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Finally finished this new painting on porcelain this week, “Floating in my freedom,” Ingrid Lee, 2013. Oval porcelain plate, 38cm. It is painted in an abstract expressionism style with lustre, liquid bright gold, platinum, copper, burnishing gold and paste. You can see the progress of this painting here, and here. I have made a video of the painting at the end of this post.
In this painting, Floating in my freedom, the central figure is floating in her personal freedom, representing the notion that to float in one’s freedom is a pure sense of liberation and ease. The use of light, airy, almost cloud like light yellow forms and gold connects the ideas of this painting to a sense of happiness. This colour has been emerging into my artwork since my trip to a Thai temple last year (see more here), and it can be seen in the painting Love is like a Ball and Chain, completed at the end of 2012. I mention the word ease, because in the state of liberation and true happiness, I believe one of the first senses we feel of being truly in this state is of ease, free of attachments and our focus is aligned without unnecessary distraction. It is not so much a dream like state, as I do believe it can be a reality. If you have been following the blog posts about this painting series on the theme of Destiny and Love, I think that this painting is representing the journey to an ultimate of self love.
I have decided to video this painting (just using my iphone- no great production work ) because one of the unique features I use with my lustre work is to use the multiple reflections of lustre painting techniques to enhance both the viewer’s experience of my painting and more importantly, to add a deeper level of expression. I explain this on the video, but if you require a translator, I’m writing about what I’ve basically talked about, and you can use the translator here on the page I hope that helps.
I explain that the bold contrasting colours of purples and greens indicate that this journey of liberation, is still not complete…it is a process of emergence, it is dynamic and flowing. It think that the dynamism is an important concept, because for my, that is reality…our lives are not always in perfect liberation, it will change, and by being flexible and open to the change is when we get back on that path to ease. You can see this idea expressed by the moving and merging lines and shapes in this painting which are shown to more detail in this video. The layering and juxtaposing of copper, liquid bright gold and burnishing gold and yellow lustres shimmer and make the eye move along the lines as the reflections attract the eye. These techniques create physical movement and interaction for the viewer, in an attempt to feel the expression or experience as portrayed by the central figure in the composition.
This painting is probably the next step of transcending the shadows, as shown in my other painting completed last month on canvas “Transcending the shadows, finding the light.”
What do you think about this abstract expressionist style of painting on porcelain? Please let me know in the comments below
- Other paintings on porcelain in abstrast expressionist style
- This painting style is also similar to the canvas work, which is still exhibited in St Petersburg Russia: Funny Valentine
I’ve been really productive over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing little updates here and there on facebook. I have an exciting new set of works on porcelain inspired by Roman art which I’m enjoying the research and design process immensely. Also, I’ll have some other porcelain paintings to share soon, I wrote about them a few weeks ago also here, and here…lots to look forward to…I do believe that I’m learning the secret to a 30 hour day. Here are a few photos of the plates before the 3rd firing (so it looks pretty brownish among the colour…and the black lines will fire off), there are still about 2 firings to go.
Again, not all colours look like they should yet….
Some of the colours on this plate will fire as purple, there are more deep red orange colours here too- wait for the magic of the kiln!
In the next few weeks you’ll see my art licensing project which I’ve been developing with a Russian company over the past 3 months…very exciting. Thanks again to those friends on facebook who have given their feedback on my marketing and branding designs of this project too, you’ve been a wonderful help! I’ll be sharing more about this and lots of other new things in a few weeks, so check back to the fan pages or here for updates.
New paintings: Expressionist landscapes
Here are two of my latest canvas paintings; these paintings, and maybe one more, are exploring the journey of finding peace of mind. There is one more larger painting on this theme which I’m currently working on. These paintings are completed in acrylic paints and texture medium, building up layers and washes of colours and contrasts to convey the effects. The titles of these paintings are fairly self explanatory, I don’t have the time at the moment to write more.
Landscapes- Evaporating my fears, Ingrid Lee 2013, acrylic on canvas 120 cm x 92 cm
Sailing inside my tranquility, Ingrid Lee 2013, acrylic on canvas 120 cm x 92 cm
Lastly, here is a completed painting from about 3 weeks ago, which I started last year (read about it here). The other tenebrist inspired paintings are at the first few layers of under-painting stage….so I’ll write about those more as they progress.
