Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Another way to see blue and white porcelain

What is it about blue and white porcelain filled with flowers that is so appealing?

I often look for excuses to buy flowers for my collection of blue and white. Sometimes Saturday seems excuse enough.

When I am not arranging my own flowers I am often in the mood to paint them and the Waterlogue app was a great inspiration for watercolors.

My need to abstract things seems to have won out.

"Blue vase" 24 x 24 oil on canvas by Kerry Steele

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a muted, neutral background as the start of this painting.
The first picture below is a detail of the neutrals.

 I used a large brush loaded with French blue and white to paint the vase and added layers upon layers of energetic color to depict the overflowing blooms.

Just like in life I wanted to capture what I love about a vase of flowers. Tiny bits of neutral in varying color peek around the edges, playing shadowed light. Hints of green and yellow like the folded leaf or wide, overripe blossom dot the pinkness.
 Sometimes abstractions seem like a kid making up their own language that only they understand. I know that only I see things through my lens I can only hope my abstract visions of pretty things translates to you too.


Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Flowers are just so "right" in blue & white! (Hey that rhymes...)
Your newest painting is beautiful. I love all the shades of pink.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Always a great color trio. Love your new piece!

An Urban Cottage said...

I love that your blue vase isn't centered. It's nice to see these images juxtaposed with your painting. I think it helps people understand abstraction better too.

Elizabeth Day said...

Kerry, I am finally taking a painting class, but am struggling with wanting my still life to be perfect, which they will never be in my estimation. I think I am a abstract artist at heart and am most happy when I am creating an illusion rather than trying to duplicate. Thank you so much for your inspiration.