Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday, and the studio is really hot!

While the kiln is "cooling"  (it just shut off around 1 pm, so it seems to be hot as ever....), and the paint on the little tables is drying, I'll post some watercolors I've done, and which were used, this kiln decorating session, as inspiration.  Watercolor is closest to the process of decorating for maiolica as any type of painting;  I have heard maiolica decoration described as painting with watercolors on dusty blotter paper.  In addition, the colors are dustier and paler than they will be after the glaze firing, so it's sometimes difficult to know exactly how something is going to look (back at the beginning of the blog, 1 1/2 years ago, I posted some before and after pix of my intern student, Meghan's work---as an example).  Here are two of the watercolors:  daylillies, and the pool at Julliana's where I have been swimming this summer---