Did I ruin this porcelain painting?? What do you think? Well, I'll let set up the story for you first. I have painted for this client before, so they know how I paint, and what it is like to work with me in terms of comissioning a painting- so trust and understanding of 'flexibility' has been established between the artist/business and client relationship. Here is the painting with yellow irises, see here, and they wanted to commission a second painting to complete their art display for a formal lounge room. The client has a very bold red feature wall in this room, a dark red oriental style large rug in the room and neutral couches. She decided that she wanted bright red poppies.
So here are some of the early stages of these poppies, I decided on a very flowing and romantic style of painting these poppies- not realistic, but trying to capture the life and movement of these flowers. This was captured not only by the brushwork, but the feeling was achieved by building transparent washes of oranges, dusty rose, dark purple, black green and turquoise accents on the flowers.
First firing ready to go into the kiln
After 3 firings, I was not feeling like the colours were right, which is why I avoided painting with reds for the first few firings. As much as I know the client wanted bright red poppies, like in the first photo of this post- I know that it would not suit the rest of the room, the painting or the feel of the art work. The poppies would like like red blogs from a distance, rather than a cohesive or harmonious expression, and the painting would stand out like a sore thumb- if that makes sense. At the stage of the the fourth and final firing, in this photo below, you can see that I accented the poppies with a strong china red (among other colours), but right upon putting it in the kiln, I decided to increase the firing temperature and create a softer look to the california poppies. There is a fine line between firing the colour off and softening it out...all experimenting with your kiln 😉
This painting is the finished painting on a porcelain tile of california poppies. Did I ruin it? What do you think?
What did the client think? Well, they actually loved the soft colours of the california poppies....the frame mount colour really complimented the work, and as soon as they saw it on their wall, they could see how the colours I chose were perfect for the room and feel of the painting. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Another painting update:
This porcelain plate painted with gold work roses, which I exhibited in St Petersburg, Russia, last year, and it was shown in the Norwegian art magazine Decor-magasinet, now has a new home too (I took a quick mobile phone pic, so it's a bit grainy). This client will put the plate into a cabinet later...at the moment they love the light hitting the gold on the painting every morning. I will be starting a larger floral canvas painting for this client shortly. It's been a while since I updated my commissions or other paintings and some of their new homes. Understandably not all clients wish to have their newly acquired art works for public display, but thankfully, a few do not mind me sharing!
Soon I will be finished with my collection of paintings of the theme Destiny and Love, and there will be some new paintings to share this week 🙂
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