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Monday, November 29, 2010

#11 "Grandmother's China" - Sheryl Hawkins

This cup and saucer is part of a set of Haviland China hand monogrammed by my great-grandmother. It has been passed down in our family and is now in my mother's china cabinet. I am still on a quest to make "shiny" easier to paint. I have been practicing on metal and glass surfaces also. I am finding that I really do like using purple tones as my shadow colors (in cool areas, that is). This watercolor paper is smooth surface instead of rough, which I seem to use often since I like the visible texture. I used mixes of yellow ochre and raw sienna in my gold paint color. All in all, very fun to paint and I have my eye on some other pretty little items in the china cabinet for future watercolors.

Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper


Kelly said...

...it's beautiful. The monogramming alone is beautiful. I definitely pick up the "shiny" feel.

Elva Paulson said...

What a lovely cup ... and how wonderful that so many years later your great-grandmother's family continues to enjoy her handiwork. My grandmother also painted on china, but I never saw any of her work. I wish I had.

Laure Ferlita said...

Lovely work on the cup, Sheryl! It seems you come from a long line of talented women!