China Museum Visit

We made the most of the first sunny day after what seems like an eternity of foggy mornings, depressingly low cloud
with occasional frost and snow, by taking time out for a trip to The China Museum in Coalbrookdale.

The two remaining bottle kilns are wondrous structures – gave me goosebumps when we went inside.
The photograph gives no sense of the huge scale of the building.

Of course the emphasis in the museum rests on the collections of early porcelain but I spied a painter’s box.
It’s a box with a difference because these colours are for painting china, not canvas so their true brilliance isn’t revealed until they are fired.

It’s believed the box belonged to John Randall who painted this gorgeous plate in the late 1800s.
I always like to have a mission when I visit an exhibition – today I searched for birds that featured in the decoration
Meanwhile, back in the studio, my rather more humble attempts continue to fill the pages of my printed sketchbook.

I’ve been making use of simple paper masks used with oil pastels and wash.

It’s a quick way to establish a silhouette and blank out some of the background pattern.

Way too much fun to be considered serious work but satisfying just the same!

Bye for now – Linda x

Comments 4

  1. Linda such humility from one as talented and productive as yourself only confirms to the rest of us mere mortals that it remains ok to stencil. Lol!

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      Hi Kath – I love to stencil and to trace and in fact any easy way to get an image down on paper! All grist to the mill don’t you think?

  2. I love your bird drawings Linda, you make it look so easy. The way you place these delightful creatures on the page adding colour and fine textured detail is so inspiring. I am a new member to DMTV, so excited and cannot wait to produce a book and set to work.

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      Thank you Val – that’s very kind of you to say. I hope you’ll soon get into the swing of things with your own book and have as much pleasure from it as I do.

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