I hope you enjoy the update, thanks for reading….please leave your comments on the blog post, I’d love to hear from you
I started this porcelain painting We are Soldiers of Love, late last year, and finally finished it this week. I was largely inspired by the song “Soldier of Love” by Sade, for the theme of this painting. The lyrics and the music have a lot of personal meaning and I’m using an abstract expressionist painting on a porcelain vase. I am enjoying creating these painting for my series on Destiny and Love, because they are each different. You can see my reflection in a few of the pics…these are only iphone photos, portfolio gallery images are available by request.
More photos after the video…..
“We are Soldiers of Love” by Ingrid Lee, porcelain vase 2012.
This painting is an expressionist style of work, representing the concept of soldiering through love. This painting reflects a time when my friends and I were all single and not in a relationship…but we kept looking, despite broken hearts and bad experiences…like a war torn landscape we are still fighting and searching, not realising that we probably needed to love ourselves at that time, more than looking for love and happiness from someone else…again, that time thing raises it’s head again through my thinking.
This idea is largely represented by the use of platinum at the top of the vase…it creates a mirror finish, a two way interaction, firstly symbolising the introspection of the soldiers during of their search for love; and secondly, it also provides an interactive process for the viewer, you, with this painting. The painting on this porcelain vase is completed in lustres and platinum.
You can see the flaming red orange coloured lustre (a continuation of colour use from this porcelain painting) in the hearts and minds of the soldiers, as they march forth, still hopeful, still searching, then broken hearted as the figures trail around the vase.
The darker colours used on the shadowy figures, reflect the tiresome, and emotionally draining war of love for these soldiers.
Inspiration for the design
Interestingly, the figures were inspired by the vase Kobyletskaya, Factory Vase, 1930 below, which I saw at Erata Gallery in St Petersburg 2012.
This design has been playing in mind for months, and something finally clicked! I loved this painting when I first saw it, the linear communication of ideas and colours was wonderful, we spent a while studying this painting…the inspiration has come through. I have many other inspirations from this vase…..to see later.
In my next post, I’ll update you on other paintings I’ve finished over the past few weeks, and what else I’ve been up to.
I really enjoyed creating this painting…there is another porcelain piece on this theme which I will start shortly. If you find this painting interesting, please share or leave me comments
It’s been busy few weeks, so I haven’t had much chance to paint porcelain- except for today! The luxury of almost a whole day without interruptions, instead of painting late at night or in bits and pieces during the day It’s ok really, I’ve been working on a few collaborative art projects, one with an overseas company for licensing distribution of my paintings, and another project for demonstrations later in the year…I’ll divulge more about those in time. But all of the paper work and organising of those have taken up a lot of time. I had a fun demonstration via skype the other night, and otherwise I’ve been planning and planning new art works.
Today I finally finished the canvas painting I started late last year (see progress here), I’ll post the finished painting once it has been sufficiently dried and varnished. I’m really glad that one is out of my headspace…as I move onto porcelain paintings.
Here are some snap shots of first firings or early stages of these lustre paintings on porcelain, both part of the Destiny and Love series.
This painting is a 30.5cm oval plate, and will be titled ‘Union’ you can see the colour plan on the drawing, this shows a few of the colours I will use as the unfired lustre work is all yellow-brownish in colour. This painting was inspired by a poem I wrote about the concept of union, and the text will also feature on this design. This design element links to the next painting which will explore asemic writing (what? read on ).
Here is the early stage of the painting ‘Introspection’ which I wrote about here. This will also be completed with lustre paints, gold and platinum. This painting will feature Asemic writing, which
‘is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”. With the
nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is
similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning
to occur trans-linguistically; an asemic text may be “read” in a similar fashion regardless of the reader’s natural language. Multiple
meanings for the same symbolism are another possibility for an asemic work.’ 1
I love the idea of asemic writing, and it totally fits in with this design conceptually. It not only resonates with the abstract work I paint, but I’m getting to reconnect with my past…did you know I used to lecture in linguistics and language (among other arts subjects) at university? This connection I find fascinating to explore, while that work was many years ago now, I’ve always had an interest in the semantics and semiotics of language. So this element is a nice way to return to the past and enjoy some brain play for me…I am happy!
While these are in the kiln, I’ll start a new canvas painting which has been on the back burner, and finish my design plans for asemic writing- while I still have free time!
1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asemic_writing, as cited from Michael Jacobson, The Giant’s Fence. Barbarian Interior Books, 2006.
