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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.