As most of you know, I love lustres, particularly exploring all that is possible with them (I do paint with other onglaze paints too, check here, here and here).    So I decided to push the boundaries of my creativity again with lustres for a new porcelain painting, and I'm asking you what you think?  Are these blue anenomes on porcelain too dramatic? 

Here is my latest experiment this week with lustres.

Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm




What did I want to achieve?

Most of my paintings start with light - middle values, but I wanted to create drama in this painting, so I started with dark green lustre and worked from there.  You can see the beautiful rich colours of the dark green below, after the first firing:

First firing of anenomes in lustre on porcelain by Ingrid Lee

First firing of anenomes in lustre on porcelain by Ingrid Lee


 

Here is the painting after about 4 fires.  While the flowers look nice, both the background and flowers were at the same value of intensity, and I still wanted a more dramatic effect.

Mid firing stage of anenomes in lustre on porcelain by Ingrid Lee

Mid firing stage of anenomes in lustre on porcelain by Ingrid Lee

 

Another painting where I have created dramatic effects with colour.

As with last month's porcelain experiment with lustres, I used anenomes as the subject matter.  I'm not tired of painting this flower yet...I have them growing in my garden at the moment (see below)- flowering a little early, but inspiring all the same.

Anenome flower Ingrid Lee

 

 

Close ups of the final firing:

As you can see, I did add a little platinum, because I wanted to keep it cool in contrast to the dark blues and greens; and because I needed a little lift with some reflection.  I didn't use much platinum at all, it was applied with very fine lines- more of a suggestion.

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

I really love some of the complexities of textures and watercolour colour effects I have achieved in this painting, as I described on the video.  Below are two photos of the same flower, but with different light reflections:

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

 

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

 

If I was to paint this again, I would try painting the flowers even lighter- this will create a different sense of drama, and it will be interesting to control the colours technically.

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

Close up: Splash of Blue, Ingrid Lee. 2014 Lustre on porcelain plate 25.4cm

 

 

 

Painting with lustres can be technically challenging (you can read more about the difficulties with painting lustres here and here) but I LOVE the journey!  I hope I am inspiring you too 🙂

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Your thoughts.....

What is your favourite part of this painting?

Do you like these colours?  

If you didn't like the dramatic effect I'd like to hear your comments too.

Let's chat in the comments below.

 

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11 Comments
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  3. September 27, 2014 -
    Reply

    I love that the paintings are intense and not boring decorative work. Beautiful and intriguing work.

    • September 29, 2014 -
      Reply

      Hi Shelley, thanks very much for your comments, my work isn't overly decorative, I just use porcelain as another canvas form, rather than as a piece of decor. The techniques have been really interesting to develop for this piece, and I'm really enjoying exploring lustres in this new way.

  4. toni
    September 25, 2014 -
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    This plate is indeed dramatic. I enjoy the contrasts and the movement of the piece very much. The colors are nice too(always love blue) I am looking forward to the next piece when you lighten up a little. I enjoyed reading about your steps here and think I might give soothing like this a try. Where do you buy your lusters?

    • September 29, 2014 -
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      Hi Toni, thanks for your comments. I will be using this piece for one of my courses at my online art school soon. I get all my lustres from Interdec here in Australia by Fay Good, http://interdec-australia.com.au/shop/ tell Paul Good you found them from my blog :)

  5. Lisa Kos
    August 23, 2014 -
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    I love this plate. I think you got it just right this time Ingrid. In my opinion the values are just perfect: very harmonious.

    • August 23, 2014 -
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      Hi Lisa....thanks for your feedback. This was an interesting painting, I loved the deeper colours and textures. As usual it is hard to capture everything on a photo, and in person, those greens have amazing qualities, very inspiring for another painting :)

  6. August 23, 2014 -
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    I do Love the anenomies, and the blended yet splashes of watercolor like effect is well done in this piece. I will have to use my platinum with my pen more for the light on dark detail work. Thanks again for your inspirational Luster work I love it!

    • August 23, 2014 -
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      Hi Cookie, thanks for you feedback. This was an experimental painting...now I want to create some new paintings with these techniques. It's interesting with paintings to see just how dark or how light you can go- you really learn a lot about controlling the medium.

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