Thursday, February 7, 2013

Great Grandmother's Teapot

Diane Mannion, Great Grandmother's Teapot, 8x10" o/c

My great-grandmother's teapot or my granddaughter's great-great-great grandmother's teapot.  A piece of history, perhaps from England via Canada to US.  
Still continuing the floral theme, taking my time to finish rather than posting everyday.  So what's the hurry anyway!?!  And so what if it's overworked rather than daily-painting-spontaneous.  Maybe, there's a point where a painting needs to be overworked and then pushed through that stage... polished and refined.  After the month long race of finishing a painting everyday last month, I'm relishing the process of painting at my own speed.  
Working in alla prima technique, this painting took about two days.  The background, teapot, and leaves were painted using only cad red light, cad yellow medium, ultramarine blue and white.  The roses... permanent rose, transparent red, alizarin also.  And the roses were from my Floridian garden, mid-winter!

9 comments:

Bennett Hock said...

I agree...rushing is not the point!!! the point is to paint. I love this Teapot. My grandmother had one similar...I wish I had it...I love the subtleness of the design. A beautiful piece.

Kelly Dombrowski said...

Just gorgeous! What a way to memorialize a family heirloom!

Yes that was a very fast paced month! It feels good to dilly dally on paintings!

DMannion said...

Thank you, Kelly. Such luxury slowing down, taking time to relax and savor the joy of painting.

DMannion said...

Maria, you are right... rushing was not the point last month. Unfortunately, rushing was self-imposed for me because of the larger size I picked for my challenge. Caused me to paint looser and faster, but I feel like I posted a few before they were "ripe." However, it was well worth doing the challenge!!! The difference is what I would see if taking a stroll through the woods rather than running.
Thanks for your compliment on my teapot!

Cindy Greene said...

Diane, I love this. I love the memories coming through the painting; it's a treasure.

Sandy Sandy said...

Beautiful! I was just checking to see if you are still painting! Keep up the good work! OK, off to visit the brushes now. No more procrastination.! :-D

Julie Ford Oliver said...

The rose really glows, Diane. I love the china next to the softness of the flower. beautiful painting.
I also love painting family items which hold meaning for me.

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DMannion said...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Julie. And thanks for the technical info!

Jane said...

I have a terrible weakness for teapots, actually I have quite a collection...and this is just lovely and so romantic :-)