Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On The Easel - A Blue Teacup, A Rare Beauty!

"Each painting has a promise implicit in its beginnings – make the finished work fulfill that promise." 
    -Michael Nevin

A Creston Museum Teacup
©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress
   Step 1
©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress
Step 2

It was a great weekend...warm weather and lot's of sunshine.  We did get our bedroom painted, but it was far too nice outside to stay indoors.  So, most of our weekend was spent outside, cleaning up the flower beds, and enjoying the long awaited sunshine.

I have started another small 5"x7" teacup painting.  This may well be the last, as I must start working on a painting for an upcoming event.

As a collector of teacups....this one with it's "sky blue" color, is a rare beauty.   Unfortunately....this one is part of the Creston Musuems collection and not mine!  The leaf patterns on this cup are in complimentary
shades of orange.

I have an affinity to objects that have yin and yang qualities. In this teacup, it is the scalloped shape on the edge of the saucer, that I will just "suggest".  A femine shape, balanced by the blue of the cup, a masculine color choice.  (male vs female, soft vs hard, etc.)

Back to work, enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Some fun facts about the color blue:  Pablo Picasso's "Blue Period" refers to a series of paintings in which the color blue dominates and which he painted between 1901 and 1904. The Blue Period is a marvelous expression of poetic subtlety and personal melancholy and contributes to the transition of Picasso's style from classicism to abstract art.

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