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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blue-Ochre-White Mug, Cups and Mugs, by Elaine (jaguarish)

Believe it or not I have been looking at all the beautiful cups and mugs posted here almost every day -- sorry I have not commented on each one, but I don't seem to have enough time!  I do love everyone's work and it's been inspiring to see.

The below mug is one of my favourites and I have been eyeing it all month thinking about this challenge, mentally picturing how I would paint it.  I am currently in a strange mode of looking at everything and imagining it as paint on paper!  This mug actually has some beautiful spots where the dark blue (almost purple) glaze and yellow ochre glaze have interacted in much the same way as watercolour paint likes to, but unfortunately I wasn't able to duplicate the exact effect.

I played around with spattering the background then decided to make it dark instead, but preserved some of the splatters using masking fluid.  Now I think I should have just painted over the splatters as I did on the right hand side.  What do you think?


13 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love this - the curves of the mug, the splattered paint... wonderful!!
    Happy PPF :)
    no. 24

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    1. Thanks Claire - it was fun to see it take shape almost how I'd pictured it mentally.

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  2. I really like this painting. I too am second guessing my self when I paint. However, I do believe where you left the splattering is very attractive. In fact it allows the eye to move freely over all of this painting. The dark background is EXCELLENT!!!! I would love to know how you achieved this. Again it allows the eye to take in all of the painting and "pops" the mug. I find this to be an exceptional painting.
    Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks Nicole, the dark background is simply black watercolour paint (Pentel tube) gradually diluted as I moved away from the central patch of darkness. I did struggle a bit as it doesn't quite go with the "real" shadows (the mug was on a white table), but it just wasn't standing out, so I went with my gut desire to put in a dark background. I tend to forget to compose my backgrounds properly and they're often an afterthought... I'm glad you like the result.

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  3. I love how you have made this pottery cup look like a clay cup! Excellent. The different sides of splatter give a dramatic effect on the left and a more subdued effect on the right, which in turn makes the left stand out all the more. Leave it! Great job. Glad you are here in spirit when not in post! Look forward to your art next week when we are doing selfies!!! Hope so anyway!

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    1. Thanks Lynn, I have been thinking about selfies and how to do one so it will be good to have the theme to motivate me into action!

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  4. Love your mug. Think you need to keep at that mug until you get it just the way you want, but I think it looks super the way you did it. Does it matter that it matches exactly?

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    1. Thanks Erika, the mug is pretty much as good as I can get I think -- I'm pretty happy with it. I was kicking myself for not planning my background properly, though! (You should have seen my first pass -- a pale green mess -- hideous!)

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  5. Love the mug!!! It looks so great...just like glazes would look on a real mug. I like both of the backgrounds, but IMHO the splattering on the left is a bit too distracting from the center of interest. It is great that you have been picturing this in your mind before you started it.

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    1. Thanks Joan, I agree with you, the white "eyes" around the colour splatters are popping them forward too much. I will probably go over them just to tone down that white. I probably could have solved the problem by including more mugs behind this one, eh? Unfortunately I'd already gone splatter crazy before that idea occurred to me... :)

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  6. Lovely painting Elaine, I love how you have put all the colours into it.

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