I started painting this anenome vase a few months ago, it was an experiment for some new techniques, and I finally had time to finish it. AND my lustre painting didn't work out- so I'll do another one soon. I'm not saying it's a bad painting, there are lots of things I do like about it which I'll show you, but the overall painting is not what I wanted- yes it was an experiment, however it's important to evaluate what worked an didn't for the final paintings I'll do soon.
Here is the finished vase:
What did I want to achieve?
1) I wanted to achieve a brilliant red colour, but still get the detail of the petals. I really liked the flower in the photo below, mid left, it has a range of lovely colorus. From the first firing (further down this post), you can see that the colour is a clean orange/deep orange, but has little depth- I like the lightness, which is something I lost by the final firing. That lightness is what I will focus on for the next painting.
2) Another effect I wanted was to create a modernised meissen/european style painting- clean strong colours on a white background, like one of my old eurpean style paintings (here on this blog post on ingridcreates.com)....I'll fix it for the next painting 🙂
What else didn't work out?
How do I know it didn't work out? Well, to be honest, I knew it wasn't working after the second firing. See here, I lost the light from the first firing:
This was the third firing- I can't find the second firing ones 😉 but you can see bits of greyed pink/purple under the red- it's a glazing technique that didn't work from fire #2. The colour fell dead and didn't do what it was supposed to.
So I kept going anyway. Once I realised the technique didn't work, I decided to push ahead with some different glazing layers with the lustres over another 2-3 firings, and capture some different light reflections which I am happy with.
I have tried to photograph the reflections- the really light orange and yellow gold coloured highlights which show through the glaze layers.
I really love the variegated colours on this flower, the glazes here worked out ok. Not sure if you can see one of the top right petals has a flatness to it- that was orange glazed over in the final firing- it dulled the red underneath and looks awful- but it's only in patches- maybe not awful, but it does nothing for the painting- it's better off not being there. I also find the burned parts technically unacceptable- definitely not acceptable for any exhibition! They were created from a build up of firings, I knew they would happen, but for the overall learning of this experimental piece, it was not a problem, as I was looking for something else.
I'm happy with the techniques I used for the leaves, I changed the light green and yellow green lustre by diluting them and changing the firing temperatures. I think these colours give more harmony to the painting.
Lastly, I record all of my experiments and techniques in a journal...have you started yours? I've selected a new piece to paint, and I've decided to paint another 2 designs in this style, one a mixed posy, and the other another anenome piece. We are growing anenomes at the moment, and a few have started flowering early- hence my enthusiasm for this flower 🙂
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