Where to find inspiration these days? ANYWHERE! Seriously it really is hard not to find inspiration, what i feel gets in the way of inspiration is motivation and when you get motivation in your corner the sky is the limit. So i try to push myself often to get outta my comfort zone and also learn about the subject that is being used as my source of inspiration because learning is after all fun!
This time around i thought about that pretty blue and white pottery that seemed to be pretty common for years but what was it called , simple google searched answered that turned out “blue and white pottery” turned out to be Delftware, or Delft Blue its got a few names but those are the common ones. Delft is a city in the Netherlands hence the name and where it was heavily produced. So I searched a lot of Delftware photos new and old these style of flowers also can be seen in the art of the Pennsylvania Dutch , the style of color blending on the flowers can be sourced in tole painting . Tole painting is another form of folk art painting i watched some videos on YouTube where most of the artists use arcylic paint but the idea of split blending on the brush can be used for enamel paint.
When you mash together Pinstriping, Delft blue inspired flowers and tole painting blends this is what you get
For this piece i used 23k gold leaf spun with velvet, and only 2 colors made by Alphanamel a new paint company very exciting stuff, King 13 pinstriping brush, Mack virus and for the split blends i used two Mack 189 quills size 4 and size 6. This piece was not only a great way to stretch my mind but it made me get used to doing more split blending which comes in handy doing lettering shading effects .