August 22, 2013 § 6 Comments
Wednesday I met at the Duck Pond at Battlepoint Park…
…for three hours of creative bliss with my Plein Air buddies.
Here’s my paint palette of acrylics dobbed on a wet paper towel. Big red water bucket for vigorous brush-rinsing to get all the color out. Sounds a little like ducks flapping their wings but gets the job done. Also helps me stay loose, go quickly, not think so much. Under the palette are my Venetian Red gesso’d post cards blue-taped to a piece of foam board.
Truth be told, I only painted for one of the three hours. I’m a restless sort outdoors. Need to move. But I always come prepared to paint prolifically, ever hopeful. I made two more 4 x 6 inch post cards to add to my project, Post Cards On the Loose. That makes four! more than I would have made without my Plein Air Buddies. Thank you, Lynnette, PC & Lynn! See you next week. – Pierr
August 18, 2013 § 6 Comments
Out of the kiln flew the bird and the butterflies today…
I‘m very pleased with the dinner plate. And yahoo for the black glaze on the pitcher! I’m happy I put on four coats. The pansies are a bit lost…I should have outlined the petals, leaves and butterfly wings with a thin black line, but I was banking on the contrast of the fired colors themselves to pop and dazzle. Ah well. Nice curly-q butterfly feelers, though, eh? Love that etching tool. I have a new appreciation for ANY kind of decorated earthenware.
August 13, 2013 § 4 Comments
No, I didn’t disapPierr off the face of the blogging earth, just got sidetracked from my Post Card project. Was asked, along with several other artists, to paint some pottery for an auction to benefit BIMA (Bainbridge Island Museum of Art). Sounded way too fun to pass up… memories of decorating paper plates with a box of 64 Crayola crayons.
Bainbridge Heart & Soul : Art as Therapy Studio on Bainbridge Island provided everything, even tips for us newbie never-done-it-before artists. I found it extremely relaxing and fun to be there with others coming in and out and their great music playing. I found myself going to work on my pieces sometimes twice a day.
Having never done it before I made a couple color sketch plans with colored pencils and then used the color chart provided to make a key for myself to keep track of the glazes.
Here’s my sketch of the square dinner plate design (on gray paper). And below is my pansy pitcher design. At first I thought I’d do a pansy plate to match the pitcher but decided on the bird above with a white background instead. So the pitcher – hopefully – will have a very solid black background.
The glaze colors look and feel completely different when dry – like pale sidewalk chalk. See the painted rim at the top? That will actually fire to look like “SC-85 ORKID” in the chart above.
I applied four coats of “Tuxedo Black” to the pansy pitcher. This took me some time. It is possible to paint the background first then apply colors over it, but I didn’t want to take my chances of the black showing through the lighter colors from my inexperience, so I painted around the pansies and five butterflies and the green vine around the handle…and those ORKID dots inside and outside the handle that I just couldn’t help myself from adding at the last minute.
Coming out of the kiln this Saturday I’m told. Can’t wait to see how they look! The auction – “Art of the Table” – takes place on Sunday, September 15. Call BIMA for more info: 206-842-4451.