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Ingrid Lee, is an international award winning artist in modern porcelain painting, abstract expressionist acrylic and mixed media paintings, fabric art. She teaches masterclasses and creates collaborative art projects to share creativity and inspire art enthusiasts in Australia and overseas. When she’s not painting or writing, she’s baking and tending her rose garden. For information about Ingrid’s exhibitions, masterclasses, projects or commissions contact ingridleeart.com ingridleeart.com
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
To see more of my art portfolio, click here
Available paintings in Russia, represented by ConSFerArt, click here
Can you really learn from a skype demonstration?
It’s a great question. From personal experience, I say YES! I have been studying weekly Russian lessons with my teacher in Moscow for over 6 months, and it is wonderful! I am too busy to travel to the city to learn and it doesn’t suit my family commitments for me to travel every week late at night for courses, and I get to learn 1:1 live!
I have taught two skype demonstrations to clients in St Petersburg, Russia. They were for ribbon embroidery. One was a few months ago (read about it here), and last week’s live skype demonstration was promoting a new product I am creating with Russian company Rukodelie DeLux. I will tell you more about this product soon, but basically it is a series of floral paintings I have created and are printed on highest quality German cotton fabric, ready for silk ribbon or any other type of embroidery. I’ll show you a sample of the design which I taught, followed by a completed embroidery of my design, and lastly, a photo one of the participant’s embroideries, so you can see how successful skype learning for demonstrations can be.
At the end of this post, I offer 5 reasons why skype is a great tool for demonstrations
Here is a completed embroidery by one of the participants of this skype demonstration, Tatyana Samotoshina and her comments about it on facebook:
Tatyana is part of my Masterclass+ facebook group, which is available to any students I have taught, in any medium, for extra support and contact with me, and to share their work, and get advice even after the course- all free! Here is what she showed in the group:
Here is Tatyana’s post on my facebook wall
I will be sharing more information about this new product for ribbon embroidery panels in a few weeks, so come back soon!! Or contact me for more details today.
5 reasons of why you should participate in a skype demonstration?
1) Firstly, I travel teach ( which means I don’t teach from my own studio or premises) around Australia (see my latest course I taught) and internationally, but I might not be travelling to your area when you need me to. So a skype demonstration about what I do, is ideal.
2) If you have ever wanted to work with me, but you’re not sure of what I do, and you are interested in presenting a skype demonstration of porcelain painting, art design, embroidery or other courses I teach (click here to see what courses I teach) to students at your studio, painting association or guild, convention, education group, it is an easy and effective method for communication…contact me here.
3) Skype demonstrations are a great way to see what I do at an affordable price, and experience my style of art education before you book me for in-person courses. An online demo is exactly like any regular in-person demonstration, where I will share the highlights of one of my courses, or a particular painting or embroidery technique or subject.
4) Skype is a free global community that enables me to talk to you, unlike watching a youtube video- there is interaction! So I can share skills and inspiration around specific teaching needs.
5) Skype demonstrations are from 1 to 3 hours depending on the topic presented, so this time flexibility means that you can participate (longer demo) or just watch (usually the short 1 hour demo).
- If you want to see Ingrid present live demonstrations of porcelain painting in Sydney, click here
- What are your concerns about participating in a skype demonstration? Let me know in the comments below. Is it something you think you’d be interested in?
While I was teaching porcelain painters last weekend in Mittagong (read here) I received a lovely letter from the auto salon Mazda in St Petersburg, thanking me for exhibiting my art work for their new cars for the last few months.
Bright and energetic design is the hallmark of all cars Mazda! In order to highlight the originality and style of Mazda, we organized an exhibition of paintings by Ingrid Lee-Australian artist, the master of modern abstraction and expressionism.
The exhibition at the Auto Salon Evrosib on the street. Borovoj 55/2 contains papers devoted to St. Petersburg and the artist’s memories of a trip to the northern capital. The most important works in the beautiful Ingrid Lee are the bright colors, the shape of the image and its appearance. Her picture – this is always a bright accent to any interior, as well as a car Mazda, attracting attention on the road, impressive and forcing pedestrians to turn around!
