Sunday, 7 June 2009

Fragments of china and drips of tea

I collected the fragments of china and the old brown oak leaf on the same day. They were found by the lake at Coniston. I love these little pieces of china, what did they used to be and who did they belong to? The answer I will never know but it is fascinating to think about.
I found them together, so they went in a drawing together and then I dripped my tea across my paper...I think it was meant to be, maybe they were a teapot and cups and saucers. They are painted using watercolour paints, press picture for close up.
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Carolina said...

Hi Milly,
this piece belongs with the rest of your artwork in a masterpiece room!
You know, I had the same feelings that you described about the past life of those china pieces, when I saw portions of rooms through an open window of a house or apartment while sitting in the car and passing fast through the street.
Oh, and those drips of tea, I thought you had cleverly included them on purpose, they're part of it...

Acornmoon said...

The china fragments look good with the leaf. I love the way the elements round the edges of the pottery pieces but leave a bit of pattern.

Carol Creech said...

Hi Milly,
I also love the pattern that you have with your composition. And the smoothness of the china compared to the texture of the leaf is very nice. The tea drips are great, too! I though they were on purpose, also. :) Thanks for your comment on my raspberry plant. I'm looking forward to adding color.

MILLY said...

CArolina, just visited your blog yet again, still unable to comment!
Neverltheless I was able to see your lovely paintings.
Many thanks for your comments.

computerarte said...

Hi Milly,
...I think the same, I believe everything happen's for a reason and the accidentally drops of tea give your drawing live and let us be fascinated with the history behind it...
Lovely drawing and very inspiring

Ann said...

What a beautiful drawing! I love the juxtaposition of the china fragments with the leaf. And the tea drops are perfect!

Frances said...

Milly, that leaf and the blue and white china finds are perfect together, and then the tea enters the picture unexpectedly and creates a new work altogether.

I'll bet that the lakes are looking wonderful this time of year.

Confess that I still want to find time to commune with my sketchbook. The camera is fun to take along and use as a note-taking device, but not at all the same as letting the eye catch an image, and then letting that image travel down to the fingers holding the pencil.

If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I might just try that low tech connection.


Frances said...

Milly, thank you for your comment.

Yes, that will be quite a lovely tea party. I do still think that we will manage it.

Your finding that unused pearl handled treasure is a perfect example of what can make me very sad in antiques shops or market stalls. Then, I think ... no, go ahead and do buy that treasure and ... use it. Give that beautiful object the purpose of its design.


Michelle Palmer said...

SOOOOO very pretty! Each spring when I plant our vegetable garden, the tiller draws up several pieces of flow blue china chips! I love adding them to paintings~
Like's fun to wonder who used the plates, the conversations they must have had~
:) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruthie Redden said...

milly i love this! i cant help but colect bits of old washed up blue china too, and i imagine the places of old it may have come from. Love coniston too.