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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
My life and work as an artist is busy- sometimes crazy busy, but at the moment I’m planning commissioned art work, preparing for different exhibitions and still developing portfolio work, while running a business, writing and preparing masterclasses…..and I love it And I’d like to thank you for your interest in joining me on my creative journey, and reading these blog posts and supporting the fan pages with your comments- I truly appreciate it.
In this post I’ll share one of the ideas I have for planning my porcelain pieces to exhibit at the Thailand Porcelain Convention. There are four pieces I need to exhibit for the Thailand International Porcelain Painting Convention 2012 . I only want to do one piece themed with flowers for this exhibition, and I love all flowers so it’s always difficult. However it has been suggested to me to paint orchids. I’ve been researching information about Thailand for a few months now in terms of national flowers, the Royal family and folk tales, listening to Thai music in search of muse for my exhibition pieces.
|I purchased this book on Thai Tales, Folktales of Thailand ,by Suapaporn Vathanaprida.I have enjoyed reading these tales…Thai folklore is rich with epic tales and shorter prose about magic, life, morals, Buddhist beliefs, and general philosophy about life and solving it’s big problems. These tales are often humorous, and bestow a feeling great heart in their messages. In particular I’ve enjoyed the allegorical tales, my children have enjoyed reading them too. I really look forward to visiting Thailand.|
It is important for me to understand more about a culture through their art, literature and music so as to ‘feel’ and express these interpretations into my art work; this is how I create anyway – especially since one of the paintings must be one theme about Thailand (see the planning for my exhibition to St Petersburg). I will paint a piece which reflects Thailand more specifically also.
So, orchids on porcelain…I’ve been researching the hundreds of different colours and types of orchids over the past few weeks, this morning I got flower overload with too many ideas!)
I’ve decided to use this orchid painting, not only for this exhibition, but also as part of my current series on Destiny and Love, so that was the first premise for designing this piece. I love the language of flowers- in my early art career this theme was featured a lot (See my Iris painting) and the message behind orchids is complex and mixed. In general, the orchid is a symbol of luxury, sensuality, mystery and passion. So I aim to represent these qualities in the design.
The shape of the porcelain piece is also very important because I want it to reflect one of the personal connections I have to orchids, which is their movement and flow as they grow (I tried growing them, but I wasn’t successful…maybe a hobby for when family life is not so time consuming).
I purchased some beautiful porcelain recently from Interdec Australia, so I will use this vase which is 16″ (40.6 cm)
The shape has enough surface area to carry my design. Most importantly as an object, it has a lot of movement itself which will compliment the theme and design of this art work. To represent the symbols of luxury, sensuality, mystery and passion, I will be researching orchids that I can use to contrast with shape and colour for passion. Sensuality will come from the line elements and forms used, as well as the colour contrasts between different varieties of orchids. Of course there will be gold work…I fell in love with the gold in Catherine’s Palace…and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy seeing the gold work in Thailand….here are some photos of reference..
So, there’s plenty to think about! Lots to be inspired by…and I’m really looking forward to this trip to Thailand.
Just sharing a commissioned painting of Yellow bearded Irises on a porcelain tile (framed), which I delivered yesterday…the photos are a bit yellow as they were taken in the client’s home- no fluoro lighting, and you can see some of my reflection in the glass…sorry! I forgot to take pics earlier! I enjoyed painting this piece, the colours are really fresh. Now to paint another porcelain tile in a similar style of poppies for them, another favourite flower of mine to paint!
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This week, I have finished my painting titled “Shadows of My Desire” which is a painting in the series of Destiny and Love; my last painting was “The Air That I Breathe.” As this series of art works are emerging, they are telling a story about those elements which weave through the notions of Destiny and Love.
This painting “Shadows of My Desire” explores one of the process of falling in love, and is based on this short verse I wrote:
Shadows of My Desire
No more will my love hide in the shadows…
The warmth of my heart emerges, breathes,
The depth of my desire is alive.
Ingrid Lee 2012.
I’ll discuss very briefly how I go about creating a design, based on one of my current client’s commissions on porcelain. This week I visited a client who has commissioned a porcelain painting of a small urn or box, she is still undecided about exactly which porcelain object she’d like until the final theme of the design is confirmed.
The porcelain design needs to reflect things which her mother enjoyed and loved during her life time, as her mother had since passed away and she wanted something to signify the memory of her Mum. So these interests included roses, the colour emerald green or greens, Impressionist painters, something about the Netherlands because her Mum was Dutch; and nothing with windmills or the blue cobalt designs typical of Delft ware .
It is important to research and plan my design. If you are a regular reader of my blog, that you will have seen the processes of research I used for my current exhibition of paintings to Russia; and other paintings which I create. Here are the samples of paintings that will inspire this design.
These images will help to stimulate a design, and be presented along side my sketch to present to my client. I looked at old Dutch master paintings of roses:
This is a painting by Dutch Master Jans Frans Vandael of Roses, Peonies and flowers on a ledge still life, 1826. This is a very traditional style of painting, and I need to keep in mind that this commission work not only needs to evoke or reflect memories for my client, but also suit her contemporary styled home.
I think the next painting by Van Gogh will be most suitable to inspire a design. It is an Impressionist painting by Van Gogh called The Rose which links in the dutch, rose and impressionism and green elements.
Now to choose the shape of the porcelain piece, the tallest urn is 30cm high. The round footed jar is 19cm high. The oval box is 16cm x 10.5cm. The round box is 13cm diameter.
Once the porcelain shape is agreed to, off I go on with the design……
So….what happened? Well, my client, after reading this post remembered that her Mum loved van Gogh’s Starry Night and Don McLean’s song Vincent. This is the process which is important in commissioning art work, because the initial part is finding what the client feels connected to with the art work, especially when it is for personal piece like this. So, we are still on a dutch theme, Impressionism
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