This is my second award winning painting, called "Fearless" on a porcelain plate (38.1 cm) at the Thailand International Porcelain Painting Convention 2012, this was my other award winning painting. I wrote about my research about Thailand in another blog post..and for this entry about Thailand or Thai environment, I finally decided on a Buddhist theme about fish.  I had read many Buddhist teachings in my mid 20's, and the connection resonated with me while I was painting fish for another exhibition series on love.  That's often how many of my ideas come...they flow on during painting another art work.  So, my research began into fish and Buddhism.



For Buddhists, two gold fish symbolise the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the Samsaric ocean of sufferings.  This idea reflects that we can move places freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water.  Thus the fish symbolise happiness and freedom also.


Award winning porcelain plate, TIPP 2012, "Fearless" Ingrid Lee, 38.1cm plate, 2012


Detail of gold pen work before firing:




I explained during my vernissage to His Excellency the Privy Councillor   that the importance for me in this painting is about communicating the concept of being "Fearless."

Ingrid Lee presenting her award winning paintings at the vernissage to His Excellency the Privy Councillor of Thailand, TIPP 2012.

This is a concept which has shown full circle for me, especially by the end of my artistic pursuits and journeys this year.  To be fearless of taking risks for myself, with others, and with my artworks  has been a large focus this year; and I think this plate and my readings of Buddhist teachings for this exhibition has made many connections on a spiritual and artistic level, for which I am very grateful.  I will continue to pursue this focus of being fearless within this context, to attain personal freedom and authenticity.

For my painting, I have the two fish moving within each other's space freely, yet still connected by the life of their environment the seaweed.  I have used modern techniques with onglaze paints, layered with gold pen work for the design of the water.  These techniques reflect the symbols of auspiciousness and water as previously described and being fearless to explore boundaries of my painting medium.

Have you seen my other award winning porcelain painting from the TIPP 2012 event? Click here.

Other plates I exhibited at the TIPP 2012, click here


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  1. February 21, 2013 -

    Dear Mrs. Lee, I came to your website via the Porcelain Painting List by Janett Graham. Your work is very interesting - and especially I like your flowers!!! They have a real smell when I look at them! One question: Do you know me as a publisher of porcelain painting books. My latest author is Di Curtin from NSW. If you would like to show or even sell some of my books from Melanie Foster, Keiko Shimizu, Joerg and Petra Kugelmeier and Di Curtin to your students, please contact me. Mrs. Shimizu told me that the Bangkok Convention 2012 was great. A pity that I could not be there. Perhaps there will be another chance to meet? Kind regards, Andrea H.

    • February 21, 2013 -

      Dear Andrea, thank you for your kind comments and visiting my blog. I will have a new website ready about my company and what I do in the next few weeks It was a shame we could not meet up in Bangkok, will you be coming to the Sydney convention in October 2013? I will be doing two demonstrations. Regarding your question about books, I am an international travelling teacher of masterclasses in many different mediums, therefore my studio is reserved only for creating my exhibition paintings, not regular classes which supplies student materials. Thank you again for your kind comments about my paintings. Kind Regards, Ingrid.

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  3. Lisa Kos
    November 15, 2012 -

    I love the way you integrate the thinking and process of your design. Very interesting and thought provoking.

    • November 15, 2012 -

      Lisa, an artist, this is what I do, my works are stimulated by a thought or feeling, inspired by something I read, hear or see or experience (usually) and the image comes to my mind either in the method of acrylic, porcelain or ink paintings. The medium is the vehicle I use to communicate with rather than it being an object to decorate in itself. As a teacher of art for over 18 years, I think it is important to teach the rationale behind why we do what we do, so that we know where to improve- practice into theory is a major part of my pedagogic practice. :) Glad you enjoy reading it.

  4. Patricia Boston
    November 15, 2012 -

    Your work is fantastic. Your eye for detail is above and beyond. I love it.

    • November 15, 2012 -

      Thanks very much for your comments Patricia...I now have specially designed reading glasses for such small detail work ;)

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