A couple of weeks ago, I attended the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Convention. It was very inspiring to see the artwork and attend workshops from artists around the world. I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. One of the highlights (beside the fact that I will not be on the board and will have more time to paint) is that I entered the competition and won a gold ribbon! This is a 10x10 inch tray with a chipmunk snacking on wildrose buds. (Shhhhh....he doesn't know he has won a gold ribbon)
Growing up in Texas there weren't a lot of cherries. When we came home from school, my mom always had a snack for us. In lean times, it might be bread with butter and sugar sprinkled on top. But when times were good, we had a variety of home baked treats or fruit. A special treat was CHERRIES! I can see my mother carefully counting out the cherries, making sure that we each got exactly the same number which was about 8. And we enjoyed each one of them. Cherries - a happy memory.
"Ok," you ask, "why would a person paint a tea set brown?" Well, artists are weird, OK. I painted the rabbits first and it just seemed right to paint the "trim" brown. I always see tea sets in pink and blue, soft colors so I wanted to try something else. I like brown! This is a tea set with Texas cottontails and jackrabbits in bluebonnets. They tell me they think the brown is fabulous!
Do you ever feel really old? I stayed up late last night and today, I feel like I am carrying a heavy load like this old tortoise. What happened? I used to stay up all night painting with little side effect but now I have trouble seeing as well at night and trouble moving the next day! This is a 7x7 inch tray with a grumpy ol tortoise. (Maybe he is grumpy because I painted this a while back and didn't put his photo on the blog!
This is a 5 by 7 porcelain painting on a porcelain tile with a very alert jackrabbit looking and listening. One of the things I enjoy about painting is that I get to know the subject in ways that I never would. Did you know jackrabbits had such long eyelashes. Imagine looking at the world with your eyes on each side of your head? I think I have pretty big ears until I look at this guy!
Where I live there are is always a chorus of birds. Sometimes they are so loud they wake me up in the morning! One of my favorites is the black capped chickadee. This little bird hangs out with a little gang of birds who frequent my feeders. Along with the chickadees, there are titmice, and nuthatches. I don't know who is the boss of the gang! But they all move along together. This is on a little 4x6 porcelain tile.
There is a little glare on the left side of this photo. This cat doesn't look too comfy sleeping on pears to me but isn't it funny the places cats will sleep? When painting on porcelain, there is always the chance that the piece will crack while it is being fired in the kiln and that is just what happened. If you look closely you will notice a curved line going across the cat's back and over the pear and ending near the corner of her mouth. "Well, there is no use crying over spilled milk" as the cat would say!
I visited ConCan Texas and there were some great yucca blooming. So of course I had to take photos and of course I had to try to paint them. Add a vulture, jackrabbit cactus, wildflowers and stir and you have the wonder of God's creations. Enjoy!
After not adding anything for a loooooooog time, I have decided it is time. My plan is to put something up each day until I am caught up. These two cat spoon rests were painted to donate to an auction. I enjoyed painting them and I hope whoever purchased them will provide a good home for them. As a reminder, since its been a while, I paint on porcelain. Meow.