Sunday, December 27, 2009

Painting In-Progress, Pottery Vase with Rose

"The flow of water and paint can be uncontrollable and crazy, but it is also freedom, an escape, therapy, joy, and, oh yes, very sensuous!" -Angela Lynch

It's done!

Title:"Treasured Gifts" Size:10.25" x 11.25"

I have cropped the painting from the initial drawing, as I wanted to place more importance on the piece of pottery. I have painted it with several of the Daniel Smith Prima Tek paints, known for their purer mineral content and texture. As a result there are several mica flecks from the minerals, that in the right light, glisten, just as the real piece of pottery does.

The title says it all for me. I have a strong affinity for this piece of Raku Pottery. I love the way it looks and feels. It's both feminine and masculine at the same time. The curvaceous lines play against the raw, earthy, ruff texture of the vase base, balanced by the rich jeweled-toned colors of the smooth, gold lip. I have placed this vase near a window and watched the sun dance and play across it throughout the day. The dominance & intensity of colors change, and the minerals flecks on it, glisten boldly and happily in the sunlight, at other times, only an occasional glint of shimmer as the light and shadows of the day dance and play across it's form.

There is beauty and joy in a single rose. While the petals are soft and delicate, the stem is both sharp and strong. This rose comes from my garden, both are "treasured gifts".

"There is no substitute for feeling the stone, the metal, the plaster, or the wood in the hand; to feel its weight; to feel its texture; to struggle with it in the world rather than in the mind alone." -William M.Dupree

This painting will be included in the "Art in the Library Show" in Creston, Jan. & Feb. 2010

Have a great day!
Laura Leeder

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