Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Chinese Lanterns in 1940s Vase"

Chinese Lanterns are such an interesting plant and really do look like lanterns! I arranged them in this lovely, vintage vase from the 1940s because of its shape, simplicity and wonderful contrasting color. The cool blue-green coupled with the bright oranges, reds, golds and white against the dark background created a true feast for the eyes. Enjoy.

Title: "Chinese Lanterns In 1940’s Vase"

Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on board

Image Size 8 x 10"



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Beautiful art work.

Judy Jones said...

Thank you so much. There is hardly anything more tantalizing to paint than Chinese Lanterns!

Darlene McElroy said...

Great to see what else you are doing. I always love where links take you.

Joanne said...

I love the beauty of these delicate papery seedpods! The orange of the Chinese Lanterns and the green of the vase are so beautiful together! You've captured the vintage color so well - it reminds me of my grandmother's set of dishes! Beautiful painting!

Judy Jones said...

Thanks, Joanne. I enjoy painting Chinese lanterns so much that I have decided to plant some in my garden this year. I also love using vintage items as props. My husband and I have an online vintage costume jewelry business, so we spend a lot of time in antique shops. He's always looking for jewelry, and I'm always on the lookout for vintage props. By the way, you thistle is lovely! Best, Judy

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Judy,
Thanks for your web visit and email. Funny that you noticed that I had also done Chinese Lanterns. You asked why I don't do that style's because that's what I learned in art school, the indirect painting method (layers, where each layer dries for a week or so). As soon as I discovered alla prima, it's all I've wanted to do. Perhaps sometime I'll go back and do the indirect method again, but not for now. Yours look like this (indirect) method; are they?

Judy Jones said...

Hi Jala,

Yes, very indirect! I am really interested in learning to paint alla prima but can't seem to abandon my indirect ways. I'm wanting to make the shift but am kind of stuck. I'm going to a demo today by Gene Costanza that I hope will give me a clue. He's a wonderful landscape painter. Check him out.


Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Judy!
Very nice landscape work by Costanza. Thanks for sharing the link. I've never done landscape. How was the demo for you?

Judy Jones said...

It was a great demo. I love watching other artists paint, and I often learn a lot. In this case Gene filled in a few of my many blanks, and I've been working differently - and better - since the demo. It was held at the U. of O. bookstore, was free and gave everyone a 20% supplies discount. How good is that? Judy

Jala Pfaff said...

Can't beat that. :)