I love this painting! While I love most of my paintings, the journey of this painting has been wonderful, and I'm very pleased with the result of The Nature of Spring on porcelain. I started this painting 12 months ago, and it has taken this long for the ideas to form and come to life, as explored techniques and ideas for my New Collection of works.
Here is a closer view on this quick video, so that you can see the reflections:
The nature of Spring releases its sweet scent reminding us of the gift of the God in ourselves and our ever growing love. It is another painting which connects the notion of impermanence (complementary to my small collection of works presented to the Princess of Thailand for the Royal Art Collection); the seasons keep flowing, and each one brings newness in the warmth, cold, nature and air. Each season shows us to welcome change and new awareness with impermanence of flowers, leaves and so many wonderous gifts around us.
The underside of this porcelain centre piece flows loosely, expressing the new air of spring, carrying forget me not blossoms and dandelion puffs, while the top of the 'bowl' displays an arrangement of Spring flowers. The Spring flowers include daffodils, tulips and iris, again with sprays of forget-me-nots, inspired by my travels last year in Europe during Spring and my own garden when I returned. It was a beautiful cycle of life and creativity, and blessing to experience Spring twice in one year. The style of work for this composition is expressionism, and I applied many of the techniques explored in etudes last year, see here and here.
Creating the design
Originally I wanted to use more dandelion forms on both sides of the centre piece, and designed some ideas in this etude below (gold work is unfired in this photo), to see which would work best.
After completing the etude, I decided to leave those ideas of the dandelions rest, and explore other techniques with lustres and watercolour style effects, which you can see have been adapted on the iris.
Before I worked on the top design, I actually began painting the expressions of Spring air first, leaving space for the dandelions, and then pretty much left it at that for many months, because the rest of the design didn't come easily, it sort of stopped there. This is often a normal part of the creativity process (see another painting where this happened here), and rather than force the creative process, I usually go to experimenting with techniques; and a process called 'iteration' happens, a really interesting concept which I discovered during my masters research into creativity. Sometimes I use music as a muse to draw out or inspire ideas, but in this case, I wanted to reflect the ideas and experiences I had with Spring and the musings of my travels, and the main concepts behind this collection of works, being The Nature of Truth.
The choice of flowers for the Spring bouquet were directly inspired by the bulbs I grew in my garden, and the forget me nots in particular, inspired by my travels in Sweden and Russia (see here and here). I deliberated for a while about whether to use lustres or regular onglaze paints, and the lustres won! Largely because if I paint with regular paints, I would have used realistic techniques, rather than expressionism. Expressionism allows me to deal with the immediacy of the composition, while reflecting intense, personal and passionate expressions of my inner most feelings, rather than to represent reality.
Early layer of painting:
All that Gold!
Yes, it's another piece with gold...and why not? I say! The gold was not used as a decoration as is often seen with many traditional porcelain painting, rather it was used to extend the ideas of space in time and the relationship between air and scent of the flowers of Spring. While many of the loose flowing techniques created with the lustres represent the flow of air and lightness, the gold is painted in many layers of contrast and value to represent the concept of space. Even the light flecks of blue iris lustre which were spattered on the top left background suggest another dimension.
This painting was part of my Guest Artist exhibition and was presented at the auspicious occasion of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's visit to the TIPP - International Porcelain Painting Convention 2015 at the Sala Phra Mingkwan Building, SACICT. This painting was presented to both H.E. Privy Councilor Professor Tanin Kraivixien at the opening ceremony, and later to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. You can see more about this event on the next blog post.
Does this painting make you think of Spring? Do you love these techniques with lustres? Please let me know in the comments below, or any questions you might have.
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