Here’s what the artist herself says about his work: “For me, abstract expressionism and modern design are a direct emotional response to my own thoughts and feelings. Color (this is especially important for me), forms, and views – this is the answer .. it’s my head, heart and soul into the work. However, the color for me is a direct tool for self-expression. I believe that the intensity, color matching and placement of bold strokes or cautious transparent layers transmits the most energy and feelings. ”
Visit our exhibit and experience the feelings and emotions that cause the real works of art and beautiful cars!
Here is the letter
Basically it says : The official dealer of “Mazda” thanks for the exhibition of paintings by Ingrid Lee who became interior decoration company. And looks forward to continued collaboration with Ingrid Lee.
How exciting! I love that my paintings are inspiring across a range of genres….
For more info about my exhibitions, please visit this link
See my portfolio of this exhibit here
Contact my agent ConSFerArt who exclusively represents my art in St Petersburg here
Last weekend I was kindly invited by the President of APAT NSW, Di Curtin, to teach a seminar on unlocking your creativity and exploring new approaches to design for porcelain. This course Unlock your creativity is part of 9 courses from the art education series, You were Born to create. There were 24 eager porcelain painters up for the challenge…and it was a challenge! Click here for more information about this course. Please see the video at the end of this post, to get an idea of the venue and the course, including a few kind words from two of the participants.
Basically all of these courses about design develops your ability to knock down some creative barriers, challenge your mindset about your painting and creativity through a range of activities which I have developed based on my academic research over the past 10 years. Then to the arty stuff, I have created easy and practical step by step methods of learning art theory in a simple way, so that you can apply it to our porcelain painting medium. Painting and designing for porcelain is not the same as painting on canvas, so I have tailor designed a course for porcelain painters; so that you can learn to design with a purpose and create a harmonious design which reflects the 7 elements of art and design.
This seminar involved a large group of participants, and we had many examples of the designing activities to learn and experience- each approach to the designs was so different and inspiring. Well done to everyone for accepting the challenge and learning the best gift an artist can! If you attended this course, you’ll remember what that was! It was an absolute pleasure to meet everyone and create, I had a wonderful time and learned a lot from everyone too.
The venue was The Hermitage Monastery in Mittagong, and our accommodation wonderful, the staff looked after us all and made us feel at home. The food was fantastic, the wine tasting evening was great (they have an open cafe with wine tasting and other preserves on weekends)…and the learning environment was really inspiring.
Here is the video
AND, one of the lovely participants found my first porcelain painting award in magazine article published in 1995! I was 19 years old, and won the Edith Sharpe award for best painting under three years of learning. That was exciting to see- I had lost my magazine, I still have the original drawings I designed somewhere!
I look forward to seeing everyone’s designs at the APAT convention in Sydney, October, click here for more information about registration. Even if you are not a porcelain painter- I’d love to see you there!
Next month, I’ll be teaching a masterclass on lustre poppies with APAT VIC, at Montrose, click here for more course information and see what they’ll be learning.
If you are interested in learning with me, I am planning bookings for 2014, please read more about all of the porcelain painting courses here.
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Some liquid burnishing gold can be a dark reddish brown colour as shown in the photo above, or it can be a really dark black brown as shown in the photo below
Just finished this painting the other morning….I’ve made a quick video, the painting is titled ”Landscape- Releasing the space for liberation,” Ingrid Lee 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 122.5/122.5 cm
My focus on this painting has been to use layers and textures to express notions of space. For example, the transition of yellow to orange reflects the essence of the space- the space required for liberation. And the use of other acrylic painting techniques express the space in time between the moments of release. As I discuss on the video, this painting is part of the Destiny and Love theme….the journey of destiny is not finite, but hopefully results in liberation and freedom. The use of yellow symbolises the state of happiness as a result of this attainment. Please find out more in the video below
Let me know what you think about this painting here in the blog comments, and if you think your friends will like it, please share it with them too
The other week I posted a video explaining the techniques and approaches I use when creating expressionist paintings on porcelain, see the video here. So, I decided to show a little more detail about lustre painting during the progress of one of my latest exhibition paintings, in a new video. You can see the progress of this plate here.
