Some of you may know that I am influenced by the pottery of Ancient Greece. I loved my trip there in my youth exploring temples in Athens, the islands, and the peloponnesus.
So here is my pun of black figure red ground, the earliest style of greek pottery from around the 7th century B.C. Initially developed in Corinth, but used by Greek and especially Athenian potters, this became the main style for decorating vases until the technique of red figure black ground was developed around 500 B.C.
I am very fond of the collection at the Metropolitan but would happily return to Greece again. The Fitzwilliam Museum has an excellent collection and resource explaining the technique. Their museum link will take you to their article on greek pottery.
Still trying to keep my theme of poppies going.
This is a little 3 1/2″ x 2 1.2″ Ink and watercolor. $25