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I started this painting at the beginning of December, and it is still on the go (yes the other porcelain paintings I’ve been working on are still being worked on too…but things dry at different times, kiln firings take time, so I maximise my time! ). This post is to document my thinking through this painting and where I am at during this series of art works about Destiny and Love…it’s a long post. This series of artworks has been an interesting journey, one of bringing up old feelings, sharing experiences which are personal, or had been locked away, thinking and observations of love over the years, inspirations from what I read and music I listen to…and while I paint and explore, I expect that the works will represent the thinking through my understanding of the concepts. This is one of the largest paintings I’m working on in the series of Destiny and Love, it’s 152 cm x 90cm…I have not given it a title yet.
I have been researching Tenebrist painting, particularly the works of female Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Her paintings left an impression on me since I first saw her work at a Melbourne exhibition in 2004 (I will write about this in another blog post). The use of extreme contrasts of light and dark in figurative compositions to reflect drama is a technique which is of particular interest. While my current painting is not figurative nor technically tenebrist, (my other paintings using this technique will be different, talk about this later), this painting is the first process of discovery for communication of style and thought of an adaptation of it. For this painting, I wanted to use my techniques of layering intense complimentary colours in contrast to darker background, to show reveal the composition and forms (in place of the figure), in abstract expressionist style.
Here is the first layer of undercolours and combinations of intense colours.
As the painting has progressed, the darker values are working to create the contrasts and mood. I do not work with black, I prefer to create a richness which balances throughout the painting and mix with my own darkest values, and contrasting them with complimentary colours to grey them down or make them pop. The paints I use are a flow consistency, not structural, so they are easier to build up with thin layers of glazing. For me I still want life in the painting, and to utilize the idea of movement in the background of the painting, as shown in Velazquez’s work, I will see how this approach goes.
…still a long way to go….
So how does this connect to Destiny and Love?
Destiny….how do I understand it now, after 8 paintings (I haven’t shared all completed art works at the moment, I have planned for about 20 more)???? Is destiny the result of wanting what you want today, but realising that it takes longer to have what you desire, and what you desire will truly come in time? I think that concepts I’ve explored in the paintings so far direct my thinking that all things will come in perfect time, and that we should enjoy the journey while finding what it is we want…maybe this is destiny.
The biggest part of my journey through these paintings has resulted in my learning about how to deal with my relationship between impatience and time- something which also I have learned about through love. So I think that destiny is a journey, not a finite thing that will result in happiness or unhappiness, it’s not about getting what you want, but what you are going to discover about yourself.
Through abstract expressionism I have been able to communicate my actions and immediate feelings and responses to experiences and observations about Love and Destiny. Through this whole journey, which started as far back as the creation of Ingrid-creates, and my exhibition of Journey for the artistic soul in Russia, and my research for this current series of paintings, I have realised that I am not fearful of feeling or expressing my feelings and thoughts because I have come to realise, that that which makes me sad or disconnected, or fearful is really an energy and experience which can I use to transcend from those shadows toward finding light and hope, this is the path to the journey of finding love…maybe. This painting in particular represents that transcendence. So this journey of being connected to my feelings and expectations of what I want is going to reveal something wonderful.
What this journey is…is not about romantic love, this is about love for myself, learning to express those feelings connected with our everyday perceptions of love, but really what I have been destined to do, as I understand it, is to find and understand the passion within, harness it, by making the choice to create my experiences.
I will wait to see how this painting finishes…..
Another painting on porcelain in this series “Maybe it’s Love”
In between kiln firings, I’ve been working on a new canvas painting. Finally this abstract expressionist painting Love is like a Ball and Chain, Ingrid Lee 2012, acrylic on canvas 122 cm x 81.5 cm, part of the Destiny and Love series is finished, so I’m just writing a quick post as Christmas is a busy time with baking and concerts and parties, one hundred and one other things…and painting of course!
The main lyrics of the song Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin inspired this painting…particularly the idea that some types of love we feel, or the emotions attached to it, feel like a ball and chain, it’s heavy: emotionally, mentally and physically draining, and in my experience, at the end of the day, probably not the right relationship. I don’t have much more time to explain the painting today….sorry But basically the movement of line work and colour reflects the rhythm and signatures of the music (see another painting where I have used this technique). The impassioned quality of Janis’ voice, and the raw edge is reflected in the imperfect brush strokes (or should I say undefined rather than imperfect) and the large broad layers of brushwork…especially the layered reds, and around the greens. The complimentary colours I’ve used to connote the guitar work in the music in contrast to Janis’ voice. Largely I have tried to capture the essence of her emotionally charged performance captured in this clip.