I’m really sorry about the sound quality…it wasn’t like that in the preview on the phone app…mmmmm maybe I’ll need to find a new app!!!!
Also, I wanted to thank Adam Crozier, from Woodrow Kilns for inviting me to contribute to his article feature in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 52/1 April 2013, about their kilns (which I use!) and the work I do on porcelain. Here’s a quick look:
I hope you enjoy the video, please let me know what else you’d like to see me talk about here in the comments. If you enjoyed this video please subscribe to the youtube channel, or share this post with your friends, thanks!
The second post in a series about my trip to Thailand last year. I’ve put together a video to share with you, the porcelain paintings and other arts I saw in Thailand.
I’ve made a video about the trip (nothing flashy, I’m still experimenting with an i-phone app called Splice- despite the info on this site, this app works on my iphone 5).
For me this part of any of my art trips, is the best! I get to meet so many talented people, and I only wish that we had been able to see the Thai porcelain painters make demonstrations at this event…this was one of the big reasons why I came to this exhibition! So I tried to make my own learning journey from this, and see and learn as much as I could in the short time we had. The art work in Thailand covers so many styles yet it is also, distinctly Thai- you’ll see what I mean; and I love the bright and intense colours too. Thai artistry can go from bold lines, to the most intricate of detail, but there is always a warmth and great heart that I feel looking at the paintings and other art and handcrafts by skilled artisans.
The trip started with a visit to Benjarong Village, I was lucky to have purchased some hand painted porcelain from two award winning artists at the TIPP convention 2012. I still have one more video to make about a really special painting I purchased! The interesting part of traditional Thai painting is that all of the design is painted in liquid bright gold (10%), it’s dried, then the powdered pigments are mixed with water to the consistency of runny cream, and painted in the spaces. This dries, and it’s fired. All of the work is completed in one firing. There was a demonstration booth at the convention, where I got to have a go at painting in this style- you’ll see my effort on the video
I loved all of the other exhibits at the Bangsai Arts and Craft Centre (The SUPPORT Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand) SACICT. It was a wonderful collection of modern and some traditional art work, including porcelain, silk, clothing, giftware, wooden carvings, other fabric textiles. I really enjoyed visiting the art information section of the gallery where they explained the processes of silk making and porcelain and ceramic decoration.
Here’s the video:
Read more about my trip to Thailand 2012 called Tours, events and hairy pancakes in Thailand.
Thanks for watching. Please share this post if you think your friends will like it too. I can’t wait to go back to Thailand again…
I’m sharing another magazine feature of my award winning porcelain vase in Thailand (see here), this time, my porcelain painting is featured in Art and Porcelaine from Switzerland. I’ve got some more magazine features coming up over the next few months, within Australia, the US and Norway again (see last publication).
It was lovely to meet Patrice Frass and the lovely Marie Claire Frass in Thailand, thank you for publishing about my painting!
You can subscribe to this magazine at Art and Porcelaine
My other award winning plate in Thailand
Last month I was interviewed by Editor Margrete Tennfjord for a four page article in the Norwegian art magazine DECOR-magasinet. It was a great experience, to participate in this. The article has now been published in 2013′s Issue 2, here is an excerpt from one of the pages:
Ingrid Lee fra Melbourne i Australia har malt denne flotte porselensvasen. Du kan lese om hennes mange kreative prosjekt i nr.2, som kommer i midten av april. Dette er en side fra artikkelen. Vasen ble premiert av dronning Sirikit av Thailand på utstilling i Bangkok.
This beautiful porcelain vase is painted by Ingrid Lee in Melbourne, Australia. You can read more about her in issue no 2, published in mid April. The vase was rewarded by Queen Sirikit of Thailand on an convention in Bangkok. This is a page from the article.
Now, I have been invited by this magazine to share the progress of one my lustre paintings from the Destiny and Love series, which is exciting for me! This issue is a few months away.
Check out the DECOR-magasinet website for more details about magazine subscription.