A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 9
Painting is a bit of an adventure, I never quite know what a piece will look like until it is finished.
Well, here is the one I have been working on for the past many month now finally completed.
The bird outside the window is the well loved New Zealand Tui on one of his favourite nectar plants, New Zealand flax.
A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 6
Lately I have been painting… well, more bottles. From left to right the bottles are;
Mellor & Co. Worcester,
Paterson’s Ess “Camp” Coffee and Chicory, Glasgow,
Tonking’s Linseed Emulsion W. T. & Co. USA,
British Independent Dairies (milk bottle),
A. J. White Ltd,
The little tiny one with the broken top is unmarked.
The picture below shows the current amount painted so far and is about a quarter of the total size that this painting will be when completed.
A Fresh Start and a Teacup part 5
Wooden clothes-pegs (also known as clothes pins in the US) make wonderful things for kids to turn into little dolls. These antique ones may not be so well suited to making dolls but they have peculiar charm in their imperfections, each one being shaped a little differently.
Well, here’s what I have been up to lately in my painting.
A Fresh Start and a Teacup Part 2
I love to work from tube paints and Schmincke watercolour paints have beautiful strong hues.
These dark blues I am mixing here are for the pretty little milk jug which is a piece of English made Staffordshire Chef Ware. But first I will build up the shadows of the cream part of the jug.
By putting the dark saturated colours last, you reduce the risk of them bleeding into the lighter areas since they are already finished and dry.
The inside of the jug will have to wait until the objects inside it have been painted.
I have recently started a new painting for a special friend and will be posting photos throughout the project. It has kitchen window theme since we wanted to feature some of her beautiful Cornishware the oldest piece being her grandmothers sugar shaker, which I can’t wait to paint. This is the general layout for the foreground.
But, first things first, which in this case means the objects at the front of the painting must be painted first. So the painting begins with the little floral teacup. Here are some photos of it in progress.
The pencil outline and first wash.
Now after about 15 or so washes of blues the flowers can be painted.
This little stack of china is not quite finished, but definitely on the way. I’ll keep posting as the painting continues.