Thursday, September 1, 2011
Bird of Paradise
The other day I thought I'd try something different with the slip and blend the colors like I've done with paint. I need a better orange color. I might have to get an underglaze for that one; saturn orange never seems to develop the color I want. Blending the slip colors is a good challenge for me on this tile which is about 10 x 10. I see why they call it the bird of paradise, with the beak and top notch of feathers.
The flower looked lonesome so I thought I'd add a complementary tile to go along with it. You wouldn't believe how many times I sketched ideas in my sketch book trying to decide how to make the second tile. I thought I liked this one but now that I see the photograph I'm not sure. I was trying to put a modern spin on the second one. If I was using canvas I'd probably just paint over the smaller tile, but now that I've carved into the clay that won't do. Maybe I'll place the smaller tile upside down, the right, the bottom, well you get the picture. I'll move it around and see what I think. Sometimes I can visual so well in my head; other times I just can't get it to work in my mind's eye.
Birds of paradise are illustrated in art often and I see why. Both the birds and the flowers are have unique and intriguing shapes and colors. Click the links to see my friend Kitty's birds of paradise on plates at Zimmer Stewart Gallery; and a bird of paradise drawing by Kitty's daughter Jessica.
Did you remember it's white rabbit day? No rabbit, but here's a photo I took in Tampa of a giant white bird of paradise flower. I'm hoping for better luck to everyone affected by the past hurricane and no more hurricanes to affect anyone this season. Please send rain to those needing it, gentle refreshing rain; and sun to those not needing rain. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.