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
Filed under Art, New Work
This lime green man is wondering if he is the Apparition or the if the creature from a greek vase is. This was so much fun to paint. I love using strong colors and was able to complement those wild pink flowers and glowing poppies with a dramatic blue background. The tree on the right is gold paint and glows. The colors in the image below are a tad lighter than the actual picture but close.
This painting is 7″ by 5″ and ready to hang. It is framed in a black and wood frame. You can get a better idea of it from the picture below. It is one of my favorites. It is for sale for $195.
The wonderful thing about blogging is you meet so many fabulous artists either virtually or on the rare occasion in person. My most recent open studios started with a delightful surprise. Fellow artist and blogger, Fay Terry stopped in to visit on her way to a workshop in Maine. She is a wonderfully talented woman and totally delightful. I am so thrilled she stopped by and hope that in my travels to North Carolina to visit my sister that I have a chance to meet her and visit her studio.
And I am thrilled to report Bitsy is prancing and dancing when we let her out of her cage. She still is not allowed to jump so I have her on a leash and harness. She is not so keen on that. But she loves sitting on the bed and getting petted! And only 5 more days to sign up for my blog to be entered in a drawing to win a gicleé. It has been a quiet month so the odds are really good this time around. More exciting news next post…
I have always loved looking at Greek objects especially those that have creatures in the Egyptian Orientalizing style. We were fortunate to see many at the Antikensammlung Museum in Munich, Germany. I only had time to make a few sketch’s as we had so much to see. I was able to incorporate some of my drawings into this 12″ by 9″ Ink and watercolor on Aqua Board. The owl is listening in. Maybe he will get to hear about our trip. I promise I will get to that in a future blog post. This painting has sold.
I am happy to report that Bitsy is feeling better. She is moving around more and needs such careful watching. Keeping her from jumping onto furniture is quite the challenge.
Thank you everyone who has participated in my cart sale. It was a tremendous success. I have mailed out all the paintings and cards and have heard that some people have already received them. I just need to arrange delivery of 2 paintings. I cannot tell you how thankful I am by the outpouring of love for Bitsy and our plight. As I type she is resting her paw on my hand.
I still have a few more paintings at special Cat + Art sale prices that I will be posting soon. Joanne Grant will also be doing a special cart blog post on Monday August 12th so hop over to her site and take a peak. Her pastels are not to be missed. And of course open studios is coming up August 17th and 18th. The South Coast is absolutely gorgeous this time of year and the ocean swimming is great.