porcelain which is why it is more harmonious. But this project wasn’t going to be as simple as I thought!!
Here is the porcelain shoe
Here are the silk ribbons I’ve used….they are hand died silk ribbons by ColourStreams.
These are one of my favourite ribbons to work with. I wanted a dramatic effect with the ribbon roses, so I chose this gorgeous colour of Aubergine silk (13mm)…it is varigated in the deepest black purple, then blending to silver grey and golds. I felt this colour would set the mood of the piece and make it a striking feature of the overall piece.
The small gold roses where made with colourstream gold (7mm) hand died silk ribbon- a very fiddly job.
Initially I thought the design would just comprise of these rolled roses in large and small ones…but I realised it wasn’t going to work. The overall design would be boring and the beautiful colours of the roses would be lost to a poorly constructed design.
So how did I solve the problem?
I decided I needed another texture to lift the central design, so I added some white organza rolled ribbon roses, and the I made a pale blue rose which was to look like it had opened to full bloom- like a blown rose. Glass beads were added to add lift to the design.
Here are some photos of the development and sewing together of the embroidery bouquet:
Here is the finished piece:
Do you think the design is successful of mixing the two mediums?