I love how these paintings come together, often the teacup is the inspirational launching point, but this time I had spotted a Townsend’s Warbler in my neighbor’s camellias and while photographing it (such a shy bird) I began to imagine what flower might suit its sweet masked face… and knew right away that it had to be the black and yellow striped petunia which I picked up in one of my local nurseries, and finding a matching teacup turned to be a cinch on ebay – a Royal Standard bone china classic from England! When I discovered the Victorian meaning of the petunia was “your presence soothes me”, I thought of the mourning jewelry I’ve been quietly obsessed with as of late and included a braided hair locket in my vignette. Of course, it wasn’t complete until I had a backdrop worked out and my yellow cotton dress with black and white feather embroidery seemed perfect. I’ve framed the painting in a sculptural, undulating black frame with a rich patina. I liked this combination so much, I went on to paint a matching Petunia Tea II with a gold locket.
Both of these paintings were just listed on my website and I will be taking them into Gallery 24 in Los Gatos, California this Friday along with a flock which includes a Steller’s Jay, a White Anna’s Hummingbird and a House Finch, which I’ll be posting, post haste!
Did you know dipping has been all the rage lately? It’s done to sculpture, furniture, paintings & plates. This little feather I found on my lawn this morning reminds me of that trend, as though someone had dipped it into a pot of cadmium yellow.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
I adore what Italian Sculptor, Willy Verginer does with his beautifully carved wooden sculptures as seen here in this detail from Cecitá Voluta – linden, acrylic 2007. His bands of color and sometimes pattern invite the viewer a fresh perspective on the figure, it’s as though they exist on several different planes simultaneously.
Oliver Jeffers uses paint in another way, I believe his dipping has more to do with our relationship to representational painting and the very rudimentary nature of paint as a layer of pigment. His painting above is Without a Doubt Part 2 – oil on canvas dipped in enamel 2012.
Morgan Corbett in her blog, Art Actually, shows her process of refinishing a set of dining chairs in A Pop of Neon 2013. A playful take on design modernizes a traditional interior.
Daniel Kamp takes New Zealand stag antler, paints it and casts it in concrete as a decorative jewelry stand.
These earthenware plates from the UK dipped in glazed of various colors were sold through Anthropologie. I find the aesthetic of chosing to favor what may be considered a flaw very appealing.
All this to say that this little feather is reminding me of the power of a little surprise pop of color.