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 red poppies, Ingrid Lee

First firing red poppies, Ingrid Lee

  First firing ready to go into the kiln


First firing red poppies, Ingrid Lee


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?


Fourth firing red poppies, Ingrid Lee, Porcelain tile 2013

California Poppies, Ingrid Lee, Porcelain tile with onglaze paints, 2013. 305/ 230 mm


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!

 Ingrid Lee with her painting in a client's home

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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  1. Lisa Kos
    July 11, 2013 -

    I like the result very much and think softening of the reds with your kiln was a very clever and difficult task to master. Only china painters would understand the fine line there is between burning off a colour and softening - particularly with reds when firing porcelain. You not only have to know your kiln and porcelain but you have to know your reds and brands of paints as they all vary when it comes to firing.

    • July 11, 2013 -

      Thanks Lisa, knowing your kiln and your paints is really important, it gives you more control over the outcome of your work- for sure. Thanks for your comments :)

  2. July 10, 2013 -

    No, certainly not ruined! :) I agree with the comment re the framing, could have been a little more subtle, but if the client is happy that is all that matters, your work is lovely.

    • July 10, 2013 -

      Thanks Aileen, I think the photo was crappy to show the mount board ;) - it was lighter in person, just the pic makes it look a little darker. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

  3. July 8, 2013 -

    You started your comments saying you were trying for red poppies to compliment the client's room with bold and/or dark reds. Your original photo is of "very" red oriental poppies. I'm not sure you captured the true reds of the pictured poppies. However, the painting is beautiful and does exhibit the neutral tones of the said couches. Is the client satified with the finished painting... that is what counts.

    • July 8, 2013 -

      Hi Shirley, the client wanted red poppies to suit the interiors of their room, and because they thought red is what would suit. I eventually decided on the subject matter on california poppies as they are softer in appearance, and would compliment the yellow irises which were going to be near this painting. The pictured poppies were only a source of inspiration for the final art work, but not the subject study. Yes, it is always important that the client likes the final painting! It's also great that this client was flexible to understand why I changed what they initially thought of commissioning. They have many other paintings in that room and collectibles by a variety of artists, and they collect art based on what they like, but are still classically conservative in their style. It is important to have a good relationship with the client (already for 10 years). Thanks for you comments Shirley!

  4. July 8, 2013 -

    I think Ruin it is a strong word as you have said the client loved it so all is good ... I think either the redder one or the last one were beautiful not exactly "bright" as you say but I can see how you gave the client what they needed not what they wanted and this is the balance of a true artist. The only thing that didn't sit well with me was the framing when I first saw it all I saw was frame the painting was swallowed by the colour of the matting and frame it may look different on the wall and at it's respectable distance and I have no idea what I would do different but that is what I saw that it took away from the painting was too bold as it were ... hope that answers you question ..lol... beautiful as always .

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