Here’s the video clip, Ball and Chain, Janis Joplin 1967 Monterey Festival….
During the process of painting these works, including the ones on porcelain, they are creating the story of where the final paintings will explore the notion of destiny. Over the next few weeks during the festive season, I’m mainly working on porcelain. So this is probably the last canvas painting for the year.
I’m working on a few new porcelain paintings at the moment, and planning others. This week I had some new porcelain shapes delivered, and I’m planning a painting for the Destiny and Love series (see latest porcelain painting) with the use eyes as the feature. I have used this subject matter before (click here to see) and for this painting, I’m looking at expressing the notion of introspection when you are not in love, but really wishing you were, and questioning why you’re not in a relationship with someone. So I’m looking at the intense relationship we have within our head and selves when we don’t want to be alone and are desperate to be be in love, and looking at the representations that reflect the broken record that plays in our minds of “why doesn’t he/she…?” “why can’t I find someone who….?” “I’ll never find…” “nobody wants me” “why can’t I look like/be like…” for example. This process of introspection often causes us to stay trapped in our heads….it can be paralyzing, tiring, hurtful, loathsome, saddening, makes us angry, and even pitiful when we ask “why me again” etc…Sometimes we can spend so much time looking into ourselves, not accepting ourselves and loving ourselves for who we are, that we miss the moment for the next relationship. It is this intensity of introspection that I’m wanting to express.
So, the eyes are the subject matter to communicate this process of looking into our selves and the internal dialogue within. Here are some of the sketches I’ve done. I want to create an expressionist painting on porcelain, so I don’t want the eyes to be realistic, but to explicitly convey the emotions of the self dialogue. So I set myself the task of spending no more than 3 minutes per drawing to capture the expression…as I went, the drawings became less detailed- I think this is the style of work I’m going to use. Next I’ll sort out the design for the porcelain, and medium to use….I’m looking forward to this painting
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These are the next porcelain paintings, which are part of my Destiny and Love theme, “Falling to Pieces I” porcelain vase 28.5cm and “Falling to pieces II” porcelain oval plate. I’ve quickly taken these photos with my phone, so the quality is not good…but it gives you the general idea of the paintings. Gallery photos will be done later.
Both paintings reflect the same ideas, I just wanted to explore the painting across two pieces…rather like a diptych on canvas. The deep multi-red/orange layers of lustre work suggest the shape of the heart (both sides on the vase) which is simply, falling to pieces. I chose a flaming orange red colour for the central colour of the heart…the burning essentially which one feels as love breaks apart, but it still more than this. The colours and feelings communicated through the effects created in many layers of lustre painting, was inspired by the surface of the sun….what better source for the representation of love- massive, burning solar flares and coronal loops all moving chaotically with huge explosions of energy. It reflects what happens when we realise that something has happened to love, and for that moment, or many moments we do not cope, it is chaotic and energetic like the sun; and our heart falls apart. This final process is shown by the interweaving line work of platinum through the swirling orange lustre, with accents of gold, that are falling into clear shapes, defining each part of our heart that falls.
The stage when love is ending still has parts which feel connected, as shown by the linked platinum and gold line work, but eventually, these feelings become isolated. Again I use isolated, abstract line and shape work (discussed in another art work) to indicate the notion of love becoming finite.
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I totally enjoyed researching, designing and painting this porcelain vase, which I titled “Nature of Orb Spiders.” This painting was exhibited in the non competition International exhibit of the TIPP 2012. As discussed in a previous blog post, I wanted to paint these beautiful spiders on to a vase….but I had to wait to find the perfect shape. When I saw the porcelain blank for this vase, I knew this was the one! It was the shape of the porcelain blank which formed the design and composition…a continuous flowing form, which suggests the cycle of life…and thus the nature of the orb spider. It had a natural form which also suggested the habitat or environment for this spider, and it would enable me to create little snap shots of their life, hunting, spiderlings hatching, building webs, looking for adventures in a new day, busy work at the evening and so on. I wanted to create an atmospheric design which showcased the productivity and “nature” of these spiders, and so used many layers of lustre paintings and gold paste work for the design. In total there were 9 firings for this painting, in order to build up the translucent layers of painting and control the effects and technique of the lustre application.
