Getting Motivated!

I finally got a chance to get back to my studio and play with my paints this week. Playing is hard work! I have been asked to teach a class at Fenner Nature Center in the fall on painting flowers with acrylics so I figured I’d better get busy. My primary medium has been overglaze on porcelain for the last 30 years. (Wow I can’t believe I am old enough to have done something for 30 years!) Since 1996 I have traveled around the country holding seminars on painting on china so now I am shifting gears a bit. As I am trying to stay closer to home to help care for my grandson Ethan I will be teaching locally and out of my beautiful new studio here in my backyard.

In the last few years I have been branching out and working in Watercolor and Acrylics. Watercolor is the closest to the china painting style as we use the white of the porcelain the same way a water-colorist uses the white of the paper. At the same time, I am secretly enjoying the acrylic painting style because I finally get to use white paint! I also find that acrylics are virtually odorless and nontoxic, clean up with water and within 30 minutes of finishing the painting are dry and ready to frame. Acrylic paint is a fast drying paint because it consists of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylics are very versatile in that the finished painting can resemble anywhere from a transparent watercolor painting to an oil painting with lots of texture. In addition the colors can be bolder. Another bonus of using acrylics is that a wide variety of surfaces can be painted on. At the present my favorite surface is Claybord¬©. This is a masonite type of board coated with Kaolin which is the main ingredient in porcelain. Using the Claybord¬© makes me feel like I still have a connection with my porcelain. So……………having said all that to say this………..I just finished this painting of a white daisy that I hope to use as a study for my class.

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