Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalm 23:5)
The real story is much simpler. I wanted to paint white porcelain. I combed through my local thrift stores (with my husband waiting patiently on sidewalks outside) and found cups that I liked. I wanted 3 cups to make a stack. The proprietor listened indulgently to my story of still life painting, but still didn’t want to sell me 3. This was a set of 8 cups and 8 saucers, and he wasn’t going to split them. But the price he gave was so delightful that I shut up and took them all. Now I am a proud owner of 16 pieces of translucent and delicate Japanese porcelain that I don’t have room to store and don’t know what to do with. I painted these 3 cups. I use saucers to feed the cat. Now what?…
Painting porcelain was not trivial. I did not achieve the results I envisioned. This is done using extended Alla Prima method, and the cups’ translucency eluded me. I think I need to use Dutch or Flemish glazing technique to get that. That is once I figure out how to do that.
6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) oil on gessobord panel. To buy this painting click here.