This side of the vase shows a large portrait of an orb spider which has caught a darker reflection, it is actually painted entirely in platinum (the large dark webs at the top of the vase are also platinum), with only some black lustre pen work for shading and burnishing gold paint for detail light areas. You can see a better image of the platinum colour about two photos below this one. I used the technique of platinum for the web and burnishing gold ‘blending’ out in areas, as I described in my other spider painting. The use of negative space on this side of the vase was really important to add life and light to the overall composition. The leaf motive above the spider is continued on the other side of the vase.
The top section of this side shows spiders busy at night, building webs, I’ve used many layers of lustres to create an evening time atmosphere, and the contrast of gold paste spiderlings works well here. All of the webs are in platinum and burnishing gold.
The mid section of this side
Other side of the vase
Paste orb spider with enamel detail, painted with burnishing gold. The leaf imprints are lustre with gold and platinum highlights.
I really enjoyed creating the spiderlings. I came across this image of glitter on pinterest a month or so ago….
….and this looked to me like spider eggs, and when I found images of orb spiderlings, they are little golden spiders, which was a perfect way to create the natural evolution of spider eggs hatching into spiderlings painted in gold which then become little spiders in paste; and again the shape of the vase creates a natural flow for the design to merge from.
What is next? Well, I paint this style of art works purely out of interest, they aren’t part of my main exhibition work, and are a good break away from commissions and exhibition paintings. Maybe I’ll paint redback spiders again, but I’m interested in painting bats or snakes next….I’ll just wait for the right porcelain piece to come along
This porcelain plate titled “Maybe It’s Love” was exhibited in the non competition section of the International exhibit for the Thailand International Porcelain Painters Convention 2012. This painting is part of a larger body of work called Destiny and Love. The style of this painting is abstract expressionism, and uses a variety of techniques of onglaze paints, gold pen work, and raised paste with burnishing gold.
Background to the composition:
I have been fascinated with the communication of eyes for many years in art…I have a created many drawings of eyes over the years, some of which were used in my Gogol inspired painting which is still being exhibited in St Petersburg, Russia.
I also enjoy working in an abstract expressionist style…here is one of my paintings Happy Love, completed in 2004 acrylic on canvas.
During my trip to Moscow this year I was inspired by the modern artworks I studied at the Museum of Private Collections near the Pushkin Museum. I had some interesting conversations with one of the women who work at the gallery about the early soviet gouache and inks graphics and paintings which were placed under velvet covered glass cabinets. Lifting each velvet cover revealed new wonders…of course I was inspired!
I was also recently inspired by many of the Kandinsky and Picasso paintings (too many other favourites to list and add photos here) which I saw in Moscow and also St Petersburg at the Erata Gallery when I went to a visit art galleries and museums with professional porcelain artist Alexei Nordin (during my 2012 trip to Russia and again during my 2011 trip). This was not my only source of inspiration, there were many other modern art works in different art forms also. After each trip, I made copious studies and notes from these gallery visits so I would not forget….a habit I have kept for many years.
And last year, during my first trip to St Petersburg in October 2011, we saw another of my favourite Kandinsky paintings:
So why translate my interpretations of a theme through abstract expressionism in acrylics to porcelain? Well, thanks to a dear friend and big supporter of my work, I was encouraged to try it…now I have released a new genie, and there are many more works I am completing now in such styles. Porcelain offers a translucency which canvas cannot support; I can use the porcelain shape to stimulate or translate an idea that will parallel the theme- unlike canvas…and white gold is white gold, it’s value is unsurpassed. I simply love porcelain, and I’m free to express myself totally in my favourite medium; and paint more than flowers (see other painting styles of my porcelain painting here , here and here).
Porcelain Painting ”Maybe it’s Love”
The porcelain painting “Maybe it’s Love” explores the initial emerging sensations of whether a couple is possibly in love, the journey of that process and the possible transition of new things to come. The fleeting eye contact, electrical sensations from touch and interaction or communication. It is a totally engulfing, merging, consuming, passionate time, hence represented by the colour and transparent layers of technique, only achievable for me on porcelain. The translucency of porcelain painting I feel has enabled my to capture to multifaceted emotions one feels during this precarious time of possibly falling in love.
The use of gold line work not only reflects the abstract notions of the the concept of love itself, but it symbolises the stop starts of those feelings as they become finite…is it love, isn’t it..maybe? possibly.
I am finishing a larger canvas painting on same concept, but different energy to communicate…I’ll show you soon.