Monday, September 29, 2008

Raku Pottery Painting - Septembers' Demo

Having featured a "Raku" Artists work for the Painted Turtle Gallery this month, I decided to try my hand at painting a piece of "Raku" pottery as well. I borrowed this beautiful piece of pottery and used it in several still life set up's along with flowers from my garden and pieces of lace. Some of these will appear as paintings in the future. I selected one to paint now, starting first with just the vase itself. *How to paint this piece? I'm drawn to the colors and textures in this piece and want to depict that.


This demo is full of first's for me. *New paper, brush and paints! I am
using 200lb coldpressed watercolor paper by Saunders. Some of the colors are: Burnt Sienna, Quicidrone Gold, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue,*Verditer Blue (new), *Perlyene Violet (new), along with some other very special and unique colors,also new to me, that I will talk about more later. *All paints are Daniel Smith. I varied the strength of each color,
pre-wet areas and added salt to help with the granular texture of this piece of pottery.
This demo is almost complete. Need to darken the cast shadow on the right hand side of the bowl and deepen the colors in the table shadow. Overall, I am satisfied with the colors I've chosen, as a demo, I think it's accomplished what I wanted it to.....can't wait to try another, so I'm jumping right in and starting another small piece. Practice, Practice, Practice! The more I use these color's, the more familiar I will become with their mixing qualities and the way they settle in and on the paper.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Painted Turtle Gallery-Feature Artist

Beatrix von Allmen - Raku Artist

1961 Born in Switzerland
1983 First interest in clay work
1985 Established my own clay business, called Rainbow. Created and designed jewellery made from stoneware and porcelain clay, which I sold for years at markets, fairs and private shows.

1991 Needing a change from the fine work of jewellery, took art classes in sculpting at the College of Art in Bern. At the same time, got interested in raku. This was a major change in my career. Raku was the perfect technique for my sculpted birds, cats and chickens. Raku brings them alive, gives them character and and uniqueness.2001 Emigrated to Creston Valley, BC Canada.

2006 Returned to Switzerland to attend workshop with raku teacher. Creativity is essential in my life. If I spend too muchtime away from the act of creation,a part of me dies. To work with clay and textiles is my passion; over 20 years of creating in these mediums is in each piece.

I love living here in the Kootenays, continuing my journey as a free artist, creating my vision of Clay and Cloth Art.











Bea's Birds can be purchased through the Gallery, 9:30am-5:30pm - Tuesdaythrough Saturday
Phone: 1-250-428-5141 Owner: Win Dinn

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Peppers and Lace-Painting Update



3 Peppers and Lace
(not yet titled)

-this one is coming along....middle pepper needs more depth, as well as the center of the green pepper, and perhaps more depth on the upper part of the red pepper.

-will add a bit more color and detail to the lace over the edge of the table and I think this one's close to being done. Ive said it before....I love the background on this one!

Yours in Art, Laura Leeder
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