Blue and White

😛 WELL LOVELIES, WITH A BIT OF COLOURS LIKE BURNT SIENNA AND OCHER YOU CAN ACHIEVE THE BEST COFFEE ON THE PAPER. THAT’S THE MAGIC WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE.

Drawn In

I love the way you can be drawn to something for one reason and end up some place completely different. In this case, I simply liked the detailed pattern of a friend’s blue and white porcelain teacup. I ended up not only with a painting, but transported to 18th century Germany. The “Blue Onion” pattern was introduced by Europe’s oldest porcelain manufacturer, Meissen, in 1740, and inspired by blue and white patterns from China. From there, I researched further to learn that the distinctive blue glaze used in Chinese porcelain for centuries came from cobalt ores imported from Persia. It turns out that cobalt oxide can withstand the highest firing temperatures required for porcelain. I like to think of this enduring color passing through centuries, from glaze makers to artists around the world, to a single teacup painted in cobalt from my small watercolor paint box.

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3 responses to “Blue and White

  1. So beautiful…I love the intricate detail of the cup and saucer!

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  2. mmerce60

    The blue and white color in the earthenware is beautiful! 🍽

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