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Ceramics 2011

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Every summer I enjoy working with clay. I am certainly no potter or ceramicist but it is fun. These pieces and more can be seen in an earlier post  in their green state.

I think the slip made of some indigenous clay turned out quite well. Unfortunately the clay was not compatible with the glaze and it crackled. This isn’t such a bad thing as it actually looks quite nice but it renders the work unsuitable for foodstuffs.

I like the form of the cup in the top right hand corner. I think this years pottery will look very much like this one!

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Subtleties

An art is about subtleties, isn’t it? I mean, if you look at the difference between Da Vinci’s work and that of his master, Verrocchio, the difference is not in the subject matter or the endeavor but rather the life-like qualities in the work of art. It’s the nuances, or subtleties make the difference between a lifelike work of art and one that only mimics life.

I’ve started a new painting on this subject. I’ve recognized it in previous paintings I’ve done where this “subtlety” is reflected in the use of color or the near touch between objects but I’ve not really focused on it. So far I’ve restricted the color usage to that of a prior painting and will probably restrict it even further so that the painting is not so much about dramatic color or value but the very slight changes between them. I’m also considering proportions again (and again, and again…) but looking for another way to reflect that study.

So far only the color, proportion, and pattern is evident but, with some more time, additions will soon follow.